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TODAY’S POINT OF BALANCE: THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT
If you aren’t familiar with my weight loss story, you can check out my “More Than” guest post over at Then Heather Said for the full tale.
I went from almost 250 pounds back in 2002:
…to maintaining this today:
I always tell people that I lost the weight “the old fashioned way”: by eating less and working out more. Yes, I took over seven years to lose over 115 pounds, but I’m more likely to keep it off because I made gradual changes to my overall lifestyle.
Even so, it’s easy to forget to give yourself some credit for the major accomplishments you achieve. My mom, on the other hand, is my number one fan and wanted me to get my pretty face out into the world.
After a good kick in the pants, she talked me into submitting my story. I chose to submit to one magazine: Women’s Health. I find I enjoy WH the most out of all the women’s health and fitness magazines. I always contently read every page cover to cover while enjoying my elliptical sessions! So just imagine my excitement when I was contacted by an editor from the magazine saying Women’s Health Magazine wanted to feature ME and my weight loss story!
If you read the magazine, you are familiar with their monthly feature called “You Lose, You Win”. In it, they feature your average WH reader that has lost a significant amount of weight. You can check out some of the previous ladies’ features on the Success Stories page on their website.
After doing a phone interview last month, the editor contacted me to do a photo shoot to show my new “healthy, active, dynamic” me! I met a local photographer and his assistant down at Voinovich Park, right behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, along the North Coast Harbor.
The day of the shoot, I met the photographer Greg Ruffing and his assistant Tim Harrison at 9AM. After they set up their equipment and I took a brisk walk around the park to loosen up, we spent the next few hours taking some really great pictures. Greg took a nice variety of photos: this included me in some yoga poses along Lake Erie. He took some beautiful photos of me in dancer pose and Warrior 3. I was nervous when we started, but it my nerves went away quickly – must have been all the yoga!
While working with the editor at Women’s Health, she had nothing but the highest praise for Greg. Now I see why. Greg and Tim were a joy to work with. If I didn’t have somewhere to be that day, I would have suggested grabbing some brunch to hang out the rest of the AM!
While I won’t get to see the photos until after they run in the magazine, Greg’s been kind enough to share some of his other work with me to post on the blog.
He also writes a blog that is worth clicking over to!
Also, don’t forget to check out Tim Harrison’s photography website. Tim was a great assistant on the shoot, even being kind enough to laugh at some of my lame jokes that morning!
Due to contractual obligations, we won’t get to see the pictures until they run in the magazine. My feature is schedule to run in the October 2010 issue. So mark your calendars for mid-September to check the newsstands – this crazy lady will be gracing your grocery store checkouts then!