Title: Radical New Me
Author: PK Hrezo
Release Date: May 10th, 2017
Tour Dates: June 6th – 10th, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Callie Cow: Where is She Now?
That’s what Calliope Crown’s old high school classmates want to know.
Now it’s five years later and Calliope’s gone from fat to fit in a year-long transformation with a world-renowned self-help guru. When funds she’s always counted on fall through, she moves to ritzy Boca Raton to work for her snobby aunt’s beachside bakery and face the same temptation that put her in the body she so desperately wants to forget. Calliope may be armed with a new identity, but old self-images don’t die fast, and true self-esteem isn’t something you can buy online with a credit card, even though her guru would suggest otherwise with the prices of his webinar course and weekly regimen.
Enter one cute and dedicated handyman and Calliope begins to see the world in a new light. Connecting with him, as well as new friends and Internet followers may just prove that life’s detours can sometimes reveal our truest identities in the most unexpected of ways.
“Even without the mask you wouldn’t know me. Social media and I have never gotten along.
But times they are a-changing, and today, I share my journey with the world.
In a nutshell, I’m here because my guru guide told me to be.
Ha! Bet you’ve heard that one before.
This. Me. It’s all part of my new direction. A part of saying good riddance to the past and beelining toward the future as a different person.
A new person. Radically new and determined.
It’s a road trip. So either hop in and be a passenger, or steer your own vessel alongside me …”
Double check mask is still on straight. Its black filigree surrounds my eyes in an elegant frame. A sharp and sassy Venetian disguise. It’s me, but not.
My long auburn streaked locks are swept up and knotted behind me, and my lips are coated in the most radical shade of lip tint I could find: Glam it All to Hell. I’ve always been a Soft Plum or Barely There kind of girl, but neither of those seemed to fit the mystique veil of anonymity quite like a candy-apple red shade. Perfectly radical.
Good. Deep breath …
“In case you don’t wanna ride along with a complete stranger, here are some things you should know about about me upfront:
Not too long ago … well, for pretty much all my life, I daydreamed about being that girl—you know, the one guys stumbled over themselves to talk to. The one other girls tried to copy in front of their mirrors. I put the idea of it on a pedestal for so long, I’m not even sure it’s reachable anymore. Or if it even ever matters.
It’s never been about vanity.
It’s about certainty. Confidence in my health, and in who I’ve let myself become. Confidence in the way I know others see me, notice me. Not being invisible. Not being a disappointment.
After reading Rouby’s book, Roadmap to the Radical New You, I took the wheel of my own life.
Now, I’m here, in front of you, 72 pounds lighter, to let you know you can do the same thing. If you’ve been wanting to make some positive changes in your own life, then I’m here to cheer you on.
If I can do it, you can do it.
It won’t be easy at first. There’s a learning curve, and a hump. And this is coming from someone who’s never had problems with taking tests.
Those first few weeks of radical change were the most difficult in my life …”
Stare at keyboard. Memories of labored breathing, aching muscles, tears of failure … all of it cycles through my mind.
Almost done. Have to power through.
Eyes on screen again, on the masked chub avenger in front of me. Only eyes, lips, and chin are visible. Perfect.
Carry on …
“To be frank, I didn’t know if I’d have what it takes to stick to Rouby’s Roadmap. During that first month, when I exchanged brownie bites and frappuccinos for leg lifts and power walks, I discovered what Rouby calls, my Cruise Control.
And let me tell you once you find it—I mean really know that you can have it—it changes everything.
No more distractions. Or excuses. Just a lot of hard work, and steady steering.
I was overweight all through high school. I tried to lose it, over and over, failing each time and devastating my self-esteem. I was a hot mess on repeat play.
Rouby helped me understand what I was doing wrong. I was starting from the outside, trying to transform my appearance with diet schemes and workout routines that were unrealistic to my personal needs. I was skipping the most vital step in Rouby’s full transformation program—the step that’s key to changing the way a person sees themselves:
Cleansing from the inside out.
If you haven’t read Rouby’s Roadmap to a Radical New You, buy it today. After I implemented his inner program, I discovered his at-home Radical Makeover Intensive course called, Radical Roadtrips.
It’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re not serious about transformation, this course isn’t for you.
Someday I’m gonna find a way to meet Rouby and walk right up and wrap him in a giant hug. Here’s why …”
I hold up my before and after full body profile pictures, side by side. The head is chopped off so it’s only from the neck down, both with me in black form-fitting workout pants and top.
“See. The me on the left is two years ago when I first decided to do something about my health and appearance. The me on the right was taken yesterday. Pretty dramatic, right? Yeah, it gives me the willies every time I see these.
You may be wondering why I’ve chosen to be incognito. Why I don’t show my face or tell you my name …
And that’s a story for another day. What’s important now is the how, not the who.
I’m only three months away from my final transformation, so I’m making a pact with you right now, right here on my very own YouTube channel that if I make it through the next few months and reach my goal, I’ll reveal myself. I need your support in getting there, because my too-fragile ego depends on it.
I don’t think it can take another blow.
Besides that, for anyone who does complete the Roadtrip course, Rouby says a special surprise is in store …”
My candy-red lips catch my eye onscreen—the way they pull upward in a genuine smile upon my masked face. A tiny thrill of what has to be a combination of pride and bewilderment sails over my scalp.
“I’m taking life by the wheel, and when I get where I’m going, I will be transformed …”
“I’ll be back after Sunday, when my course classmates meet online for a webinar to hear Rouby speak. If you didn’t know, he has an entire team dedicated to helping his Roadtrip students stay on track. There’s even personalized Curbside Assistance in the event of a mental breakdown. He’s so amazing.
Well, I guess that’s it for me today. You’re tuned into channel, RadNewMe. I’m Rad, and I’ll see you next time. Until then, I’ll leave you with my current stats:
WEIGHT: 130 lbs
WEIGHT LOST SINCE ROADTRIP BEGAN: 72 lbs
GOAL WEIGHT: 120lbs
HEALTHY SNACK OF THE DAY: low fat peanut butter on apple slices
Say Hello to author PK Hrezo!
PK Hrezo is a native Floridian, author of fiction and nonfiction, creator and fairy fashion designer of PK’s Pixies, mom of two, wife of a fireman, and best bud to a big dog named Ripley.
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