By Barry Roskin Blake
Alright, I know what you’re thinking. Another Christmas Grinch with wacko ideas.
But just hear me out. What the title should read is “Santa Clause must go on a diet”, but it doesn’t seem like he has listened to this advice in the past.
Through my time on the road these past two years, I have met and made plenty of friends, like Jillian Michaels, Tony Horton, Ruby, Bob Harper, Weight Watchers and those great folks over at Zumba to name a few. All of them can share different simple ways to help Santa get healthy. So what seems to be the problem? All the kids are looking up to him while he gives them cookies and candy. Now if studies are correct and sugar is an addictive substance, than is Santa a drug dealer? Is Santa setting up your kids as future sugar junkies?
The whole idea behind the holidays is to celebrate family and friends. Albeit after this blog I might not have many left. Holidays should not be an excuse to put on an extra ten pounds. You’re telling me the most lasting and noticeable gift from my friends and family will be the 10-pound spare tire I gain? The 10 pounds I will work off with dieting and exercise until I see them the next holiday?
So maybe Santa can’t grow a garden in his front yard but he should be capable of spreading a healthier message than candy, chocolate and cookies. We keep getting bigger each year and nothing seems to be slowing us down. If we don’t act now, how many more children and adults will have diabetes next holiday season?
This is no joke and only one of the fun obesity related diseases possible.
So if Santa can’t fit down the chimney again this year, we really need to have a talk with him.
Also Mr. Easter Bunny, if you’re reading this…watch out because you’re next on the naughty list.
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This has been the worst month of my life.
I lost two family pets which were my near and dear to my heart…practically children to me, regardless how others may feel.
I’ve really gotten to know who my true friends are. As for the phony ones, they are dead to me.
I thought I would emotionally eat during this time but I’ve only had a few bad days. Perhaps I even lost a few pounds, though that was not my intention.
After meeting with so many celebrities in the last few years making this film, maybe it is rubbing off.
I think back to Jillian Michaels, Ruby Gettinger, Dr. Judith Beck and even Bob Harper. Each and every one of them were so human and gave me strength. Even Michelle Bouchard from Dr. Oz’s Health Corps. was a positive influence.
Everyone wants to help but when you are in such emotional turmoil it seems like a lost cause.
I wake up in the morning and my little ones are not there.
Isolation has become my best friend.
It is ironic that all of this should takes place at the end of production. It has been over three years of my life that I have felt like I have forsaken so much.
I just always felt if I could effect just one person’s life other then my own, then it will all be worth it.
On this journey I have learned and experienced so much I can’t wait to share with you all on the screen.
It just never entered my mind how long and life changing this would be.
I now make two promises.
The first, is to finish this film for everyone.
The second, is to help the great foundations representing this very cause that I so believe in.
There has to be good that comes from this film and I will do whatever it takes to make it happen.
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I traveled almost eighteen hours each way for this interview; this was officially the longest trip I had taken by car for ‘Finding Thin’. After three years of researching the secret for what it was to truly “find thin”, it was coming to an end.
At first I had only seen Ruby on The Style Network a few times during my fifteen hour work days on the film. But through Facebook, iTunes, Hulu, and YouTube, I was able to find hours of footage to look at and really get a feel for what Ruby was all about.
Originally I was going to simply interview her by phone but after watching her story….there was no way I was not going see this amazing woman in person. I felt like she was someone who I would immediately bond with; and I was exactly right.
With all my pain from the aftermath of my previous accident, every minute in the car felt incredibly daunting. But I refused to give in; this was going to be my final interview for the film, and Ruby was going to be the perfect finish.
When I first arrived, she looked different. Ruby had lost a great deal of weight and looked terrific. She was beautiful on both the inside and outside. I ended up sitting with her on the couch and kitchen table with her family and friends, and I immediately felt at home.
Of course after losing my most beloved dog the other week, I had been in a very depressed state…probably the saddest I had ever been in a long time. Then I met Ruby’s beautiful dog. She sat between us during our first hour on the couch and fell asleep against my leg. It was one of the few interviews that I wanted to cry in. It was ironic that Ruby not only helped me as a person, but her dog got in on the action as well. I even offered her a thousand dollars for the dog; but like me, there wasn’t a price tag big enough for Ruby to let go of her “wo-man’s” best friend.
We shared so much in common and it was comforting. Some might ask, how could a woman who is heavy herself, help me? Well the answer is simple. We both could relate in a way that most thin people could not. We had gone through many of the same experiences and felt the same way about many issues.
Ruby has lost weight and is gaining happiness and hope along the way. I wish I could tell you more about this inspirational woman, but you’ll have to wait until you see the movie.
In the meantime, check out Ruby Gettinger’s show because this is one beautiful, intelligent, and purely sweet person for which I am a better person for knowing.
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