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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Back again with more about my NYC / Dr. Oz experience!

First of all, my "semi" big news: For a few short hours, before ever leaving for NYC I blew through 200 and weighed in at 198 the morning of SuperBowl Sunday! But then my home-made chili and a few other relatively healthy, but higher calorie foods struck! 204 the very next DAY!, 203 the next, 202 the next...so I'm going to keep working on this, but seeing my recent pictures from my travels has me feeling pretty good about my accomplishments and ONEderland doesn't have *quite* the magical lure it used to...feeling pretty good about where I'm at these days! Of course, since I DID technically break through 200 I'm STILL making plans for my bicycle upgrade...lol!

We stayed at a pretty reasonably-priced, yet well-maintained, pleasantly-staffed hotel...The Hotel @ Times Square, 46th St. near 6th Ave. Little did I know that this stretch of 46th is referred to as "Little Brazil"...some of my favorite music comes from Brazil! They offered a basic continental breakfast and discounted parking at the garage across the street...$30 / day instead of $50 (BOTH prices blew me away...lol!). Best of all it was only minutes away from Rockefeller Center and NBC studios...although it felt like a lot MORE than a few minutes sloshing our way through the wind, snow and slop!

There was a decent workout area in the basement with two treadmills (LifeFitness) a stair stepper, stationary bike (broken) and a first for me: The Power Vibe...!


VERY strange gadget...didn't stay on it for long...shakes the living daylights outta ya! Not LARGE shakes, but fine, FAST vibrations...at least my fillings managed to stay in place...lol! Kind of hard to fathom the health benefits, although I believe Coach Nicole once reviewed this and selectively vouched for it.

Managed to work in my treadmill time Tuesday night, Weds. and Thurs. keeping up my 5 mph jogs for 40-45 mins.

Food? Kept it VERY simple! Had a cooler full of veggies and healthy stuff. Ate not a SINGLE meal out about in the Big Apple...! Wanted to keep it CHEAP and HEALTHY!

On to the SHOW! Of course, no pictures were allowed inside the studios where the filming took place...have to wait for the show to air to see this. The stories, tips, strategies shared by folks were all VERY familiar and you will see much of yourselves and hear things that have very much been echoed by many here at SparkPeople. Some of the 100 have gone on to become personal trainers. Some are blogging away to help others. Helping, caring and supporting others...this was the GREATEST common denominator that I heard throughout the show!

Say what you will about Richard Simmons...roll your eyes, poke your friends over his schtick, but I was truly impressed by HIS story, his SPIRITUALITY and HIS motivation! There has been a lot of talk among those of us who have reached our goals about the challenge of maintaining. Richard has been maintaining for 40+ YEARS! I figure he may have learned a thing or two along the way...?

He spoke of an obvious motivator, that of going public and having ALL of his fans, etc. looking up to him: How could he POSSIBLY regain?!?! But then he also spoke of the tremendous BOOST he receives by having inspired so many others to go on and make wonderful changes in THEIR lives! Yes he's all hyperbole, but he truly is the REAL DEAL...! And he helped me to better understand my own motivation. Hat's off to Richard!

Trivia: His first studio was named "Slimmons," cute, eh? :-)

Dr. Oz expressed some great Pollan-isms such as his preference for food that is as least processed as possible and closest to "real" food...sentiments which ALWAYS go over well with me!

The staff of the Dr. Oz show were all very positive, pleasant, respectful. All seemed to really enjoy their work! I had to wonder about the comedian / master of ceremonies guy though...could you imagine the CHALLENGE of waking up everyday knowing you had to go into the studio and yuck it up with the crowd, keeping things all lightness and bright 5 days a week, all year long...?!?! I think I just thought of a story line for a new flix...lol!

Here are a couple of pics of me at NBC Studios:

It was a TRUE pleasure to meet up with BOTZZZ and match up our REAL selves with the VIRTUAL ones we'd known up until then...! :-)

BOTZZZ was kind enough to take a pic of me with Richard, which I'm posting, even if I DO have a goofy look...lol:

Here are a few pics of the skating rink @ Rockefeller Plaza:

A few of Times Square during our snowy night-time walk:

So I'm back home, instead of traveling on as we originally planned to visit our son in GA...too many stories of snow & formidable weather everywhere...! Scrapped those plans for a sunnier time later in the year.

Been keeping up the pace on my 'mill at home, with an hour @ 5 mph, 10 incline both yesterday and today.

Spark ON Everyone! Have a happy, healthy heart-filled weekend!


ps...bonus! My favorite mp3 player, the SanDisk Sansa® Clip MP3 Player 8GB is on sale for 50% off! Price: $79.99, Sale Price:$41.99. Of course, I'm a card-carrying member of the anything-but-iPod club...lol If you're looking for an excellent, really handy mp3 player, I love mine!:

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    Woo hoo! We're going back to goal weight together! Wow, you met Dr. Oz! I think he's pretty cool and your pics were super.

