Feb 26, 2011

New Update

Okay so it looks like my Dad Kirk, and I, will be going to Chicago to do filming for the Oprah Winfrey Show on either April 6 or 7th. I will keep you posted. One of these 2 dates will be the taping date, and not the air date. When they decide to air it they always call me a few days in advance and I will post it on my Facebook, and blog so that all of you know! Thanks for all of your ongoing support!

Love always,
Jilly Strasburg

Feb 25, 2011

Oprah Winfrey Show #3

I know a lot of you know this about me, but I'm sure a lot of my readers don't. I have been on the Oprah Winfrey show twice. I was on the first time when I was 19 years old in February of 2002. I weighed a little over 300lbs. at the time. To read the whole story click here. You can see pictures and read the story. I'll give you the basic rundown though.

When I was 19 my sister wrote a letter to Oprah telling her that she wished I could see how beautiful she thought I was and that she wished I would love myself like she loved me. They contacted Jamie about this letter and asked her if she thought her sister would want to be on Oprah. They then called me and started talking to me about my life and what it was like growing up as "The Fat one in a Skinny Family". The show was born. :)

The show was based on my life and what it was like to grow up fat with a bunch of skinny little people around me. LOL The main story was between my father and I. My Dad Kirk, always struggled with me being overweight. It didn't bother him as much as it concerned him, and made him sad because he knew I wouldn't have the life I wanted if I stayed so unhealthy. On the show Oprah had my Dad and I on stage, and the rest of my family in the audience. My Dad was so blunt and honest that many people came away hating him. I have to admit that he hurt me for a little while too. Some of the things he said hurt, but only because I knew they were true.

6 months after the show was filmed I had gastric bypass surgery. A day before my surgery the show aired on national TV. It was crazy to see myself on TV, with Oprah, and how fat I actually was. I had never realized how large I really was. Looking back now it blows my mind. Oprah was completely against my surgery and made sure to let me know. Regardless of that, I had the surgery the next day.

A 2 years later and 170lbs lost, I received another phone from the Oprah Winfrey show. They wanted to know all about my life and what I was up to now. I told them about my surgery, the weight I had lost, that I was in school at Utah State University, and so on. They let me know that my show was one of the highest rated shows they have ever aired and wanted me to come back for "Oprah's Most Memorable Guests" show. So in October 2005 I went back on for the 2nd time. I got to show off all my hard work and feel beautiful. This time was so much more fun to say the least.

Since then I have had a lot of ups and downs and have struggled with my health because of the decision I made to have gastric bypass, and although I don't regret the decision it has changed my life. Well the story doesn't stop there.

Yesterday I received a phone call that Oprah is doing 1 more "Most Memorable Guests" show and they want me to come back. I was blown away, and so touched. I don't know exactly when all of this is going to happen, but it will be for her final season. We are working out the details now, and I will make sure to keep you all informed on what is going on. I just can't wait! I'm so excited to show of my life, all that I have overcome with all of your help, and my amazing husband. This should be fun!

Day 21-23

Day 23-A picture of something I wish I was better at. Having Patience.
Day 22-A day I wish I could forget.....my first emergency surgery on May 9, 2009
Day 21-A place I would like to go some day----Grand Cayman's. My wish is coming true this December thanks to my brother Brock and sister in law Chrissy.

Feb 23, 2011

Special Day. Day 15

Day 15-Someone you can't live without. I could not make it day to day without my sweet Dave. He is my best friend, my greatest support, my number 1 fan, and the love of my life. I can't imagine waking up and not having him there. I love you David Strasburg!

Day 16-20

Day 20-A letter to my Dad. My Dad doesn't have FB so he will probably never get this, but this is to him.
Dear Dad,
I love you more than words can express. You are so special to me, and I am so thankful that I got you as my Daddy. You are such an amazing man, and I look up to you more than you know. You have saved my life on so many occasions that I can truly say without you I would not be alive today. Thank you for raising me to know the difference between right and wrong. Thank you for being proud of who I am turned out to be. Thank you for teaching me what I deserve in a man. Thank you for loving my husband like he is your own son. Thank you for being the 2nd most important man in my life. You mean so much to so many people Dad. You give people hope. You bring people happiness, and joy. You are so much fun to be around and so funny. You are so gracious, compassionate, loving, kind, humorous, lighthearted, and you have the greatest smile ever. Thank you for loving me the way you always have. I'm so proud to be your baby girl.
All my love,
The Blond Bomber.
Day 19-A picture of my greatest insecurity. I know I'm thin, but I still have the brain of a fat girl and I can see every square inch of fat on my body.
Day 18-A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently. The giving of so many people for 1 goal....to save my life.
Day 17-A picture of someone who inspires you. My sister Jamie Nackos.
Day 16-Something you want to do before you die. I want to visit my cousin Anna-Karin in Sweden. My home.

Days 10-14

Day 14-Something you can't live without. Well I have had a lot of this small bowel removed from my body, but I can't live without what I have left.
Day 13-Favorite Band....Pink floyd
Day 12-Something you love. I love heels, and I love red, but with sparkles?! What more could I want?!
Day 11-Something you hate. I hate gossip.
Day 10-A picture of someone you have done the most screwed up things with....T and Ash

Feb 13, 2011

Challenge Day 8-9

Day 9-A picture of someone who has gotten me through the most. We all know I have an amazing husband, but I literally would not be alive today without him. He has gotten me through the hardest times in my life. He's my strength, my best friend, and the love of my life.
Day 8-A picture of a memory that makes me laugh. There is a huge long story behind this, but this is a picture of my Dad on his Birthday. I gave him cottonelle butt wipes. He loves them!

Feb 11, 2011

Days 3-7

Day 7-My Most treasured Item-Food. After living without eating for a year you never realize how grateful you can be for food and special it really is. You really need it to survive.
Day 6-A person you would like to change places with for a day-My Grandma Margaret. She is the most proud, elegant, graceful, and strong person I know and I would love to know what a day in her life is like
Day 5-My favorite memory-Going through the temple for the 1st time
Day 4-A picture of my Night-This Oprah show was definitely My night!
Day 3-A picture of my favorite TV Show

Feb 6, 2011

Challenge Day 2

So today I post a picture of the person I have been the closest to the longest in my life that is someone other than a family member. So here she is....
Miss T Allred

She has been my best friend for so long. I have known her since I was 4 and we grew up around the corner from each other. I love her so much. We had our issues growing up, but as we have gotten older we have become close and I know I can lean on her for anything. I know she has my back and that I have hers. I think that is what makes a really great best friend. We are so different, but have so much fun together. We are a lot a like too. I think we were just made to be best friends for life.

I love you T baby. Thanks for always being there for me through thick and thin even when you haven't agreed with things that I have done. I love you to the end!

Feb 5, 2011

30 Day Challenge-Day 1

I saw this and thought it would be fun, and give all of my blog followers a chance to get to know Jilly, just a bit better.
I am doing a 30 Day Challenge with a picture a day about 1 random thing. It should be pretty interesting and show you all a side of Jill you never knew, or some things that you have always known. Here we go....

Day 1 Challenge-10 Random Facts
1. I used to weigh 302 lbs.
2. I was on Oprah twice
3. I'm the youngest of 4 children
4. I'm Swedish
5. I love being Tall
6. Hot Pink is my Favorite Color
7. High Heels are my favorite fashion item
8. I'm Mormon/LDS
9. I absolutely LOVE to cook
10. I LOVE being a wife