Hey internet! There’s this really cool new show that I’ve just discovered! It’s called The Biggest Loser and it’s only been on the air since 2004. I know, I’m late to the party. Really late. In my defense, I haven’t had cable in about five years, and when I was in college I was too busy watching high brow reality TV like The Hills to bother with something like The Biggest Loser.
this show is my new favorite thing. I saw that you can watch it on
Netflix instant and lately I’ve been burning through episodes like it’s
my job. I just finished Season 2 and I loved it even more than Season
1. I adored the contestants--class acts, those guys--and loved seeing
their incredible transformations from unhealthy, unhappy, overweight
individuals to happier and much more fit people.
transformations that some of the people go through are, quite frankly,
breathtaking. It must take an incredible amount of work to lose that
much weight and to then keep it off. It’s also kind of unreal how
different people look once they’re down to a healthy size. They all
seem much, much happier. Perhaps from getting all that positive
attention from being thin and on national television, sure, but they
also look like they’ve got more of a spark, more excitement for life.
And they all look years
younger. I was remarking to D that I thought being overweight made
people look younger because they don’t have as many wrinkles, but that
all these people looked much younger thin than they did overweight. He
said “Well, young people are skinnier.” Is that it? Do I just equate
thin with young? I don’t know, but these contestants all look like they
turned the clock back about 15 years.
also adore the trainers. I wasn’t a huge Jillian Michaels fan before,
partly because I love/hate the 30 Day Shred, but seeing her interact
with her team on the show really humanized her for me, and now I
actually really like her. Bob looks like such a kind, caring person.
One who could kick my ass, sure, but who really just wants the best for
everyone and will push you to get yourself there.
show is hugely inspiring to me, even though I’m not on a journey to
lose a bunch of weight, and I find myself thinking about it when I’m
working out. I push myself because that’s what Bob would want me to do,
or because if Dr. Jeff can do it (while carrying all those extra
pounds), I can do it too. I like to watch part of an episode while I’m
getting ready to run, and then watch a bit more once I get home and am
stretching on my yoga mat. It’s sounds pretty goofy, I know, but I’m
more than willing to embrace anything that’s going to inspire me to push
myself more. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly encourage you to
watch an episode or two.
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