It started as just a thought…I’ve seen the tv show “The Doctors” where a panel of doctors from various disciplines tackle questions from viewers and promote health, nutrition and exercise. One of the integral parts of the show is the audience participation and videos – people film themselves asking questions of the doctors, which are then chosen for answers.
Some of the viewers even receive medical procedures like plastic surgery – and that’s part of the reason they stepped out of their comfort zone and did their video. It’s a challenge – to get out of your comfort zone far enough to not only ask for help with your new figure / physique, but to actually make and send in a video takes it to a new level.
I’ve been very apprehensive about showing my “new” body – partly because I’m still working on it, and partly because I’d been heavy for so long, I didn’t even like still photographs of myself, let alone VIDEO! This would be a big step – WAY outside of my comfort zone – but if it would help someone else, I was willing to give it a shot.
So some months ago, I sent off an inquiry to “The Doctors” tv show (http://www.thedoctorstv.com) and asked a question about when to pursue plastic surgery (a tummy tuck) after significant weight loss. It happened so long ago that I completely forgot about the inquiry, and then I received a return email from one of the Associate Producers, asking me to put together a home video of myself and my question.
OH BOY! Now I was going to have to step over that line and be prepared to show the entire world my body (or at least some part thereof). I recruited my husband Al to help me make the video, and we only had a couple of days to get it finished and submitted. I had a conversation via phone with my contact, Brittany Stine, and she sent me a list of hints for the video. On the day of our “shoot”, we had technical issues with the camera, there was not enough light, and trying to send sample files to the show’s email address was working (sorta kinda), but slowly.
We made it work, though, and sent off a couple of 30-second videos for consideration. I received a response, and then we did a couple of shorter videos, one of which was eventually used for the show. It was a fast turnaround – I sent in the final videos on January 29th, and did not hear that they would be included on the show until January 31st, and they would air on February 2nd!
There was literally no time to tell my friends and family about the video, and I wasn’t exactly sure I wanted them to know! Part of me was still really embarrassed about my current physical condition, even knowing how far I’ve come, and unsure as to how my story would play out on the show. In the end, I refused to let the my fear control me any longer, cut the chains from my old self-esteem challenges, and went for it. I had some really good friends who encouraged and “pumped me up” to let the world know about the video, hence this post.
Sometimes people we know and love want more for us than we want for ourselves – they will encourage us to get out of our comfort zone and blow our own horns in a good way. Realizing that I’m more than my visual image – the one I held in my head and the ACTUAL one that’s in front of me (my reflection) – might not have happened without the support from some dear friends, and for that, I am forever grateful!
So here it is: the link to the video I submitted to “The Doctors”, and their response: Show Link