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45 Lbs Lost. SO MUCH More to Go.


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Seeing myself on film, I realize I’ve still got a long way to go in the weight loss department.

This was shot April 21, 2007. I was being interviewed at the Porn and Pancakes event in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Click photo to enlarge. Wait a second… that might not be such a good idea. 🙂

I’ve got another 25 lbs to go to reach my goal.

Footage from this particular Porn and Pancakes event will end up on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric sometime this coming week. If my luck is as good as last time (when CNN‘s Anderson Cooper sent his team to the last P&P) all footage of me will be cut from the final story.

I’m okay with that.


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Cut Like A Second String Linebacker

That’s pretty much how I’d describe what happened with the Anderson Cooper story last night.

I had a feeling that might happen. After hyping it in the blog I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be funny if they cut me out completely?” Sure enough…

I know Craig is disappointed too. Anderson Cooper sent an entire team to town, they shot a few hours of video, and what ended up making the cut was a fraction of what was filmed. Yeah, I know, that’s normal.

In addition to filming the entire Porn and Pancakes event, they had a sit-down interview with Craig after the event. Not a single bit of that interview was aired.

Craig emailed this morning. Katie Couric wants to sent a team to the next Porn and Pancakes event later this month. Maybe her cutting knife won’t be as sharp as Anderson’s.


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Anderson Cooper 360º This Week

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From: XXXCHURCH
Date: Apr 2, 2007 6:51 AM

We just got word that the segment that we shot for “360” with Anderson Cooper will be on this week. They are doing a two night feature, starting on WEDNESDAY NIGHT, called “What is a Christian?” The segment was shot at a Porn and Pancakes with Craig Gross and Donny Pauling last week in Illinois. They also caught up with the XXXChurch team that is currently at the Miami porn show. Should be a good little piece. We heard we are on THURSDAY’s show but watch both nights just in case.

– Craig

EDIT TO ADD: Craig just emailed me (I’m typing this on Tuesday night at 11:45pm Pacific Time) to let me know that our segment is indeed on THURSDAY night.


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Anderson Cooper 360º Air Date

For those who are wondering: the air date is going to be sometime in the first week of April. The date isn’t etched in stone yet. When it is, I’ll be sure to tell you. But Anderson Cooper’s producer told Craig and I that it will definitely be the first week of April.


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I’m Wearing It Anyway

This is Craig Gross wearing the shirt I mentioned in that last blog entry. He says I can’t wear it for my CNN interview tomorrow. 😦

Stephen, a xxxchurch intern that’s here in Illinois with us for tomorrow’s Porn and Pancakes event, says, “I don’t think it’s all that bad. The colors show up better in the light.”

I think Stephen’s patronizing me.

I’m thinking I’ll wear the shirt anyway.

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Added March 26th:

Yep, I wore it. Here we are on stage, speaking at “Porn & Pancakes” in Morton, IL. I like the shirt. I guess that makes sense, though, since i bought it.


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I'm Wearing It Anyway

This is Craig Gross wearing the shirt I mentioned in that last blog entry. He says I can’t wear it for my CNN interview tomorrow. 😦

Stephen, a xxxchurch intern that’s here in Illinois with us for tomorrow’s Porn and Pancakes event, says, “I don’t think it’s all that bad. The colors show up better in the light.”

I think Stephen’s patronizing me.

I’m thinking I’ll wear the shirt anyway.

(click photo to enlarge)

Added March 26th:

Yep, I wore it. Here we are on stage, speaking at “Porn & Pancakes” in Morton, IL. I like the shirt. I guess that makes sense, though, since i bought it.


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Anderson Cooper, I’m Ready!

On March 16th I received an email from Craig Gross asking if I was available this coming weekend to attend a Porn and Pancakes event in Illinois. He’s been speaking with the producer of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360º show.

“Donny, he’s interested in talking with you about XXXchurch, your past, and your current transition out of porn. I told him there is a good chance you will be at the event next weekend.”

Yep, I’ll be there. I just finished packing. The scary thing is that I picked out my own clothes.

No, I don’t mean I got them out of the closet and put them in my bag. What I mean is: I just got back from JC Penney, where I purchased the outfit I’m going to be wearing.

All. By. Myself.

If Belinda was still around she’d tell you what a scary thought that is. When shopping for clothing, we used to go into a store, where I’d pick something up and start heading toward the check out register. She’d take the item of clothing out of my hands and put it back on the rack, replacing it with something she found more appropriate.

Tonight I was on the phone with a friend from Chico. She called as I was pulling up to the mall. I tried describing what I was picking out and she said it sounded good.

“But you don’t understand… I need a woman to tell me if this stuff looks good together, and more importantly, if it looks okay on ME.”

“I just saw you a couple days ago. Your clothes were perfect on you.”

“That’s because A WOMAN picked them out. This time I’m picking this stuff out myself. That’s the scary thing!”

The sales clerk told me it all looked great, but that’s her job. How good a sales clerk would she be if she told customers they shouldn’t spend a dime on the outfit they’ve brought to her counter?

So if y’all see me on CNN looking really funky… well, now you’ll understand why.

PS: click here and check out my pastor’s new blog


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Anderson Cooper, I'm Ready!

On March 16th I received an email from Craig Gross asking if I was available this coming weekend to attend a Porn and Pancakes event in Illinois. He’s been speaking with the producer of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360º show.

“Donny, he’s interested in talking with you about XXXchurch, your past, and your current transition out of porn. I told him there is a good chance you will be at the event next weekend.”

Yep, I’ll be there. I just finished packing. The scary thing is that I picked out my own clothes.

No, I don’t mean I got them out of the closet and put them in my bag. What I mean is: I just got back from JC Penney, where I purchased the outfit I’m going to be wearing.

All. By. Myself.

If Belinda was still around she’d tell you what a scary thought that is. When shopping for clothing, we used to go into a store, where I’d pick something up and start heading toward the check out register. She’d take the item of clothing out of my hands and put it back on the rack, replacing it with something she found more appropriate.

Tonight I was on the phone with a friend from Chico. She called as I was pulling up to the mall. I tried describing what I was picking out and she said it sounded good.

“But you don’t understand… I need a woman to tell me if this stuff looks good together, and more importantly, if it looks okay on ME.”

“I just saw you a couple days ago. Your clothes were perfect on you.”

“That’s because A WOMAN picked them out. This time I’m picking this stuff out myself. That’s the scary thing!”

The sales clerk told me it all looked great, but that’s her job. How good a sales clerk would she be if she told customers they shouldn’t spend a dime on the outfit they’ve brought to her counter?

So if y’all see me on CNN looking really funky… well, now you’ll understand why.

PS: click here and check out my pastor’s new blog


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The Radio Interview With Drew Marshall

The Drew Marshall Show, billed as “Canada’s Most Listened To Spiritual Talkback Program”, interviewed me live on the radio on October 21st. Today they finally released the recording of the show on their website. Click here to listen to it. You can stream it off the website on that page, or download it to your computer.

Then click on that little envelope icon down there next to the comment link and email this post to everyone in your address book.


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The Drew Marshall Show

This Saturday I’ll be a featured guest on The Drew Marshall Show, a Canadian talkback program. He has a very impressive list of former guests (scroll down the page I just linked to), and I feel honored to have been asked to participate this weekend.

If you’re not able to hear it live it looks like he archives past shows, so I’m sure you’ll be able to download the program soon. If you are able to listen live it looks like you can call in and talk with us.

The announcement can be found on this page. Times listed are EST. Adjust accordingly.