My husband and I have been watching The Biggest Loser since the first episode. This past Tuesday was the first time I’d been really disappointed watching the finale. In years past I would watch the final show excited to see each person come on the stage, some ripping open the paper that held a picture of their former self. This time, my heart was sad. I used to dream of being that girl on the scale at the beep, beep, beep was tracking how many pounds she’d lost. I was shocked each week when numbers like -18, -10,-28 popped up on the board. Now, I watched with new eyes. This year I watched concerned and a bit sick to my stomach at times. What changed? Well, it wasn’t the show! It’s been the same since the beginning…it was me.
This girl would watch the show with a huge bowl of ice cream and a Dr. Pepper. I lived through those folks weighing in, wishing it was me! I so wanted it to be me.
I know what many of you think of what I just said and what you thought of me. Just do it! Why didn’t you start? What took you so long? Why didn’t you just go workout? Why? I wasn’t ready. God hadn’t worked in my heart about it all. I was sick, uncomfortable and depressed. Yes, I was. God had to work and He did! God had been working in my heart for a long time in this area of obesity/gluttony. I love God’s word and long to be closer to Him yet, I had this besetting sin that I needed to deal with. God used a book to open my eyes and to speak to my heart. You all know what it is! Besides His word, Trim Healthy Mama came into my life. It was like a light-bulb went off in my mind. I asked myself questions as I read…
“Jen, what have you been doing to your body?”
“Why have you let things go this far?”
“God’s given you one body. Why are you mistreating it?”
I was ready. I was repentant of my sin and ready to work. One chapter that is great to read in light of extreme, quick-fix dieting is “Life Long Approach”(chapter 12). As I watch BL this past week these words rang in my heart.
“Unless you are extremely overweight, which makes dropping large amounts of pounds naturally faster, we don’t want you to lose much more than a pound a week. Rapid weight loss becomes catabolic, which means there is more breaking down of the body than building up. It goes against the anti-aging premise of this book. Run far away from magazine and book headlines that scream, “Six Weeks to a Bikini Body!” Titles like that are the nemesis of this book. Don’t think of this as a race, but a lifelong approach.
Diets that tout ridiculously fast weight reduction, tax the adrenal glands and mess with your hormones. The catabolic hormone cortisol, which comes from stress, will start to pump through your body if you shed weight too fast. After a while, this high cortisol state will cause your weight to plateau and your results will halt. ” Trim Healthy Mama, Page 120
I recently went to the doctor and he also talked about losing about a pound a week and how that was a healthy rate of lose. Yes, some weeks I lost more in the beginning as I had more to lose. I’m losing at a slower rate now which is perfectly fine with me. My body is healing from years of yo-yo dieting.
My heart aches for men and women who watch these reality shows and become discouraged when they don’t lose as quickly. These folks on tv are working out for 6 plus hours a day! That’s not even healthy! Their diet is extremely low calorie and low in fat which is not a great way to lose weight and stay healthy. Fat is good for you! Good fats, that is. As I watched the finale I was sad for the winner, Rachel. She was a force to be reckoned with on the show! She won most of the challenges so it was easy to see her competitive spirit. I knew she would most likely win the show. When she walked out at 5’5 and 105 pounds, I was taken back. She is considered underweight at that weight for her height. I won’t assume she has an eating disorder or that she did this only to win. I don’t know her and it’s not my place or intent with this post. I will say that it re-enforced my love for THM and for losing it slow and steady. I didn’t watch this season wishing to be on the show losing massive pounds. Honestly, I could never go and leave my family like that. I watched praising God that I have come so far. May God get the glory for all He is doing in me.
So, I’m not The Biggest Loser but, that’s okay with me. I’m on this journey that God has for me. I continue to have Him helping and guiding me on this path. I’m not saying THM is the answer for everyone but, I know how it’s helped me! If you want to know more about it, you can check out their website. The book is not just a book but, a textbook on living a healthy life!