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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Secret keeper

I've been keeping a little secret. No. I am not pregnant. The last one almost killed me, so I'm not going there again. Anyway, this is not exactly a huge secret. I've actually talked about it several times in the past, but now I've got more to show than just talk about.

The INShape Indiana video segments I've been shooting since last fall have been arriving in people's e-mail boxes and on the INShape website. The first two of six episodes have been released. That's my big secret. Sorry if you were expecting something more fun.

When INShape Indiana approached me, they said they were looking for an "everywoman" type person. From the very beginning, I've been putting myself out there as honestly as possible. I'm not a fitness or nutrition expert (obviously). I'm just one person trying, not always successfully,  to build healthy habits for myself and my family.  For the record, I am not getting rich doing these. In fact, I didn't get paid for my participation at all. Of course, being asked to participate was quite ego-stroking which, as any attention-loving Leo will tell you, is priceless.

The first episode was e-mailed out a couple of weeks ago. I didn't rush right over here to tell you because I'm a little uneasy about it. I agreed to do the shoots last fall when I much thinner. I didn't know at the time that the process would go on for as long as it has and that I would gain 20+ pounds from fall to spring. So I feel a little hypocritical. There are plenty of people (like my friend Liz) who are making some great strides in the health and fitness arena. But I hope people are able to relate to my experiences -- and to the piles of folded laundry stacked on my couch that can be seen in the background of some episodes!

Although only two episodes have been released, I've seen four of them. I really like what I hear. I just don't like what I see. Whoever said the camera adds 10 pounds grossly underestimated. And why didn't Jason, the camera guy tell me that my necklace did not match my sweater in episode 2?! (Because he's a man, that's why.)

The process has been really fun. Jason and the rest of the crew from Cantaloupe TV have been great to work with. The style of the videos is like me -- casual and approachable. I've met some great people along the way. Maybe this will be my big break and I'll be discovered. 4thFrog TV? Who knows?

So...enough talk.

Meet Amy...Episode 1

and Episode 2

If you want to be among the first to see the new episodes as they are released, head over to the INShape Indiana website and sign up for their newsletter (bottom right of the homepage).

So...That's the big secret. Hope it was worth your time.


Eternal Lizdom said...

I'm super proud of you for putting yourself out there and for your honesty.

Maybe the videos will spark something in that desire to get back on track?

It's a struggle for most people, I think. I definitely struggle- in a bit of a slump now with post-Mini let down and amped up job stress.

Ellen aka Ellie said...

Amy, I don't know you beyond this blog, but I'm proud of you.

You're so honest about your struggles, but at the same time I wish you'd be kinder to yourself.

Perhaps this "publicity" will cause you to turn things around a bit? Let's use any prod we can to get off the couch!

Rebecca said...

Those videos are great, Amy! :) You have a very natural camera don't look nervous at all, and your dialogue is so engaging and conversational. (Wait... did that sound too "tv production" nerdy?) Awesome job! :)

Micah and Emily said...

Wonderful Amy! You have such a great on-camera presence! Maybe you should start doing videos for CAC!


Ellen aka Ellie said...

Thinking about you during the day...I used to listen to a radio personality who struggled with weight and with other addictions. He said the hardest thing was, he could give up cocaine and drinking cold turkey, but with food that's not possible. He had to feed his body and not his addiction. That balance of food, exercise, family, work, life, is one that's hard to get a handle on.

Stacy said...

I'm going to sign up! It was great getting to see you and know more about you. I think you're quite brave and admire that you'd do something like this. I can't wait to see the rest of the episodes. :)

Unknown said...

LOVE these two videos! You could be me, but then you would be 49! ACK! ;-) I gained 20 lbs. over the winter instead of losing 20 like I wanted to. Tomorrow is a new day. Let's keep tabs on each other!