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My Weigh In and a Casting Call???

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Last week I weighed in for the first time in weeks and I was happy that my weight was still within a very respectable maintainer range. I’m not quite sure why this surprised me, my clothes all fit great. I’m working out like a madwomen. I’m even training for the relay.

It’s so funny that I still grapple with the thought that somehow I’m going to gain 50lbs overnight. Like that the cheesecake I ate this weekend will translate into at least a 5 lb gain. It’s like I ignore the fact that I workout 4-5 days a week, HARD. That I can easily run 3-4 miles and that I’m consciously aware of everything I put in my mouth. I am not at all the same person I was 5 years ago. I can say confidently that I’m in the best shape of my life. I truly have changed my (sorry, I have to use it) lifestyle.

Why did all these feelings come to the surface tonight? Well, I weighed in again this morning and the scale showed a 1.2 loss. I was shocked. Then I had a long talk with myself which ended with a one statement….

Trust yourself. You are doing it and you will continue to.

OK, enough soul searching and back patting. I have a big decision to make. Well I guess it’s not "big" per say but definitely FUN. I just found out the Food Network is doing an open casting for the Next Food Network Star this friday! It’s only an hour from my house and I’m seriously considering going.

I’m not sure I have what it takes but I love working on GreenLiteBites, I’m fairly obsessed with food and I LOVE to cook, so why not, right? RIGHT? OK, I’m trying to convince myself.

The life lover in me is screaming "YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE! GO" The negative nilly is saying, "Why bother, you have so much work to do and you chances are pretty slim anyway."

I guess this is were I ask what you think. Although I have a feeling all comments will tell me to go as it’s the "nice" thing to say. Is anyone willing to be really truthful and tell me I’m crazy? If I decide to go I have a lot of work ahead of me to get ready! I better run!

I can’t focus anyway, the only thing swimming in my head right now is… "What’s my culinary point of view???" LMAO




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There are 88 comments so far.

    Angela

    October 1, 2008

    Do IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When will you ever have this chance again! I think everyone should take risks, if your family is for it, go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Check out Angelas last blog post..HoodiaMom

    Giyen

    October 1, 2008

    Roni, you should totally go to the casting call. You recipes are great and your personality shows through your videos. Go girl!

    Cinemarie

    October 1, 2008

    Go for it! Don’t make the mistake of not going and regretting it… If it’s meant to happen, it will, if not, I’m 100% sure it will be a fun experience! I think you have a great friendly presence on your videos and I think you would do great in that role! You do have a busy schedule, but I can tell you want to give this a try:) if you end up being picked – you can always just say no…
    Can’t wait to find out what you’ll do!! Good luck!! :)

    Lish

    October 1, 2008

    Go For It! You only can gain from the experience!

    Arlene

    October 1, 2008

    It would be a lot of work, but totally worth it! I’d definitely watch your show on the Food Network, if you won.

    Amanda

    October 1, 2008

    RONI!

    If you don’t do it, I’ll be very unhappy.

    LOL.

    I’ll send you a virtual blog-glare.

    so DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :)

    Then I’ll send you a virtual blog-hug.

    -Mandapants

    Check out Amandas last blog post..Because There’s Only So Much Consistency to Go Around…

    Charlie Hills

    October 1, 2008

    Back in early 2000, I applied for a job at Weta in New Zealand as they were ramping up production on The Lord of the Rings. I have a good combination of programming and graphic skillz, but absolutely no industry experience and didn’t have a chance in the world of actually getting on board. But I didn’t care. I sent it in anyway. Did I make it? Of course not. But I’ve lived extraordinarily happy in the fact that I tried. I’ll never, ever look back and say “what if”.

    Check out Charlie Hillss last blog post..Money Money Money!

    Tricia

    October 1, 2008

    I agree. Go for it! I would love to watch you on the Foot Network.

    Bonnie

    October 1, 2008

    You’d be crazy NOT to go for it! OMG….I’m SO excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Check out Bonnies last blog post..Brian

    Josie

    October 1, 2008

    Ok Roni,
    I hardly ever comment, i did once about the lavash bread but this is a must……DO IT!!! not only b/c you live once, but I check your website like i check my yahoo which is like every 15 mins lol you have AMAZING recipes and i must say your recipes are the 1st i have ever tried that doesn’t taste like “diet food” it’s practical and it’s REAL. You’re a huge inspiration. I was an overweight child my whole life (i was in 3rd grade at 130lbs!) up until my junior year in highchool i saw some pics of myself and somthing snapped. I lost 50 lbs with weight watchers and pilates and have kept it off since ( now 23) I have a 2 yr old daughter and i never want her to feel ashamed and always doing some fad diet like i always doing.

