Somewhere Over the Radio

Yesterday was rockin’ and rather surreal. It was seven years to the day since Dietgirl started with that first sobbing-on-the-scales moment back in sunny Oz. And somehow I’d wound up at the BBC in London, rabbitting on the radio about everything that’s happened in between.

I woke up ready to spew from fear, so could only nibble a toast corner and three grapes for brekkie. Nervousness remains the only emotion that kills my appetite. Soon enough I was in a tiny soundproof booth with headphones on, chatting to presenters all around England. Some asked very sensitive and probing questions, some asked about What I Used To Eat. Chips ahoy!

Comrades. Thank you so much for all your kind responses to the wee book – all the comments and emails and Facebook messages and photos. I’ve been reduced to honking snotty tears on many ocassions. My reply time is molasses right now due to book and workplace busyness, but I didn’t want anyone thinking I’m a total snobbyarse. Thank you everyone who has taken to the time to blog about it or write a review on Amazon or tell your next-door neighbour. You have no idea how helpful your words can be. I’m in the process of pulling them all together in one entry, so if I end up missing yours, just hunt me down with a big stick and I’ll get it sorted.

This all feels so unreal sometimes. I started writing in 2001 because I felt like the most lonely, lardy, hopeless lass on earth. If I could travel back in time I’d say, "Look around, you goose!" There is no need to feel lonely. We’ve all been in this lardy boat together. Rock n roll.

So, I did five interviews and I don’t think I swore once! Although I did talk about poo one time. And of course that would be the interview that Dr G recorded for you all. It also makes me laff  because we get interrupted with the breaking news that the Bristol Rovers vs Fulham match has been CANCELLED due to a flooded pitch… And now back to Dietgirl!

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62 thoughts on “Somewhere Over the Radio

  1. I’m listening to the interview right now πŸ˜€ How hilarious the breaking news of the football match. And ROFL at ‘there’s a wonderful photo of you and a friend’, ‘that’s my husband’, ‘ohhhhh okay, that’s a very friendly friend’. Cheers to Dr G for recording this, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to the interview, and again, thoroughly enjoyed the book. I would be REALLY miffed if it weren’t for the blog, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I knew that the reading was over!

  2. The Bristol Rovers were my time when I lived in England! LOL!!!!

    Great interview, but baby jesus and the wailing orphans you sound nervous! πŸ˜›

  3. …my TEAM actually. During my TIME in Bristol.

    I’m laughing at the interview – who ARE these interviewers? Laurel and freakin’ Hardy?

  4. Excellent interview – although could the interviewers sound less interested in your answers if they tried?

    Also, your accent! You need to come back home for a while πŸ˜‰

  5. Shauna! Your real voice!

    Good to hear it. It matches closely with the voice I’ve given you in my head.

  6. I have just listened to your interview. WOW!! It was wonderful to hear your voice again.And you still have the Aussie accent – although it is a refined accent. Must have had a good speech teacher at some time, HUH?
    Congrats Shauna. You deserve all the accolades coming your way.

  7. WOW – great stuff, radio interviews are the hardest things. And you sounds just like I imagine, just a bit pommy with the Australian lurking underneath!
    Best of luck with the book and I’ll be getting my copy when it hits the shelves in Perth in February.

  8. Great interview! πŸ™‚ Oh and speaking of your book, I ordered it from Amazon Canada and it was estimated to ship somewhere around Feb 05, but I received a notification that it was shipped today and will arrive on Friday! Woohoo! Can’t wait to read it!

  9. Hey Shauna, you Australian diplomat, you!!!

    It was great to hear your LOVELY voice; you sounded younger than I thought because you have so much wisdom. I know that sounds cheesy but I hope you know what I mean.

    Like everyone else, I’m spreading the word. Your book – a tear-jerker and joyful read, if ever there was one – is just essential reading. As someone else has said, you deserve all the accolades and more, coming your way!!!

    Rock on, DG!!!

    Mrs Lxxxxxxxxx

  10. haha, that was brilliant – though who WERE those interviewers?! Smashie and Nicey live on.

  11. Dial-up sucks. It will take far too long for the interview to load and for me to hear it, and even then it will probably be all buffered and jumpy and stuff.

    So I’m hear to say congratulations on seven years of inspiring and motivating posts. That’s quite an accomplishment.

    And to thank you for your support during the time I’ve been blogging. You’re a peach!

  12. That was a good interview Shauna! I sat here the whole time smiling/laughing while listening. You have a really sweet voice and you sound a bit like Kylie Minogue, anyone ever told you that before?

