My New Albatross – Seymour

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Several of my buddies I have met via The Biggest Loser casting process are going to be doing a challenge for the month of August. Since I'm a follower, I'm going to join in as well. Lord help me! Anna started it with this post about 100 Miles. Move It to Lose It. Oh, doesn't that sound like fun? No it does not. However, since the other kids are doing in, I thought I would join in as well. Because I'm a glutton for punishment and so enjoy stressing about goals. Good times. Mr. Bernie LOVED the idea of me trying to walk 100 miles in a month. He was guessing I walk 1/4 of a mile if that every day. I walk. I walk to meet my friend, Sheri, for a cigarette. (Yes, I know I need to quit. Preaching to the choir here. But hey, I'm walking aren't I?) I walk a block and a half to my favorite coffee shop, Rock Creek Roasters. Then I have to get a yummy something to drink. I have to walk all that way back to work, carrying a tray with my drink and Mr. Bernie's drink. So see, I'm lifting while I'm … [Read more...]

~Bernie

Biggest Loser Casting Day

From Left to Right: Antonio, Timothy, Vanessa, Wendy, Veronica and Me. Sione Fa is standing in the middle. He smelled so good.

After weeks of fretting about the casting call, the day finally arrived! I woke up extra early to sit and think for a while.  "What was I doing? What might I be getting myself into? What if the other kids don't like me? Will I kill anyone with my bat-wing arms if I don't wear a shrug with my dress? You know all the important questions. I showered, put on my make up and woke Jenny up to get her approval. (She is great at doing eye make up. Her eyes are the size of dinner plates so she has a nice pallet to put on eye shadow. My eyes, not so much) I put on my dress and jiggled the fat under my arms It was going to be too hot to wear a black shrug outside for a few hours. I grabbed my cooler of water and my chicken purse and was ready to go! We all decided to meet at 7 a.m. Wendy and Veronica picked me up at my hotel. It was so nice to finally meet people I  had been talking to for weeks. There were no awkward pauses the ride to the tv station. We were all taking about our lack of … [Read more...]

~Bernie

Exploring Salt Lake City

The signs in the middle of the blocks

Friday we woke up and took our time getting ready. That meant by the time we were hungry for breakfast, we had a hard time finding it. We set out with our stomachs rumbling and no plan. Nada, zip, zilch. "Lets walk this way."  The streets seemed to be deserted. It was almost spooky how few people we saw on our walk. Granted it was after 9am, but still someone should have been walking, running or something. I almost felt as if we stumbled into a horror movie. We saw a ton of sandwich shops, healthy eating shops and places that only opened for dinner.  A good old-fashioned breakfast was what we wanted. Eggs, meat, toast. You get the idea. Finally, we stumbled on a place called The Judge. They were still serving breakfast and we were thrilled. We each ordered and then Jenny decided to take pictures. I asked the waitress where all the people were. She told me that she thought it was odd the streets were so quiet. So we weren't crazy, even the locals thought it was quiet. I was almost … [Read more...]

~Bernie

Getting There is Half the Fun!

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I was all ready to fly out on Thursday. Jenny was going to meet me at the hotel. I had left notes all over the house for Mr. Bernie. My sleep machine and clothes had been shipped to the hotel. All I needed to do was get on the plane and go. I wanted to arrive at the airport a couple of hours early. Sometimes that screening can take FOREVER. I didn't want to miss my flight. While I was digging in my bag I the first, of several notes, Mr. Bernie left in my bag. All together, "Awwwwww" When I got on the plane I had my Kindle and headphones ready. I didn't want to talk to anyone. Just wanted to be in my own little world and not think. That didn't happen. I was sitting next to a nice gentleman who was in his late 50's-early 60's. We exchanged the usual chit-chat and I thought we were done. Nope, he was happy to chat. I suppose its my fault for even talking to him in the first place. I'm good at collecting the life stories of people I will never see again. He was quite knowledgeable … [Read more...]

~Bernie

You Gotta Have Friends

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  When I decided to do the casting call for The Biggest Loser, I didn't announce it on my Facebook page. I wasn't going to blog about it. I told a select few on a need to know basis. This was something I was doing for me.  In some ways I wanted to keep it private. I didn't want to answer questions about it. I didn't really want to explain anything. I just wanted to go try out and see what happens. I stumbled on, The Biggest Loser Casting Facebook page, while I was poking about all things Biggest Loser. I lurked on the page for a bit. People would ask questions about the casting process, people would share their videos and and general chat about being heavy and so on. The one thing that really struck me was how friendly most people were. The same question could be asked again and again, but someone was always willing to help out. They were all being so encouraging. There were the odd posts of, "pick me! pick my friend!" I just overlooked those. I don't think that the casting … [Read more...]

~Bernie