Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The Biggest Loser
Ok, I admit it - I'm kind of hooked on The Biggest Loser. It's my "guilty pleasure" television show. I know that there is a lot of controversy regarding the safety of their methods, and I know that not everyone is a fan. I tune in anyway.
I tune in because I think it's fabulous that these contestants are learning to be active, and inspiring people in their communities to be active. I tune in because I find personal inspiration in watching them work out. If they can work that hard, what have I got to whine about? But mostly I tune in because I love seeing people get a second chance, and for some of these folks it really IS a second chance.
I do wish, though, that there were no elimination. And I wish that, after the challenges, everybody got letters from home, or phone calls, or whatever. And I wish the emphasis was less about the number on the scale and more about regaining your health and reclaiming your life. I'd still watch it, because I love watching the transformation from overweight and unhappy to fit and athletic. I wish they'd let us follow every contestant down that road.
In spite of what I dislike, though, I am going to go home and watch The Biggest Loser tonight. And next time I'm on the treadmill or out on the road, I'm going to remember that there are folks out there who are twice my weight, working just as hard as I am. And I'm going to stop whining and keep running.
Do you have a "guilty pleasure" television show, or snack, or whatever? If you do, please share!