    Thank you for the lovely email and for the linkage in this post. I agree with Marshmallow, I am glad you have this blog cause it is like reading a new chapter of the book every week!

    You must be so amazed with your life right now, could you ever have imagined that you would achieve all of this in your life while you were back at that very first WW meeting? You truly are an inspiration Shauna Reid!

    Go Dietgirl Go!!!

  13. What a cool life you are leading these days Shauny! You are definitely no longer a Farm Girl!

  14. Lol…nice to finally hear you, great speaking voice, you’re such a femme-fatal. I especially love the fact that the announcers consider a game being rained out breaking news…guess not much else goes on there? Where was this interview located?

  15. a life without ice cream is a life not worth living!! BLOODY RIGHT πŸ˜€ <--- there's a facebook group if you wanna join hehe Great interview Shauna, you have such a cute accent!

  16. Bravo Shauna! Lovely to hear your voice in my house! So HAPPY for you girl!!!

  17. Howwwwwdy ho, everybody!

    Rebecca – it was BBC Radio Bristol πŸ™‚

    Crank, I forgot you used to live in Bristol! So I guess you would have been cursing the floods.. hehe.

    Blast – i had a bloody brilliant speech teacher, indeed πŸ™‚

    It is funny about the accent, it might be a wee bit diluted now but as soon as you say a word like POO it is back in full force! bwahahhahaaaaa.

  18. Just got an email from that my copy of your book is on its way to me. It should be here on January 24th. I am so excited and can’t wait to read it. So glad to hear you are busy promoting and hope you are having fun, too.

  19. That was so good – you even almost managed to make it sound as if the interviewers weren’t complete twits. And yes, you do have a sweet voice. Well done on your continuing fame!

  20. cheers πŸ™‚

    Oooh I missed those coupla comments about starting to ship… HOORAY!!! Hopefully that dreaded Out of Stock message will be gone soon.

  21. OH Shauna, what a fantastic treat to hear your interview, thank you for this.

    I have been an avid fan of your blog/journey for years and am so darn proud of you. You handle yourself with such grace and humor.

    It is exciting and fun to watch your hard work come to fruitation. You make me smile with your entries and easy way about you. Thank you for that.

    PS: My copy of your book will arrive tomorrow and I am looking forward to a snowy weekend in– curled up with The Amazing Adventures of DG! weeeeeee

  22. Listening to it now – who is the announcer? Love the interruption. Ha Ha.

    Your voice is lovely – I don’t think you sounded nervous at all – good to hear you kept the aussie twang (but with a lovely scottish lilt) – that’s the accent I seem to have too. I like the comments about us Aussies ‘getting around’ (cos we do!)

    Can’t wait to see the ‘installation’!

    I can see a future in media for you!

  23. Hi Shauna- I just received the Borders Australia weekly newsletter, thought you might like to know that The Amazing Adventures of DG is already being advertised in the Upcoming Releases section πŸ˜€

  24. Lovely, dg! You sound just as nice as you do in text. Although a little refined for an Aussie. If you practice saying DeeVoiDee 10 times a day you should have your inner Kath back in no time.

    I am waiting for Borders at Kotara to get your book in so I can see you on display.

  25. Hi Shauna, I read about you in the Sunday papers and wanted to say Congratulations on your amazing achievement and thanks for sharing it. You have inspired so many people. I’ve read bits of your blog and am looking forward to reading your book. I bet you never imagined things would turn out this way with a book, and all the publicity. Well done! What a great way to start the year! Looks like 2008 is going to be another amazing year for you! :-))

  26. Just got the aussie Borders weekly email and the book was featured in the ‘coming soon’ section – very exciting!

  27. doh – too slow – serves me right for ‘lack of attention to detail’ and not reading comments above properly πŸ™‚

  28. Oh oh oh!

    I just got my Borders catalogue in my email, and you’re down the bottom in the upcoming releases. They only ever put three things there, are YOU are one of them!!!

    Alongside John Grisham and kd lang. Pretty awesome huh!!

  29. Oh oh oh!

    Like the other aussies, I just got my Borders catalogue in my email, and you’re in the upcoming releases section. They only ever put three things there, are YOU are one of them!!!

    Alongside John Grisham and kd lang. Pretty awesome huh!!

  30. And my work computer is bugging out too, so you get double the joy, and ever so slightly different versions, cos I had to retype when my blasted ie crashed.


