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Watching The Biggest Loser

Thursday, January 10, 2013

All of this is just my opinion and from my personal profiling.
D & I use the DVR to control the television to our schedule. So sometimes, we're a bit behind in seeing things. Last night, we watched the first episode of TBL. Immediately, we went into a routine that we fell into as soon as we started watching it. We hit the Strength Training! I knew it would be a matter of time before we would get to the "debate!"
Jillian, love her or hate her? D doesn't support her approach. Personally, I can take her technique. I'm familiar with it and I believe I could live with it. I also believe that she does show compassion but this is Jillian.
NBC's producers wants the audience to cringe when she's ever in the frame! Bob feeds the fire in a humorous way. Dolvett assesses the crime scene after the body count. Whatever. I've always said that Bob and I would reach harmony in training. I love the guy. He has heart. Dolvett shows the same emotion. Jillian amplifies the hurricane. Still, I believe she has the compassion but will give you glimpses when crossroads are evident.
The underlying current which we all know is the failure rate to maintain or even continue goal achieving to "normal BMIs." I did some data mining and I believe, as a betting man, I could make money on choosing who will not continue the lifestyle! I'm not going to get personal in this area. But speaking as one who never conceived of living a healthy lifestyle until I was 60 years old, I know if you truly want it bad enough for you, you will be successful! That's where I would hear myself echoing some of the same words that will come from Jillian's mouth. I've even heard Bob & Dolvett say similar things. Jillian just comes out so much more in your face.

No matter what, I am motivated by all three of the BL trainers as well as Alison Sweeney. Ali, by the way, is showing the impact of her all-in approach to a healthy lifestyle. She looks more cut and proportioned than ever. She also has authored books and DVDs with her spin on working out.
I wasn't going to watch this season. Because of the emphasis on childhood obesity, (of which I went through to a degree.) Jillian coming back, and the education I get from the show, it was inevitable. I'm going to the betting window. Enjoy the show!
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    I find it inspirational.
    1955 days ago
    I have to laugh because my husband really does not agree with Jillian's techniques and I am all for it. Probably because I have a temper and would be one of the people who would do what she asked just because I was ticked off at her and would prove to her I could do it. That's what she's looking for in her own way. For people who are READY and willing to do whatever it takes to become healthy even if it means getting yelled at.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing!
    1955 days ago
    I'm so glad BL is back. The trainers are all different. I guess what works for one person, doesn't work as well for another. I've never had a trainer. I don't know what would inspire me more. I could see myself doing well for Bob. I would be okay with Jillian as long as she didn't yell at me too much. Dolivett...I think I would get a good workout with him. They really do tough stuff. It's way over anything I've ever tried. I admire them for pushing through it...it must be really hard. I think that is more evident this season than any I've watched in the past. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1955 days ago
    I like watching the show because I have to work out while I watch it (great bonus for me). Beyond that, every once in awhile I learn something. This I know for sure...if someone ever got in my face like that, they'd never, ever forget me. That goes for all 3 of the coaches. I can't imagine anything less motivating.
    1956 days ago
    My DIL introduced me to TBL just a couple of season's ago, so this is the first time I have seen Jilllian. I personally like her approach. So much so that I ordered a couple of her DVD's. Sometimes you need tough love.

    I just can't believe that woman who gave up after less than a week. Has she not watched the show before? How could she not know that it was going to be tough? I feel bad for whoever would have made it onto the ranch if she hadn't been chosen!
    1957 days ago
    Love the show, I pick and choose what I laugh, learn, and ignore from it. Appreciate what they do, wish they would educate more than they do. Happy with the approach they have taken with the kids. SO far so good. Again, until you want to lose weight more than you want to breath, it won't happen.
    1957 days ago
  • SLEE103
    Great analysis of the different approaches! I've never watched the show before, but we've started this season...I think because we just wanted to see what they say and do and if theres anything we can take away for our healthy lifestyle. I have a love/hate relationship with Jillian, I love her DVDs, I do them all the time, and to me shes mostly motivating but on the show she's over the top, I almost cringe at how mean she is, but I agree with others who have said its for ratings. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    1957 days ago
    I've never watched the Biggest Loser. I always thought that their emphasis on huge losses fast would be far less than healthy and not in keeping with my values and experience. But now you've got me curious. I may just have to watch one to see. Take care, Monty. So glad that you find the show motivates you to strength train. I'm doing pretty good on strength training right now, but find it for easier to be committed for cardio. It's pretty easy for me to let ST slip, so I'm looking for motivation for ST. Thanks!!
    1957 days ago
    I rarely watch the show. I am currently doing the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution workouts and she isn't the same on these as she is on the show. I think they have her act that way to make for better TV.
    1957 days ago
    I love/hate TBL. So, I watch it when a season grabs my interest. Hubby and I started watching this season, and it always starts some sort of conversation between us. That's one reason I love it! But I disagree with a lot of methods. Very controversial show!!
    1957 days ago
    I haven't seen the show yet this season but I usually watch it. I'm not real big on Jullian's style either. I like Bob and always hope his team wins.
    1957 days ago
    I'm with Onekidsmom, these people didn't get to be "show worthy" by eating a few extra french fries once in awhile. I think anyone on the show is looking for fame as much as thin. Alas, both are fleeting. I lost my weight back when weight loss was a diet alone, no exercise unless you want to, process. And I've kept it off for many many years.

