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My Day in NYC with Weight Watchers and Tim Gunn

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I’m BACK! Oh how I enjoyed my little break in New York City. I love it there. Even when it’s 20 degrees and slushy there is just something amazing about the city. In a weird way it feels like home. Even though I never lived there I’ve always been a NY girl at heart.

I completely took advantage of being alone this morning. I’m not good at sleeping in, the Little Guy has me trained to be up by 7AM but instead of dragging my butt out of bed, making breakfast and pestering a 5 year old to get ready, I lounged around and watched a movie. It was DIVINE! Isn’t amazing how little things like that become such a luxury after you have kids.

After the movie I took a shower and headed out for a stroll. Cold be damned. I wanted to at least walk and people watch a little!

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I decided to stop for breakfast at a small corner diner. Following my own rule of a fruit and/or vegetable with every meal, I ordered a small fruit bowl…

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and then my favorite diner meal of all time, an egg white western omelet no cheese with a small side of potatoes and whole wheat toast with jelly.

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It was a breakfast feast!

Soon it was time to head to the event. On the way I past a fresh food stand.

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I LOVE that you can get more then a pretzel or hot dog from street vendors anymore. They had the most amazing looking fruit!

Before I knew it I was there! I had no idea what to expect and I was arriving alone. The elevator opened and I was welcomed by a familiar face. Sort of.

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That’s Esther Crawford, aka FainStarLite. I’ve known Esther for a couple of years now and I’m so happy for her! She’s a fellow Weight Watcher Success Story and is now in a commercial with Jennifer Hudson. How cool is that?!?

Unfortunatly Esther wasn’t there in person so I strolled around the event soaking it in. I’m not the best at mingling in a room full of people I don’t know. So instead I did what bloggers do and took pictures.

Pictures of what?

Well FOOD of course! ;)

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I was fascinated by what would be served at a Weight Watchers event. They had an array of the most amazing salads, grilled chicken and pita’s with hummus and no, points where not listed. ;)

I made my way over to the runway area. They had this really neat set up like a mini fashion show. Here’s a behind the scenes look.

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Tim Gunn was introduce and let me tell you he was awesome! Really down to earth and approachable.

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He talked about the challenge of dressing appropriately while losing weight and how important clothes can be for your confidence. I completely understood and agreed with him. I struggled and sometimes still do (pregnancy aside) dressing for my new body. Thankfully, I have a very fashion minded friend who takes me shopping now and then (she knows who she is.) Without her, I’d being wearing mens jeans and oversized flannels circa 1994.

I’m serious.

Anyway, Tim then introduced the Weight Watcher Success Stories. First up, Janice who I think lost 75 lbs.

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She looked amazing and I loved her style.

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Wearing a belt like that is not something I would even think of. It was SO flattering.

Next up was Rich who lost 65 lbs.

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Tim cracked a joke that it was so much easier to dress for men as they don’t have as many choices.

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Jen was then introduced. She lost 70lbs…

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and is just one of those people who look FABULOUS in Red!

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Finally, he introduced Liz who is actually a Weight Watchers leader. I thought she had the most unbelievable transformation!

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She was was almost unrecognizable!

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and looked great in a cute wrap dress that Tim highly recommended for those on a weight loss journey.

Here’s the whole crew looking quite amazing…

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After the show I talked with Liz, the leader, who actually had Jennifer Hudson show up at her last meeting!

Before Tim headed out I snuck in and got a picture.

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When I introduced myself he immediately complimented me on my shirt which TOTALLY cracked me up because I didn’t buy it or pick it out. It was given to me by the designer on my Woman’s Day cover photo shoot. Apparently she knows style because I know I don’t! lol It just happens to be a great cut for pregnancy so I’ve been wearing it more an more recently.

Right after the event I headed home. I’m only 3 hours from New York but it’s a long trip to take twice within 24 hours.

When I got there I was welcomed by Little Man and the Husband who presented me with this…

The proof copy of my GreenLiteBite’s book!! What a great ending to a fabulous day! There are some mistakes in it I have to correct but it felt absolutely AMAZING to hold the book in my hand. I can’t believe how close I am to publishing it! If anyone has been reading for awhile, they know this is something I’ve been talking about for YEARS but haven’t committed to mostly because of confidence issues. I’m not afraid to say it, publishing a book scares the CRAP out of me.

So all in all I had a great, exhausting day. I’m so greatful I was able to attend!

Oh! and for Tim’s tips on dressing your new body click here!

Full Disclosure: As a Weight Watcher’s Insider Weight Watchers provided transportation and accommodation for the event. However, as always, any thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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There are 55 comments so far.

    Foodie McBody

    January 14, 2011

    Wow wow wow wow WOWWWWWW is all I can say! What an amazing day and so excited you got to be there and share it with us!! That Liz does all the WW training videos and she is so awesome!

    Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama

    January 14, 2011

    What an unbelievably exciting day!! It looks like you had a blast.

