{November 9, 2011}   6 degrees to Holiday Hotness

The holidays are coming….  Breathe in consumerism. Breathe out debt, family frazzle and holiday weight gain. Whee!  As some of you know, I originally started this blog as a way to deal with a broken heart at the holidays.   Here is a bit of that very first post:

One of my first memories of New York City is getting up really early one morning to go be an extra for the worst indie movie of all time. At the time I lived in the back of a hair salon on 45th& 8th. That’s right a hair salon, the cool spinning chair, the big alien looking blow dryer that comes over your head. As I walked through Time’s Square at 5 a.m. – I realized THIS was the worst time to be out. Because every body around me were not early risers, they were still up from the night before.

As I walked along, so hopeful in my New Life in the City. My hair freshly groomed with products stolen from my apartment/hair salon. I was in that total hat-throwing-I’m-gonna-make-it-after-all moment when from behind me I heard low faint chants.

‘white girl with a fat ass, white girl with a fat ass, white girl with a FAT ass’   Click to continue reading….

Over the years, WGWaFA has raised over $5000 to fight hunger in America and has continued to change my life in amazing and positive ways.  One of my favorites is being the very first WINNER of Mark Fisher’s Snatched in 6 Weeks before/after picture contest.   Starting January 2011, Mark busted my ass 3 times a week for 6 weeks  and I packed on muscle,  lost 15 lbs and raised over $600 for Feeding America.  It’s funny how life’s puzzle pieces snap together:

  • If I hadn’t gotten my heart ripped out of my chest on the 3rd floor of a 5 story walk-up right before the holidays, I never would have started WGWaFA.
  • If I had never started WGWaFA, I wouldn’t have been invited to participate in the Former Phat Fcuks weight loss competition and Improv show at the Peoples Improv Theater.
  • If I hadn’t won 3rd place in Former Phat Fcuks with a total of 28 lbs lost – I would have never taken the free Improv class they gave me as a prize.
  • If I hadn’t taken that class, I wouldn’t have met Miriam one of my best friends and incredible supporter of both me and WGWaFA – in fact it was her idea to put together The Bake-Off an Improv show/fundraiser we produced at the PIT whose proceeds went to Feeding America.
  • If I never met Miriam, I wouldn’t know any of the amazing people she has introduced me to including Mr. Mark Fisher.
  • If I hadn’t met Mark, I would have never won Snatched or be super excited to participate in his upcoming HOLIDAY HOTNESS EXTRAVAGANZA!  (there is still time to register if you are interested – and, don’t fear, there are special sessions for beginners!)

As this holiday season approaches, I wish I could say that my life is a perfect transformation from the sad sack of misanthropic misery I was when I wrote that first post.  But alas, I’m not magically skinny and I’m looking forward to being single this Christmas about as much as a fork in the eye.

However, something I can now look forward to is being a Fitness Ninja for 3-weeks starting right after Thanksgiving and utilizing my new kettle-bell prowess to stave off those holiday lbs! In preparation for the Holiday Hotness Extravaganza, I have set up a Virtual Food Drive with Feeding America with the goal of raising $1420 to help the 1 in 6 Americans struggling with real hunger.  Please CLICK HERE to check it out and feel free to pass along to friends and family!  Every dollar donated helps provide SEVEN meals to people served by the Feeding America network.

And please check back for Holiday Hotness updates.  As well as the return of Boston Market Christmas and this year’s new virtual holiday fundraiser – RED-NOSED RUDOLPH! 


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