Two Years and 15 Pounds Later…

25 Dec

After spending two years following Weight Watchers Online, I decided to respond to one of the site’s casting calls this past August. It was simple enough: fill out the basic information, answer a few personal questions, submit a before and after photo. My angle: I wasn’t the “typical” weight loss story in that I didn’t have to lose a huge amount of weight in order to be healthy, and I managed to stick to the plan throughout major life changes.

Fast forward, beginning of October. I get a call that WW is interested in my story. The next few days are a whirlwind in which I have a Skype interview and am subsequently told that WW wants me (and six other girls) to come to the city for a week of shooting. The perks: hotel room, meals, payment per diem, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The downsides: well, there were none. I was sold at free lunch.

I arrived in the city on Tuesday night. I was expecting decent accommodations, but my mind was absolutely blown when I checked into the Mondrian Soho, the epitome of swank. I got the key to my room on the 23rd floor and opened the door to my home for the next four days: the deluxe king-bed suite.

Highlights of these accommodations:

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows, all around the room, providing 360 degree views of the entire city.
  • Shower window overlooking midtown. No curtains. Rather voyeuristic.
  • Welcome package from WW upon arrival, including a Burt’s Bees gift box
  • Ordering room service and setting wake-up calls via complimentary iPad; iHome also provided
  • Did I mention the views?

Despite being over-stimulated by my new digs on Tuesday night, I managed to fall asleep during the early hours of morning. At 7:00 AM, I was ready to go and was met by my driver (!) outside to head off to wardrobe fitting, hair, and makeup. The next eight hours were spent trying on beautiful clothes, shoes, and accessories, and taking pictures of each outfit combination to be approved by the corporate bigwigs.

Accessories galore.

My clothing rack.

One of the chosen outfits.

Be still, my heart.

But the best part of this day had to be the shoes. Oh, the shoes. The ones pictured above were unbelievably amazing, and I got to wear them on the day of the photo shoot with this dress. I was lucky enough to get to keep the dress; the shoes, sadly, had to be returned. Let’s dwell on them for a while, shall we?

Oh Miu God.

And more shoes…





Wednesday came to a close, and on Thursday I finished up the final wardrobe fitting in anticipation for Friday’s shoot. As if this week couldn’t get more wonderful, my mom’s birthday was on Thursday, so my family and I saw Rent and went out to dinner. And then mom and I had a girls’ night in at the hotel.

Friday was crazy. I was the first one to shoot, so I had to be on set at 6:30 AM. The studio, by the way, was in a warehouse in Brooklyn, which I later discovered was an old porn set. Each room had a different “theme”: Southwestern, prison cell, Japanese, etc. The giveaway may have been the defunct jacuzzis in each room. Moving on. After hair, makeup, and wardrobe were complete, I was ready to rock and roll by 9:00. For the commercial shoot, it was all ad-libbing, answering the director’s questions about my WW experience. My video shoot outfit isn’t pictured, but I got to wear (and take home!) jeans, a blouse, a blazer, and a new pair of boots. A photo of the shoes, you ask? If I must.

After the commercial shoot was wrapped up, it was time to change into the dress and heels for the photo shoot. This part of the week falls into top three highlights of my life. As the bulbs flashed away, Britney started blasting throughout the studio. Soon, we were all fist-pumping and cat-clawing. It was absurd and amazing.

Perhaps the best perk arising from the payment was that I was able to invest in an elliptical machine, which is now used daily in my house. It’s ironic, but I feel like I am now in better shape and continue to lose weight after this whole experience. And it’s not too shabby to see myself on the homepage of, either.

Check out my full story (and before and after pictures!) on Weight Watchers here and here.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012.


One Response to “Two Years and 15 Pounds Later…”

  1. a friend December 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Wow! You look fabulous ~ as always:)

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