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The Biggest Loser is BACK!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Biggest Loser starts again tonight! And, I'm thrilled that Jillian is BACK!!! I only watched one full season - that was the last one Jillian was in - and it was when I was starting this journey with SP... and weight loss... and fitness.

Yes, I know BL has some issues, but for me it was really motivating. And, as I restart this journey to re-lose these 15 pounds I've gained back, I hope it will motivate me again.

I read a really good article on SP about BL called "6 Biggest Loser Lessons to Unlearn." YOu can read it here: https://sparkpeo.hs.llnwd.net/e1/res

The 6 lessons, though the article goes into more detail, are as follows:
1. Their results are not typical. A healthy weight loss is up to 2 pounds per week.
2. They put their lives on hold. Most of us can't do that, but we are also learning to be healthy while living in the 'real world.' This is something most of the contestants are afraid of doing.
3. They are often overtraining. It is best to start slowly and "increase intensity, duration and frequency over time."
4. They rely on trainers. And, trainers can be very helpful! I've used several. But, we can do this on our own.
5. They give up their favorite foods. But, they aren't even exposed to their favorite foods. We're in the real world and do have to learn to live with these foods. We should just cut back in size and frequency.
6. They compare themselves to others. It is a game, after all! We shouldn't compare ourselves to anyone else. A very hard lesson for me to learn!
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    Made me smile to see you blogging again and here again... I have never really watched the program with the exception of the final week or so. Great ot know it motivates you!
    2975 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    I stopped watching BL a few seasons ago, but I'm planning on watching this season. I'm excited that it starts tonight.
    2975 days ago
    BL is my guilty pleasure. I haven't missed an episode even though I think parts of it are ridiculous. I'm glad Jillian is back because I love to see her get into "Jillian-Mode". But now listening to her podcasts drive me crazy. I read a good post on FB about setting up the treadmill, elliptical or whatever and exercising while watching. One person burned 1400 calories during the 2 hour show.
    2975 days ago
    Everyone's journey is their own. Has to be personalized to cope with each person's tendencies, medical issues, time etc. The biggest loser while giving some good advice is still just another "reality" show. Don't expect those results unless you follow to the letter their way of doing diet and exercise.
    2975 days ago
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