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The Weight Loss Journey Comes To A Close, A New Chapter Begins

The Weight Loss Journey Comes To A Close A New Chapter Begins

I have traveled over half the country in search of losing weight. Had the chance to meet over three hundred experts and celebrities during shooting the upcoming film ‘Finding Thin’. I started at one weight and ended up gaining more while trying some of the new diets that might have that magic bullet. This was not what was supposed to happen. Yet my mission was to set out to save the world. That was until I found out that I needed to save myself first, then I could figure out the rest. The funny thing is that it took until that last few miles when I moved out to L.A. to really have it kick in. This was my last destination on the journey and a place that I was to call home.
The last year had many changes in my life. I had lost two of my beloved pets, a very close friend who turned out to be a wolf in a sheep cloths and most importantly… myself.
Then it began to change. I suddenly began to find myself. No longer did I find the need for emotional eating. Of course that brought many challenges. Yet I never stopped and was able to continue on and grow the movie to the finest state it has ever been in as well as myself personally.
We have some of the finest names and I don’t know where to begin thanking people.
Do I start with Jillian Michaels who really opened the door for us and showed me that we don’t always have to be victims. Or was it Dr. Michael Roizen over at The ‘Cleveland Clinic’ who showed me that I don’t need to feel so old and can reverse the process. He also introduced me to the mighty ‘Health Corps’ created by the efforts of Dr. Oz and ran by the lovely Michelle Bouchard. Then of course there was Bob Harper of ‘The Biggest Loser’ who was so real and made me laugh so hard. Then there was Tony Horton of ‘P90X’, not only the strongest guy for his young age but I am not sure he ever takes a breath. He is that good.. Then I begin to think of David Wallace of ‘Weight Watchers’ who helped get me back on track’. Of course I cant forget the king of comedy George Wallace or the wit and heart of actress Carlease Burke. There are just so many great people that have changed my life and contributed to making this movie that that much more. I have enough material to make three films. There are just so many names to thank. I just hope they help to bring the change and hope to your life as they have to mine. This has been the greatest honer and chance that I could have ever been given. Far from what I ever had hoped for. Beating my wildest dreams.
As I settle in now for the final phase of the movie and make my new home in L.A., I will be writing more frequently. Not to push the film, which I hope you will see, but to be there for you with new thoughts and stories form the battles lines each and every day. Have hope for this is a journey we take together.

Be Well

Barry Roskin Blake
Producer/Director
Finding Thin

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HealthCorps, an Organization to Teach Kids about Health

HealthCorps is a organization started by the great Dr. Mehmet Oz and run by the fantastic Michelle Bouchard to push for education, better eating and fitness for children. You already know of Dr Oz, but you probably haven’t heard of Michelle. She has three years experience as the CFO of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, a public benefit Corp for the state of New York, and also started two not for profit theaters in New York. On a personal note, Michelle has been very supportive of my own weight loss journey. She was the first person to notice my weight loss. Truly, she’s a first class lady running a first class organization.

HealthCorps approach is to work with kids via peer monitoring in schools. Educator, peer-mentor and activist coordinators work with individual schools to develop a tailored edition of HealthCorps. They are all involved in two year commitments to help these students and their community. Through the program, students are taught to shop for good food, to cook healthily, and to exercise. I feel the later is so important, particularly when physical education is being cut in so many schools.

At first I was skeptical. It seemed like a big name attached to a puff project, but I’ve seen for myself the results they’ve been able to achieve. It amazes me how they’ve been able to influence these kids in such a short amount of time. I applaud their efforts to reach out to under-served communities and to start an organization that goes to the heart of weight-related issues in this generation of at-risk youth.

However, Dr. Oz and Michelle Bouchard can’t do it alone. I implore everyone to take a closer look at this organization and do what you can to help them improve the lives of children.

You can learn more here!

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