Sunday, September 25, 2011

Jane on Doctor Oz

I have looked through my posts and I cannot find me chronicling my experience with being on TV so I am going to share it here. Let me start by explaining I have a another blog that I have neglected most of this year. It is about being 49 and counting down to fifty. I have only 1 month left and then I have to give it a new name because I will turn (inward grown) half a century50, fifty, a year older than 49. The blog is called Counting Down to Fifty because I had 100 goals I hoped to accomplish in the 365 days between 49 and 50. Don't even ask - I have more than a few left and only thirty days to go. I can get a few more done in that time but not all. 

Attention whore TV fan that I am, one of the goals was to make a TV appearance. So I sent the producers of Dr Oz my photos and my story. I received three different calls from one of the producers over a period of one month, vetting me for a few weeks about being on an episode they had in the works. When the show with that topic aired that is when I knew I was no longer in the running. I cried for the rest of the afternoon. I stoically resigned myself to accept the No problem, life went on. 

Then in December of 2010 I got another call from the producer. Would I send a couple of photographs of my before and after pictures for a new challenge that would start sometime in 2011. I mused on my Counting blog 'what constitues a TV appearance?' I decided that if my photo appeared, I would count it because I was already falling behind and needed another goal checked off, damn it. 

When the first episode of 2011 came on I was working and TiVo'd Dr Oz, just in case. I figured 'start of the new year - they have to be starting with a weight loss episode on the first show of the year'. About a minute into the episode Dr Oz moved onto a stage where blown up photos and life size cut outs of various people were set up to dramatically represent people who have lost their weight. Suddenly, there I was, standing center stage, wearing the pants you can see me wearing on my photo page and looking as though I were pinching the great and powerful Oz's butt. Even though I kind of expected I might see my photo, I did not think I would see a life-sized me standing next to Dr Oz. I screamed and started calling family and friends, enemies, random phone numbers, with the news. 


My likeness was only on the stage a few moments - This was my 15 seconds of fame.  Now, almost a year after this picture was actually taken and almost 9 months since it appeared on TV. it feels incredibly good to know I could stand on that stage today and look the same in that pose because I have continued keeping the pounds off. I want everyone to be able to have that feeling. It wonderful there are so many people losing weight and sharing their experience with others who can benefit from their support. There are many, many people who have weight loss success stories to share on TV. Even BETTER news: people are starting to understand that this is a journey, not a destination and that maintaining the weight loss is just as vital as losing the first pound. 

But really, Dr Oz, I would have liked the chance to pinch you in person. 

Now here is the mathematical question of the day. If a camera adds 10 pounds to your appearance and  this is a photo of a video of a photo of me. Does that mean I look 10, 20 or 30 pounds heavier? 

Jane~

10 comments:

Fatoutofskinny said...

15 seconds of fame......yes it would have been nice to pinch him in person!! I must have missed that episode.

Susan, Super Earthling said...

I'm sure I must have seen that episode. That's terrific! It would be especially fabulous if you could make in on his show in person one day.

As for the upcoming birthday, I told everyone I was turning forty-ten. :)

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

Yay! I agree with you though. Seeing him in person would make it even more special!! You are amazing!

RedPanda said...

Wow - that photo looks so dramatic! Congrats on making your TV appearance (even if it was only for 15 seconds) and congrats on looking the same a year later.

Vickie said...

you are too cute and too funny. congrats on your TV appearance. think how much less stress it was this way. I loved your line: "maintaining the weight loss is just as vital as losing the first pound" every where I turn these days, there is another post about regain. I love when that post includes what they are doing, right that minute, to get back on track.

Vickie said...

I keep trying to figure out what you are wearing on your business card - it almost looks like a corset. Maybe you said in another post and I just missed it.

Princess Dieter said...

I wish Doc Oz would have you and others who've lost 100+ and maintained that loss on to discuss lifestyle changes and strategies, etc. I think that would be an immensely helpful show. So many shows are about how to lose it. But I think one with successful losers who are doing well keeping it off...I'd like to see THAT one done!

Then you can havce your 15 minutes. :D Not just seconds. :D

Still lovin' dat card!

RedPanda said...

I wish Doc Oz would have you and others who've lost 100+ and maintained that loss on to discuss lifestyle changes and strategies, etc. I think that would be an immensely helpful show.

Yes, that would be a very helpful show. There's so little information about maintenance out there in the mainstream media, it's no wonder that dieters often find it hard not to regain.

I sometimes wonder if the diet industry actively encourages this short-term mindset.

Jane Cartelli said...

Susan - Forty-ten - that is a cute one. I am thinking of trying to learn Cantonese so I can say my age in a language that has more respect for age.

Diane - I heart you.

Vicki - I still believe the key is in that first bite and I am inspired by the people who immediately take an action. We all slip sometimes but I would rather slip and find the way back up than fall and get lost.

The business card photo is not me. (although I could pose in that get up for the future one!), it is a stock photo at the business card company. When designing the card my husband pointed out that it looked like me in my jeans so I picked it. If it were really me the lower arms would have more skin.

RedPanda & Princess:
I wish Doc Oz would have you and others who've lost 100+ and maintained that loss on to discuss lifestyle changes and strategies, etc. I think that would be an immensely helpful show.

He did. That was the show I did not get picked for last November. They had several women on who had lost significant weight and asked them to give tips. It was a good show, when I was not too busy pouting to appreciate it.

RedPanda: Every Industry needs returning consumers and growth to survive and thrive. The only way a diet industry gets that is . . . . .

Anytime a wellness issue becomes an industry, I worry.

Jane~

RedPanda said...

Every Industry needs returning consumers and growth to survive and thrive. The only way a diet industry gets that is . . . . .

So depressing. I bet if the health editor of a popular magazine pitched a cover story on maintenance they would get knocked back.

At least Dr Oz has addressed the issue.