Prior to appearing on the The Dr. Oz Show, and after losing weight and getting healthy, I took on the training to become a certified kick instructor. I had never done anything like that before in my life, and as much as I wanted it I was nervous - so nervous that I would shake, especially in front of my fitness directors. But I pushed through my nerves and my fears and practiced hard almost every day. Now I think I do pretty darn good job as a kick instructor. Losing weight and getting healthy lead me to my passion of teaching at the gym!
The day I appeared on the show, I was sitting backstage in my dressing room with the producer and I remember telling her that I couldn't believe that I wasn't nervous at all! When I ran out on stage to meet my hero Dr. Oz and finally got to thank him in person, crazy amounts of emotion took over me. I was such a mixed bag of emotions; nervous, shaking really bad, almost crying, and beyond so happy to have this dream come true and to finally be able to share with the world some of my diet and exercise tricks!
Anyway, I guess being such a mixed bag of emotions that day at least showed the world just how much Dr. Oz means to me and how to this day, my life is still changing for the better all because of him!
I was on vacation last week. I drive a convertible. For those of you that saw me on the show, you know that I gave Dr. Oz the medal I won for running a 5K and taking 2nd place for my age group. At the end of the show Dr. Oz insisted that I take it back!
Anyway, I left my convertible open and my medal hangs from my rear view mirror. I parked my car in a public parking lot and off I went, only to return to see that someone stole my medal! I was devastated, heartbroken and almost in tears! That medal means more to me now than it ever did, especially after my hero, Dr. Oz, gave it back to me. It means so much to me; I can't even explain it! I drove back to the place we were staying in with my head hung low, like someone had ripped my heart right out of my chest!
To my surprise, lots of my friends and family greeted me when I arrived back. I told them about my horrible night! Then my oldest daughter walked in with my medal. I thought I was going to fall to my knees and start crying. I was so thankful to see that medal again! My kids and friends played a joke on me, but it taught me a lesson - I am not to leave my convertible open when I'm away from my car, because unfortunately, some people do steal. The second part of the lesson is that I realized even more how much emotion is attached to that medal. Without Dr. Oz, I wouldn't even have that medal. To have it handed to me now 3 times is more than a dream come true! I am so thankful for you, Dr. Oz.
My life is amazing, my dreams are all coming true and I'm stronger and more confident than I've ever been. I will continue to push through my fears, stay healthy and live out my dreams! My wish is for all of you to do the same!