    DG says: Hehe, no worries Piabella. And thanks everyone for letting me know, that is pretty cool eh? πŸ™‚

  31. Shauna, it was so neat to finally hear your voice! A voice for a face!

    You continue to amaze me — you write that you were nervous about the interview, but you sounded great! I love that you’re constantly pushing past your “boundaries”. Mountain biking and climbing, lard busting, book writing and radio interviews? You rock!

  32. Nice hearing your voice again! Good interview, it must have been very nerve racking and strange. I’d be terrified I’d slip up and swear, or just sound like a total goon. You were more articulate than the presenters!

  33. You can now say your book has been read in Spain. I got it though ebay, and read it in one day. Its great, as I have always thought your blog was. Its funny how the little pictures at the bottom work, perhaps a bit like real life. I say this because after quite a lot of chapters I would look down and think: they are not changing the picture, she is the same. I quick look back at the beginning showed me that the picture was actually slowly changing. I can imagine thats exactly how it felt when you lost the first stones. Well done, you are great, and I have become a fan of your sister too πŸ˜›

  34. P.S. Looking at your stats, what kind of weird US wardrobe sizes do they have? When you were bigger you were a 28 instead of a 26, and now you are a smaller you are a 12 instead of a 14??? That is mad

    DG says: Hi Eli! That is actually my moronic error. I can’t believe I never noticed that before! Thank you, and really chuffed you enjoyed the book in sunny Spain, too πŸ™‚

  35. I am so excited!! Your book has just been delivered and while i want to grab it, go and sit outside in the sunshine and just dive right in, i will have to wait till the weekend.

  36. I am so excited!! Your book has just been delivered and while i want to grab it, go and sit outside in the sunshine and just dive right in, i will have to wait till the weekend.

  37. said ‘undies’ on the radio – how very Australian!!!

    Loved the interview, you were incredibly eloquent and cracked a few radio approriate jokes too! I’m glad things are going well with your BRILLIANT book.

    Pete xx

    PS You definitely have developed a bit of an accent!

  38. Hi Shauna,
    It was great to hear your voice finally! Thanks for posting the interview.

    Sucks to hear the the book isn’t scheduled to be published in the U.S.; I was holding out hope that it would be. I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and order it from Amazon Canada.

    Go Dietgirl!

  39. Cora, hellooo! πŸ™‚ the book IS coming out in the US – early 2009! But that if that seems like a bloody long time away, is a good option!

    Bob – tis okay, that is Kate Harding’s BMI Project, I sent her the pic myself πŸ™‚

  40. Ah! The size thing was a mistake, I just thought it was another example of wacky US πŸ˜› By the way, I have ordered another copy via email for my mum, I am rereading my copy and can’t bear to part with it πŸ˜›

  41. Love the radio interview! You did great. Nervousness is also the only thing that will kill MY appetite too.

    I’m hearing A LOT about you! I was planning to buy your book after I have finished reading all the books I have collected and have been meaning to read, but all this hype is getting me in the mood to buy your book earlier than expected.

  42. The out of stock message is GONE from (for now… until we buy them out) so I ordered a copy for me mum! Even though she read mine already… it’s important she have her very own copy. It’s like illegal free downloads! Hehe

  43. That’s awesome! So funny you were interupted for the footy update, haha. Your voice is different to how I imagined it would be too. Well done, you didn’t sound nervous at all! Is the book coming to Australia? I’ll buy it for sure!!

  44. Hi Shauna
    I have ordered one for a friend from and one for myself from Blackwell’s … we are now waiting to see whether amazon will overcome the stocking problem and the challenge of Canada Post in time to beat Blackwell’s with the added overseas challenge — if his arrives first I’ll be extremely jealous!

    I have been lurking on your blog for ages and I just want to say thanks for sharing it all, it has indeed made a difference.

  45. Well done you, your responses were sassy and sweet, just like you. Nice to finally hear your lovely voice – definitely living in the UK has softened your accent πŸ˜‰

    Congrats on all your accomplishments, you’ve worked bloody hard enough! Oh and thanks to Dr G for recording it for us!


  46. Nice to hear your real voice – not the DietGirl I’ve created in my head…. I DON’T do accents well at all, and I am sorry to say you’ve been a cross between OliverTwist and MaryPoppins for the last few years!!!

  47. Okay, well, I have to admit I had to listen through this twice because I had absolutely no idea what either of you were saying, but it SOUNDED adorable and then the second time I cried a little bit because I was just so, so proud and happy for you.

    You rock beyond belief, lady.

  48. Lovely to hear your voice, awesome interview, you are very brave. And well done on fielding the obligatory “if Australia is such a nice country…” question so politely!

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