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Reality vs Biggest Loser

Thursday, December 26, 2013

I watched the Biggest Loser for the first 5 or 6 years every episode, sometimes to TRY to give myself some inspiration, some times I would watch with a pint of ice cream or chips in my hand. I thought, "well if that girl can do it, so can I!" What I didn't realize, completely even though this is a dang tv show is a reality show, is the weight loss that even the people who get kicked off pull is normally INSANE and NOT feasible for people like you and me.

They have totally distorted our idea of healthy, safe weight lose goals. I KNOW that a pound a week is great! Maintaining weight without gaining is really impressive. This is December 26, I peeked at the scales today. Same weight down to the ounce as I weighed on Saturday, we had a holiday this week, I am not going to live in a bubble and good grief! I am down TEN pounds since November 26!! Thanksgiving was the 28th! I am down TEN pounds over the toughest time of the year, so tell me WHY I feel bad today??!!! I can't afford a nutritionist or a trainer once a month let alone one helping me 24/7!

I have only been on SparkPeople a while but I find this site a God send! I really enjoy the fact that I am held accountable for what I do. I like the challenges, the friends I am making and just learning how to finally get a healthy attitude towards weight loss, who I am doing this for and WHY I have done the things I have done, food wise. I should give my roommate my scales to give me once a week so I don't obsess. It is easy to say "just don't look more than once a week", but I find that EXTREMELY hard to do. I need to be proud of myself and I am doing. I ate really well this week and if this is one of those my body says GIVE ME A BREAK we are losing weight and gaining muscle!!" then so be it. I am getting in my fitness, water and writing down what I eat, so the weight will continue to come off as I work at it, possibly slower some weeks than others but I am not giving in.

I need to check my attitude because what will I do when the scales go up one week and they will along the journey, how will I handle that if I am bummed for not losing anything in five days? So when I feel like this or really good I will write it down here, so a week or two from now I can laugh at myself or continue to work on problems. Thanks for reading and have a great day, keep on sparking!
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    well done
    celebrate Your success
    2410 days ago
    Wow! You have done incredibly well, losing ten pounds during a time that many do not maintain but gain. You live in the real world and can not work 24/7 on your weight. You are using tools that SparkPeople gives you. You are realistic and have a plan when your weight maintains or a slight up-tick so you maintain your focus. Best wishes in 2014 as you work on your goals.
    2416 days ago
    Good blog!! Also remember a lot of those people that have been on the BL have gained weight back afterwards.
    2416 days ago
    Good reminder. I face those same unrealistic ideas which lead to frustration!

    2416 days ago
  • SAM_I_AM_2K
    Great attitude! This is about the long haul (the rest of our lives) not "just" for the length of a show... though I could deal with winning some money emoticon emoticon


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    2416 days ago
    Focus on how you feel more then the weight. Everytime i'm about to step on the scale I tell myself it doesn't matter if I lost or gained I feel great. I have been more active and happy and that is what this change is all about.
    Good luck.
    2416 days ago
    Wonderful words! I just put it together that I only make it a few weeks with the show also. It just is such a controlled world that it's not real living. I wish you great success as losing 10 lbs at this time is year is amazing! Please try not to be to hard on yourself! emoticon
    2416 days ago
    I don't watch Biggest Loser for just this reason. This show is NOT good example of how to lose weight. Losing weight and keeping it off is all about a healthy lifestyle and will power. Biggest Loser is about ratings.
    2416 days ago
    I agree - I enjoy the Biggest Loser but how great would it be to have a Jillian/Bob and people helping you out with every aspect of being healthy? I guess the cool thing about doing it for ourselves is that once we hit that goal, we know that WE DID IT and can keep on doing it! (does that make sense?) Anyway, I hope you keep up the good work and be patient!
    2416 days ago
  • CICELY360
    Good blog. We could all lose weight quickly in a controlled environment.
    2416 days ago
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