August 1 07

At first, i laughed. Shaquille O’Neal? six-episode reality show? about 6 obese middle schoolers? Shaquille O’Neal? seriously? i didn’t think it would amount to anything other than another summer tv reality show that i’m NOT watching (think: age of love)

but then i watched. and i was hooked.

through the six episodes, you watch these six children…six children who are morbidly obese, who can’t even do one sit-up, who get winded walking to class, who are socially ostracized because of their size, who feel awful about themselves, who have poor eating habits….turn into well-rounded, happy, healthier kids.


it was certainly an uphill battle for Shaq and his team

to try to fight childhood obesity in the home and in the schools. to try to teach families how to change their eating habits, to motivate their children to exercise more. to try to teach school systems that fast food at lunch is not a smart idea and that mandatory PE is.

it’s a wake-up call. a stepping stone to something greater. it really opened to my eyes to how serious childhood obesity is…and how important it is to fight it.

i was a big ole blubbery mess during the finale last night. seeing these kids – Chris, who lost 77 pounds, who looks like a completely different person. Walter, who was so socially awkward and played video games all day, who was joking around and at one point, ripped off his shirt to show off his svelte body.

i never thought i’d say this…but my hat’s off to Shaquille O’Neal. ๐Ÿ™‚

well lookie what i got me:

from not one, but two amazing women – Andi from Poot and Cubby and ~JJ! from Gaining Balance. i’m touched. and now i’m sharing the love with:

1. Sam at Temporarily Me. Sam is my online twin, my doppelganger, if you will. i heart her. and so should you.

2. miss Bossy at I Am Bossy. creative isรƒโ€šร‚ย a word that does not do this woman justice. she can make a post about tampons creative. seriously.

3. Becca at DasBecca. it’s no secret that i have a raging girl-crush on Becca…but, seriously, when i think creative, she automatically pops into my head.

4. Schmutzie. any person who admits to being eosophobe deserves an award. oh, and sometimes her labia go numb. kidding aside, i love her andรƒโ€šร‚ย was proud to be a part of her cockroll.

5. Kate at Sweet|Salty. i only heard about Kate after her twins were born. but after reading a single post, i was hooked. i spent way too long stalking her poking through her archives. it amazes me how she rolls up painstakingly heartfelt and roll-on-the-floor funny all into one.

  1. Aw, thanks Ali!!! Online twin for sure!

    Comment by sam on August 1, 2007
  2. Wow, I need to share that Shaq show with coworkers… thanks for the heads up!!!

    Comment by aimee/greeblemonkey on August 1, 2007
  3. That is a great show. Having lost a huge amount of weight myself and having grown up an obese child, I wish there was more positive stuff like this 20 years ago. (My blog has before pics of me up now actually)

    Thanks for bringing this into the spotlight and congrats on your award.

    Comment by AndreAnna on August 1, 2007
  4. I never thought that his show would be good! Now I’m kinda sorry I missed it! Great blog BTW! Decided to de-lurk on behalf of Shaq! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Miss on August 1, 2007
  5. Wow. I’ve never even heard of this show! But I had a similar experience with Dice, Undisputed. I thought I’d hate it — I mean, this is DICE we’re talking about. But I loved it. I was totally hooked. LOL!

    Comment by mamatulip on August 1, 2007
  6. Shocking! I never would have predicted that show’d be good. I can’t believe you got hooked watching it! I would have flipped channels IMMEDIATELY!

    those bloggers sound great! I’ll have to check them out!! (Not that I have time for ANYTHING these days…, but, one day….)

    Comment by Haley-O on August 1, 2007
  7. I have been watching this show also. I got hooked right away! I never realized it was only a 6-episode show, though… We were watching it last night, and when that first kid came out… the one that lost the 77#, I looked at my husband and said “Did we miss an episode?” I didn’t realize it was already the finale. It was amazing the results those kids had!

    Comment by J on August 1, 2007
  8. Bossy is so totally honored. She will polish her new award every day.

    Comment by BOSSY on August 1, 2007
  9. congrats, you creative kid! another completely deserved award. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by lara on August 1, 2007
  10. Congratulations on being recognized! And thanks for awarding me, as well.

    Comment by schmutzie on August 1, 2007
  11. Haven’t watched this one yet because hello, Shaq? But if you say it’s good I’ll trust you and give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Jackie on August 1, 2007
  12. Congrats on the award!

    Comment by anne nahm on August 1, 2007
  13. I’m amazing? Aw, shucks. You deserve it woman. Your Thursday Thirteens are the best. I love your picks for the award, BTW.

    And the Shaq show? I have sort of a morbid curiosity about it, but sadly didn’t get to see it. Sound like I actually missed out on something good.

    Comment by andi on August 2, 2007
  14. That was a great show. Chris? I like didn’t even look the same! I didn’t even recognize him when he came out!

    Kudos to Shaw for doing this. So many of these overpaid atheletes don’t give anything back with thier money. What a great guy! I can’t believe schools don’t have PE anymore!

    Comment by Ruby on August 2, 2007
  15. Ew! I never liked The Simpsons. I can’t explain why. I never liked Beavis & Butthead either. I don’t plan to see it….ever.

    Comment by FENICLE on August 2, 2007
  16. Apparantly Shaq has about a dozen kids (okay, maybe less), and he’s a kick-ass father, so this doesn’t shock me. But still, GO SHAQ!

    Comment by chantal on August 3, 2007
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