    That is why i look up to you, you’re over the “skinny” thing it’s about being healthy and fit and listening to your body not about stressing over the scale and if the chick next to you in line at target has smaller thighs than you. Ok this is sounding corny but i really think you can make a difference through your food and your attitude.

    Liz

    October 1, 2008

    You should definitely do it…at least go and try. I love that show! And you already know your culinary point of view – and you have a ‘story’ you can sell too so you just might be exactly what they are looking for! Go for it!

    Urban Diva

    October 1, 2008

    I think the audition is a fabulous idea, I have never posted before, but thought I’d just say: Really, what do you have to lose??? :)))

    Check out Urban Divas last blog post..Weight Watching

    Jynell

    October 2, 2008

    I’ll be honest with you…

    I think that it’s a great opportunity, but you do have a lot of commitments (and that’s just what I know from reading your blog… ) Your son is still young & those years FLY by (TRUST ME!!) Soon enough, he will be in school all day and you will have more time to pursue other things. Doesn’t Food Network have one of those shows every year? You have a TON of talent in the kitchen (and on the internet) & that’s not going anywhere. Keep working on your cookbook, inventing new recipes & fine tuning your skills. Then when they do the casting call in another two years or so, you’ll be super ready & you won’t have sacrificed the precious time with your son that you can never get back.

    All that of course assumes that you would get the job. I personally think b/c you have such a unique angle with the weight loss thing and your blog, your “following”, not to mention AWESOME recipes that it is VERY likely that you could get the job! If you want to try out, do it!! But, if it were me, at this point in life, I would only do it if I knew I could turn it down or postpone it, or find a REALLY good work around (Maybe a Mom & Me cooking show!) so that I didn’t have to give up the last of your time at home with the little man.

    Probably not what you wanted to hear… but I think our sons are about the same age. He’s my last, and I just realize more and more everyday (b/c my oldest is now in 1st grade & I MISS HER!) just how quickly the time at home with my baby is slipping by and I’d hate for you to look back and regret jumping at an opportunity that you could easily have even if you waited a year or two.

    HTH….

    Zoey

    October 2, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    I am excited to hear that the Next Food Network Star is having a casting call in your area because I think you would be awesome for that show!

    I also think I remember you dreaming about it in blog posts while the show was airing a few months ago- this is something that has been on your mind for awhile now and now the option to participate has presented itself!

    They have some crazy challenges on that show but it would be an amazing adventure!

    Check out Zoeys last blog post..Ants in my pants

    Dori

    October 2, 2008

    go for it!!!! whether you make it or not (cause as a chef.. i can tell you its hard competition) its a once in a life time event.. just trying out is a big accomplishment. and the style you cook.. is something AMERICA needs. healthy foods.. i guess your show would be like Devin Alexanders.. she lost weight and has healthy FAST FOOD alternatives.. i wish you the best of luck.. if you get on tv.. i will root for you :) i hope you try out!!!!!

    Maranda

    October 2, 2008

    Roni, GO FOR IT! You might be crazy, but your right, you only live once and do you really want to think back 10 years from now and wonder “What if.”

    nicole

    October 2, 2008

    Roni, you need to do this. your food is awesome, and you are an inspiration to everyone who reads your site. that would make a great combo for food tv network. just imagine your show…”i have lived it, i have lost it, and now i’ll show you how to do it!” the show “fixing dinner” was started my a mother of 7 who needed to organize her own household meal time. your show is going to be the same principle; that youve radically changed your health, weight and outlook on life, and you can show the viewers how to do it. north america has lost their grip when it comes to weight, health and food. you are the one that needs to show them how to get back on track. you need to show them that healthful food tastes great, and is easy to prepare. anything from how to cut a mango to how to prepare your more elaborate dishes. you have on-camera charisma and i have no doubt you would be a total asset to the food tv line up.

    i dont think your lack of culinary education or formal training will be a downfall. the average person doesnt have culinary training either, and thats your audience. you know a lot about different foods and different cooking styles and i think that will take you a long way.

    as for your culinary point of view…”healthful ideas that go over with the whole family.” you can call it what you want, but i think that’s a good angle to play. a lot of people think that if they are “dieting” or changing habits they have to cook multiple meals for the rest of the family. you can show them that your low cal meals please the critics.

    thats what i think. i’d watch you. i DO watch you on your videos and i read your sites. i wish you the best of luck with whatever you choose to do.