    I have a problem with any goal achieved in a closed setting, being drug rehab or eating. The real world awaits, the one you couldn't handle before. I don't care how much a trainer screams at you for ratings purposes, if you rely on that for results, they won't last unless you buy the trainer and the cook for life, and lock yourself away with them forever. TBL may be good TV for the advertisers, but it isn't any more real than Survivor.
    1957 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    I hate the methods (especially Jillian's) but for some odd reason I have kept watching. Specifically, the best way in real life to get someone to be injured or give up prematurely on an exercise routine is to overtrain by doing too much too soon. Like many reality shows, I think some people in the audience are watching to see if they actually kill somebody (and falling off a treadmill at high speed, pushing yourself to vomit, and passing out are pushing the envelope in that direction - I'm a doctor, so I can say that).
    This is the first season the medical support team has been as evident in the gym. (They are trying to revive people and give them oxygen while Jillian stalks around ridiculing and belittling the person rather than seeming to appreciate she may indeed have a medical emergency on her hands - I wonder if she even knows how to use a defibrillator?) And we also got to see everybody in the massage room with ice on their knees and other body parts - now THAT is reality TV.

    I love the success stories on SP in which the person started out unable to walk around the block but kept at it...and gradually things got better and easier. They didn't quit. They learned to love exercise rather than dread it. And it became part of their lifestyle - not a job you do more than six hours a day for TV. emoticon
    1957 days ago
    I'm going to take a look. It sounds like way too much adrenalin for me (stressor). But your blog caught my eye so I guess I want to explore it once...
    1957 days ago
    I used to skoff at the show, back when I was in one of my funk phases. I discovered in about season five how great it was to work out while watching! I hop on the treadmill, pick up the weights, whatever, and do my thing while they do theirs.

    AND... with the advent of streaming video, I can do this when I am ready for my workout, not just whenever the network chooses to put the show on.

    As for the trainer's styles? I don't know. I know I would never have signed up to lose my weight publicly. It's not just about the trainers. Here's the deal: nobody gets to be as big as the contestants purely from ignorance and inactivity. I cannot believe that long-term success with handling morbid obesity can happen without facing and handling the personal demons that are driving one to the food (our drug of choice).

    TBL gives a few glimpses into that part of the journey. My earlier skoffing at the show had mainly to do with the gamesmanship... and sure enough, the games-men were the ones to regain after the show. Like wrestlers who manipulated their weight for a match, those who lose "for the prize money" are not changing their lives permanently, they are working a job.

    Just my opinion, mind you. For me, the show gives me a boost to work out to, but sometimes the story lines make me cry... some contestants you want to give a boot in the rear, others, you want to hug. Just remember, like with all of us, what is chosen to portray is the "drama for TV" slice, and each of these folks is a real person under all that... and would probably be a fine SparkPerson, when you think about it.

    Thanks for a provocative post! emoticon
    1957 days ago
    I love the biggest loser and I love Jillian. I believe it reaches a point where there is absolutely no reason for sugar coating the facts of life, someone needs to say it as it is - "if you don't get a grip, you are going to die". A little shock therapy is good for us.

    Enjoy the rest of the season.
    1957 days ago
    I just watched the first episode on Hulu.

    Maybe this is uncharitable, but I found myself getting really frustrated with TC at the very beginning when they showed his story.

    He made a promise to his son TWO YEARS AGO to get the weight off??? I found myself growing irritated because he said he's been trying to get on the show for - what, 5 years? Did I hear that right?

    Because if he's had this on his mind for that long and if his kid was really that important to him, why the heck didn't he just start figuring it out on his own??? In two years of consistent application he could have been a normal BMI by now.

    That guy is smaller, BMI-wise than I was when I started losing weight. ON MY OWN.

    This idea that one has to wait for the show to pluck you out of your funk or whatever is a bit disturbing and strikes me as a recipe for eventual failure, even if you DO make it onto the show. Because afterward you STILL have to function on your own.

    OK, I'm done venting now. Thank you for your forbearance. LOLOL

    I took my rant to a forum thread, in case others have comments and opinions. LOL

    1957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 12:17:21 AM
    I don't watch it, but my girls do. I usually listen in another room while Spark'n. I'll admit the yelling was a little over the top, but I wonder how much of that is staged? My oldest daughter is 17 and loves Jillian. However, she is a premier soccer player and loves people that are "serious" about what they do. (She's very serious during games and even at practices.)

    I'll be one of those that watches every so often, but I'm not a huge watcher of TV anyway. I wish everyone here, success!
    1957 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Enjoy! I don't usually watch it because of all the yelling/shouting and I can't handle people being pushed to the stage of falling, throwing up or passing out.
    1957 days ago
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