Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)
For my activity:
I'm up a half-pound on my Tuesday weigh-in. No measurements this week.
Despite having two >3000-cal days (the first in quite awhile--the 14th and 22nd) and the 15th day of no real exercise (for no good reason except sheer laziness), my big toe is still in the water:-)
I was looking for something else and ran across an article about The Biggest Loser the other day. Things I didn't know:
1) 250,000 people sent in videos to be considered for this latest show
2) the women eat from 1100-1500 cal/day
3) the contestants generally work out for 5 hrs/day
4) the producers admit that most of what happens in the course of a day is truly like watching paint dry
5) there's no magically mysterious thing happening--just intense isolated hard work with no frustrations of family life or work
6) the only reason it's still on is because people keep buying all the stuff it generates and watching it of course--it's now a multimillion $ venture
7) the contestants are closely monitored by a physician even after they go home (though it was pointed out that you or I would be hard pressed to find a dr who would recommend losing at the rate these people lose--one guy lost 30 pounds the first week in one season apparently).
I know alot of people like the show--I like Celebrity Fit Club for pretty much the same reasons, I imagine. I'd be interested, however, to know how many of the former BL contestants have had their gall bladders removed shortly after the show and how many of them have kept their weight down and are still eating right and exercising. (Rapid weight loss is a huge risk for gallstone formation.)
And now here's this "I'm gonna make you thin" guy. Well I looked him up and read a couple articles and he's essentially a hypnotist--a very rich one! He is a proponent of something called neuro-linguistic programming, which is quite controversial and of questionable benefit. Used to do comedy hypnosis stuff. He apparently helped Ellen Degeneres quit smoking recently.
Hell, I'd actually watch her show just to see her and all her smoking guests smoke--hell yeah I'd watch that! (There's just not enough smoking going on on TV these days--you'd think it was illegal or something;-)
Barack Obama could come back on and smoke instead of dance--so much for all the talk (at the time) that dancing on her show was going to hurt his political chances. Laura Bush and her daughters could come on and smoke. Rachael Ray could come on and chain smoke while making a 30-min meal--yummo! Paula Deen could eat butter AND smoke! (Those are all reported smokers--including at least one of the Bush daughters--don't know about the other one.) Ellen could teach others to smoke--like Oprah for instance. Hahahaha!
Anyway, I watched about 5 min of "I'm gonna make you thin" the other night where the guy (I liked his glasses:-) had the audience tapping body parts and humming. (It was just soooo condescending!) Yeah, DrPhil was going to get us all skinny and mentally healthy and DrOz was going to get us all skinny. And DrAtkins. (Seems that of the commercial diets, at least here on DDs at the moment, South Beach seems to be the one that sticks with people. Maybe I should try it:-)
The show reminded me of a 2-day corporate training course from a few years back. It was about training your memory. And I still have the tapes from it. The instructor was a somewhat charismatic guy who had us all do alot of stuff along with him. I used a couple of the techniques for a week or so, but I think it's one of those things you very much have to practice every day.
So I suppose this guy's tapping foolishness would work if you stayed with it. Maybe it's a good thing, I don't know. It reminds me of the behavior modification trend of the 1970s where you put a rubber band on your wrist and every time you had the urge to do whatever--smoke, pick your nose, pull your eyebrows out, eat a gallon of ice cream--whatever--you pull back the rubber band, let go and WHAP! The pain would remind you, "Don't do that, dammit!"
Anyway, I don't think I'd pad his bank account any more than it already is by purchasing his books. Go read the Wikipedia article--it's neutral. Where's the truth in advertising--tell us what's behind the curtain (like in The Wizard of Oz). If Paul McKenna is on something called "The Learning Channel--TLC," then tell all--don't make it look like an infomercial. That's what it looked like for those 5 min.
With all due respect for all of you from the UK--he's already done all this there, I understand. Isn't there still as big an obesity/overweight problem as there is here. Did he have ANY palpable impact on the problem in your country? (I wonder if you see people tapping themselves and humming in public--haha!)
But ya' know it's really all about money--he seemed so bored with the humming haha! I'm sure he'll soon be on Oprah's bandwagon and she'll be telling her viewers how she finally got down to a size 6 (or 4 or 2 or maybe even 0) with the help of this guy and he'll sell 3 trillion dollars worth of books. You know she must see herself in those pictures from yesteryear where she carts in a wheelbarrow of fat and wants that Oprah back! (And next year there'll be a DrPaul show since he has a PhD in something or other.)
I too want my a** to look like it did in 7th grade. (I have no idea how much I weighed.) I have a full-length picture from then, and I looked average for that time, to the best of my knowledge. I never thought about my weight or tried to wear any size other than the one I wore. It just wasn't an issue. My weight really wasn't an issue for me for decades. Judging from my current behavior, regaining my 7th grade bottom isn't going to happen in this lifetime. Right now I'd just like to keep it from looking like it did in pics of when I weighed in the 180s. At least I'm no longer in denial like I was then. (Well I'm in denial, but not about that--haha!) I guess I'm very lucky as well.
At the end of the day I can only change myself and from the 5 min of that show I saw, I don't think tapping body parts and humming when I actually feel like eating is going to do it for me. I need to move forward, but I still thank pinkus/pinkuspettuty (a diarist here) for mentioning the book Overcoming Overeating all those years ago. Something in it stuck for me and despite my calorie intake lately, I don't overeat or even come close to doing what others classify as "binge eating." I am powerless around certain foods still, and I avoid them for the most part. The jury is out as to whether that will change--when I go overboard with cookies, cake, etc it's more a function of the food being around rather than some sort of emotional trigger.
I do have alot of room for improvement and I do feel like I'm strong enough physically and mentally to progress and sustain from here. I always feel like I will prevail in this! For me I think it takes perseverance and hard work and maintaining a realistic attitude and goals. As an aside, one of the titles written by the "I can make you thin" guy is Change Your Life In Seven Days. Really!
I'm appalled that this "I'm gonna make you thin" ISN'T an infomercial--being on TLC causes it to have some legitimacy when it's total crap! (My opinion of course!)
Change is hard--stay positive!
Cals/Fat Grams: Fri::2234/108 Sat::3175/180 Sun::2095/23 Mon::1753/73
So here are my goals: Water 80 oz, count calories, etc and maintain at least a 1000 cal/day deficit. Scheduled Circuit Workouts otherwise no particulars for activity.
Plan for today: NTrack, Walk
Don't give up!
2755 cal * 101g Fat * 25g Fiber * 17 oz Water
-465 cal Deficit * 0% Activities
Running Deficit (March): -10