Friday, April 15, 2011

Change It Up Challenge - The Biggest Loser

Okay, I'll admit it--this week's Change It Up started as a bit of a see, I was reading Mara's blog the other day and came across her comment that she cries during The Biggest Loser every week. Now, I will admit, I maybe might have made fun of her a little bit (sorry Mara--you know I love you!), because I was wondering how on earth a show about losing weight could make someone so emotional.

I am now repentant.

I put on The Biggest Loser at the beginning of the week just to see what it was all about, hardly planning on getting all the way through one episode, much less multiple. What actually ended up happening was that I got sucked in to the emotion and the drama and the sheer victory of it all--the sweat, the tears, the camaraderie, the sacrifice--and Matt was sucked in right along with me. We started out watching Week 14's episode, then decided that we just had to start from Week 1 and see the season from the beginning. We are now on Week 7. Considering that each episode is two hours long, that is a LOT of t.v. to watch in one week. Especially when you're taking 18 credits and working two jobs. I must be out of my mind.

The show has been highly motivating for me, actually--as anyone who is a regular reader of my blog can probably figure out, I have been struggling to lose some mission weight ever since getting back to the States in August. I have half-heartedly tried everything from doing exercise videos every day to cutting down on portions, but I still can't drop the final 8 pounds. You see, I've discovered something these past few months when it comes to weight loss--I can be a bit of a quitter sometimes when I don't see results as fast as I want. And also, I LOVE food. I mean, more than I even thought I loved it. So the show, despite taking away time from homework and about every other meaningful activity (except cuddling), has given me a little extra dose of motivation every day to keep on going in my meager attempts at weight loss. Matt and I went to the gym twice this week and I did my usual yoga class routine twice this week as well. Although I'm not seeing any difference on the scale (probably because it seems that no matter how hard I try, I just can't bring myself to cut down too much on sugar or cheese), I know that I FEEL a lot better: I have a healthy body that is generally full of a lot of energy to propel me through all the strenuous tasks I put myself through daily. I also am pretty dang tough for a girl: it might be a little too early to tell, but there is a very real possibility I could beat my benching max of all time next week. Details to follow.

Change It Up Challenge Successful? Yes. Maybe a little TOO successful, even...

Oh, and if anyone is wondering, I probably would have cried myself during an episode or two if Matt hadn't been right next to me...


  1. HA!! i knew it. it's a wonderful show. it really is inspiring, whether you're overweight and trying to lose weight or just trying to stay in the state you are in or even if you don't go to the gym on a regular basis. it's just a good show that really changes peoples lives, and i love it. and i love that you included me in this post and that you are watching the episodes now too :)

    ps - i've found it really difficult to shed the last 8 or 9 pounds also. but i feel like i've lost a couple of inches and i feel healthier, even though the numbers on the scale aren't really changing. you've got to at least be lowering your BMI (which is NOT a bad thing), if nothing else, so keep at it!!

  2. I totally cry every time I watch the biggest loser. Watching it is a lot faster with a DVR. The weigh-in part only takes about 10-15 minutes instead of 45 min.

  3. There is no shame in crying while watching that show...and seriously, once you get married Matt will get used to you crying randomly. Chalk it all up to hormones. :)

  4. i love that show! it is so inspiring, i love that these people are changing their lives. and when i watch it i think, "man -- if they can do it, why can't i?!". and yes, i've shed a tear or two watching it (or a billion). such a great show!!

    i agree with rachel though, watching it on DVR is the way to go, they drag everything out so you can fast fwd through all the fluff. its awesome!

  5. it's become a fave of mine the last three seasons or so as well. just a good, all-around motivator that focuses on more than just weight-loss. there is so much emotional baggage we carry around that manifests itself in unhealthy ways, whether it's weight loss or self-deprecating habits in general. I love that it's so much more real than so many other 'reality' programs.
    (even Andrew watches it occasionally if he's home, and then he goes to the gym right after and says how he worked out that much harder because of it) good stuff. A DVR-must though!


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