It took me until the week 12 episode of The Biggest Loser Season 8 to finally watch most of an episode. I had accidentally seen a few minutes a couple of years ago--the weigh-in part--and was very turned off by the process. I wasn't turned off by the contestants' physiques as I realized they were a work in progress; I was disturbed by what I felt was an unnecessarily public display that didn't need to humiliate the way it did.
So a couple of weeks ago I was trying to un-clutter my mind and was clicking through channels on my remote and I found I had stopped on The Biggest Loser, but what intrigued me was that each contestant in the final group of four was about to run a marathon. As someone who's only walked a half marathon I had to admit that this was something I had to see.
I meant to stop after a minute or two, but I had to admit they got me. Before I realized it, I was watching the full episode--even the weigh-in that I didn't care all that much for. And then I had planned to watch The Biggest Loser Finale, but a delayed return flight from a day trip to Phoenix made me miss all but the last 25 minutes. But I did see Danny Cahill win. So I started watching the season from the beginning online while waiting for the replay of The Biggest Loser Finale to be available (I'm up to week 8) as I had time to spare. I hate to admit it, but I am now hooked.
There's still a lot I don't like about The Biggest Loser (yes, that will be another blog post), but I think it's now a case where the pros outweigh the cons.
So here is the first of the three lessons I learned from The Biggest Loser (watch for parts 2 and 3 shortly--better yet, please join my list or subscribe to The Healthy Food Review RSS feed so you'll never miss another post):
Weight Loss Lesson 1
I'm Not Cooking/Preparing Enough of the Food My Husband And I Eat Each Day
As you can tell by how long (completely unintentional) it's been between posts on The Healthy Food Review, I'm a super busy person. I wear about 20 hats professionally and personally--writer, marketing professional, coach, podcaster, blogger, trainer, entrepreneur, wife, personal assistant to a busy executive (equals wife), etc.
Plus, about a year and a half ago, I moved back to Las Vegas temporarily, where there is no shortage of delicious food, and more discount coupons and freebies than you can ever possibly use in a lifetime. Often it's much cheaper to eat out than to cook!
I'm pretty good about choosing the healthier selections, and I work out almost every day, which ensures that I don't weigh 200 to 400 pounds like the show's contestants, but when it comes to restaurant and take out portions, it's simply not a recipe for being at your leanest possible weight.
I'll admit it, I'm not preparing enough of my own food, and I'm not being the pain in the butt I used to be with customizing my order the way I know I should when ordering out.
When I watched The Biggest Loser and realized how often they prepare their own food, and are not afraid to make a restaurant jump through hoops in their food preparation, it really hit home with me. In my book Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep your Health Too! I actually share a story in one of the chapters that illustrates exactly how vigilant I used to be when I lived in Orange County, California--a favorite of many of my readers.
The Biggest Loser reminded me of who I used to be, and how I need to do better to be at my best weight, and at my healthiest. So there you have lesson one, a.k.a. New Year's Resolution #1! And kudos to The Biggest Loser Season 8 winner Danny Cahill--your transformation is nothing short of miraculous and your hard work and dedication shows!
--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com
"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"
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