    Lori

    October 2, 2008

    Seriously? Totally go for it. You are an awesome role model and you have so much to offer. Your genuine and you could help the masses learn about “Healthy Living”.
    You have my VOTE!!!!!
    Go Roni!

    SJ

    October 2, 2008

    Ok, here is my two cents. You should go, if only for the experience of it. If it doesn’t work out you will at least have some idea of what you need to do to get ready for the next one. You’ve got a wealth of video for examples, you are creative in the kitchen, and already have a product sponsor. Rachael Ray should be so lucky! Seriously though, go for it… you have nothing to lose. Pass out your business cards, promote your blog, meet new people and have fun, girl! No matter what happens you will still inspire and motivate those of us here. BEST OF LUCK!

    Christy

    October 2, 2008

    I agree with everyone else. You HAVE what it TAKES. And the fact that your recipes helped you to lose weight should support your story and your cooking. That can be your philosophy on food/cooking. It is light, done right. It is full flavor healthy foods. You create healthy real recipes for people in need of a healthier option. Commentor #19 said it all…you need to do this. NO matter what we are still here for you.

    Abby

    October 2, 2008

    I dont have children, and I would say it sounds like a great life opportunity if it pans out, but ask yourself, your child and your spouse, do you have time for this now? If as a family you agree that you do, then go for it, but if you are doing too much, you dont want to wake up one morning asking yourself, when did your child grow up!!!

    Inny

    October 2, 2008

    Go ahead, try it out! You have accomplished so much already, they will definitely take you.

    Check out Innys last blog post..Why didn’t I like hiking all these years?

    Nina

    October 2, 2008

    Hi Roni!

    I loved your blog entry as it shows me that despite of your giant weight loss you still have times when you think about your old ways. Well, you shouldn’t because you were successful and you will continue to be so. But I liked it because most weight loss success stories tell you nothing about those unsure moments.

    And, secondly, I am a nice woman and will tell you to go because it IS a nice thing to say. But that’s not the only reason. I think that you are also smart and have thought this idea through. And to take your chances is something which takes you a step further in life, even if they hire someone else.

    If you are a little afraid, think about what could be the worst thing to happen? You go back to your old pile of work and get hugged by everyone here because we love you and your blog. And you will feel a little braver because you tried. And the best thing to happen? You will get a new job which will be interesting and great, and you will get hugged by everyone here because we love you and your blog. Got it?

    Your culinary viewpoint could be your favourite cuisine in combination to smart eating. But I am sure you already know it in your heart yourself.

    Lots of Love,
    Nina

    Erin

    October 2, 2008

    GO FOR IT! I’m not saying that to be nice, I’m speaking the truth! Every time I watch one of your videos, I think “Man, she needs to be on the Food Network.” You already have so many of the qualities that the judges are always trying to bring out in the contestants. You’ll have an up on those people because you have the whole package! They’ll like you because you already have a fan club of guaranteed viewers! :) When you become the NFNS, you’ll probably have to put some of your projects on the back burner, but you should definitely try out and work on sorting all the details out later. You’ll always wonder “what could’ve been” (cue Tiffany!) if you don’t at least try. Have fun!!

    SeaShore

    October 2, 2008

    Do it. Not saying it because it’s the nice thing, I’m saying it because you do only live once. You may have other opportunities, you may not, who knows?

    You won’t regret going, but you may regret not going. At the very least, if you don’t go, you’ll always wonder “what if…?”

    Check out SeaShores last blog post..Cake, the conclusion

    MizFit

    October 2, 2008

    youre so thankful I dont have your phone number.

    its way too early when I have the moment to read your blog and I so wanna call you up and say YESYESYES!!!

    Jan

    October 2, 2008

    To quote Nike – “Just Do It” I think you would be awesome!

    Sarah

    October 2, 2008

    Roni, you’d be a fool not to go for this! As someone who works in the media, I know you’d really be in with a great shot. You have this brilliant back story that will translate really well on screen. Do. It.

    Janice

    October 2, 2008

    Ok, so you may be crazy but why not. It will be fun experience and who knows what it can lead to. Eleanor Roosevelt said, ” Do one thing everyday that scares you.” I use this to challenge myself all the time. I say go for it.

