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Why I am a fan of The Biggest Looser

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Don't hate the show but use it as a took to help you on you journey. There are a lot of things you can do in normal life that the show will help you with. Now read on!

The show has been going 15 seasons so it must be doing something right. I do believe that it is unrealistic for people to give everything up for the 4 or 5 months for the show, I don't know of anyone who could do that. That is not to say the one quarter of a million $ is not an incentive. Ask yourself what are your chances of winning!

I started watching the show around 2008 and got in to it. I had missed a few shows at this time and it was just something to watch. I like a lot so over weight just watched. This after spending most of my life at a healthy weight. In 1991 I was 10 stone 8lbs (148 pounds or 67 and bit kilos). I lost a job where I was on the move all the time lifting and carrying heavy loads. I could eat what I wanted and didn't care as I never put on any weight.

I ended up getting an engineers job spending a lot of time just driving, eating junk food at all times of the day. My weight went up to just under 14 stone 195lbs.

Having found TBS I thought I can do this but of course I did not bother until they put on a repeat of (I think) season 7 (may have been 8) when Tara blitzed the opposition by winning every challenge and did not fall below that yellow line. This really got me interested in the show but I still sat there.

What did happen, she opened my eyes when they had a challenge of pulling a car a quarter of a mile along a track but could load their opposition's cars up. Tara got loaded with about 300 lbs She nearly quit the show but she was talk out of quitting and focused, with head down she beat the lot of them.

At this time, I was trying to get serious about getting my weight to "normal" when I found SP. That was back in July 2012, 8 months later I was at my goal weight of 70k (154 lbs) but decided to drop a little more and that it would be nice to be 10 stone 8 lbs again. I have maintained 67.5 over that time as TBS keep me focused.

One thing I did learn is that loosing 10 - 20 lbs is a no, no, as I never lost more than 2.2 lbs in a week but most time just under that.

You can get some good ideas from TBS but don't take them too far.

Stick with the SP plan as it does work as long as you tell your mind that you can do it.

My favorite quote that I have pinned up on my wall is:

"how can you know that you can't do it unless you have tried and failed"

This has now kept me going nor nearly 3 year.

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    You're right, the show is a little bit unrealistic for most people, but it is exciting! It shows what some of us might be capable with the right tools and guidance. I don't watch it because it makes me nervous to see the people get yelled at. I think they do that too much. But other than that, the show is very interesting! I'm glad you found something that motivates you to be healthy.

    One thing I like to watch is thrillers, because most of the actors are really fit and they have all these amazing stunts and they are running around doing all this active stuff. It's really cool! When I first got Netflix, that's all I would watch, was that kind of movie.
    1599 days ago
    I rarely have watched TBL since Jillian drove me crazy with her screaming ways. I understand why many like it though. To me it seems unrealistic because if you are seriously obese or overweight you aren't going to lose hundreds of pounds within a few months. It took you a long while to get that way so it takes time to reverse the process.
    1673 days ago
    Have never seen the show. But I used to watch "You Are What You Eat" with Dr. Gillian McKeith. I think it's whatever motivates a person to eat healthier, get off the couch, and move.
    1676 days ago
    I really like that quote!
    1676 days ago
  • LOVINGME1966
    I'm a fan too! Congrats on reaching your goals!
    1676 days ago
    Some great observations, thanks for sharing! I only starting watching quite recently, after all that controversy regarding Rachel Frederickson losing way too much weight too quickly (season 15...she lost 155 lbs on the show). Personally, I thought she looked terrible, almost sickly.

    I'd wished many times I could just drop my weight that quickly. After seeing her actually doing it it opened my eyes to how wrong and unhealthy it was. I'm now a fan of the show not because of her amazing results, but in spite of them!
    1676 days ago
    As with many programs, watching with a critical eye is the way to go. Take what you can and leave the rest.

    The part I most disliked (and the reason I stopped watching) is my general "orneriness." If an instructor yelled at me, I'd probably yell right back.
    I was given Jilian's DVD and I'm not going to do jumping jacks no matter how much she berates me virtually. I pick and choose.

    That said, congrats to you on the weight loss and the maintenance. I'm also happy for TBL participants when they succeed.
    1676 days ago
    I only watched one episode of the show when it first came out. It was on at a time other shows were on. I'm glad you're reached your goals!
    1676 days ago
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