    And I’m totally jealous at the idea of sleeping alone in a hotel room. : )

    Alysa (Inspired RD)

    January 14, 2011

    What an amazing day! I can’t WAIT to check out your book when you publish it! :)


    January 14, 2011

    AMAZING day all around

    Kelly Cheesehead

    January 14, 2011

    So fun! If that was my day today I would of had to pinch myself to see if it was really happening. I am proud of you – how amazing!


    January 14, 2011

    A-mazing day!!! NYC, WW and the GLB book?!?!?!? How your head didn’t explode??!?!?!
    Loved this post. I just smiled trough the whole thing.

    Kristina @ spabettie

    January 14, 2011

    so much awesomeness for you – I LOVE Tim Gunn, and I cannot WAIT to see that book!! :)


    January 14, 2011

    A) Tim Gunn is my hero. JEALOUS!
    B) I laughed out loud that no points were listed at a major WW function.
    C) The blue shirt does work for you. I was gonna say we couldn’t see it, but I looked at the pic with you in the mirror.
    D) Time alone. PRICELESS!!!
    E) HOORAY FOR PROOF BOOKS! That is H.U.G.E. and congrats out the wazoo for that!
    F) (last one I swear) People watching in NYC is like hitting the motherload. Glad you enjoyed it!!!


    January 14, 2011

    Congratss! You have really been able to do some amazing things :)

    Rita @ Fitblogger

    January 14, 2011

    So that’s one of those banner days that go down in history as soo cool, I mean a movie before breakfast! That’s so relaxing.

    Congrats on the book! So fantastic, can’t wait to see it in 3d one day!


    January 14, 2011

    Congrats!! What a wonderful day :)

    Krista S.

    January 14, 2011

    Wow! What a fun trip, Roni! And I’m so freaking excited for your book!!!!

    Mary (A Merry Life)

    January 14, 2011

    Ahhh! You met Tim Gunn! That’s so exciting!!

    Also exciting? Your cookbook!!!

    How fun! I think you should have gone for it though with the makeover (not that you need one) but pregnant women are beautiful! Embrace it!


    January 14, 2011

    What a GREAT day!! Incredible transformations! Love the cover and can’t wait for the book. Since I have been reading GreenLite Bites, the thing I have noticed is that 99% of the time I have all of the ingredients I need on hand to make the recipes – I love the simplicity of them!

    Yum Yucky

    January 14, 2011

    This is all so fantastic!!! :)

    Amalfi Girl

    January 14, 2011

    Those outfits are so beautiful!

    Marisa @ Loser for Life

    January 14, 2011

    What a fun and inspiring day to be a part of! Congrats, Roni!!!
    I’m LOVING the new program- down 3.6 lbs. my first week and I ate REAL cheese, REAL butter and REAL bread! It’s such a livable plan! Hopefully, I can be a success story dressed by Tim Gunn one day! LOL!


    January 14, 2011

    Great day! I can’t wait for the first book signing! I live in PA but would totally make the trip to Baltimore to meet you and buy the book!!! Love You!

    HealthyLoserGal / Jan

    January 14, 2011

    What a fantastic day… LOVE LOVE LOVE that you met Tim Gunn and he complimented you on your shirt. Hold on though – – Woman’s Day COVER shoot!?! When and where and have I missed it and if not – again I ask – when? : )


    January 14, 2011

    A Loooooong 4 years ago. LOL


    January 14, 2011

    Wow – what an amazing day all around!

    I was in NYC in October for less than 24 hours, without the husband and kids – what did I do after the 4 hour drive and a diner meal beforer heading to a wedding? I lounged in my king size bed and rented SATC2. It was so relaxing!

    As I am almost 1/2 way through my hopeful 72 lb loss, I am finally starting to see the importance of wearing clothes that are flattering – I have a bunch of tops that while they now fit, are just not flattering at all, so into the donate pile they go. No point in letting them clutter my closet and no way I’d wear them because they make me look way too matronly.

    And yeah for the proof of your book!


    January 14, 2011

    Holy Cow!!! What a fabulous day! I LOVE Tim Gunn! He is awesome and it really is a wonderful picture!! I’m so jealous!! Congratulations on the book. You should be very proud of yourself!!


    January 14, 2011

    Congrats on EVERYTHING Roni! What a great day! How awesome to have been part of that!
    And the book! I can’t wait to snatch a copy! I work for a publishing company and I know how scary it can be to author a book, but once that puppy is in your hands and your name is on the front cover all those fears fade and you feel such a sense of accomplishment!

    Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing

    January 14, 2011

    That looks like so much fun! I’d love to meet Tim Gunn. :) I can’t wait to get a copy of your book.

    What a fabulous trip! :) Thanks for sharing your adventure. I can’t wait for the cookbook!

    Emily P

    January 14, 2011

    How fun! I am jealous you got to meet Tim Gunn! Thanks for sharing the day with us – sounds like some great tips.


