Off the Dial

Cover Story (I want a cover-up)

You know how we're all in a hurry, trying to clear the task in front of us so we can move on to the next one? Sometimes that comes back to bite you.  That's how our local paper wound up running a picture of me in a bathing suit. Yes, you read that right.

A columnist called me last month, wanting to profile my family's journey with diabetes.  I still can't believe December will mark four years since Benny's diagnosis.  After the interview, the writer emailed to ask for some pictures. No big deal, except we were out of town, returning the day before school started here.  That means I was already running behind on buying school supplies, getting schedules set and, most importantly, getting Benny's diabetes plan in place.  Finding a family photo was not top of mind.

A few days later, the reporter very kindly reminded me her deadline was near. So while printing out our 504 plan and figuring out how to make my directions for Benny's teacher clear and concise, while indicating I had every confidence in her (and by the way, we're a team!), I was also scrolling through recent pictures on the computer.  I have a million shots of the kids, but very few of us all together.  The easiest one seemed to be the one we'd just taken at the beach. We were all smiling.  Heck, we were all together.  I pressed attach, and send.  And I knew right away I'd regret it.  But hey, I checked it off my to-do list, so.. win! Until it showed up today. Ugh.

Click here to read the article and see the picture. (Seriously, thanks for the write up, Amy Reiss!)

They also included a bit about my appearance this Saturday at Time Warner BBQ & Blues (that used to be called Blues, Brews and BBQ) I'll be judging the finals of the Southern Cooking Contest.

We had a blast at the semi-finals last month, and that was in a single room at Johnson & Wales.  This event will be smack in the middle of Uptown Charlotte during one of the biggest festivals of the year. I'll be joined by the folks from Mac's Speedshop – they're going to demonstrate the amazing Mac & Cheese recipe they donated to my book, I Can't Cook, But I Know Someone Who Can.

You may already know that I donate all profits from the book to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  We'll be selling copies Saturday (special price, $10) so if you're around, stop by and say hi.  I will not be wearing the bathing suit.

Glug, Glug, Glug

A bunch of folks in Charlotte, including me, are starting a challenge today.  We're trying to drink more water. A lot more water! It's called 60 in 60.  It starts today and you can get all the info here at NoFizzCLT. In a nut shell, they're asking us to drink 60 ounces of water every day for the next 60 days.

This started in May when personal trainer Bobby DeMuro asked people around here to give up soda for 30 days.  I spoke to him for Health Headlines: The Show and he said the response was so good that he'd do more. So here's the latest challenge.

I already drink at least 30 ounces of water a day, so I think it's going to be interesting to see if I can actually get up to 60. I'm going to ask Bobby if I can count the plain seltzer I switched to this summer. (Sorry NoFizz, I still like the fizzy!).  My new go-to cocktail is seltzer with a splash of cranberry juice, garnished with lime. I know - you want to party with me!

My plan for 60 in 60 is to drink one glass of water for every cup of coffee during Charlotte's Morning News.  That may not be too bright (let's just say my studio breaks are limited) but we'll see how it goes.  I'm also going to make sure I have a full bottle of water when I leave WBT each day – drinking that on the way home will add 20 ounces. 

We'll also continue what my family started earlier this on my son's diabetes doctor's advice.  Drink a glass of water each evening when you sit down to dinner, before you start eating.  As you can see below, doing that can help you lose weight.



Are you in? How do you sneak more water into your day? Let me know and we'll talk about it on the health show. 

(Programming note: after this Sunday, Health Headlines is on a break until October 17th to make room for the Panthers. Tune in to Mick, Eugene and Jim starting September 12!)