chatting wing women with Agony Aunts

Posted on May 7th, 2012

Have you caught Agony Aunts on ABC yet (Wednesdays 9.30pm…or iview if you missed the first ep). It’s a lovely show.

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The producer Adam Zwar(he made Wilfred) and I met about 10 years ago when we both wrote a relationship-ish column in the Sunday Herald Sun. Funny to come full circle. He’s an ace guy with a delicate touch. The series Agony Uncles was friggen amazing. The guy really knows how to drill down into hearts to get intimate answers.

I thought I’d share this “outtake” about wing women. I’m sharing it, in part, because it’s an interesting example of how CRAP I can look (despite having profressional makeup on) when my thyroid is playing up. I know there are a lot of images of me out there looking all fancy and shiny and GOOD. But how about I balance things out a little!

Yes. This is what happens on a thyroidy day: my face puffs up, my eyes go wonky, I get strained, my skin sends makeup funny shades (um, oompah-loompah woman!) and I develop a lisp.

But don’t let that put you off watching the series…ep 2 is this Wednesday night.

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  • seeker

    Looks like a good show, thanks for sharing!

    I think you’re being very hard on yourself though …. as most of us tend to be – especially when we see ourselves on tv/film! … I think you look lovely (probably because you are who you are to me – a woman of substance! … not just beautiful on the outside, you are no less of a person if you’re skin is not shiney or whatever) …

    isn’t it funny how we have this idea of ourselves – of what we look like or sound like – watching and observing a recording of ourselves can shatter all that!! Because we are looking for what we see in ourselves when we look in the mirror and put on our best face, or what we think we SHOULD look like … it’s interesting … and a little scary!! maybe because we are trained our whole lives to look OUTWARD through our eyes and not as much time looking back at/observing ourselves and how we really are? I dunno, I’m just thinking out loud …

    anyway, i didn’t see what you saw … maybe i need a bigger picture?! well done for being so brave to put it up though – if that’s how you feel about it – you go girl!

    thanks sarah! have a great week everyone! :)

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    seeker Reply:

    http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2242?utm_source=Wisdom&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=Wisdom

    an interesting article which i found relates to this post ….

    xo :)

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    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    That’s a really nice article Seeker :)

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  • http://www.twitter.com/_ginandjuice_ tj

    not available in Canada! but whyyy :(

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    Lorna Reply:

    you can watch in online…http://www.abc.net.au/tv/agonyaunts/

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  • Sarah

    I don’t see it either, you look lovely! But hope you feel better soon.

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  • Ian

    Funny how our perceptions of ourselves play such a role… or did you add the wrong video?

    Sarah, (like seeker) I’m not seeing what you’re feeling or perceiving. Definitely no oompah-loompah-women on my screen. Betcha Adam didn’t see any either.

    Well done for battling through the thyroidy symptoms. Must be a little terrifying feeling crap and doing a shoot.

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  • Kez

    U look beautiful Sarah..

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  • Selena

    I saw this show on tv last week…and loved it! I understand what you mean Sarah…on Thyroidy days my eyes and face swell up too (normally my right side)…which makes my eyes feel wonky….some people don’t notice… and it probably feels worse than it looks! You do always look gorgeous btw! My speech also goes a bit funny and slooow…and I make ‘ticking’ noices inbetween pauses….odd!! And yes, it normally happens when I am about to facilitate all-day workshops….timing, timing! :)
    Wing Women…yes, I think they are important. I am 31 living in Brisbane and all my close friends are married with babies….I spend most of my weekends (when I am not catching up on my PT study) attending baby-showers, infant b-day parties, new baby arrivals….and I enjoy it :) but I would like occassionally to head out and grab a drink with a fellow single lady and entertain the possibly of meeting someone myself. I actually felt like a glass of two of wine and socialising last night…but I am fast running out of available wing women candidates!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I’m on the right side, too… a lymphatic thing, I think.

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  • Lorna

    Sheesh, ease up on yourself a little. How about focus on the positives, not point out the negatives. I saw you on the program and actually thought you looked lovely and refeshed & you were very engaging.

    Oh, & Hanna Gadsby (?) is hot!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Ha! Yes, acerbically so!

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  • Mia Bluegirl

    Meh, you’re fine. Mick Mars still tours with Motely Crue even though ankylosing spondylitis has fused his spine so he can only face forwards. If he can still rock out without being able to turn his head at all from his autoimmune disease, a few little stumbled words shouldn’t bother people.

    Women, huh? We are so bloody critical on ourselves. Seems so silly.

    I find the make-up thing kinda amusing, though. I like to freak my friends out with it. “Lookit how pink I can make this orange lipstick go!” Etc. :)

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Makeup artists freak out! Watch this blue-black eyeshadow go flouro purple!

