January 6, 2009
I have mixed feelings about the TV show The Biggest Loser. I loved seeing how great everybody looked at last season's finale, and Jillian Michael's "beatings" are very amusing (especially since they make me truly appreciate the gentle, positive approach of my trainer, Lauren Kern from Equinox). But even though I'm sure they're meant to be inspiring, I find the weekly weigh-ins discouraging. Since I started trying to slim down, I've been hitting the gym six days a week and following my nutritionist's plan to the letter. I've even deleted the pizza delivery number from my cell phone! And thanks to my dedication, I've steadily lost between 2 and 3 pounds a week, which is thrilling. But during every episode, contestants are in tears for "only" losing 8 pounds. Some weeks they lose 15 pounds or more! And while I know that 3 pounds a week is actually a lot, I'm going so much slower than the people on the show. I just have to keep telling myself that while The Biggest Loser may be a reality show, it's not my reality.