    Julie

    October 2, 2008

    I agree with Jynell but I also wanna say GO FOR IT! BUT then again, there will ALWAYS be cooking shows in the future you could try out for. I think that you do awesome with what you have on the internet and if there was some way to incorporate that into something that you could bring to the television would be great! Maybe you will revolutionize the way internet and TV intermix as far as cooking shows go! Either way that you decide, I know you will be successful at what ever you do! You are just cool like that! :)

    Carrie

    October 2, 2008

    You SO have to do it! It is definitely worth a shot. Everything happens for a reason and if you were to get it, you’d figure things out. I personally think you’d be perfect for the show. With your stance on cooking healthy for your family and for weight loss/maintenance. Food Network here you come!

    Check out Carries last blog post..Plan A, Plan B and Finally Plan C

    Christine

    October 2, 2008

    I think your culinary outlook is pretty unique–it is web/blog-based, and maybe the foodnet work would like to move in that direction? I think you should play up the fact that you have Roni’s weigh and pair it with green lite bytes–and that you are about family friendly, healthy food. The whole toddler thing is really cool too. I think it would be nice if the food network chefs, not only had a show, but also a blog like yours where they left video posts and daily tidbits!

    Shannan

    October 2, 2008

    Oh, Roni, you should go. This is a rare opportunity, and if you’re afraid of not getting in, then that’s no reason to not try. The worst that can happen is you don’t get in. It doesn’t make you any less of a cook or an inspiration to all of us. I really think you should try. I know it’s scary, and there’s lots to prepare, but it’s right there in your lap. Grab it!

    Check out Shannans last blog post..8 Minutes!

    Irina

    October 2, 2008

    OK,
    I will be like a millionth person to add my 2 cents (which would make quiet a budget for you :), but I still have to do it.
    I have just a few words for you—-Nigela from UK and her FABULOUS TV show. She makes her kids part of the show. They are not necessarily in every episode, but she makes kid-friendly and/or kid-approved food all the time. It makes her more real. We can relate to her. She seems like someone you could be friends with (unlike some other people on Food Network (hello!!!! Barefoot Coutessa!!!!)
    So, I really think you should do it. It would be a wonderful experience and you would be absolutely great. I would watch your shows again and again.
    Look at it this way, no great thing is ever easy… EVER….. The fact that the decision is so hard proves once more that it’s totally worth it.
    Good luck
    Irina

    Debbie

    October 2, 2008

    Hi Roni:
    My husband’s top employee is from New York. His sister has worked for the Food Network for many years. We get the “inside” scoop on lots that happens over there, especially on the Emeril show. I know from both those folks that the schedule there is insane. Sometime our employee’s sister has to work 24/7 depending on what is going on. Looking at your life right this minute, if you think you can work another career into it and still have time for Ryan and the hubby, then go for it. At the very least, it will be a fun thing to do just to audition. Another item to add to life’s resume. If you happen to get the opportunity to be on TV, what fun. Do you have family who could help you with Ryan? While this is definitely a “what about me” choice in life, I know from personal experience, you do not want to look back years later and wish you had spent these next few years with that baby. When he gets in school, you won’t see him at all! Good luck on your decision. We’ll be waiting to hear all about it!

    Christy

    October 2, 2008

    Oh you SOOOOOOOOOOO should do it!! I think you would be great on there — your personality is awesome. And besides just how cool would it be to say you went to the call and great people watching too! :)

    PS — I’m new to the whole twitter thing and one of my “tweets” from you said tip: follow Christy49rs — so not sure if it was an auto thing or you mentioned it — but wanted to be sure to say a big thank you!! I LOVE being able to twitter my food…it makes it easy plus I got a new blackberry type phone so I’m all into doing these things with my phone! :)

    Check out Christys last blog post..D Day

    Aimee

    October 2, 2008

    Roni, It sounds like a fun experience. You never know until you try. I’m with everyone else, go for it! Your energy and enthusiasm translate so well over the internet and in your videos. You have nothing to lose by going to the casting call, but you may regret it if you don’t. If for nothing else you will have a fun and different experience to share with others. Best of luck to you and many thanks for this wonderful site.

    jodi

    October 2, 2008

    if you’re looking at this as a once-in-a-lifetime thing, then you should do it… if you go and things don’t work out, then fine – you gave your best shot… if you DON’T go, you might always wonder what would’ve happened if you did…. can you live with that? and being it’s an hour away, that’s even more of a reason to go… :o)

    you have proved to yourself, and to all of us, that you can do anything… this would just be icing on the cake, as they say, so JUST DO IT! :o)

    Check out jodis last blog post..glad monday is over

    Julie

    October 2, 2008

    I say go! You know, the worst that can happen is they say no and your life goes on just the way it is…if you get it, don’t forget us!

