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#thebiggestloser – Rachel at the Live Finale – Too far? A post for the WLS community.

As a disclaimer, I have always watched The Biggest Loser casually as someone might watch The Super Bowl for the commercials. I enjoy making digs at the product placement, the commercials, etc. This pleases me #broughttoyoubyziploc #subway #extragum #whomever

This year, however I was taken in a little more, sucked in, even after saying things like:  “I’d never watch that crap,” and “How dare they publicize weight loss competitions!”  I am sure I have said MANY choice things over the years about this (…and other shows) as an online weight-loss blogger, even as product pitches aligned with this show were tossed my way.  I still watch for the product placements.  I also watch for the exercise — WHAT?!

This year, I started a (…word warning) “journey” nine years after I started my massive weight loss path.

I began exercising in earnest.   I dropped some lbs and gained muscle.  I have endurance!

I found that The Biggest Loser gave me some “Actual Motivation” if only for ideas of What To Do To Move My Butt.   It’s the reason I tried the “Jacob’s Ladder,” guys.

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Or, even just for a frame of reference in body-size for someone like me: a former morbidly obese individual whom had been 320 lbs now 144-150 lbs and maintaining my bodyweight while learning to create health, and gain muscle and make exercise a habit.  If you have not been living in a 200, 300, 400 lb body – you must know – the body dysmorphia that comes along with the change from your super-morbid or morbidly obese self to your “normal” self can last for years.  It may not be until you see another person whom is “wearing” your “body” size when you realize what you look like, and only sort of.

That said — The Biggest Loser’s winner, Rachel.  And please remember that I can only relate to what I know to be true, and to what I see in relation to the hundreds of women (… and some men) I read about daily in my weight loss groups for bariatric surgery.  

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She went too far, and sometimes that happens.  

I hope that it was simply because she was pushed to far for the “trigger” of money — and will find balance in health. 

It happens in our bariatric-post operative patients all the time, and the thing is:  bariatric patients don’t have the temptation of a quarter million dollars hanging over their head like a dangling carrot as thin-spiration.  It takes a lot less sometimes for a person to be triggered to lose too far.  Some women (…and men) are pushed by a bad photo, cruel word, or emotional disturbances. 

In the weight loss surgery world, we have a hard time with talking about weight.  We don’t like to talk about “how much weight is too much to lose.”  We don’t like to discuss “too far,” and we say things like “well, you called her fat, now she’s too thin and you hate her for it.”

No.  It’s not that.  You/we really have to stop thinking that way.  It is just the same as having bariatric surgery WAS for YOU.  It was supposed to be about your health and saving your life.  There is not a stitch of hate in the words.  It is out of concern for the person, and the people watching:  like our daughters and sons.  

Going on The Biggest Loser was about stopping this person’s journey through morbid obesity and saving her life, and getting healthy again.  However, dropping to an underweight body-weight and publicizing this for all of us on TV and creating this huge social media #thinspo out of it — is WRONG.

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Where were the trainers, Biggest Loser Team, producers, etc. when she hit the red flags?  Where was the psych team?  Where is her help?  Is this really just about prize money and not health?

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I think that says it all.

You failed, @thebiggestloser

 




Why do we not HAVE THIS!? Gyms for people of size!

EXACTLY.  Do you know how long it took me to put my butt inside a gym?!  Listen at this link.

I talk all the time about having enough money to open gyms for all-sizes-and-levels.  Regardless of my size, I am still 320 lbs in my head and I am more comfortable surrounded with women of size.

It's one of a number of companies and organizations that are marketing fitness to people who are overweight or obese. It's not a bad business strategy, considering that 69 percent of American adults fit in that category, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Planet Fitness chain touts its "Judgment Free Zones". In Omaha, Neb., Square Onepromises you won't find "size 2's in sports bras sprinting on treadmills." This gym, started by Marty Wolff, who competed on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," says it is for "people of size." And many YMCA facilities feature photos of the faces and bodies of actual members – "real people" – instead of supermodels or body builders.

Schrantz used to be a chronic gym quitter. She'd sign up, go once and never return. The looks she got at other gyms made her uncomfortable.

"My thought on that is why are you looking at me when I got off of the couch, I got off of my bed and I'm actually doing something about it?" Schrantz said, during an interview at the gym. Still, she says, "It's hard."

As she said that, she began to tear up. Other members of the gym came to comfort her. They put their arms around her while she cried.

Here, members sweat together – and shed tears together.

Kishan Shah is the CEO of Downsize, which has hundreds of members across the U.S. They weigh anywhere from 200 to 700 pounds. Shah used to weigh 400 pounds and have a 62-inch waist. Today, he's half that weight and always finds time for a yoga or cardio class in between business meetings.

Fitness is about a lot more than just looks, Shah says.

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Running for beginners

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I do not run.  I am not a beginning runner.  I am not even a jogger.  I may be inclined to say that I am a skipper.  I don't understand that "runner's high" that runners describe when they get moving long-term and feel their endorphins push through – because I haven't gotten that yet.  I am a walker.  I can walk for miles and miles.  I almost never feel the urge to run.  How is that for honesty?
But.  I may or may not have told someone that I like the svelte look of a runner's body.   (And that maybe someday I could try?)  Runner's legs are the shit.  Not runny shit.  Runner's legs.  You know, all tight and muscley.  
I saw this plan online today and realized that I could probably, maybe, perhaps handle this plan.  I do not need to run a 5K, a half-marathon, or ever become a triathlete, but two or three solid minutes in a row of jogging without DYING the DEAD?  Might be nice.
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BBGC Raises This Much For Walk From Obesity

#YWM2013 Photoshow


 

BBGC Raises This Much For Walk From Obesity

Again, Because We Can.