Double Yolks. PLUS, Watch the Infomercial Online!

April 3, 2013

EXCITING NEWS! You know how I’m featured in Richard Simmons’ new infomercial for Project H.O.P.E.? The infomercial clocks in at a full 30 minutes, but the online version is only 7 minutes, and I was left on the editing room floor. So unless you set your DVR, or happened to catch it on basic cable in the middle of the night, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen my little part of the infomercial yet.

UNTIL NOW! Check it out: the portion featuring the long-term success stories (me and my friends Joanne and Lori) is now on YouTube! It’s only 80 seconds – watch right here:

Big thanks to my buddy Jon. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the infomercial shoot here.

Moving on…

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Oh, Crap… Fifteen Days Away?

March 25, 2013

It turns out that this post is months and months in the making. Way back in 2012, I decided I would sign up for the American Lung Association 2013 Fight For Air Climb. It’s a charity event that involves racing up the stairwell of the 63-story Aon Center in downtown Los Angeles. If this rings a bell, it’s because I participated last year (read all about it here), so when I heard there was an early bird discounted registration for this year’s event, I bit the bullet and signed up. I honestly didn’t know if I would participate or not, but I figured I could sort that minor detail out later, and, in the meantime, I saved $10 or $15 dollars. Of course, I never got around to figuring out if I would actually participate… because I kinda forgot all about it.   Read the rest of this entry »


Behind-the-Scenes at a Weight Loss Infomercial

February 14, 2013

Hey Folks! Now that Richard Simmons’ new infomercial has seen the light of day, I can share some fun behind-the-scenes scoop about the whole experience. Before I do that, a big thanks to everyone that tuned in! For anyone that doesn’t know what I’m talking about, Richard Simmons just launched a new 90-day weight loss program called Project H.O.P.E., and I’m featured as a weight loss success story in the new infomercial!

For everyone that missed it, I don’t have any information for you about how you can watch, unfortunately. I’m not in the online version of the infomercial (which can be seen here), and I don’t know if the 30-minute version that I’m in will ever appear online. As for television viewing: I’d like to think that this infomercial, just like every other infomercial ever made, will run for months and months and be inescapable. I just don’t have, at this time, any more scheduling information. What that means is that you should stay up late and watch cable TV in the middle of the night for the foreseeable future until you happen to catch it on the airwaves!

Kidding, of course. If I learn more about concrete viewing opportunities, I’ll be sure to let you know! In the meantime, you can live vicariously through these photos.

I appear three times during the infomercial. The first time is right near the beginning, when they show this graphic for a few seconds that features ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs:

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TV Schedule For Richard Simmons’ New Infomercial – Featuring Me!

February 7, 2013

Just a quickie post to share some vitally important, life-or-death information: the air times for the new infomercial I’m in!

Richard Simmons is launching a new 90-day weight loss program called Project H.O.P.E., and he’s selling it via infomercial, and the infomercial started airing this week. What’s more, I’m in it! I’m not in it for long, but I provide a testimonial as to the benefits of working out with Richard long term.

Here are the channels and times you can watch it this weekend – get ready to stay up late, wake up early, or set the DVR!

Weekend Schedule

If you wanna look for it in your TiVo/DVR guide, search for “Richard Simmons’ Fat Blast.” I’m sure it will air many, many times after this weekend, but I don’t know if I’ll have access to those schedules. So grab some carrot sticks and hummus, settle in, and enjoy!

I’m featured in a photograph touting my weight loss at the beginning, and I can be seen in footage filmed at Slimmons towards the end, but my shining moment, from the interview they shot with me, is right around 15 or 16 minutes in (the infomercial is 30 minutes total).

The interview was conducted in early December, and I’ll share some photos and stories from that day in another post. For now, take note of the schedule, and plan accordingly!

Oh, and as of right now, my interview isn’t available online. There’s a 7-minute infomercial on YouTube and the Project H.O.P.E. website, but I’m not included in that shorter version. All the more reason to tune in this weekend!

KEEP IT UP, DAVID!


Watch Me on “The Doctors” ONLINE!

January 28, 2013

Ohhhh boy, am I annoyed right now! My local Los Angeles CBS affiliate is at the top of my shitlist, and here’s why: They pre-empted my episode of ‘The Doctors” so they could air live coverage of some dumb golf tournament! What nerve. It wasn’t even a major golf tournament – it was the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. I waited over a month for my episode of “The Doctors” to air, and it gets yanked at the last minute for GOLF?!? Unacceptable.

I know “The Doctors” aired in most other parts of the country, though, and that’s a good thing, and all day today I got notes and messages from friends and readers that tuned in.

And the other good thing is that my segment is online! The entire hour isn’t online, but my quick little moment in front of the cameras is, and you can watch it right here.

For behind-the-scenes scoop, check out yesterday’s post.

The video is about 4 minutes long, but I’m only in the first part of it. It looks good, if I do say so myself. I look good too!

Keep it up, David!


Backstage at “The Doctors”

January 28, 2013

It’s Sunday night as I write this, the day before my episode of “The Doctors” airs. (If you haven’t made plans to watch yet, what are you waiting for? Find out when it airs in your area here and watch the promo – featuring me towards the end! – right here.) I’m excited to see the finished episode. It’s been over a month since we taped it and probably close to two months since I was first booked! Wanna see a few behind-the-scenes photos?

Oh! And stay tuned, because at the end of this post, I have YET ANOTHER awesome television announcement!

“The Doctors” is filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, so when I got there, I got to drive through the famous gates on Melrose Avenue:

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Exciting TV Announcement PLUS My Awesome New Kitchen Toy PLUS A Tasty Easy Dip Recipe!