    Mary

    October 2, 2008

    There’s nothing I can add that hasn’t already been said! You already know that you are going to do it so good luck!! You will be awesome

    Tonia

    October 2, 2008

    That is soo crazy that you have this opportunity. Just last week I was watching you with the toddler and I thought “he’s going to be on food network one day”. Not kidding, this is surely a sign. I think you need to market a mother son show that teaches parents how to cook with kids and get them excited about trying new things!!! I know I would watch ;)

    Suzzan of Green Bay, WI

    October 2, 2008

    When you do try out and when you do make it, we will SELFISHLY miss you!!!!… we will grieve the loss of our mentor. Because we do not actually see you in person, you are an inner voice projecting into each of us!

    Maybe the FN channel could give you an HOUR show. The hour would give you the 1/2 hour for cooking and 1/2 hour to do kind of what you do here in this site, but live. You would be like Oprah or Ellen, with a twist.

    You must at least try to get on the challenge. If you make it and decide the commitment is too much for now, you can always say thank you for the opportunity, but I have had a change of heart.

    Best of luck with your decision. We all support you either way!

    pam

    October 2, 2008

    GO FOR IT! How many people have this opportunity? Right down the road? From my expertise…..( food junky, Home Ec teacher and a Food Networkaholic). I am tired of watching people that are experts….lets face it, most of us are on a budget, most of us have limmited time, a family to feed and the inability to run to a market that has unique food items that my market doesn’t have ( I live in IA) ha.

    MY POINT IS>>>>>>> Drum roll please……that they are looking for a fresh personality who can learn when necessary, and to top it off is weight conscious! Other than Ellie Krieger, who do we got? I can’t use a stick of butter in every dish because my butt would look like aunt marion! I like to watch those shows….but NEVER download a recipe!

    OKAY, done, but going to be very disappointed if you don’t try. Let me live vicariously through YOU!!!!!!

    pam

    October 2, 2008

    OHHHHH PLUSSSS when you do get to be a network star!!!! Don’t be puttin a small, itty, bitty, teeny, weeny little portion on a plate. Go for the gusto, we want a serving!!!!

    pam

    October 2, 2008

    Would I shut up already???? I think you call your show “Ronis Weigh” > I am soooo creative! I think it is the perfect title!

    LeeAnn

    October 2, 2008

    First off, I would say DO IT!!!!
    But, make sure that you study up and be tough! There will be some hard core chefs there. If you think you can deal with it mentally, I think you can do it. You definitely have the presence and the recipes to do it!!!
    Good Luck!!!

    Check out LeeAnns last blog post..This is very important to me…

    LeeAnn

    October 2, 2008

    wow, I just read Debbie’s comment and I ditto that! Make sure your priorities are in the right place.

    Check out LeeAnns last blog post..This is very important to me…

    bernie

    October 2, 2008

    I’ve never posted a comment here before, but I think this post deserves my two cents: DO IT, Roni! What do you have to lose? Maybe a few hours of fretting and the time spent at the try-outs, but better to have lost that than to say “what if?” Good luck!

    Annette

    October 2, 2008

    omg RONI!!!! The first video post I saw on Green Lite Bites I was like, WHY isn’t she on Food Network!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DO IT!~ DO IT NOW!~!~ We will all be okay with the fact that you may not have as much time for your blogging…………

    WE WANT TO SEE YOU ON FOOD NETWORK STAR!!!!! Do it for all of us who have struggled with weight~!

    You can be an example for all of the moms out there just like us.

    JUST DO IT :)

    Check out Annettes last blog post..Do You Rely too Much on Machines and Equipment?

    Suzie

    October 2, 2008

    Go for it! You only live once and if you don’t, you will always wonder!!

    Good luck!

    mom

    October 2, 2008

    I say go for it, you are my daughter and I am very proud of you and think you have a special unigue gift. You are helping not only yourself but also all the people that read your blog everyday by showing yourself and your soul. You are not afraid to show your faults and foibles with food and your life. I cannot say how proud and how much I love you and wish you the best in all you do. Food Network would be crazy not to have you. If they don’t take you this time, try again whenver it is offered. Good Luck!!!!!