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    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    We’re like human mood rings!

    Although changing purple means you’re horny, I think…

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  • Ava

    I’m not normally the sensitive type to take someone else’s negative comments perosnally, but this really made me feel horrible. I am much less nice looking than yourself and this really got me… I don’t even have an autoimmune disease to blame my a-symmetrical, puffed out face on :( I understand that you were probably not feeling the best…

    You look amazing and I am not sure why you put this kind of energy into the world today. These thoughts are better left as an awful voice in your head that gets smooshed down by your nicer self, rather than indulged upon through your blog…

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  • Lauren

    Sarah, I saw the show and thought you looked great!

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  • http://oneaprilmorning.net Laura

    Love the show.

    And thanks for sharing how you were feeling behind the scenes… it’s refreshing.

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  • Aimée

    Sarah, you look gorgeous and give off a great energy, even if you aren’t having such a great day. I am very much looking forward to watching this show now! Didn’t see the first episode, but it looks good, so I will have to give it a watch.
    I was just wondering, I am starting the 8 week challenge today (!), however I actually cannot lose weight, as I am already underweight, I have heard a lot of others saying the change has made them lose weight, and I am so scared this will happen! With a history of anorexia, if I start to lose weight, everyone will lecture me.
    Please help!

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    Lauren Reply:

    I have been sugar/gluten free for a few months now and I’ve remained the same healthy weight. You could try adding more good fats to your diet.

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    Aimée Reply:

    Oh good! It’s good to know that not everyone loses weight! And thanks for the tip, avocado here we come!!

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  • http://janinejackson.wordpress.com/ Neen

    I can’t see anything different! You look just as lovely as always.

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  • http://www.sewindigo.blogspot.com Suellen

    Too hard on yourself Sarah. Give yourself a break. The show looks fun – I’m sorry I missed it.

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  • Kitt

    Seriously?!
    You look gorgeous. Maybe you felt crap that day, but come on Sarah…
    Please don’t be so down on yourself, not only does it makes you feel bad, but it makes every other women reading this feel ugly too…

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  • Karin

    You look stunning, Sarah. It’s like being a runway model and calling yourself fat. Like, seriously? I understand why this statement makes women feel bad about themselves.

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  • Lisa Ingram

    Sarah, my husband of 21 years (married 21, he’s not my toy boy!) played your clip for me on iview yesterday. Had to laugh about your response to what you look for in a bloke. “Has to have a ute”…”you want a man to be handy and be able to fix stuff”. I met Mick when he was balanced in the back of his rusty Holden ute replacing the remaining rust lacework tray with plywood. I said “what are you doing”, never having seen a ute really. he said “fixing the tray”. I said (tragic ignorance must be good as a pick up line) “oh, is that what they’re made of” to which he replied “that’s what this one’s made of”! Ah, engaged in 6 weeks and they said it wouldn’t last – well, we have lasted longer than the ute! I thought you looked brown and healthy and golden, so there. Lisa

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  • Sue

    I watched the Agony Uncles and l thought it was terrific. Last week watched Agony Aunts, and l couldn’t believe l saw on the show!
    You looked terrific. I didn’t even noticed your puffiness. People tend to focus more on your good aspects not your bad. Only you can see your faults.

    As l watching you speak, l kept thinking to myself, how healthy you looked.
    You look slim, even on t.v, which we all know can put on a few kilos.
    Hope you feeling better soon.

    Sue

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  • Zak

    If that video clip is an example of you looking “crap” then all I have to say is your future husband is a very lucky man.

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  • Amy S

    I watched the clip before I read the article and I immediately thought, “Whoa, Sarah is looking extremely thyroidy. I don’t know about everyone else, but I can definitely see the change in your appearance. Despite that, your inner beauty still shines through and you are still a stunner even with a puffy, wonky face! xo

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  • Jem

    Think you hit the fake tan bottle just a little too much.

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  • Giners

    Thanks Sarah for sharing! I really enjoyed that episode..all the girls had something very interesting and funny to say. I don’t get to see your outtake though because it isn’t available in Canada :(

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  • Belinda

    Ohhhh, agony aunts was so funny last night. Denise Scott is hilarious, Mirka Mora is absolutely gorgeous, Hanna Gadsby is HOT (as someone mentioned above) & that Sarah Wilson chick is pretty good too!! :)

    And a ‘lady garden’ was the best comment of the night!!!!

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  • Trevor Otto

    Dear Guys and Gals, If Good ol’ Sarah wants to put out a generous dollop of self-effacement, lets be gracious enough to accept that. Enough of the pedestal placing or comparisons already !

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  • AJ Parker

    can’t watch in the US :*(

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  • Kesha

    I can’t watch it? What?! I’m an American! I’m entitled to everything! ;-)

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