    Looking forward to reading your "I'm back" blog, whenever it comes.
    1245 days ago
    Fantastic!! What a great experience, and I'm thrilled you're back to OZ size!!!
    1245 days ago
    Where was I when you posted this back in 2010?! What a great report and love the photo with Richard Simmons. As wild as he is, he does come across as very genuine. Looking forward to hearing you've reached goal again. And I'll be right behind you!
    1448 days ago
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    1451 days ago
    Wow, how exciting! How did you get chosen as a one of the 100? (Through SP?) And even though this was a year ago at this point, I'm gonna give you a emoticon for sticking to your healthy routine while there!

    Oh yeah, and gotta say....I am soooooooooo jealous that you met Richard! I absolutely love him, have since high school..even considered saving up for his Cruise to Lose just to meet him (but it's so much more expensive than just the regular Carnival cruise! don't know if I can justify that one). Anyway, my eyes about popped out of my head when I saw your pic with him. emoticon hahaha
    2567 days ago
    What a fantastic adventure! Richard Simmons had a positive effect on me when I was a teenager because of his positive attitude! I was thin then though pudgy and on diets a few times a child. He kind of gave me hope! Kind of like you do, Don! Keep up the great work!!! You and the others on the show are a great inspiration to those who are working towards the same goals and to those who don't think that they can do it!!!

    2929 days ago
    This was so much fun to read and will give some depth to seeing the show tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!
    2929 days ago
  • GMN5153
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    How incredible that the Spark is spreading!!You are such a motivation to so many!!
    2929 days ago
    Glad you had such a good time! Hope someone will tape the show so I can watch it sometime...

    I've always kind of liked Simmons. He's consistent, if nothing else! And there clearly *is* something else 'cuz he's been going forever.

    Say what you want about iPods but I'm sticking by mine - the food tracker on it saved me during that long trip to CA. The fact that it stores music is an added side bonus. LOL

    And congrats on seeing 1-der-land. You'll be back there soon for good, I suspect!
    2930 days ago
    Congratulations on your Oz appearance! Sounds like a great experience! Thanks for the tip about Richard Simmons. I've never thought about him as a weight loss/maintenance idol. Over 40 years of maintenance..you bet I'm going to be learning more about him! Keep Sparking! Birdie.
    2930 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I love Richard Simmons - yes, he's goofy...but like you said...40+ years! Wow! And he ain't no spring chicken...yet he keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny!

    I loved seeing the pictures of New York - I love New York and kinda wish I could live there.

    2931 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    I think you have to be positive about ANYONE, including Richard Simmons, who lost weight and then tried to get Americans up off their couches.
    2931 days ago
    Congratulations on your first taste of ONEderland, ONEderful Don! Thanks for taking us along on your trip. Wow! I agree re Richard Simmons, sensed a sincere soul way back when. I tape the Dr. Oz show daily, though only get to watch a few (pick and choose), usually during strength training exercises. Sorry it didn't get to work to visit your son; sounded like a smart idea to wait till the snow gives way to sunshine. SUPER photos. I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves so much, and appreciate your photo with Richard. That's SO cool!
    2931 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    Thanks for your sharing your day. Wonderful review and great pictures!
    Glad you could find an affordable and nice hotel in this expensive city and meet some Sparkers.
    I'm very impressed that you didn't go out to eat a slice of pizza or else, especially in this city, and more impressed that you found time to exercise. Never stepped on a Power vibe, it is a bit weird to be shaked like that, isn't it?

    What a great day, and awesome experience you had!

    2931 days ago
    You are fabulous Don slightly above or below the 200's. Love the pictures and the story. Can't wait until I see the show this week. Woohoo to you.
    2931 days ago
    Woohoo! Glad to hear you had such a positive experience at the Dr. Oz show. And good for you for sticking to your routine and healthy habits while in NYC! That's quite the accomplishment considering the plethora of amazing food available there! emoticon
    2931 days ago
    So many great positives in this blog! Awesome about dipping below that 200 lb. mark. You'll get there again I'm sure, but you look fabulous in your pics and if you feel good than you are right not to obsess about it. I am just in awe that you went into NYC and didn't feel the need to sample any pizza -- a particular weakness of mine. I'm reading my DVR how-to guide tonight so I am ready for the big day. I'm sure I'll be excited and trying to point you and Botzzz out to my DH. Keep up the inspiring 'mill work! You may not be a personal trainer, but you still inspire so many of us! And what a claim to fame - you got your pic taken with the one, the only, BOTZZZ! Oh yeah - Richard Simmons too! Lol!
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    2931 days ago

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  • L*I*T*A*
    what wonderful memories you will have........you look fanatstic............love your pictures.....thanks for sharing.........blessings and hugs..............lita
    2931 days ago
    Informative heart-full blog, Don. Wonderful experience, wonderful sharing!
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    2931 days ago
    wonderful blog, thanks for sharing, I love Richard he is goofy acting but underneath it all is this person who knows about struggle with weight and a big heart, when I feel down i go to his books for motivation
    2931 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to see the show--I have my DVR set to record it already!
    2931 days ago
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