    Leticia

    October 2, 2008

    Roni – Do it. You have nothing to lose. How often will this opportunity come around? And, the Mommy and me point of view that one of the readers suggested featuring Ryan is a good one…

    Also, think of what a good example you are setting for Ryan to have a dream and follow it because you never know….

    Amanda

    October 2, 2008

    Go for it! What is the worst than can happen?

    Even if you don’t make it, trying out would be a great experience and a fun story!

    crista

    October 2, 2008

    Roni,
    As you know I sent you that link a while ago to do the mom’s cooking thing and your “son” submit you and I think you ended up doing it if I remember correctly…I am not trying to tell you either way to go..but I will say that I were you (even though your so busy and I always ask when you sleep) that I would do it. You have a lot of stuff going on in your mind but even if it doesn’t work out you may learn something…to help you in the blogging world or even with your cookbook..

    You already have ALOT of supporters..more then you probably know of since people don’t always comment….I think your food is fantastic and your heart is in it…and you’d be doing it for all the right reasons..to teach people and you have a motivating story behind you.

    hope this opinion helps..

    Erin

    October 2, 2008

    DO it!!!!! What do you have to lose? Even if you don’t make it, you won’t be wondering “What if??” You perspective? Providing delicious meal ideas that are healthy and accessible to regular people. You love to find new foods available in the market that any old joe can pick up and use to reproduce at home. How is that different from Sandra Lee? Your recipes are ALWAYS health conscious.
    Oh – you could also do workout ideas on the show from beginner to guru – just like yourself.

    PS – can you tell I would do anything to have the chance to make the casting call??? I have dreamed of having my own cooking show since I was 6 and watched the Frugal Gormet on PBS after school every day! yes, I was overweight then, too!

    Check out Erins last blog post..Azad

    Jamie

    October 2, 2008

    Do it. You are awesome on the videos. I make your food all the time. I love it. My family loves it. It is awesome. Also:

    1. you already have a following.

    2. you are in the process of publishing a cookbook (right??)

    This is the next step. Go for it.

    AlliJag (green dog wine)

    October 2, 2008

    You HAVE TO GO! No question about it. If you don’t, you’ll always regret it, and that’s no way to live your life. Go – and you’ll do awesome!

    Check out AlliJag (green dog wine)s last blog post..Bowling is bad news!

    Paige

    October 2, 2008

    I’m going to say no. My reason is “the toddler”. He needs you to be at home when he gets home, plain and simple. If you got this job, you’d be busy, and sending a message to him that your work away is more important than those times when you did the video’s together. Kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, and being away from him at this critical age is not worth the gamble. You are a mom first, finish that out and then if you’re still interested, I’m sure Food TV will still be around.
    P~

    Check out Paiges last blog post..knitting again

    Misty

    October 2, 2008

    You should totally do it!!!! DO NOT listen to the last post about not doing it for the toddler. Sure, you are a Mom first; BUT won’t your kids be proud to know that their mother went for a dream. Isn’t that what we try to instill in them?! Just my opinion.
    You already have a culinary point of view! It’s what you do NOW! Revamping everyday recipes to be healthier for the whole family!!!
    Love ya-go for it!!!!!

    Crystal

    October 2, 2008

    OMG! You HAVE to go, Roni! What was the one thing that I said to you when we met? That I love your Web sites because I use a lot of your recipes. They’re easy, healthy and yummy! Seriously, what have you got to lose? Do it! Just going is an adventure in itself, even if you don’t get selected.

    Bethany Ann

    October 2, 2008

    First of all, I think you should do it. Second of all, I was reading previous comments and I read one from your mom and it made me tear up. That was so wonderful to hear your mom’s support…

    Katie

    October 2, 2008

    I think you should go for it. Think about all of the people you already touch and help through your websites. Why not offer everyone your support? You can do this. You deserve to do this. What the Food Network is lacking is someone just like you. They have the one show who has healthy recipes but she’s a nutritionist or something of that nature. In this health-centric world that we’re living in the Food Network definitely needs someone who has been where we are and can show us how to eat healthy and have a healthy relationship with food. Roni, you ARE that person! Please, please, PLEASE consider going. I guess a good question for you is why are you are hesitating? Is it because you may not win? Is it because you have too many projects at home? We can always find a reason why we shouldn’t do something. YOU CAN DOOOO IT!!!!!

