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Thursday, April 12, 2012

You won't even believe this!

Thankfully, my friend Sheri doesn't mind
when I stop by for an impromptu photo shoot!

If you haven't read the Thankful Things Thursday post you should go do that now.  Go on, I'll wait.  

Still here?  Great, because you may have noticed the photo that I posted and I promised more details about that.  Well... here we go.

Last fall the Dr. Oz show partnered with Weight Watchers and Sharecare to sponsor a contest called Transformation Nation:  Million Dollar You. Contestants had to weigh in and a Weight Watchers location to and register online to enter the contest (which awards the winner one million dollars!). There were seven different areas that the contest focused on:
  • Tell a Friend
  • Official Weigh-in/Calculate Your BMI
  • Connect with Your Doctor
  • Learn Your Family's Health History
  • Get More Sleep
  • Assess Your Stress
  • Start New Fitness Habits
Most of these things were no brainers – tell a friend? You guys know I can blast out an email begging people to help me out! Remember all those loving emails I sent helping me raise money for the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Center last year? (Here's a little foreshadowing for you, they'll be coming out again this year!) Get more sleep? No problem there at all – let's face it does anyone need encouragement to try to get more sleep? Especially once you start training to run a race? Staying awake seems like the challenge! Starting new fitness habits? Please see the need for more sleep! Anyway, since I was already on a weight loss journey this seemed like something I'd be interested in.

About a week ago was the final weigh-in. During the course of the contest I lost nearly 47 pounds. I was thrilled but honestly didn't think that anything would happen with that. I read (or more accurately mis-read) the rules when it said that you had to achieve or maintain a healthy BMI. Apparently there was also a clause in there that said in order to be in the Top 200 you had to EITHER achieve/maintain a BMI in the healthy range OR if you lost 10% of your body weight.

On Tuesday morning I got a phone call. From the Dr. Oz show. I'd made the Top 200. I thought it was a joke. Hali, the Associate Producer, told me it wasn't. Thankfully she was really nice about everything and proceeded to ask me a bunch of questions about my journey and my life and all kinds of stuff. The answers are being used to judge who will move on to the Top 50 so fingers crossed that I'll move on!  


  1. Your story is inspirational! That would be amazing if you get on the Oz show. Fingers are crossed.

    1. Thank you Susan! I hope you guys are doing well.. miss you!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm pretty excited!

  3. i forgot to post here, congratulations! i'm rooting for you!

    1. Thanks Teresa! :) I really appreciate all the support and love that I've gotten through this whole journey. You guys definitely make it easier!

  4. The Princeton AndersonsApril 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    OMG you look AMAZING! I loved the veggie reference from your earlier post...too funny! That would be SO cool if you got on Dr. OZ...we are all rooting for you here in Minnesota! Love: Scott, Michelle, Lillian and k-9 Jazmine

  5. Holy moly, thats AWESOME!! I will keep my fingers crossed for you that you make the final cut!!

    1. My fingers are crossed too... :)
      PS - Love the FWP post every week!!

    2. Jen,
      I don't know you, but I know your parents. Your mom sent the news and I have been reading your blog. I am a Health educator in the Milwaukee area and I have just shared your story and your blog link with my students. It is a real inspiration to everyone that you are not only living what I teach these kids everyday, but that you are making a difference before it is too late. I wish you godspeed and wish you well with this new journey.

      Congratulations on acheiving Health!

      Holly from Milwaukee