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Monday, April 20, 2009


Actually, it hasn't happened yet, but it will tonight. I'm going to be on television!!!

It's GMTV, which is a British Good Morning program (er, programme). And, eep, they have 5 million viewers! They were looking for someone to talk about alli as it is going on the market there on Wednesday. Spark People's PR Dude Extraordinaire, GrantM, asked for volunteers.

I guess they liked me.


I am going to New York, and will be on live. Since it is a five hour time differential, we are talking, oh Gawd, about 1 AM or later. I'll be the woman in the blue floral patterned dress.

I am psyched. I won't be tired. I'll be as nutty as I've been for the past few days, ever since I learned this was coming together.

How nutty?

Nutty enough to do a boatload of extra cardio.

Nutty enough to have a ton of nervous energy burning off as I tapped my fingers and danced around and did little jogs as if I were a hyperactive kid.

And it paid off.

I lost an astounding 7.0 lbs. this week!

No wonder they want me on TV.

I'll blog about the specific experience once it's done, of course.

In the meantime -- and since I have your attention -- I actually have the month in review to do, so here goes.

It's been 1 year, 3 months since I started taking alli.

Weight and Measurements

I have lost over 145 lbs.

My bicep is 13.5"; when I started, it was 19" (5.5" off)
My bust is 40.5"; when I started, it was 54.75" (14.25" off)
My band is 34.25"; when I started, it was 47.5" (13.25" off)
My waist is 35.75"; when I started, it was 49" (13.25" off)
My belly is 39.5"; when I started, it was 59.5" (WOW, 20" OFF!!!)
My rear is 45.25"; when I started, it was 64" (18.75" off)
My hip is 42.75"; when I started, it was 51" (8.25" off)
My thigh is 22.5"; when I started, it was 32.35" (9.75" off)

Energy Levels

For the past few days, they've been off the charts so it's a little hard to gauge them right now. But they are very good, even when I'm not on an incredible adrenaline high. One thing I noticed (part of my cardio was cleaning, as my folks are coming over in a couple of weeks) is that certain things either don't make me tired, or they do but I recover readily. One of those was scrubbing. I cleaned the heck out of the oven and my arms feel just fine.

Oops, I'm losing my excuses for not cleaning. Hmm.


The past few days have been a whirlwind but my normal routine is the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with walking every day but Sundays and weights and resistance bands every single day. Everything feels great, and I'm beginning to wonder just a tiny bit about increasing the amount I lift at home. At a certain point, that will hit a limit (that was a big part of the reason why I joined a gym in the first place), but for now I still have a few more weights I could tack onto what I do as of right now, which is 25 lbs. But at 40 lbs. is when I've hit the at-home limit. I just don't want to have a big barbell set at home (plus the exercise room is tiny), so daily lifting won't go above 40 lbs. but I'll make up for that at the gym. I'm not worried about that one bit.


I'm a 14. But I also bought myself a Winter jacket for next year and it's a Medium/10-12. Except for a little hip snugness, it fits. As in I can zip it up and everything, I just have to adjust it around my hips. It'll be perfect in a month, so I'm tucking it away for next Winter, and the old one will go to charity. Right now there's no sense in getting the new one dirty. Currently I'm wearing a pair of size 18 pants that I'm swimming in. Good thing tonight's dress is a 14.

Speaking of tonight, here's a link to the schedule:


The joke at home is that I am now a superstar diva. Hence I am now demanding my own trailer, a personal assistant, a massage therapist and a personal relish tray with radishes carved into interesting shapes.

I'll recount the full experience when I've processed it all.

It's good to be the diva.
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    That's a direct link for those who can copy and paste.

    You done good.

    4241 days ago
    I just viewed your TV debut by using the link above. You have done an awesome job. What an inspiration! You look awesome girl! What can I say, you've just motivated me to lose another 18 pounds! Thank you so much!


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    4242 days ago
    Congrats on being on TV!

    4243 days ago
    I should clarify. GMTV is the name of the program. ITV is the channel. It's a British channel -- here in Boston we only get BBC America on Comcast so we can't record or TIVO it or anything, just gotta get it on Youtube.

    And, thank you!
    4243 days ago
    That is so awesome. The weight loss phenomenal and of course they want you. You are an inspiration and a motivator. You are positive and look at life with a curiosity that keeps you going. I am so proud of you. I hope I can see you on t.v. Great job. I don't think we get GMTV. I have never heard of it.
    4243 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/20/2009 10:59:39 AM
    Grant says Spark will get it onto Youtube so once I have a link I'll send it along. And I'm so glad I know YOU, too, Marit! :-D
    4243 days ago
    I'm so happy I got to know you before you became famous! emoticon
    Incredible superstar diva shrinking woman you! Good luck, I wish I got the channel over here - hope to see highlights from the show! Have fun!
    4243 days ago
    My husband, who won't take any guff, says about the radishes in interesting shapes, "Is round interesting?"

    Yes, alli is working marvelously well for me. It is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
    4243 days ago
    Wow, that's unbelievable!! I shouldn't say that, because it is TOTALLY believable ... wow!

    So you are having a good experience with Alli I take it?
    4243 days ago
    Don't forget the wardrobe consultant, and hair and makeup professional!
    Good luck -- I'd be so nervous! You so deserve this chance to shine!
    4243 days ago
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    emoticon AWESOME!!!!
    4243 days ago
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