    Caylyn

    October 2, 2008

    Are you kidding me?! When I saw the last season of the Food Network Star, I thought to myself- this is what Roni should be on.

    Check out Caylyns last blog post..Debbie From Austin

    Meryl

    October 2, 2008

    ok, so this is my first time commenting.. but I couldnt hold back for this one :) just take a shot! there’s nothing that says you cant turn it down or change your mind.. but you can never turn back time and take a chance when you didnt.

    even if its for the experience, what a great example to your son- take chances to pursue your passions :)

    madison (follow my weigh)

    October 2, 2008

    omygosh you haaaaaaaaaaaave to gooooooooooo. i think you’d be AWESOME in it!! seriously!!! you’re so natural in front of the camera, you’re an awesome cook, and you LOVE doing both!! gogogogogogo!!!!

    Check out madison (follow my weigh)s last blog post..burnt from dinner

    madison (follow my weigh)

    October 2, 2008

    just promise us you won’t change after becoming famous ;P

    Check out madison (follow my weigh)s last blog post..burnt from dinner

    madison (follow my weigh)

    October 2, 2008

    or should i say, MORE famous! (sorry last comment)

    Check out madison (follow my weigh)s last blog post..burnt from dinner

    Amy

    October 2, 2008

    I just found your blog while googling the casting call LOL. Your blog posts gave me flashbacks because you sound just like me last year! I’ll be there tomorrow so maybe I’ll see you! I did the casting call last year in NY and it was a blast (even though I didn’t make it). My advice – be 100% clear about your point of view and just be yourself! I thought I did really good last year in the interview but in retrospect my POV is probably what did me in because I was too vague. Last year, we only talked to the people initially for like 5-10 minutes so it’s over before you know it. Last year, the callbacks seemed to trickle in slowly over the following few days to weeks, but this year it seems they will do them the next day so at least we’ll know one way or the other.

    As someone who focused on cooking for weight loss last year, I’d also say – make sure the recipes and the food are the focus even if your POV deals with losing weight. I think I came off as too “diet-y” last year and I think that also hurt me. The impression I got was healthy=good, diet=bad. But then again, I didn’t make it last year so what the *bleep* do I know!

    I hope that helps. It was totally fun and I actually made some good connections just from going. My POV this year is not weight loss related – so no competition from me in that department! If you have any questions, email me at my site! See you there!

    rachelle

    October 2, 2008

    GO you already have a ton of people who would watch you

    Michele

    October 2, 2008

    Umm Roni…HELLO………………….go get out of here!!!! Its a chance and risk you have to take. Who knows where it will go or what it will bring you. GOOOOOOOOOOOOO you are so right for it, and didnt someone a while back ask in one of your Q&A about you having your own food network show??? Maybe not, but I seriously think you totally deserve this and would be great at it! Take the chance!

    Julie Cooper

    October 2, 2008

    You only live once and you will regret it if you don’t go. You are a natural, so have fun and enjoy yourself!

    emily

    October 2, 2008

    As someone who works in TV, I can assure you that you have a unique point of view and really have something to offer viewers.
    Go for it and be confident!!

    Maggie

    October 2, 2008

    Ok, you might find this strange. Even a bit odd. I was thinking about you last night. How wonderful your personality is and how much passion you put behind making your meals healthy. I said to my husband. You know Roni is the next Ali Krieger. I come here and see this post? Hello… That’s a sign… DO IT!

    Dianne Kartes

    October 2, 2008

    I love reading & watching your videos with your son….How inspiring..I also want to say I am a huge fan of the Next Food NETWORK STAR….WOW!!!! Awesome for you .I am also a fan of your blog & other reads.You are one BUSY GAL!! I have 55 more lbs to lose & I burn 617 extra calories per day now in order to get me to my goal….I belong to the YMCA & have dvd’s that I need to incorporate.Good luck to you & keep us informed on the next season of Food Network Star! Thanks for all you help with .Take Care Dianne~www.DimikaSkinsations.com (my small business)

    Check out Dianne Kartess last blog post..I am back ~~~I was too busy REALLY

    Lindsay

    October 2, 2008

    Absolutely do it!!!

    Michelle

    October 2, 2008

    I agree with the SEVENTY-FOUR comments before me. DO IT! I love that show and I love your blog and video and recipes. Your story would be PERFECT for it! If you don’t do it we’ll all boycott your blog. No- just kidding but you TOTALLY should!!!!

