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Weight Loss Shows?!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Attn: Biggest Loser Spoiler Alert*

DD#2 had her final basketball game last night. Her team (JV) won the region and region tournament (20-1) so she had a good year. She was a little disappointed with how much playing time she got and she only started a couple of games. But she did get to play quite a bit and there is a phenomenal group of Freshman players this year (DD#2 is a Sophomore). They have 5 Freshman girls on the Varsity roster, 2 that start and 1 other that gets a lot of playing time. 3 of those girls also start and play on JV. DD#2 is not sure what she's going to do next year (long story on this!), but she'll do the spring/summer workout programs for both volleyball and basketball and see what next year brings! At least this way she continues with the exercise!

It was Senior Night & Homecoming for basketball, so she had to stay for at least the girls' game. She ate pizza after her game, but I was starving when I got home. Fortunately DH had gone to the grocery store and picked up some pre-made Publix salads (yum) and we had some leftover chicken.

It was 8 pm and I thought Biggest Loser started @ 8, but last night is was from 9-11. We were flipping around the channels and DH came upon My 600 lb. Life. For some reason DH and DD#3 have a fascination with medical procedures (I think DD#3 will make a good health care professional because this stuff doesn't gross her out and she is very good in science & math).

I like the weight loss shows (Biggest Loser, Extreme Makeover and there was a documentary called Heavy that I watched on Netflix that I liked). Anyway, this show is very disturbing to me and I don't usually watch it. The man highlighted last night was over 600 lbs. and he and his wife both had weight loss surgery (although the show was mainly about him because she didn't weigh 600+ lbs.!). DD#2 made a comment on how do they find so many 600 lb. people to keep having this show?! Not to mention the 400+ people on the Biggest Loser!

I thought that was a pretty good question and one I didn't have an answer for. Then we flipped to Biggest Loser @ 9 (there was another episode of 600 lb. life that featured a 23 year old girl).

I was surprised at how much weight Tumi, Bobby & Dave lost, but was shocked (like a lot of people) at how Rachel looked. She looked like a healthy, happy, athletic girl when she left the ranch, but last night she did not look healthy!

DD#2 looked up a "healthy weight" chart and she said Rachel would have to be about 5' or 5'1" for this weight to be healthy and I read later that she's either 5'5" or 5'6".

Anyway, as I woke up this morning "fretting" about my own weigh in this afternoon at Weight Watchers, it got me thinking about what kind of example all of this is for teenage girls?! (I have 3).

Weight loss, body image, too fat, too thin - this is in their face all the time and my daughter's also get a small dose of that at home with my weight "issues".

DH and I do our best to maintain a healthy environment for our girls. We strive to make exercise and healthy eating important in our home, but with everyone's schedules, this is often hard.

Fortunately DD#2 gets a lot of exercise because of high school sports, but she has horrendous eating habits (never met a vegetable she likes - but we keep trying!). DD#1 & #3 eat better - they both love all kinds of fresh fruit & vegetables - but they don't get enough exercise (and DD#1 works at a pizza place!).

I guess balance is the key in weight loss (and pretty much life!) and that is what we strive for and hopefully pass on to our girls. They're pretty "level headed" and can usually look past all the "hype"!

DD#2's question does make you wonder though about our society -- sedentary lifestyles and the consumption of fast food, etc. But I guess that's a topic for another day!
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