My Show is Turning Into a School Reunion (or “Is It Possible to Drop 4 Dress Sizes in 2 weeks?)

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With less than two weeks to go, I’m both thrilled and terrified to note that a significant number of tix and RSVPS for the upcoming show at Brisbane Powerhouse are from folks I went to school with some fifteen + years ago. A significant number. A healthy portion of whom I have not seen in years.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m utterly thrilled to feel so supported by these amazing people from my past. I’m stoked to have a home crowd to perform for. I’m genuinely excited to catch up with these folks (really: I was quite the Pollyanna at school. I loved EVERYBUDDY!), yet I’m finding myself also feeling the pressure of the usual “school reunion” kind.

It’s the usual worries like “am I good enough?” and “what will they think?”, you know, the insecurities that would rear their heads on me before going to any kind of reunion…only with the added ingredient of knowing that at this one, I’m going to be getting up onstage by myself in front of each and every one of them. Attempting, with varying levels of success, to sing, be moderately amusing and bare my soul. (Hmm. When I put it like that, it’s really just like any other night out.)

However, a desperate plea: if anybody knows of a magical protein shake you can ingest to make you look stunningly attractive, fulfilled and living la vida loca within 7-10 days, then now would be a damn fine time to share.

PS You can buy tix to “The Unexpected Variety Show” at Brisbane Powerhouse over here.

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  1. August 28, 2011

    Hi Jen,
    Ok, I know this is going to sound like spam, but it’s not, because I am not going to name a product. Just think of me as your friendly local ABC.

    The diet I am on allows me to eat anything at all, as long as I count the calories. First week and a bit was hard, but now it’s simple. I used a phone app, but they also have a website, which has a lot to do with pro fitness.

    Sure, time is against you a bit, but I’m dropping at least a kilo a week, up to three kilos in a week, and it all involves no exercise. Just a bit of self control, and a realisation of just how much bad food I was putting into my system.

    As for how much weight I have lost, well I’ve been doing the diet for nearly four months now, and I’m down 23.5kg.

    • August 31, 2011

      I have to say I am DIGGING THE APP!! I’ve put my hubbster onto it too. So good to be accountable! Thanks lovely. xxx

  2. Franipantz
    August 28, 2011

    Breathe deeply, Sleep (don’t stay up after 11:30pm), drink water (whatever you can get in there, keep offering it to yourself), eat fruit, green and orange veges, with plenty of protein, exercise 2 – 3 times a week (no need to go overboard), enjoy doing what you do every day in a zen kind of way, love the little stuff. You’ll shed pounds of worries, stones of vulnerabilities, kilograms of nerves, tons of insecurities. Smile and be happy. Trying to be anything in particular in a short space of time is likely to make you put on weight in emotional baggage. You’re gonna rock that stage as you always do. This is what you are, this is what you do. 🙂

    • August 31, 2011

      Thanks so much Franny for the encouragement. You should write a book, love! Did you mean to make the last bit rhyme? 😉 Love it. I want it as a tapestry wallhanging, damn it! xox

  3. Kerry
    August 29, 2011

    orrrrr…. you can just go on being the wonderful you that you are and know that everybody else is going to look 15 years older also. In fact, you might even look better than them (if that matters). Starving yourself to look good for people you haven’t seen in years does nothing for your personality and it teaches your daughter that it’s not okay to love yourself.

    I get that you are nervous about seeing these people, but once they see how you light up when you are on stage and what a tremendous personality you have, they honestly won’t give 2 shits whether or not you’re a few dress sizes bigger than the last time they saw you.

    • August 31, 2011

      Thanks sweetheart. Fear not, I have no intentions of starving myself. Tried it in my teens and realised within minutes it was not for me.

      I was actually being tongue in cheek about dropping dress sizes; the insecurity is real though! Thanks for the kind words darling, much appreciated. And you are right. I will get over it and just let it rip once I’m up there I’m sure! xxx

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