If you follow me on Twitter, or you are a FB Friend, then you already know what I was talking about last night. If not, here it is. Last night was the finale for the latest season of The Biggest Loser. I used to watch this show a lot when it first came out. Now, not as much. This season I caught the halfway point where the remaining contestants got make overs. They had made some drastic changes, but still had a ways to go.
My brother in law was telling me about a contestant named Shay. By the time I started watching, Shay had already left the ranch. Apparently, Shay is the heaviest contestant they've ever had on TBL - male or female. Shay came to the ranch at 476 lbs. Yep. 476 lbs. Last night they showed some footage from when she first arrived. Everything was truly a struggle for her!
At the weigh in, it was revealed that Shay had lost 172 lbs! That brought her down to 304. SHe acknowledged that she had a long way to go, but that she was going to get it done. Subway, needing a new cause to champion, decided that they would invite Shay back to the spring finale (in May), and that for every pound she lost, they would pay her $1K. But you know, I could tell by her eyes, even before this was announced - she was on a mission to get it done.
On the Book of Faces last night, I posted the following status:
"Dear Facebook Family & Friends: If Shay can go from 476 lbs to 304 lbs without surgery, I dont' wanna hear NAN person on this board talking about they can't lose weight. NAN! Yes you can! You CAN do it. And you don't need to wait until Jan 1, 2010. Start right now! Make it happen, people! I have faith in you! :)"
The majority of folks agreed with me. One person said, well we should note that they have trainers and chefs (although they don't have chefs, they do get training on the right foods to eat and prepare, etc). But my thing is, that sounds like yet another excuse. Especially when we have too many "real life" examples around us, of people who got it done. Basically, in 2010, I'm not trying to hear any of this. We put effort into the things we truly want. When we want to learn about something, we spend hours researching on the net. Why can't we do the same thing for health and nutrition??
If you want to lose weight, get to it, man! You don't even have to wait unil January 1, 2010. Start now! :)
My BFF's stepmother posted that I was her she-ro. I told her she was mine, because of all of her community involvement (she just recently was elected to the school board in my home town), and that my own personal challenge was to get more involved in community service. So, she said that she would work on more exercise and eating less junk, and I could work on my service. I happily accept that challenge. I'm going to start looking into things this week.
What are you going to challenge yourself to do differently, starting today?