Weird Reaction to “The Biggest Loser”

March 18, 2008 at 3:12 am Leave a comment

So many times, when people hear how much weight I’ve lost, they say, “You must love that show, The Biggest Loser“.  I don’t know why they say it.  Perhaps it’s the only way they can relate to such a drastic change.  Most people have no clue at all what’s actually involved in losing over 100 pounds, so maybe the show gives them a margin of insight.

Strangely enough, I don’t love that show.  In fact, when people say that to me, I bristle.  I feel instantly irritated and cross. 

It took me a while to ferret out the roots of my weird reaction.  It seemed odd to me that I wouldn’t like it.  After all, it promotes getting healthy by losing weight and exercising.  I was even more surprised at the depth of my reaction.  I’m not merely dismissive of the program; I flat out don’t like it… at all… not one bit.

After mulling it over for a month or two, I finally figured it out.  I’m resentful.  These people get to devote their entire days to learning about food and exercising, focused entirely on losing weight and getting fit, enjoying the personal attention of trainers and coaches all while getting paid at some level.  They get to step completely out of their lives and into another world where all they have to do is eat right and work out.  There are no distractions.  Losing weight and getting fit are all they have to do.  They don’t have to do it while juggling job changes and car accidents and nasty ex-husbands and living off the merciful hospitality of friends who are also gourmet cooks.  They don’t have to do it real life.

This isn’t to say that the program isn’t beneficial.  Anything that helps people get healthier and makes them feel better about themselves is valuable and should be supported.  In this case, I just don’t want to know about it or talk about it. 

I would say that the show brings out my bitter side, but I only have one when The Biggest Loser comes up in conversation.  Generally speaking, I’m proud of myself for sticking with my lifestyle change through so many challenges and hurdles.  I wish I had done it faster, but considering all I was up against, I’m amazed that I did it at all.  I was slow, but I got there, and that’s pretty great.

So, do me a favor, don’t ask me about The Biggest Loser.  If you want to watch it, feel free.  Enjoy it to your heart’s content.  Me, I’m going to read a magazine instead: Eating Well or Oxygen or Women’s Health.  That’s what inspires me to be my own biggest loser.

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