    January 14, 2011

    What a fun day, Roni! I can see I have a lot of catching up to do! The cover of your book looks fabulous, and I look forward to buying a copy. I have enjoyed so many of your recipes.


    January 14, 2011

    Ok, now this is so cool, to meet Tim Gun (I adore him) and to have the proof of Green Lite Bites with you, that rocks. I can’t wait until I have the book!!! you know I’m your “yet another Chili idea” recipe fan!!!!! Can’t wait to make the rest of them. Thanks for the post :).


    January 14, 2011

    Sounds like an amazing day!
    I can’t wait for the cookbook, it will be so much more convenient then leafing through all the recipe print outs I have. :)

    Mary Nell

    January 14, 2011

    How PHENOMENAL! Thanks for taking us on the journey with you, and your book looks fantastic!

    Trish @I_am_Succeeding

    January 14, 2011

    I am in complete awe of all you have done and accomplished….standing in applause!

    Esther Crawford

    January 14, 2011

    Awwww.. I wish I could’ve been there! Unfortunately I had already booked a family trip for this week and just couldn’t swing it. *sniff, sniff* … so glad you had a great time!!


    January 14, 2011

    TIME ALONE!!!!!!! Glad you enjoyed it before the lil guy gets here and you’ll have the two! Sounds like a great day and congrats on the book. I am really looking forward to it!


    January 14, 2011

    Congrats!! What a great day for you. Looking forward to the book. Glad things are looking up for you, and your pregnancy blues are gone.

    Green Dog Wine

    January 14, 2011

    HOW EXCITING!!! Not only Tim Gunn – but your COOKBOOK! :) I love it and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! :)

    So much fun! And congrats on the book!


    January 14, 2011

    OMG! What a FANTASTIC DAY! The Weight Watcher event was so incredible! The transformations are AMAZING!

    YOUR BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to see which recipes are in there! CONGRATULATIONS its super exciting! I can’t wait until its available for purchase!

    Katie @ Up Fit Creek

    January 14, 2011

    It looks like an amazing event. So glad you got to participate! Thanks for sharing with us.

    I also recognized Liz from the PointsPlus training videos. I’ve never seen her before picture, though. Absolutely amazing!

    Lily Fluffbottom

    January 14, 2011

    What a fantastic day you had! Congratulations on your book being published.


    January 14, 2011

    Congrats on the cookbook…I’m super pumped for it! I always have my computer on the counter when I’m using any of your recipes and am afraid I’m going to dump a bottle of olive oil on it or something, so having a non-electronic version will be oh so nice.


    January 14, 2011

    I think if Tim Gunn ever complimented my clothes, I would have to just lie down and die from happiness. That is AMAZING.
    And your whole day sounds wonderful. How can it be that we adore our kids so much and yet value a morning alone so highly?


    January 14, 2011

    I can’t WAIT for the book to come out! I hope it has TONS of pictures! ( well, at least a decent amount. I’m sure it’s more expensive to do pictures instead of words. lol)
    Glad you got a break!!


    January 14, 2011

    It’s ALL pictures! :)


    January 14, 2011

    Hi Roni, I really enjoyed the post! I found it because my friend was one of the others in the fashion show–and actually her name is Jen, not May :) Congrats on your success!


    January 14, 2011

    Hi Lia! Thanks for pointing that out! I just realized I missed one of the stories! I have to re-check my photos!!

    WOW, Roni it sounds like your day was awesome. Thank for sharing it with us! I love hearing WW success stories…so very encouraging. Can’t wait for your cookbook! Keep on rocking girl!


    January 14, 2011

    I am sooo jealous…Tim Gunn AND your cookbook…sigh..

    Quick question, a bit confused..I clicked over to the link you provided and it stated that those awesome folks lost weight on the new plus points program. I thought it just started in January 2011 (or did it start a while ago and I missed it?) ; me confused.


    January 14, 2011

    I’m pretty sure they had “testers” for example… Jen Hudson actually followed the new plan even though it wasn’t released yet. That’s what I’ve been told by Weight Watcher leaders.


    January 14, 2011

    duh..of course! I need a nap ;-)

    T H

    January 15, 2011

    Your before picture of Liz is not Liz, it is actually Mary (who is pictured next to Tim in the after picture).


    January 15, 2011

    T H – I think I messed up all my notes between Liz and Mary! Thanks for pointing it out… I’m going thru my pics again to correct.

    NOTE: I’d make a HORRIBLE reporter!

    Mary Roesener

    January 17, 2011

    Hey Liz,
    It was nice meeting you in New York. Great pictures! Just wanted to let you know that the picture you identified as Liz’s before picture is actually my before picture.

    Mary Roesener

    January 17, 2011

    whoops just read the last post and realized someone already corrected the mix up.


    January 17, 2011

    How exciting! What a great day for you :) I would loveeee to go shopping with Tim Gunn!