I stumbled across this video today.
Good, just so we're clear.
So, let me tell you a little bit more about why I came up with it.
Three years ago, I auditioned to become an NFL cheerleader. I went to the gym for an hour every day for months. I allowed myself only what food that was on the meal plan my personal trainer gave me.
Here's me on audition day:
When this photo was taken, I was a size 0. I had dropped 15 pounds from my pre-audition self. Five inches had come off my waistline; 4 off my hips. I had the smallest percentage of body fat I've probably ever had in my life. Do you know what happened to me that day? I got sent straight home. I mean, the first time they had an opportunity to send girls home, I was packing my things. Now, this was done in the most kind way it could possibly have been done; in fact, my whole audition experience was shockingly respectful. I sort of expected to be treated like shit, you know? Like that show about the Dallas Cowboy's cheerleaders? It wasn't like that at all, even one bit. When callbacks were announced during auditions, we were all genuinely thanked for coming, reassured that we were the most beautiful women they'd ever seen, and convinced that the judges had struggled more than ever before over which girls to cut. This speech was given with such kindness of spirit that to this day I believe its authenticity. In fact, on the way out, one of the judges approached ME and gave me a sweet hug, looked into my eyes, and said "I'm SO surprised at some of the girls who were chosen to get sent home. You did great today."