Ok, so there I was...washing dishes when the phone rang on Friday afternoon. I picked it up.
"Hello? I am looking for Rhonda. Is this Rhonda?" asked the voice on the other end of the line.
"Yes. May I ask who is calling?" I thought here we go again...telemarketers.
"Great. My name is **** and I am calling from the Indy Star." (the big newspaper of Indy for those who don't know already...)
"Ok...How can I help you?" I asked, rather curious while drying my Kitchenaid mixer bowl with both hands while trying to balance my cell phone between my left ear and shoulder.
" I am doing a story on the Fashion Madness Show at the bariatric center and I was wondering if I could ask you some questions about your journey." said the reporter.
"Uh, ok. That's fine. I'd be happy to help. "
"Well, I hope it's a good time for you." she said. Truth be told I would have much rather have had a heads up she was calling, but I could deal with it.
" I was given your name by the bariatric center. They said that you have been very successful and also that you are doing a seminar on powershopping at the fashion show next Saturday." She had done her homework.
"Yep. Actually, it's a seminar titled "Powershopping 101" where I tell patients how I have saved hundreds of dollars after surgery by shopping at consignment stores and Goodwill color tag sales the last year."
"Well, that sounds interesting..." and thus began a long conversation with the young fashion reporter that continued on for almost thirty minutes...
Now, here I sit three days after the interview. At 4:30 today, I am scheduled for a photo shoot trying on clothes for the fashion show at my favorite consignment store with another bariatric "buddy". The paper is going to take pictures of us trying on clothes that we will model for the shop at the show. Frankly, I am a bit nervous. This will be out there for EVERYONE to see and read. I have pretty much kept my weight loss low key-other than to those people who have seen this blog, my web site and know me personally. Going public is-well, going public. No matter what the fall-out might be, the important thing is that I have lost 180 pounds. Wow. I have to type that again to believe it. 180 pounds.
180 pounds has done a lot of things for me the last year. I left my job, pursued my TRUE passion, started a web site, wrote two online novels which led to a fan base-which led to a retreat in the planning. Of course, all of this doesn't include the self-confidence I gained from the whole experience.
Yeah, maybe there is someone out there who will benefit from reading the article on the show enough to make the phone call to attend an informational seminar. Let's hope so.
The feature should be out in the March 27th edition of the Indy Star if all goes well. If I can get a digital copy from them I will and post it online.
For those in the Indy area, we still have tickets available for the show. Email me at Rhonda@rkmquilts.com.
I think I'm going to be drinking a lot of coffee today. Good thing there's a Starbucks across the street from the consignment shop!
Until it's time to go though, I am going to do some quilting!
Enjoy your day-