Behind the scenes of our appearance on Channel 9 - Today



Wow... What a day.
It still seems so surreal.
To be on live breakfast TV, seen by around 185,000 Aussies on a Monday is an awesome experience.

It was never on my 'bucket list', because I never thought it could happen.

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Having never been on a TV set before (yeah, I know... I should've been on many times by now)... I didn't really know what to expect.

I didn't take a photo, but when you see the set for the first time, it just looks like a big garage, with like a cement floor and a LOT of open space. But obviously everything happens on the news desk and the couch.

Amazingly, the presenters eat while the others do their bit. So Karl and Ally might be eating something while the news reader reads the news, and the news reader will eat while the sports reporter does their thing.

It is all quite relaxed, and not as chaotic as I thought it would be.

First up it was make up!

Even though my kids think I am perfect, apparently this beautiful 53 year young complexion still needs a bit of work (thankfully not too much though).




My partner in crime, Karen, also had a bit of work done.

The IT nerd in me noticed that they are using Microsoft Windows 7, which is about to go out of support, but I try not to worry about these things.  :P




Next up it was time for our hair.

The number one dietitian in the world (voted by me), The Marvelous Pennie, was obviously more important than me and had her hair done before me.




Apparently I don't have perfect hair and needed a bit of work done.
Not sure, but the hair dresser didn't do much to make me look younger and hide some of the 'snow on the roof'. I did ask him to make sure that I kept the George Clooney / Silver Fox look, but he just laughed at my obvious dad joke, not realising that I was serious.




The finished product.

I got this shirt printed up so I can surprise Karl and Ally by wearing it under my dress shirt.
It is my original 'fat photo' of me on day one of my journey.
My family questioned the value of this shirt, but I love it and hoped it would provide a bit of life to the interview (which it did). 


The Green Room (that isn't actually very green).

After the hair and makeup team made us as good looking as possible (hey, you can't improve on perfection)... It was off to the Green Room, which is surprisingly not very green.



We had a bit of time just chatting and 'working the camera' while in the Green Room.











And then we were whisked off to the set and miked up ready to go.

Like I said before, the experience was all very surreal.

I had prepared myself as what I wanted to focus on. I wanted to tell my story quickly, but in detail, but not waffle on.

My favourite parts were -



Me telling Karl - "Don't leave me hanging!"


Probably the most confronting photo for me.
Me (still not at my fattest), barely fitting into a plane seat.


Me handing Karl the slab of fat.


Karl with the 2.2 kilo slab of fat - "I've lost 37 of these!"


Me with my fat pants



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