Thursday, January 31, 2013
So I set my mind to get it right yesterday, and for the first time in a long time, I can honestly say I accomplished that goal. I ate very well, I got in a little exercise..
So today, I set out to do the same, and so far am on track. I got in 20 minutes of cardio this morning at a higher level on the exercise bike than I've done for a while, I did a Coach Nicole lower body workout, I did my stretches. And, as per usual, my eating right now is on track (truth be told, my eating is always on track during the day on weekdays..it's nighttime and weekend days that things get more difficult for me. But last night, for a welcome change, I did okay.
So I was reading my friend DETERMINEDJANET's blog and she had a picture of Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser in it. And that got me to thinking about the phenomenon that is TBL.
I have to admit, before this particular "season," I have not ever sat and watched TBL before, but for the past couple of weeks, I have a bit. And sitting and watching it has not in the least changed my mind about the fact that I don't really agree with the concept, because it is so un-real in terms of what life is really like, about how most of us don't have the luxury of being able to leave our real lives behind while we try to get a handle on this beast called unhealthy eating and living. But that said, I can see the inspirational value.
One thing I must say is that I really like Bob Harper. I think I would respond to him as a trainer. I would not respond at all to Jillian screaming in my face, which is what has turned me off the few times in the past I've glanced at the show. I think the kinder, gentler Jillian is preferable. Not to say there aren't people, myself included, who don't occasionally need a swift kick in the pants, but the in your face stuff just doesn't do it for me.
I am in awe of these folks who put themselves out there, both physically and emotionally, for the rest of us to gawk at. But while I'm gawking, I have to admit to feeling somewhat guilty at what I perceive to be their exploitation. Imagine dangling the possibility of the realization of your dream out there.. I mean really, who among us that has the equivalent of a person to lose hasn't dreamed of succeeding? And to have that dangled, well, let's face it, you can't help but think about it, because if you end up there, at the ranch, with none of life's distractions in your way, and the best of the best of nutritionists, trainers, medical supervision..it's a trade off that any one of us would at least consider. Allow yourself to be exposed at your worst, to get to your best. And just maybe, you might win a substantial amount of money if you get really lucky.
But is it really necessary to show the men shirtless and the women skimpy tops for the weigh ins? Is it really necessary for us to watch them vomit when they collapse in the middle of a workout? Is it really necessary for us to see them breakdown emotionally to the point of hysteria in some instances? I know this is, first and foremost, entertainment. But it is entertainment at the expense of folks who are desperate to succeed, so desperate that they are willing to make that trade off.
What does it say about our society that this is how we are entertained? I mean, this is a popular show. I understand its inspirational value, I really do get it, but would we not be equally inspired to see them succeed without what I have come to call the "freak show" elements?
Just food for thought. And I am not judging these folks in any way. And I recognize that the "freak show" elements are all part of real life, I've been there, I really have. And maybe I am just a more private person than that, because I would never make the trade off that these folks are. But maybe I just don't feel as desperate as they do, and that's why making the trade off seems so unacceptable to me.
I really am curious about how others feel about this. And please understand, I am not picking a fight with anyone here. It has just long been something that I have found fascinating, and find more fascinating now that I actually have watched the show a bit more.
To bring this all full circle, I guess I should reference my blog from yesterday, in which I talked about a story I read about an SP member named Joyce who is 60 years old and lost 60 lbs. And she did it very sensibly. Some ST daily, some weekly cardio, some yoga, and by bringing her eating to normal levels. So when I look at these extremes.. I just think that the "Joyce" way is so much more preferable to the TBL way..
What do you think?