Known for her yo yo diets, it's been apparent that the talk show queen had been slowly climbing the scale. She admits she's added 40 lbs to her frame since weighing 160 back in 2006 when she began her recent struggles with an out-of-balance thyroid. She says that the condition led her to develop "a fear of working out."
This past April, Oprah claims she hit rock bottom before a taping with Tina Turner and Cher in Las Vegas. "I felt like a fat cow," Winfrey writes. "I wanted to disappear." She says she's added 40 pounds to her frame since she weighed 60 pounds in 2006. As categorized by her BMI, she is obese.
I think Winfrey like most Americans is finally learning that diets don't work. She writes that she doesn't want to be skinny anymore. Her goal is to be "strong, healthy and fit." Welcome to the main stream O! That's what I've been saying for years now.
However, you may be wondering why Oprah is coming out and admitting her weight. Usually this sort of self driven attention only leads to one thing, self promotion of course. Starting the week of January 5th, Oprah will be talking candidly about her weight in the "Oprah's Best Life Series". Both personal trainer Bob Greene and Dr. Mehmet Oz (both gained frame Dr. Phil style, but actually practice what they preach), will appear on the show the first full week of January.
As a gym rat, I want to know how Oprah's thyroid condition lead to her fear of exercise? I have one friend who has a hyperactive thyroid and can eat an entire pizza without gaining a pound. Sure her heart rate soared when she would drink a frappaccino but that was due to the caffeine. She never worked out, nor did she need to in order to stay the same skinny weight. My mom has the other thyroid problem. She is 58 years old and just last year began running. She just completed her 10th 5K race and even finished the Falmouth Road Race this past fall (not the official one, but the one for the locals, same course). I couldn't be more proud of her, and it truly amazes me that after giving birth to three children having never been an athlete, she can pick up long distance running in less than a year. She's always struggled with her weight but you get the point. Exercise is embraced when your thyroid is laying low. I guess we'll have to wait until the issue comes out to find out why she is so afraid of working out, but my guess is that maybe she is also hypochondriac as well?
Sorry, should I be kissing Oprah's butt so that she invites me on her show? Probably, since everyone else does. So here goes;
If you are out there reading this right now or ever watch one of my videos on YouTube and find this after you've booked me on the show, I'm a young female trying to make a name for her self in the fitness and diet industry and boy does it stink in here. I mean, talk about all the BS. Diets don't work. It's a lifestyle change and with today's technology, we are moving our bodies less and less. We need to fit fitness, and not grueling painful fitness, into our daily lives. Do not be afraid to work out. Lets together create a fun way of fitness for you because god knows you have the money to create your own whatever you want. Let's Oprahsize together! It will be the new Zumba which was the new strip aerobics which was the new Pilates which was the new yoga which was the new Tae Bo. Get it? Ok yay! Chicago here I come :)
XOXO, Fit Girl