Saturday, January 12, 2013

The scale is still screwed up. Today, it said I weighed anywhere from 193 - 207 pounds. I checked the old-fashioned kind, and I am still at 185, so we'll go with that. I didn't do anything to EARN a lost pound this week, though I did eat well, so I can handle staying there for now.

I flipped on the TV this morning and there was an ad for Cindy Crawford's skin care line--Meaningful Beauty or something. This star, that star, all of whom look far younger than their mid-40s or older, were saying how great it was and how magical it was. I'm sure it works well if you use it every day, but I suspect it works as well as just about anything would if you used it with fidelity.

That little infomercial came to an end, and the one for Insanity started. For only a gazillion dollars and 95 cents, you too can have a thin, trim, fit body. "I lost 17 inches, 36 pounds, and 6 dress sizes in just two months!" "I haven't been this fit in my life!"

I always wonder if these are real people at all. Are they just actors with a fairly good metabolism or athletes who train for several hours a day and need to make a buck? One woman, who was already thin as a rail, wanted to "be a hot wife when [her] husband got back from Afghanistan." The before picture showed a gorgeous model-type woman, skinny as a reed. The after picture showed a woman who didn't look ANY different other than her clothes--one was wearing jeans and a t-shirt and the other tight workout capris and a tight tank top.

I have no inclination to buy their program based on the "real-life" testimonials made by people who didn't do the work except for a 10-second shot of workout in the commercial.

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    well just remember- they are aiming to SELL SELL SELL not BE HEALTHY BE HEALTHY BE HEALTHY.

    I agree your scale sounds bogus so for awhile I guess you will have to take cues that you doing good from clothes, energy, etc.

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    1868 days ago
    I agree! I have never believed their claims and learned when I experienced my own 45lb loss, it's only through hard work and commitment. And, in real life, we have other commitments, schedules, good days and bad days, that keep us from that "miracle result." I would love to be able to go to the gym every day ... but my son has homework, hockey, golf... I have church, husband, dinner, laundry.... doesn't really happen. Nope, no miracle. Just real life.
    1868 days ago
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    It's scary how we compare ourselves to unrealistic images that are perpetrated by our media.
    1868 days ago
    I remember watching a Dr Phil tv program on that exact topic. He had Cindy Crawford on his show and he was saying that young girls should not try to be who the tv says people are....rather be the best person you can be. About Cindy Crawford, he said "even Cindy Crawford doesnt look like tv Cindy Crawford when she wakes up in the morning." Tons of airbrushing and tv graphics. My friends son was used once as the "fat guy" on a tv ad because he was such a close double for the thin guy.....its generally a fake.
    Go to Indygirl here on sparks...she's for real. Went from morbidly obese to trim and still working.
    1868 days ago
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