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The Fat Chick on Hallmark’s Home and Family

HomeandFamilyHi Everybody!

At long last, I’ve gotten a copy of my appearance on Hallmark’s “Home and Family” Show.  It’s pretty light-hearted, but I got the chance to say some important things.  I hope you like it.

I think it’s fair to say that I was terrified about this appearance.  I actually was in several other segments of the show as a guest.  The producers grilled me at length before booking me.  In fact, I remember that the call came in during a camping trip that I shared with my husband.  Thankfully he’s super understanding so I was able to take this call even while we were on vacation.  This is something that is generally a taboo for us.

But I learned one interesting thing from this show.  And that is I think the interviewers were as nervous as I was about covering this topic.  This is a “nice” show with “nice” hosts.  This was no Jerry Springer.  And I could tell they were struggling with how to cover this topic and meet the requirements of their producers without looking mean or stupid.  When I was able to handle the questions without crying or freaking out or being accusatory, they were visibly relieved.  And for me, that’s something important to remember.  When you’re talking to somebody who is aggressive and mean, it’s important to be able to deal with that.  But it’s also important to be able to help somebody along who has absolutely no idea about how to talk about this important topic.

Anyways.  I’m on the road and frantically getting ready for the ASDAH conference.  I hope to see some of you there!


The Fat Chick

Take Yourself for a Walk


When the amazing and wonderful Velvet D’Amour asked me to come up with a workout for her new issue of Volup.2 she said that the theme was “simplicity”.  It really didn’t take long for me to come up with the workout plan.  I decided on walking–one of the safest, simplest and cheapest workouts in the world.  Once again, I retained the photography talents of Kelly Varner–one of the very best photographers I know, and we went out to create a photo essay on the joys of walking.  You can see the results HERE.

There are as many wonderful workouts in the world as there are people.  But whenever I’m helping somebody who is stuck, who isn’t sure where to start, I suggest they put on their sneakers, grab the leash and the dog or the hand of their sweetheart and simply go for a walk.  Naturally, I’m partial to walking outside, but if the weather is truly wretched, the mall will do.  I can’t say I’m a big treadmill fan–the thing makes me feel like a giant gerbil.  But some people really love working out with the treadmill.  To which I say–to each his own.

There is something so local and gentle and simple about going for a walk around the neighborhood with your friend, hand in hand with your lover or even all by your self.  Walking is gentle enough to allow for conversation or contemplation.  Sometimes, when I walk by myself, I focus on the seasons and what is happening around me.  Sometimes when I walk by myself, I imagine sending positive and kind thoughts to people who live in the houses that I am passing.  And sometimes, I walk hand in hand with my husband without saying anything at all.  We just enjoy being together.

And if I don’t feel like walking alone and my friends and my husband are busy, I can always count on my handsome dog Max.  He loves to walk so much that he’s even figured out how to spell the word.  I used to be able to talk to my husband about taking Max for a w-a-l-k.  But now, even if I spell it, Max is completely insane with excitement, whining at the door where we keep his leash and ready–always ready to go.

So, I’d like to invite you to find just a little time for a little stroll this week.  Don’t worry about counting steps, or calculating calories burned or miles accumulated.  Just lace up your sneakers and step out for your little fix of joy.  I promise it will be worth it.


The Fat Chick