As I’ve said about a million times before, I love reality television. There are some shows that I am ashamed to admit I watch (Sister Wives), some shows I am far too old to be watching (any flavor of Real World/Road Rules Challenge), and some shows that I don’t even like that I still watch (I’m looking at you, For the Love of RayJ). One show that I’ve never had to hide my love for is The Biggest Loser. Who doesn’t enjoy watching people go after their dreams and achieve their goals? Even my husband likes it!
Most Tuesday nights you can find me in front of the television, watching the current batch of contestants learn how to eat right and exercise. I’m usually sitting in my recliner, eating a big bowl of ice cream, watching Jillian whip the “losers” into shape. Or perhaps I’m sprawled out on the couch with a bag of chips, watching the contestants learn about portion size. What’s wrong with this picture?
Recently, I started my own weight loss journey. I’m not obese, but having two babies in less than two years has definitely added some weight to my body. My biggest concern was my overall health. My diet (everything is better with bacon, right?), exercise level (how many calories does napping burn?), and family history make me a prime candidate for heart disease. And let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger. Something had to change.
My own struggle to lose weight has made me much more sympathetic to the Biggest Loser contestants. I used to think the contestants were being wimps when they wanted to quit in the middle of a workout; then I tried one of trainer Jillian Michaels’ workout videos. By the end, I was in a heap on the floor calling her a “mean, mean lady.” I used to chastise the contestants when they would give into a food temptation; then I became the one eating salad while the rest of the family was having cheeseburgers. This healthy living thing is harder than it looks.
Now when I watch The Biggest Loser, I have a newfound respect for the contestants. They are not only trying to change their lives for the better, they are putting their struggle on television for all of us to see. My goal is to lose 20 pounds; some of these contestants are striving to lose 100 pounds or more. I would like my jeans to fit better; many of the contestants are trying to reverse serious health conditions like diabetes and hypertension. I’ve learned that changing your lifestyle is difficult, and I shouldn’t judge the Biggest Loser contestants based on their struggles.
I’m happy to say that I’m halfway to my weight loss goal and still going strong. I’m rooting for the current Biggest Loser contestants; I hope they continue to lead healthy lives even after the cameras stop rolling. What I consider my Tuesday-night entertainment is their real-life struggle, and it won’t end once the show is over. If they slip up or gain some weight back, I will no longer think they’re weak. They’re simply human. Just like me.
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Crystal Paschal is our regular Entertainment Contributor bringing you all the juicy celeb gossip and TV/movie info that you love. When she’s not watching TV (most often of cartoon nature because of her kids), she writes on her blog at MomForLess.com.