12/9/08

It's no secret

That I am NOT a fan of Oprah's. I dislike that she doesn't have reactive questions to her guests, instead LOOKING like she's waiting to ask the next one on her list. I don't like the big frivolous giveaway shows and the fake tears. Although, I did enjoy that episode where Tom Cruise made a fool out of himself :P But today, I kind of like Oprah. The person and not the mega-I-have-more-money-than-God-celeb. Why? Because she lets people inside her life and her head, and by telling the truth sometimes, makes her...gulp...human. She's telling people her weight in an upcoming issue of O Magazine. Being completely honest about cracking the 200's and her dieting past, present and future. But it's this line, mentioned in an AP article today, that hit home for me and made ME identify with her:

"I definitely wasn't setting an example," she writes. "I was talking the talk, but I wasn't walking the walk. And that was very disappointing to me."

I'm nowhere near a celeb, but I feel like a fraud a great deal of the time too. I'm hiding a 20lb over goal gain. Actually, I guess I'm not hiding it anymore. Hmm, maybe Oprah and I have something in common after all :)

19 comments:

Candace MacPherson said...

Hi Mouse. My name is Candace and I am addicted to food. All food, but mostly chocolate and sometimes sugary carbs. I haven't been journaling for several months and have ignored the need for exercise in my daily life for as long.

Thought I'd join you with my confessions. I'm ready to start fresh now. Take care.

marie said...

I ♥ you.

Jen said...

Oh Mouse, you ARE a celebrity (seriously, I want you to sign my bra when we go to TO...too far??? perhaps...)

We have much in common (in regards to our hatred for oprah as well)...thanks for "coming out"!!!

Lucas said...

Brave Mouse,
Hooray for you for coming out! I think everyone feels like a fraud now and then. I for one, hope all the time that people don't find out what a crappy person I am. But you have told your truth and I applaud you. Now, get out there and do something about it! :)

katieo said...

Yeah, it's refreshing to see Oprah be so human.

(and hey. I'm over goal too. THe fact that there's a fetus involved is a minor detail, lol)

marie said...

@katieo HA! yeah, very minor :P

Xenia said...

I ditto everything in this post.

I've gained 10 lbs in the last six months and fallen completely off the WW bandwagon and I was still 30 lbs away from goal back then.

That's going to change now. Thanks, Marie.

Roxie said...

I, too, have regained 20 pounds after achieving my goal weight. I wish I could be as happy at this weight as I was when I hit on the way down the scale - that time, I ruled the world. This time, sometimes it feels like such a failing.

JODI : Gaithersburg, MD said...

ha, i was going to post something about Oprah today too - i'm glad that she's finally admitting to regaining weight... makes me feel better knowing that even someone with all the money in the world, still has the same problems as us little people... :-)

Vanessa said...

Your 20 lbs and my 15 are as good as gone. Right? RIGHT?

Seriously though, let's kick some ass :)

Vickie said...

You are too cute and I still love your arms.

Angie All The Way said...

20lbs maybe, but you're not the type of person to let that continue. You're too awesome for that kind of non-sense and that's true with a 20 lbs gain or not ;-)

Jen said...

Now I can relate to you - I thought I was the only Oprah non-fan.
Good for you for putting your struggle out there - your journey is WAY more interesting to me than Oprahs could ever be.

TrixieBelden said...

You are brave, my mouse friend. (Did you know there's a new animated movie about a brave mouse coming out in the states soon and he's very cute. I believe it is called The Tale of the Despereaux. I digress.) We all love following your journey, because it is our journey and you make us willing to take the plunge in our own lives and shake things up. So, thanks for being brave for all of us.

Two things that depressed me about the timing of this admission from Oprah: (a) it is right in time for the January-New Year's resolution issue/episodes, notice how she didn't want to come to this admission around the Thanksgiving issue of her magazine, and (b) her fave guy Bob Greene has a new book coming out in January that I'm sure he'll be hawking on her show. But, these things don't diminish the fact that she admits to the world when she isn't living up to her own expectations of herself (in public, not just to her therapist!) and that's not an easy thing!

jainey said...

yeah, you hide it well.
um, wanna run sometime?
what's coming up?

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your site for a while now. I have never felt compelled to comment until now.
I know exactly how you feel. I started at 240 lbs, lost a bunch of weight and got down to about 160 through diet and moving more. I even became a spinning instructor at my gym. I have since gained back 20 lbs this past year and often feel like a hypocrite. Especally when folks in my class ask me about fitness and weight loss. It is devistating. I have realized that this is a lifelong battle and not a race with a finish line. I have to pick my head up count my calories again and get back in line. Thats what i intend to do. I just wanted you to know there are a lot of us that are struggling to be the "fitness" gurus that we have been made out to be. And maybe together we can do this.

-Amber

marie said...

I ♥ you all. Seriously.

@jainey Sam has a 10k clinic in the new year. I expect you to come out :P I'm doing the resolution run on new year's eve, too. Feel free to join me.

Sara said...

I know I'm over goal. Who knows by how much.

By this post you are setting an example - you are talking the talk and that is why we love you and read your blog!!!

Girl with a Problem said...

My name is G.W.A.P., and I regained 20 pounds.

How can that one admission be so horrifying and liberating all at the same time?

I have been hiding because I am supposed to be so 'successful' and I went and did this to myself. I was too ashamed to admit it until I read your post. I loathe Oprah with a passion, but I really admire you. When you admitted your gain, I realized it was time to step forward and state my own truth. Thanks for that. It was the kick in the (slightly bigger) pants that I needed. I started back on WW on Tuesday, but I haven't been back to my blog yet because I was ashamed. Everyone was so supportive of me all that time and I felt like my gain defrauded them somehow. I should know better. It was painful honesty that helped me lose the weight before and that's what's been missing this last month or so when I kept trying to get back on the wagon. As they say, the first step is admitting you have a problem. The good news is that I have been feeling strong and doing well this week.

I will be back to my blog this week. I will tell the ugly truth like I should have done a month ago.

Thanks Mouse - it was exactly what I needed to hear at exactly the right time.

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