Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Biggest Loser




Last night I was intrigued, horrified, inspired and in awe of the new contestants on THE BIGGEST LOSER.  Out of the gate, the contestants were forced to run a mile, sending two of them to the hospital.  I thought it was a bit extreme given the severity of their obesity.  It seemed a bit irresponsible of the producers to do something like this and the contestants would have been better served to ease into things.   I'd love to know what these folks were eating all week too.  Although it's impressive to lose, 17, 19, even 20 lbs in a week-it seems near impossible to do it in a healthy manner.  I know one thing, there's no way I would want to train with Bob or Jillian screaming in my face.  Those contestants are stronger than I!


The most touching story was Abby Rike, 5 foot 4 weighing in at 247.  She revealed that she had a husband, a 5-year-old daughter and a newborn son.  They were all killed in 2006 by a speeding motorist.  As she spoke, I started sobbing, wondering what it would be like to lose my entire support system and the people who love me the most and motivate me each day.  I can't even begin to imagine how that feels.  I was touched by her statement about why she will succeed at losing the weight:


"Death doesn't scare me," she said. "Death would be an easier choice for me. ... It's getting up and taking that step that's hard. There's not anyone else. It is just for me. So I get up and I give it my best."


Here's what my day looked like yesterday:


Workout: I switched to an evening workout-that's a bit out of my comfort zone.  I'm used to working out in the morning.  I was a bit fatigued by the time I hit the gym, but it was good.  I think I might be keeping my body and metabolism on it's toes!  I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical at various intensities.  I followed it up with 100 sit-ups and 25 leg lifts on each leg.


Food intake:
2 eggs  - 4 points


coffee - 1 point
Cupcake - 7 points
Small serving of Pasta – 4
Salad with chicken- 4
Halibut ½ steak- I baked the fish for 20 minutes with lemon juice and a little bit of seasalt. - 3
Brown rice ½ cup            2 points
Broccoli            0 points
Wine            4 points
TOTAL:  26


What were your thoughts on last night's show? Did you think it was too much too soon? Could you work out with Jillian and Bob? Do their tactics motivate you?

24 comments:

Shawn Dinsmore said...

We're big "loser" fans as well!

Similarly touched by Abby. Can't even imagine. Early front runner for the Dinsmore household favorite!

Anonymous said...

i guess we should think of it as "Boot Camp"! These people knew for a long time prior to being on the Show that it would be tough. 1) They were not "forced to run a mile"...they were asked "IF" they could complete a mile. They were free to crawl their way there or just not do it! No Penalty for not completing, but, Immunity for the first to Finish. 2) I think Abby Rike is everyones' Favorite...tears all around when she told her story. 3) Jillian & Bob are PSYCHOS! and the people there knew it going in...4)It is an Inspiring show to all that struggle with not only pounds...

KMac said...

good point...they were not "forced" but a mile to someone that obese is a HUGE challenge. They would not last long on the show if they opted not to do it!

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