Fatsploitation and other stuff

Posted: July 14, 2010 in Weight loss

Greetings, gentle readers.

Today I’m going to talk about something that really pisses me off. The exploitation of fat, or, as I’m calling it, fatsploitation.  Mainly we’re talking about television shows like the Biggest Loser, or Celebrity Fit Club. Or, as a friend of mine currently in the UK has posted about, Big Meets Bigger. Check out her blog entry here.

It’s not that the shows are that bad. Lord knows I would watch Celebrity Fit Club (CFC) every week, although it was mainly to see train wrecks like Dustin Diamond (Screech) or Jeff Conway have complete meltdowns, rather than to hear about weight loss. That being said, I think CFC’s panel was much more about losing the weight and keeping it off than the Biggest Loser team. Harvey Walden, the former drill instructor, was tough and had very little tolerance for bulls**t, and Dr. Ian Smith’s diet plan actually did me some good when I tried it. I got the impression that it was less about the total loss and more about positive lifestyle changes.

Moving on to The Biggest Loser, well, where do we start? The weight loss numbers are astounding, but at what cost? After reading some of the statements by people who have come forward, well, I wouldn’t want to be a part of that. It seems like many of them dehydrate to shed weight and other questionable tactics. I understand that it’s entertainment first, but still, we are talking about people’s health.

So, the mini golf outing has been postponed due to the chance of rain which never materialized yesterday. Rain date is tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Today is bringing a trip up in the Jerz. As many of you may have heard, Mrs. T. has been offered and has accepted a position at the Bergen Record in north Jersey. It’s a place in the big kid sandbox and while we are not looking forward to a relocation, it’s a great step for her career. Have no fear, though, this blogger will be staying in PA for a while yet. There are many loose ends to tie up, ranging from my employment to selling a house. After spending the last three years sweating blood to get this place livable, I’ll get to start all over again. I won’t lie and say I’m not disappointed. I am. But we all make sacrifices for the greater good.

It’s not been a good food week overall. I feel myself backsliding a little bit. I’m lacking some of my motivation. I need to reaffirm my commitment to my goals and find my mojo again. I’ve stayed away from takeout and high sodium foods, but I haven’t been walking and that’s a bad thing. Lord GOMF, the Earl of Bunion has been complaint-free, but the air has been super-chewy. I don’t care for mall walking, either. Those tile floors are worse than concrete. I don’t know how women can shop all days wearing heels. But that could just be me.

Anyway, it’s a new day and I’m going to make it work. Thanks for making me accountable.

Today’s weight: 299.7

  1. Kristen says:

    I don’t like to walk outside when it’s hot either. Do you like treadmills or similar equipment? I use an elliptical machine at home which is easy on the knees.

    I’ve never watched Biggest Loser or anything like it (we don’t have cable TV), but it sounds like it’s dangerous for the contestants. I wonder how many of them gain back the weight and then surpass their original weight by going on the show… I bet it is common.

    Slow and steady wins the race! Weight loss should be slow to keep it off!

    Have fun in New Jersey.


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