    Jen

    October 2, 2008

    You should absolutely do it! I have read your site now for a couple of years just about daily! I have referred to greenlitebites countless times for ideas! My 14 year old son LOVES your salisbury steak recipe!! That is a HUGE compliment considering is is the most picky eater on the planet!!
    Good Luck!

    Allison K

    October 2, 2008

    New experiences can’t hurt. The only thing I can think I would do in preparation, if I were to get called back – would be to really do a lot of research on different methods, techniques, classic dishes that you’re not familiar with, and then try to figure out the best way to make some of those dishes that would be expected of you (that might have a stick of butter in them) much lighter.. without compromising taste and texture. Or something.

    And.. like a lot of others said, you have a unique point of view – healthy living, balance, activity, and involving your family!!

    AND, you’re cute to boot! The camera would love you! lol

    Amber

    October 2, 2008

    Totally do it! You would be awesome!!!

    Mindy

    October 2, 2008

    Long time lurker, first time commenting. DO IT!

    Melissa

    October 2, 2008

    You have got to go! Your sites would not be this huge if you didn’t have something special.

    Check out Melissas last blog post..Stephanie

    kristina

    October 3, 2008

    You Must. It is your calling

    deanna

    October 3, 2008

    I am sorry I strongly disagree with Jynell, I think you should do it for all the opposite reasons she lists. You only live once, don’t wait around, do it today. If you wait till next year you could be in a totally different place. I have 1 year old and a 4 1/2 year boys and I think they would be super proud of their mommy doing something that excites, energizes and motivates her to succeed. Why wait for tomorrow or next year what you can do now? Just say everything turns out just like we play in our heads – you try out, you get on, you do the show, you win… what’s wrong with taht – you actually are teaching the Toddler a great lesson – to go for what you want. If you lose – what’s the lesson – you tried and will try again! The show is what 6 weeks of taping? please, that goes by in a instant, the Toddler won’t know any different! He’ll miss ya but it will only be a blib! Trust your instincts, have fun and go for it!!

    Michelly

    October 3, 2008

    Roni,

    You have to go for it! I’m sure you are way ahead of the other people trying out because you already run your own site with recipes and videos. Plus, there are almost no “good for you” cooking shows on Food Network, so that also gives you a leg up on the competition. The whole nation needs to know how tasty healthy foods can be and I think you would be a great spokesperson for that. Think of the boost it would give your cookbook to have a Food Network stamp on it. Go after your dreams, girl!

    Check out Michellys last blog post..Melissa added the blog post ‘Finally found my scales…’

    Sally

    October 3, 2008

    Its already friday.. but i really hope you went! lol I would absolutely love to watch you on the Food Network!

    Jessica

    October 3, 2008

    ***From one working mother to another***

    I have been reading the comments and felt drawn to comment from a working mother’s point of view. I am married and have a 6 yr old and a 3 yr old. I dreamed of the opportunity to fufill my career dreams after the birth of my daughter @ age 22. I really thought I would never be as successful as I am now. The downfall is I travel about 40% of the time. Yes it is hard and I miss my babies (thankfully, I have a great husband who is super supportive) but I truly believe it is GREAT for them to see mommy achieve goals and dreams I set out for. I think I am setting an awesome example for my daughter and take care that I am providing them with a loving and caring environment daily, even if it is not always my arms holding them.

    Sometimes I fear what I am missing but I truly believe that I have the best of both worlds. I’ll never wonder “where I lost myself” because I live to leave NOTHING on the table. I say GO FOR IT. You have a supportive network and it would be a great experience regardless of the outcome!!!

    betty

    October 3, 2008

    hahah. I know what you mean it really does get difficult when it comes to getting healthy, but once you accomplish the feeling is remarkable. I’ve been walking for quite some time now and my main goal is to lose weight and tone up my muscles. It’s been tough but I’ve been staying positive and man has it helped. I’ve been starting off slow walking at least 2 miles every other day, I’ve only been walking for a short amount of time and I already see results. I really want to love these love handles so I purchased these bike shorts by Lytess here on fitandsharp.com. Give it a shot, it’s working for me.

    Siobhan

    October 3, 2008

    I say GO FOR IT!!! Why not? This could prove to open up many more doors for you. I could totally see you having your own show on the Food Network (and I would definitely have to finally convince my partner that it is TIME to get cable!)

    You GO girl!!

    Check out Siobhans last blog post..Procrastination