Tammy Dombeck's last show was this morning. Fellow NBC 5 morning host Deborah Ferguson posted this photo on her Facebook account this morning.
In honor of the former Brewer High great, here is The Big Mac Blog's cheerleader chat with Ms. Tammy herself. See you elsewhere on the dial.
Favorite book: I don’t have a favorite book.
Favorite movie: Up Close and Personal.
Favorite place to vacation: Anything beachy. And I dig Vegas.
Top thing on your bucket list: I would love to attend a Super Bowl and an Olympics.
The Big Mac Blog: OK, you were a cheerleader – when and where?
Tammy Dombeck: I was a cheerleader at Brewer middle school and high school. I cheered at Tyler Junior College as well. That was a coed squad. That was a completely different ball game. They were tossing me into the air. I didn’t do well my first year in college – I had too much fun – so I sat out most of my second semester. Then I transferred to UNT and by that time I was working and I was older.
The Big Mac Blog: What time do you go to sleep, and wake up during the week to do this job?
Tammy Dombeck: I get up at 2:45 a.m. I should go to bed early, but usually I try to be in bed by 9. I try to nap during the day. Then it all changes on the weekends. It’s whatever. I’m single so it’s completely different.
The Big Mac Blog: How long does it take you to get ready for the show, and how long does it take you to get ready to go out with friends?
Tammy Dombeck: Ohhh … honey. That’s a good question. I do everything at home except for the makeup. I do that at the studio. I’d say it’s an hour and 15. The weekends with friends? That's different. It’s amazing you take extra time on the weekend with your girlfriends and stuff. Usually on a Friday, I’ll nap for two or three hours. And on the weekends I’ll sleep like crazy on weekends.
The Big Mac Blog: It appears as if you had some success with some weight loss – how did you do it?
Tammy Dombeck: Yes. I’m glad you asked it. It’s a struggle for a girl, or a single girl at that. You get together for a social hour and it’s fattening time. I never thought I was chunky until I lost the weight. I had always felt sexy and feminine. I got really sick about a year ago with strep weight and I lost 5 pounds in a week and a half. I came off that just saying, ‘I’ve lost pounds and maybe I should work to keep this off.’ I started eating six times a day, three snacks and three good meals. I stopped buying bread and pasta and rice. I’d bring to work with me two snacks and a meal and I eat that between 4:30 and 10:30 in the morning. I got a trainer as well, who has been crucial to me to lose and then tone. I lost about 22 pounds but I was having a hard time trying to keep it off. I had lost weight but I thought I could look better.
In February, I went to a boot camp class. Within a month and a half and we did the measurements and kept looking at the scale that said I’m not losing more weight but my clothes are fitting better. But I had lost three percent body mass so I was losing total fat. I keep a food journal and everything. I train for an hour twice a week. It’s taken me a good seven months to do it.
The Big Mac Blog: What is the creepiest e-mail, phone call or contact you’ve had with a fan?
Tammy Dombeck: Ohhh, I get those all the time. All the time. I don’t even know where to begin. At least a couple of times a week. Or some that are funny. Some of them are hilarious. I get them from the women, too. On my fan page, the Facebook page, I get some creepy ones. When you get things sent to your house, that’s scary. Overall, people are pretty good when I meet them out and they are really friendly and kind. It can be scary, too, but NBC is really good about clamping down on that.
The Big Mac Blog: Can you control the traffic with your thoughts?
Tammy Dombeck: I wish I could. I wish I could. It’s funny, since I’ve been doing this for so long – 11 years on TV. Now it’s funny I know if it’s 3:30 on a Friday you are going to have traffic on 820 going towards the airport.
I think we have worse traffic than Houston because we have so many more suburbs, interstates and highways.
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