I have discovered in the past year that to maintain this new size 10 body, cardio fat burning exercise is VERY IMPORTANT!! Gotta get my heart rate in the 60 – 65% zone and walking just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore! So, in May I bought myself a bike!! I LOVE my bike! Once I got a comfortable bike seat and got my backside ‘broken in’, I road 6 days a week for about 12-13 miles per day from June until November! I averaged about 62%THR for 60 of the 65 minutes I was riding each day. Very exhilarating and also a great fat burning activity that was fun! I even participated in the Tour de Cure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. I rode 12 laps on the speedway in about 2½ hours. That’s 30 miles! I had so much fun, I am doing it again in 2008. This time I want to do 24 laps! (that’s 60 miles!)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway!!
In year two of Living Lean, I also cashed in on my 1 year at goal reward of going to the
Read more about it on my blog from June!
In September I spent a wonderful week with seven other Skinny Minnies at Annie’s lake house in
I attended my 25th high school class reunion in October. Of course, being half the size that I was in high school AND being 25 years older, NO ONE recognized me without at least one clue. Lots of surprised looks, too. I still love it when people I have known ‘before’ don’t recognize me now! I always say it is like walking around in disguise in plain view!!
But the biggest highlight of the year came in November when I was chosen to participate in the filming of the next infomercial for the Six Week Body Makeover!! I spent four fabulous days in warm and sunny (and a little bit foggy at times, too!)
All 18 of us plus Dolores and her husband enjoyed dinner together and sharing autographs, pictures, and stories! We nicknamed our group the ‘Ton of Fun Gang’ because the total weight loss for us including
Ton of Fun!!
Sunday was my filming and testimonial day. I had a late call, so I slept in until 6 am (that is late for me!!), did 60 minutes on the bikes in the fitness room of the hotel, and waited anxiously for my ride to the studio. I didn’t know what to expect, even after talking with those who did their filming on Saturday.We were called to the shoot an hour early and it was a whopping 10 minute ride to the studio (I thought it would be farther). I went into wardrobe first. David, our fashion coordinator, picked out the two outfits I would need for the day. The first one was for my ’on air’ shots. (Purple shirt, black cammy and black pants) The second one was for my stills (teal shirt, black cammy and black pants). I also needed to wear high heels for my stills (makes your legs look thinner!!). Being a barefoot and sneakers kind of gal, this was a new experience for me! I could barely walk in them, but they did make my legs look great!! And the only jewelry I wore were diamond stud clip on earrings. I got to keep the clothes, but not the shoes (Ha) or the earrings!! (Bummer)
My next stop was make-up and hair and the first thing I had to do there was take off my glasses! I couldn’t put them back on until I was finished for the day, too!! From that point on, I never really saw anything in focus, including myself and my lunch! But I survived!!While I was in the make-up chair, I just sat back, closed my eyes and let Don do his magic on me! He even ‘fixed’ my eyebrows! (plucked them actually, another first for me!) When I sat up and opened my eyes, even out of focus I could see a huge difference! Lots of Wow’s from the other people in the trailer at the time, too! I started my hair styling to give Don a feel for how I do it, and then he finished it off – PERFECTLY!! I wish I could get it to look that good when I do it every day! I guess I just don’t have enough arms or hands. I need more hair spray, too!!
We had to break for lunch (I was starving too) before my hair and make-up were finished. Even with only half of the job completed, a couple of the others didn’t recognize me at first and
After lunch, it was back to make-up and hair for Don to put the final touches on my make-up and finish my hair. Once I was done there, I went back to wardrobe and got into my ‘on air’ outfit, had one last hair/make-up check, then it was off to the filming studio! I was introduced to the production crew, they miked me up, showed me where to stand, and then they just asked me questions about my weight loss journey! And NO SCRIPT for me! All I had to do was answer the questions that were asked! And since I love to talk about this subject, after some initial nervous jitters, I got more comfortable and the time just flew! Before I knew it, I was done!
Now it was back to wardrobe to change clothes, have one last stop at hair/make-up for a quick check, and then I was off to my stills shoot! Walking in high heels and with no glasses!! Double Trouble!! Just had to walk really slow!!Again, after introductions to the photographer and crew, I just posed as directed and just like that (and about 40 pictures later) I was finished!! Bonnie snapped a quick shot of Don and I before I ditched the heels!!! That picture is my favorite candid picture from my trip!! I just loved how I looked in that shot!!
After filling out the obligatory paperwork (releases and such), I returned the shoes and earrings to wardrobe and headed back to the hotel. Once everyone returned to the hotel from the studio, we all had dinner together.
Monday was supposed to be another day of filming for me, but unfortunately, four of us did not get to go (luck of the draw). Instead, we were treated to lunch the Michael Thurmond at P.F. Chang’s!! It was great! We had good food made to order (plan friendly!) and great conversation with Michael, Matt and Paul!! It was a pleasure and a thrill meeting them all!! After our two hour lunch, we all had our pictures taken with Michael and got autographs and then he was off to visit the crew on location and we returned to the hotel.
I just relaxed in the hotel for a while and went for a walk around the mall across the street. I also had the best oatmeal cookie I have ever had from The Corner Bakery.
Tuesday morning it was an early departure for the airport thru the fog! And I did get to see the
The final leg of my LA trip was a treat for myself – A shared ride car service home from the airport! It just so happened that my flight was late arriving from
But boy were they worth the wait!! I looked at them and couldn’t believe that was me! What started out as a body makeover has now (3 years later) turned into a complete makeover!All the credit goes to Michael Thurmond, Dolores, and everyone at Provida for providing me with the tools to makeover my life! I plan on using them every day and sharing my success story with anyone who wants to listen (and even some who don't!)
And a special THANK YOU goes to Don – my makeup and hair wizard! You will never know how much you have changed my life! All it took was a little make-up and hair styling by you for me to see what I have never seen before! You are the best!!My 1 year of Living Lean gift to myself was my day at the
What will year #3 bring?
Besides the infomercial debut sometime in the Spring of 2008, who knows?
I am really going to concentrate on my toning and my winter cardio program because riding my bike in the cold and snow is not an option and I need to keep up my fat burning routine! I also want and need to work on my stress reliever activities aka my knitting and felting business. My body does NOT handle stress well as it seems to add 5 lbs literally overnight when I am feeling stressed. I do not like that and I am going to eliminate that as much as I can!! Knitting is my best remedy for that, too!!
New recipes are also on the agenda….on plan and healthy of course!
Here’s to year #3 – It’s gonna be the best one yet!!