Wednesday, September 16, 2009
So, did you catch the season premier of The Biggest Loser? I never used to watch this show--it made me angry that people got eliminated when they were working so hard and clearly needed the resources and support of the show to support their efforts. I was really against the fact that the new "healthy lifestyle" they were developing was so extreme that it would be impossible for most people to maintain that intensity after the show. But, mid season last year, for some reason, I started watching BL, and even though I still don't agree with all of the extreme tactics that are used, I found it inspirational to see how the contestants were changing their lives, and I found my own motivation increasing. I was really excited for the new season to start.
So, I had dinner plans with a friend who is on Weight Watchers, and we decided to watch the show together afterward. Dinner was good--grilled salmon and veggies. A respectable choice. But we took dessert to go (I got a slice of raspberry pie) and went back to her house and sat on the couch eating our pie while we watched the show. Can you even believe it!? I half expected Bob and Jillian to jump through the TV and slap us up!
I was really worried when the first challenge resulted in two contestants going to the hospital. How can it be good to push people that hard? Where do you draw the line between pushing someone outside of their comfort zone to show them they can overcome, and actually pushing them to their breaking point? It was like watching drill sergeants in a military boot camp. One comment Jillian made particularly irritated me, about how it pisses her off when contestants don't work up to their potential. How can she know what each contestant's potential is? Isn't making someone vomit and/or have to go to the hospital crossing the line? Yikes!
Then came the weigh in, and I could hardly believe my eyes. People losing 20 pounds in a week???? How is that even possible? It took me over a month to lose that at first. (and no, I wasn't eating pie!) I know that calories can only be cut so far, so the answer has to be all that exercise. Maybe Bob and Jillian are doing the right thing after all? I know this is a TV show and that the extreme limits these people are pushed to are not realistic for most people. Maybe they make it look worse on TV than it really is? I don't know, but whatever the case, I found myself feeling motivated to pump up my workouts and push past my own self-imposed boundaries, and that's a good thing. I jokingly suggested to a friend I should ask my husband to yell in my face and swear at me while I'm on my treadmill to get me going faster or something, but she reminded me that could be dangerous for him if he does that at the wrong time of the month. LOL!
Anyway, I'm looking forward to following the contestants this season and stepping up my own game in the process.
By the way, does anyone have experience using those Bodybugg arm band monitors that the contestants are using to track calories burned? I'm wondering if those things are really accurate and a good tool to use or if it's all hype.