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Oprah’s Best Life Week Kicks off with Bob Greene

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the premiere of Oprah’s 2009 season, as well as her Best Life Week, you missed 30 minutes of the most candid we’ve probably ever seen the daytime diva. For a half-hour she put it all out there, talked about how her weight began to climb in February 2007 all the way through her reveal last month that her weight was topping 240 pounds… again. She expressed anger with herself for letting the weight climb back again, saying “I can’t believe I’m still talking about weight!”

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Oprah reluctantly sings "Proud Mary" with Cher and Tina. (Oprah.com)

Oprah really connected with her viewers by discussing in detail the personal anguish and feelings she’s experienced during the past two years, and said she “feels like anybody else – when you wake up and your clothes don’t fit.” One of the first real turning points for her was the episode last year with Cher and Tina Turner. She was worried about standing on stage with 61- and 68-year-old women and at 53 she’d be the older woman, because of her health and size. She explained she did not want to go on stage and perform “Proud Mary” with her friends, instead she wanted to hide herself.

And hide herself she did. She showed all of her O Magazine covers from 2008 and explained that the year of head-shot covers was intentional as she didn’t want to show her body. Not being one for excuses, Oprah says when the weight started sneaking back on, she was also experiencing a bout with severe insomnia. Four doctors misdiagnosed what she credits her viewing audience with identifying – a thyroid condition. She says it’s cured now, but the condition that slowed her metabolism and caused her doctor to tell her to “embrace hunger” was something Oprah and Bob Greene both admit she used as a crutch and a target for blame. She now accepts that she didn’t have the healthiest relationship with food, using it to patch an emotional void.

“I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching, and that was a great disappointment,” admitted Oprah. So to make it right, she decided to start with herself. She discovered that she’d removed herself from her to-do list, and to start living the healthy life she desired again, it had to go back. A meeting with her personal assistant meant she now includes more personal time for Oprah – for eating healthy meals, hitting the gym, or even a manicure.

Oprah shares her meal plan in the Harpo kitchen. (Oprah.com)

Oprah shares her meal plan in the Harpo kitchen. (Oprah.com)

She also advises that you plan meals. Oprah showed a calendar with the meals for each day outlined. It keeps her organized, and less likely to chow through an entire bag of her food vice, organic blue corn tortilla chips. Oprah’s meals might include her Green Drink, Turkey Meatballs that she makes every Sunday, egg whites, tuna, grilled chicken, or steel-cut oatmeal. She also says as much as she dislikes exercise, she now knows for sure it’s a must. She’s found a balance of moderate cardio (work until you can talk, but don’t want to) and resistance training (which she actually enjoys).

Oprah admits that part of her falling off the wagon this time was that she thought she had it, had figured out the key to losing weight and keeping it off. Bob reminded that it requires daily effort. For all her weight ups and downs, Oprah is nearly brought to tears when she declares that she’s grateful for her body, and that the journey is never ending.

January 5th, 2009

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6 Responses to “Oprah’s Best Life Week Kicks off with Bob Greene”


DR
Jan 6th, 2009
9:27 am

For the most part, I was very impressed by the raw honesty expressed by Oprah. I was even impressed by Bob Greene’s interpretation of the situation.

I think that the realization that weight gain / weight loss has a strong emotional component will only be bolstered by the huge marketing effect that Oprah has on just about any subject.

I predict that the next wave of diet books will all contain some form of mind/body component.

With that being said, I found that as the show went on, I felt that things were being wrapped up a little too neatly. Are we to believe that by asking yourself “why am I overweight?” that we are going to solve the emotional issues that have contributed to our weight gain.

I wish Oprah all the luck in the world, but I think there will be more than a few stumbles before she achieve the “balance” that she is searching for.

Suprisingly, I think Bob Greene understands that better than Oprah herself. I have never been a big Bob Greene fan, but I was very impressed by his performance on yesterday’s show.


Mandy
Jan 6th, 2009
12:26 pm

I think Oprah did a good job bringing to light the reality that regardless of who we are or how much money we may have, there are moments of struggle and we can fall off the wagon. She is in a very nice position to have the best help all around her but appreciate her candidness and honesty!


Maureen
Jan 9th, 2009
12:46 pm

I like to know how you got off your Thyrroid medicine. Your show was very interesting. Weight is always a problem and we can fall off the wagon. I just like to know how you got off all your drugs. That is one question I can’t figure out.


KW
Jan 9th, 2009
8:19 pm

O’ poor Oprah. Millions of people know that a bag of chips a day isn’t the best thing for you. What did she think was going to happen?


Roxanne
Jan 17th, 2009
11:43 am

How can I access Bobs promo for his weight loss site?


Carrie
Jan 18th, 2009
1:38 pm

There is a point we get into a funk and we DO realize this funk but just have absoutley “NO Desire” to go to the gym or eat another salad and think “who cares” I am hungry or an 1/8th of a fry will not cure my craving. I always say if my desire for food would go away than I would have the answer. I am not “obese” but definitely can lose 40lbs. Naturaly slim people just don’t get it.