Why Keep Judging? (2014- Blog #39)
Saturday, February 08, 2014
I watched the first episode of the Biggest Loser and the last 45 minutes of the last episode. I watched this time because I keep hearing about it! So, I gave it a shot. I did not have much interest in watching the entire season but I was impressed and touched by the stories of each contestant. Their individual dedication to taking this huge step to health was striking
The last 45 minutes was equally striking. I did not even recognize the contestants - so overwhelming was their weight loss. And the last three contestants really amazed me in terms of what they had accomplished. I am not a medical professional nor was I there to witness them lose weight so I will not comment on the safety of the kind of weight loss they each had.
But here is what I will comment on - US THE VIEWERS! It is such a shame that the viewing public is sooooo quick to villanize overweight people - They are this that and the other as is easily (huh??) seen by their overweight condition. Really? We know what each person goes through to get to the weight they are at? No. Doesn't matter what we think, we really do not know. And then the winner of the biggest loser gets raked over the coals for her almost 60% loss of body weight? Ok.. maybe that is not wise, but am I the professional who was with her every step of the way? No. Do I know what her metabolism is like? No. Why do we seem to thrive of judging others regardless of what they accomplish? Must we be so negative all the time?
I choose to assume that anyone over 18 is an adult and capable of making life changing decisions on his/her own. I may have an opinion, but frankly, I need to keep my negative opinions to myself. Here on spark, I think the majority of feedback we give each other is uplifting and supportive. Perhaps we might worry a tad about some choices others make, but for the most part, we share in the triumphs and uplift in the hard times.
I do not know the young lady who won, but I do see good in what she accomplished. She worked dang hard for HER OWN RESULTS. We might not agree with doing it the way she did it and if she made some decisions that are not the best for her, she has her own personal support team (not us) to gently talk to her. The peanut gallery is not going to change her life. She is.
Anyways... may today be full of your own decisions - ones you choose to stand by.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. "
Ruth E. Renkl
MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Can't see my mountain today... all snow all day