Monday, January 31, 2011
A week ago I was flown to New York City for two days by the Rachael Ray Show to appear with Jorge on an upcoming episode (It's TODAY, Monday Jan. 31, 2011). I only told a few friends and my family about this before hand. I was very nervous and I needed to process it all. I wasn't quite ready to share it with the world yet. I kept thinking something would fall through and they'd call and say "Psych!".
Once I was at the studio the team made me feel so special and at ease. It really, as you can imagine, was a surreal experience. I expected to be in a waiting room, much like the dentist office, but instead they had a Green Room just for me with my name on the door! I mean, come on! They brought me a fruit tray, that I quickly ate all the berries off of and a tub of drinks. The room had a live feed of the studio where they were filming. I had full hair and makeup done (which you can clearly see which photos were taken before/after!) and Jorge was down the hall. The producers and everyone on the show was so incredibly nice, helpful and just plain wonderful. They couldn't have treated me better if I was Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (After Richard Gere takes her shopping and minus all the hooker stuff)
Jorge really hit it off with Rachael and the segment was really good I thought. He helps another dieter who has reached a plateau by going through her grocery cart. It was a cute idea! I am in the audience and they show a few before photos of me. Rachael asks me a couple of questions and I tell a little of my story. I was a nervous wreck before hand, but I feel really good about how it all worked out. I put my best face forward (or a borrowed face for the day) and said what I wanted to say.
Then I was literally whisked away to a waiting car and rushed to the airport. I was probably sitting on my plane exactly an hour after being in the studio!