Yesterday I took a risk. I brought Emma on TV with me for an appearance on Living Dayton to demonstrate an at-home workout. I knew it was risky, but I also thought it could be really cute if Emma was well-behaved. The plan was to demonstrate 4 moves that strengthen the butt and hamstrings, and also provide a cardio benefit. My intention was that Emma would “help” me with the moves. We practiced a couple times at home, but I have been sick as a dog, so that really cut back on our practice time. Watch the full segment from WDTN Living Dayton.
The segment definitely didn’t go as I had planned or envisioned in my head, and to be honest, I left feeling like it was a disaster. Emma was not at all interested in helping … she was interested in exploring. The TV host was a bit distracted by Emma’s choice to run around the studio (and there was glass on the ground which was causing some of the stress), but the host did a fantastic job at keeping the script moving. Despite the distractions and major multitasking, I got through all four of the moves. My assistant, Tasha, was standing in the studio and whisked Emma away about half-way through the spot.
When I got home, I watched a clip that Tasha had filmed with my iPhone and I realized something important — it wasn’t as bad as I had remembered. I think I am my biggest critic, and I always have high standards for how I want things to turn out. But, adding Emma into the equation added an element of uncertainty. I had visions of her standing with me and clapping or trying the moves with me. I am not sure why I thought she would be willing to stand still, but I guess that’s a first-time mom’s poor judgement at it’s best. Ha.
I learned some important lessons yesterday. 1) Don’t take your toddler on TV with you and expect it to turn out a “certain way.” 2) Prepare a more detailed script in advance in case the questions don’t touch on the aspects you are hoping to focus on. 3) Stop being so critical of myself and such a perfectionist … have fun and enjoy the process (this one is important).
Overall, the appearance was fun, and I look forward to a second appearance on December 31 to discuss goals for 2013, promote my fitness business, and talk about my Prenatal Exercise DVD series. And I have already secured a babysitter to watch Emma on the 31st.
6 thoughts on “Emma’s TV Debut and Important Lessons Learned”
Amanda, I thought it was great! Very realistic; that’s exactly what it’s like trying to do a home workout or have an adult conversation with a toddler present! I think it makes you look at the more authentic and you handled it very well. (Bye bye inner critic!)
Thanks so much Tamara! I appreciate it 🙂
It was great and real 🙂 that’s what it’s like trying to workout with a toddler (or two or three) around!!
Yes, that is basically what my typical day is like! Running around after Emma, but I never miss a workout! haha.
I thought the segment was fabulous. Emma did just fine too! Can’t wait to see the next one.
I also thought you did GREAT! Looked totally natural on film! Emma was cute, and you’re super pretty! Hope the 31st goes good too!