Thursday, February 3, 2011
Here's the 411 on my experience:
Q: How did you get picked to appear on the show?
A: The process worked something like this, although I don't know all the details: Jorge Cruise's staff gave the show profiles of several dieters (I had signed a release form last year that allowed them to do that). Producers then interviewed me over the phone, just for background information on the segment. I was interviewed a 2nd time by a higher level producer, who basically asked me the same questions. I was in the checkout line at Costco during that call! At the end she said "We may ask you to join us on the show" but there were no promises or details. I got a call a few days later saying they had picked me, which I totally did not expect.
Q: Rachael mentioned that people who participated had makeovers and clothing, did you get that?
A: No, I did not. I wore my own clothing and did not have a makeover. That was for the amazing guests who had lost hundreds of pounds. Their stories were SO fantastic! The wonderful makeup artist for the show did my hair and makeup on the set. I was amazed with how he made me look. He worked wonders with my hair and eyes. Cuz that is not how I normally look!
Q: Did your blog have anything to do with getting on the show?
A: Yes, I think it did. Jorge and his staff are familiar with the blog and the producers had seen it too. They specifically asked to use the timeline photo on the show. It helped that I was very well informed on the diet and felt very comfortable talking about the plan. The Belly Fat Cure is really a huge part of my life, I eat, talk and write it.
Q: Are you and Jorge Cruise friends?
A: I have met Jorge on a few different occasions, usually just long enough to snap a photo or make a quick video. We did not hang out in NYC together, even though I invited him to join me for a drink.
Q: Did you get to meet and talk to Rachael?
A: No, not past the interaction you saw on TV :(
Q: Where you nervous?
A: My sister says I had on my "about to cry face" and I kind of agree! In that moment I was not nervous, but building up to it I really was. I typically have a lot to say, but it takes me a moment. I like to think about it for a second and didn't have the luxury of that on TV. So I was really concentrating. They cut out some of the conversation and a part where I said I never dreamed I could run a half marathon. I also talked about how in my timeline photo you can see my demeanor change into a happier person.
Q: If you are training for a Half Marathon, isn't that how you lost the weight?
A: No, I got to my goal weight about 7 months ago and just started training for the Half about 2 months ago. I am only able to do this BECAUSE I lost the weight. I am 100% sure of that! I think it has also helped tighten my body and I might have had more lose skin without that consistent cardio.
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