I have a hunch I may have a few new readers today. Does that include YOU? If so, please enjoy this photographic welcome:
Chances are you’re here because you saw me on “The Jeff Probst Show,” and I’m so glad you watched and even more glad that you stopped by. (If you haven’t seen me on “The Jeff Probst Show” yet, click here to watch online.) Here’s a little run-down of what to find on this site. Let’s call it Keep It Up, David 101:
I started Keep It Up, David two years ago as a way to keep myself accountable and on-track. Losing weight is difficult (that’s the understatement of the year!), so I use this site as a way to share what I’m doing, what I’m eating, how I’m struggling, and how I’m succeeding. I publish a new blog about once a week, usually on Monday or Tuesday.
If you poke around in the header at the top of the page, you’ll quickly learn a lot about me. I’ve written around 650 posts, so here are some links for easy ways you can navigate through them:
- My Story So Far… features my life-long battle with weight. I’ve been overweight my entire life, and I share, on this page, how I’ve tried to lose weight in the past, and, more importantly, how I did it this time around, including how I met my friend and mentor, the one-and-only Richard Simmons.
- The Photo Gallery has LOTS of ‘Before’ and ‘Current’ pictures. Who doesn’t like pictures?
- My Favorite Posts is also pretty self-explanatory. It’s through these posts that you can get a sense of my writing style and read about some of the milestones (and low points) along this road.
- One of the ways that I keep motivated is by tracking my weight on my Weight Loss Chart. It’s a low-tech affair – a graph paper chart that’s taped on my wall – but it works for me!
You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ (all excellent ways to learn about new posts), or sign up to receive new posts via email – there’s a “Sign Me Up!” box in the right-hand column, under the black-and-white photo.
Most of all, I invite you to speak up. Losing weight is hard work, and you have ideas or thoughts based on what I write, then please use the comments section to share them with everyone! I can’t promise that I’ll be able to respond to every comment or email, but I will read them all, and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out.
Now then. Who wants some behind-the-scenes intel about “The Jeff Probst Show”?
You know what? Going on talk shows is fun. I highly recommend it. I already shared a little bit about how I asked to be on the show, so here’s what went down the day of the taping:
Since I work at the show, I showed up for work like it was any other day, but instead of settling in at my desk, I headed over to the stage first thing in the morning. We tape three shows a day, two days a week, and the weight loss show was the first show of that day. It was pretty cool seeing a dressing room with my name on it:
I brought a duffel bag and a hanging bag full of wardrobe options, but my buddies Maria and Lisa, the show’s incredible wardrobe stylists, also found a bunch of options, too. They picked out everything I wore, from head to toe, excluding underwear and spanx (yep, I wore spanx). Maria and Lisa did a great job – because I looked good, if I do say so myself!
My buddy Mikael took that photo after the taping was over.
Before the taping began, there was a quick rehearsal onstage, where Bryan, the director, told me where he wanted me to go, and the hair and makeup team did their magic as well. My friend Alex, one of the guys on the producing team for that show, prepped me on what to expect when I went out there. I was nervous before my segment taped, but for silly reasons. Specifically, I was nervous I would run out there and trip and fall, and faceplant into the lap of some lady in the front row. Thankfully, for me and that lady, that didn’t happen.
The actual taping went by quickly, and I’m glad there were cameras around, because I don’t remember much of it! Jeff is a really great guy – he’s easy to talk to, so I felt comfortable. I’m familiar with the stage, having worked there since June, and a couple friends were in the audience, so it was cool to see friendly faces.
After the taping was over, I gathered up my stuff, and headed back to my office. It was noon – and I still had a full day of work ahead of me!
Oh – and here’s the mug that all guests get as a little ‘thank you’ for being on the show:
Keep it up, David!