Monday, January 7, 2013

Weigh In: Biggest Loser Premiere




Last night was the start of Biggest Loser 14. 
We welcomed back Jillian, met Dolvett and wanted to squeeze Bob for being so damn cute.




The first thing I want to say is I have always been back and forth with how I felt about the Biggest Loser. I don't think they always have the healthiest methods for weight loss especially in extreme cases like those on the show. The lifestyle change is a harsh but necessary one for them to live, but throwing someone who can barely walk without losing their breath into a 3 hour intense workout is just insane.

But the contestants are there for a reason.
They gave up on themselves.



The episode opened with a shot of a room full of extremely obese people, waiting to see if they had been chosen for this season while the voice over said "THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE APPLIED."
At this point Eddie and I looked at each other and said how sad/disgusting that is.
I am well aware of the numbers and how obese our country is but hearing that just bothered me.


One thing I love about this season is that they are tacking childhood obesity, which is an ever growing epidemic in this country. The three teens they picked are nothing short of inspiring, my favorite is Noah aka Bingo. He has the heart and the drive to lose the weight, and the fact that he is the most adorable thing EVER doesn't hurt.




Speaking of  adorable can we discuss Dolvett? 
HOTTIE ALERT!!
If I had my choice I would workout with JM just because I like her in your face approach but if she wasn't an option gimme the hottie...that would be motivation enough to show up to the gym.
No offense Bob, I love you, but Big D is just my new crush.


The show, as always brought me through a roller coaster of emotions, especially with the elimination.
I won't say who was sent home for those of you who haven't watched yet but I have mixed feelings.
The persons story had me in tears in the beginning--pissed off during the workout---and in tears at the elimination.


Your turn to WEIGH IN: 
Did you watch the Biggest Loser?
Who's team would you want to be on?
Should I write about this season weekly?


If I do BL recaps they will go up on Tuesdays.
 I think I'll watch the show while I am on the treadmill Mondays for some added motivation AND we can discuss who was voted off.

Thoughts?
 

20 comments:

  1. I have always loved the biggest loser! I agree their approach is extreme, but that's what they have to do to get these people to change. Its not ideal for your everyday person. I would workout with JM as well, I absolutely love her. She doesn't sugar coat things and pushes you really hard. I would love to have my butt kicked by her! I love discussing BL so if you do a weekly recap I will definitely join in. Oh and I couldn't believe who went home, his story was so touching and I definitely felt like he needed to stay there.

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    1. Woohoo! I will definitely be keeping this up and I'll recap on tuesdays and i'll provide a link up code for anyone who wants to share their recap

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  2. I think the saddest part of last night's episode was when Biingo said something about "burning calories!" While I understand it's an equation and that obviously burning calories is a huge part of it, hearing a 13 year old worried about calorie burn was heartbreaking to me. I am glad they're tackling the childhood obesity issue... but it's very sad at the same time.

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    1. I felt the same exact way and I am glad you mentioned that...so much happened in that 2 hour time frame I forgot to recap some things.

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  3. Unfortunately I see nothing positive from this show anymore. It gives us trainers a bad reputation, it takes every opportunity to promote and advertise a new food product ("Oh if you have a craving chew on some of this delicious Wrigley's sugar free gum!"), it's all about ratings and drama.
    Now, they're "tackling childhood obesity" which is just another word for exploiting kids and getting more $$$. The public will watch as always and ratings will go up because they finally got Jillian back.

    Sorry, I guess in my opinion I think it jumped the shark years ago. I watched until the first person fell off the treadmill (as is always the tradition with every season opener) and promptly turned it off. The message it once promoted is just lost on it's sponsors and hollywood trainers. Yes, those people gave up on themselves and I don't feel too bad for the contestants because they signed up for this. If they keep it off, great! I like seeing the transformations at the season finale...But you hear from some of these contestants once in awhile and they end up gaining it all back. Completely unsafe and unhealthy. I'm more of a fan of that Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition where they fast forward through a whole year of someone trying to lose weight. More realistic although of course, it's got it's share of sponsors and drama too.
    Sorry, I'll stop ranting. :)

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    1. Don't be sorry! I like having an open forum for people to express their thoughts/feelings and you did just that. I have had the pleasure of working out with biggest loser season 3 winner a few times and he has had his issues with keeping the weight off but still tries which I find to be motivating.

      I will check that show out, thanks!

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  4. I didn't get to watch, but I get frustrated with this show for a few reasons. I get so mad that these people go through this process, and of course they can be successful - they have NOTHING in life to worry about except getting healthy. Then they go home and boom, so many do not maintain. I also know someone who tried out and was told he wasn't big enough for their casting. Not all folks are 100+ pounds overweight, but they still need help...

    With that said, I do want to watch this season, I need to see if I can catch it online.

    I would want anyone except JM as my coach, her approach doesn't work with me. While I'm sure I'd survive and maybe be successful, I'd be resentful of her and wouldn't make it lifestyle-like changes.

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    1. A lot of people find JM approach too harsh but in last night [monday] episode you will see why I loe her ;)

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  5. I absolutely ADORE Dolvett and he would be my pick, hands down. He's tough, funny, caring and HOT. Seriously, I could hang with him all day... and would do anything to please - KILL my workouts to impress him! :) I am NOT a fan of Jill's methods - wouldn't work on me... but I'm also not the give-up-on-myself type either. Everyone has different personalities and needs different coaching methods... which is why I think it's great they have different coaches. Just wish they'd pair them up better. I think Nikki needs a bit more... Bob.

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    1. he is too hott!!!! I cannot even deal with how sexy that man is.

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  6. The last couple of seasons of the BL were so disappointing to me but I did tune in last night cause I was hoping for better. It looks promising. The kid idea is a good one and yes, the trainers are awesome.

    I was glad to see Jillan back but gosh she was pretty mean to her team and I think that there would have been a different result with Bob or Dolvett as their leader. Sorry, Jillian, I hate to be negative, but you were over the top. #FAIL

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    1. I stopped watching when JM left and decided to come back since she's back.. I do think they need to pair the contestants up better BUT I love JM's approach so it's hard for me to watch these people curl up in a ball and cry over it

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  7. I haven't watched BL in a few years, but wanted to see the return of Jillian. I don't know that I would want her as my trainer, her approach is a little much for me. I am a self-motivated person though, the contestants on the show are obviously not and someone like Jillian might be what they need.

    Last night had me in tears from beginning to end! I am not thrilled with who went home either. I was really rooting for him!

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    1. This show is definitely one that tugs on the heart strings... BUT it's so motivating it brings me back for more!

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  8. I agree with some of the other commenters that some of the show is over the top especially with the product placement, I do feel like this show gets to the "real" problem faster than IRL a trainer or therapist (or both) could. I mean lets face it, people don't get to be that obese just by eating. People eat for a very specific reason. I use to always say I would be on team JM, but then last night I was like hmm the trainer I have had for 5 years is just like Bob in terms of attitude and direction so I guess I am team Bob.

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    1. I love BOB too don't get me wrong but something about being yelled at just pushes me past my comfort zone. She also took a different approach last night which I thought was nice of her.

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  9. I haven't watched the DVR'd episode yet - so thanks for not spoiling the elim! I just started following you - and hope you do post about the show every week. Looking forward to reading more on your blog.

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    1. Of course not :) I will be recapping every Tuesday!

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