I was mindlessly twittering away the other night, when I saw this tweet flash up on the screen:
shayBL: I wonder if I can get to 10,000 followers by Tues
I remembered Shay as the biggest Biggest Loser gal on Season 8 of that show where everybody tries to lose a bunch of weight. I remember liking her, so I decide to lend her a hand in her efforts to build her Twitter audience.
JackSht: I once got 100 followers by eating 15 lightning bugs. Maybe if you ate 200... RT @shayBL: I wonder if I can get to 10,000 followers by Tues
But then I thought about it some more, and frankly… I got a little ticked off, so I let her know about it…
JackSht: @shayBL It’s kinda classless to beg for Twitter followers. Plus, it’s kind of my shtick...
Then something really strange happened. I regularly shoot off quirky twitter messages to famous folks, and generally @hungrygirl is the only one who’ll ever take the bait (and then, only rarely). But Shay jumped right into the fray and started mixing it up…
shayBL: @JackSht I'll keep the advice and try not to step on your toes
JackSht: @shayBL Looks like it wouldn't hurt as much now as it once would. ;)
shayBL: @JackSht definitely not. You’re perceptive… thanks for noticing. LOL
JackSht: @shayBL I'm known for my perceptivity. BTW, has anybody told you look kinda like that fat chick from Biggest Loser?
shayBL: @JackSht so weird you say that? no they say I look like the smoking hot chick from the BL finale! Have they told you that you resemble an..
Well, it went on from there, enough that I now consider Shay to be one of my BFFs, and so I asked her to take part in a little interview for Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit.
Jack: What’s your favorite kind of pie?
Shay: Prior to BL? Peach cobbler. Okay, so it’s really not a pie, but my family is southern. Second best would be sweet potato back when I thought I had to have things like that to make me feel good. Now I love Larabars "apple pie" if I MUST.
Jack: What’s your second favorite kind of pie?
Shay: I guess this is why you should read ahead in interviews so you don't waste a perfectly good answer in the first one.
Jack: If you owned a bakery, what do you think would be your three best-selling kinds of pie?
Shay: Mud pies (real mud). Always loved making those as a kid. Wait, is this really what you want to ask me?
Jack: Since you’re a step-mom, what’s your take on childhood obesity?
Shay: It’s a HUGE problem (okay no pun intended). Being a step mom of two stick-thin kids, I still realize the importance of healthy choices and of teaching healthy habits. We do all of the healthy stuff as a family. When we are out with friends or fam, you hear the kids “educating” others on healthy choices. It’s pretty darn cute.
Jack: Who would win a knife fight between Bob and Jillian?
Shay: Definitely Bob... it’s always the ones that smile you got to watch out for. Jillian is a yeller; you always know the biggest bark is not the biggest bite!
Jack: You have a dime and a dollar, you buy a dog and a collar, the dog is a dollar more than the collar, how much is the collar?
Shay: Whatever is left over. Sorry, I always sucked at math. It’s a learning disability and apparently it also applied to the number of pies one should eat.
Jack: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Shay: I had 1 cup steel cut oats and ¼ cup blueberries with tablespoons almond milk.
Jack: What is your position on skinny-dipping?
Shay: Clothed and on the beach. Although these days loose skin could double as clothing.
Jack: There was an airplane crash, and every single person on board died, but two people survived. How is this possible?
Shay: Umm, that’s kind of a morbid riddle. Pass.
Jack: If there were one question you wanted me to ask during this interview, what would it be? And as follow-up, what’s the answer to that question?
Shay: What’s with the morbid riddle? You're morbid? Obviously not morbidly obese though or you wouldn’t have to ask about pie…
Jack: What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?
Shay: Smurfs. Nothing like little blue people with only one chick in the village being chased and tormented by a creepy wizard.
Jack: What’s the one food that you can’t trust yourself around?
Shay: It was ice cream, but now I can’t even look in the direction. Some days it’s almond butter, but more often than not its POPCHIPS and seriously... that’s no ad… they don’t pay me… but dang, those little bags of fun make you want to shrink your head so you can stick it in the bag and get every crumb.
Jack: Can you boil down your best fitness advice in five words (and five words only!)?
Shay: Eat less move more NOW
Jack: While you were at the Biggest Loser Ranch, did you ever watch Biggest Loser? If so, was it really weird?
Shay: No, we didn't have any TV or anything else fattening. It was weird to watch it at home because I was already half a person less.
Jack: What Biggest Loser contestant do you think would be most likely to get jiggy with me?
Shay: Hmm… that Christopher Blackburn looks like a jiggy guy!
Jack: What’s the most satisfying part of losing the weight you’ve lost?
Shay: Besides not finding it… really it would be that I am not scared of living anymore. I live my life to the fullest every day, and I am healthy and happy and no pie is worth losing that.
Jack: You may not want to answer this, but what’s your deepest, darkest secret?
Shay: I already told it all on national TV!!!!
Jack: HOW DO I TURN OFF “CAPS LOCK”? I JUST TURNED IT ON AND I DONT KNOW HOW TO TURN IT BACK OFF.
Thanks to Biggest Loser Shay for being a good sport and a fantastic Twitter pal (even if she won't follow you back). You rock, Shay!
Answers to trick questions: The collar was a nickel and the two survivors were married.