January 21, 2013

Is your DVR remote control handy? Or pen and paper? I just want you to be prepared, because I have exciting news: I’m gonna be on TV again!

I’ll be a guest on “The Doctors” next Monday, January 28th! It’s a show about weight loss, featuring the one-and-only Richard Simmons. As part of his segment, they wanted to feature success stories of people that have worked with Richard to drop pounds. I’m one of 5 success stories, along with my friends Joanne, Marcia, Iris, and Lori, that are there to inspire a woman in the studio audience who wants to lose weight.

Doctors Masthead

We taped the show in late December (and I’ve kept my mouth shut about it per the confidentiality agreement they asked me to sign), and it was a lot of fun. I’m in the very first segment at the start of the show, and also onstage at the very end of the hour as well. “The Doctors” is syndicated, and to find out when it airs in your area, click here. I actually don’t know right now if my appearance will be available online. There’s a good chance it won’t be, so if you don’t have a DVR or a VCR or the ability to drop everything and watch it when it’s actually on, then you have about a week to figure out a solution! TUNE IN!

FUN FACT: This is actually my second appearance on “The Doctors” – I appear, briefly, in a segment taped at Slimmons that aired about a year ago. You can watch it online right here.

Moving on… I got a fun new kitchen toy as a Christmas present, and I’ve been photographing it in action!

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2012 Year-End Progress Report

January 14, 2013

We’re already halfway through January? 2013 is just flying by! At the moment, I feel like I’m finally free and clear of the cold that I’ve been fighting for about 2 weeks now, but I won’t feel that way in the morning. Every morning I wake up stuffed up and snotty, and by the end of the day, I feel much better. Then, I wake up the next day feeling stuffed up and snotty again, and the cycle resumes. I’m tired of it.

I haven’t been letting my cold affect my routine too much. I’ve still been working out 3-4 times a week, which has become my norm, including a workout today, and another one yesterday, too. And I’m still logging all my workouts in my calendar (8 so far in January), and brings me to the focus of today’s post:

My 2012 Year-End Progress Report! Even though I haven’t posted a monthly report since July, I’ve still been tracking everything, and it’s time to summarize my year in exercise.

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My (Brief) Appearance on “Tia & Tamera”!

July 31, 2012

A few months ago, I wrote about how I went to Slimmons one night to take one of Richard Simmons’ classes, only to find a reality film crew there. They were filming twin actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry, who star in a hit Style Network show called “Tia & Tamera.”

GUESS WHAT! Last night, the episode aired!

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Tia & Tamera

April 13, 2012

Happy Friday! Take a look around – I’ve made a few changes to Keep It Up, David, to help you access your favorite types of posts more quickly and easily. Basically, the My Favorite Posts page was getting way too big and unwieldy (there were over 85 links on it!). So I split it up and created a third row of header links:

  • The Produce Aisle: You know I love to try fruits and veggies that I’ve never tried before (like in yesterday’s post, with the pepinos!), so this page archives all those posts. I separated the list into two parts, fruits and veggies, and you can click on any of the links to learn more about the unique and rare items I’ve found, like Buddha’s Hand or Dragon Fruit.
  • What’s In The RediSetGo?: All the installments of my popular little blog game are archived here. Haven’t played yet? Check it out, it’s easy and fun!
  • My Incredible Shrinking Clothes: These posts really motivate me – they’re about how I’ve needed to buy smaller and smaller clothes as a result of my weight loss. There’s nothing cooler than seeing a 3XL t-shirt next to a Large, and knowing I’ll never need that 3XL ever again!

With these three new pages, that still leaves about 12 or 14 links on the My Favorite Posts page, and they truly are the posts that I’m most proud of.

MOVING ON…

Remember the TV show Sister, Sister? It was a sitcom about twin girls, separated at birth, who get reunited as teenagers. It ran for 6 seasons in the mid and late ’90s, first on ABC, and then on the WB. Maybe the theme song will jog your memory:

The reason I bring it up is that I met the show’s stars, Tia and Tamera Mowry, last night at Slimmons! They currently have a reality show on the Style Network, appropriately called Tia & Tamera, and they’re filming their second season right now. Last night, they filmed during one of Richard Simmons’ classes at Slimmons.

This was a complete surprise to me, but not an unexpected one. It’s maybe the fourth or fifth time (at least) that I’ve walked into Slimmons and seen a film crew there – whether it’s for the Today show, The Doctors, or a local news piece. This was the biggest crew I’ve seen at Slimmons (I wonder how it compared to the film crew for Khloe and Lamar, which also filmed at Slimmons, although I wasn’t there that day): two cameramen, a sound guy, three or four producers, and two or three assistants.

Tia and Tamera looked exactly how I remembered them from Sister, Sister. The cameras shot them meeting with Richard before the class started and then Richard introduced them to a bunch of his regular students, starting with me. I met them, briefly, while the cameras were rolling, so there’s a chance I’ll be on their show! I’m not holding my breath – they got a LOT of footage during the course of the evening. They were both very nice, and their jaws dropped when I shared how much weight I’ve lost.

I worked out next to them during most of the class, and you could tell they were having a great time and working hard. One of them (I’m not sure if it was Tia or Tamera, to be honest), said goodbye to me on the sidewalk afterward, and I waved and said goodbye back.

When I got home, I sent a tweet to both of them:

And within a half-hour, Tamera tweeted back!

And, a few hours later, Tia responded too!

And then she sent a second tweet!

That means we’re new best friends, right?

Richard’s class was really good last night, regardless of the presence of celebrities. Lots of friends there wanted to touch my head – it was the first time I’ve been to Slimmons since getting my haircut. I also worked my ass off… and I was soaked with sweat by the end!

Keep it up, David!


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