In the March 2002 issue of Shape, Jill fantasized about performing complicated Shaolin kung-fu routines on Oprah for an audience of ex-boyfriends. Here, she realizes she's one step closer. --Ed.

I might be getting closer to being on Oprah (at least, I hope!). In the March issue of Shape, I shared my fantasy of joining the famous talk show host to perform a complex Bruce Lee routine for an audience of ex-boyfriends. While I'm still a ways from that, I am advancing slowly. This week, I traded in my white sash for the next color level in Shaolin kung-fu practice: my yellow sash!

So, what'd I have to do for it?

- Learn the basics, like how to throw a well-formed roundhouse kick, crescent kick and others, as well as how to make a proper fist, do recuperative breath and know the proper stances.

- Perfect my three-count side kicks, which my instructor, Sifu Dino Spencer of Iron Fist International, called "wobbly."

Now that I've gotten my balance, the real fun begins (sparring, yikes!). Stay tuned.

For Jill's Month 5 stats and fifth complete Weight Loss Diary entry, pick up the May 2002 issue of SHAPE.

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