I was unable to watch the last 45 minutes of as we had to get to the airport to catch a flight. Tonight’s episode of The Biggest Loser really resonated with what is going on in my life.
I am away in Los Angeles this week on holidays and am out of my usual environment. Very similar to The Biggest Loser contestants leaving the safety of their environment (the ranch) and returning to the environment from where they struggle and became obese.
Having lost over 170lbs and kept it off for 6 years, I am actually much more comfortable in my home environment. I know what to expect now and have had years of practice learning the skill to keep my environment safe and healthy. Travelling throws me for a bit of a loop.
What I really heard on this week’s episode from all the contestants when they arrived home was how clear they were on their values. The pain of being out of control and living unhealthy lives is still very fresh for them. I heard over and over each one of them renew their commitment, they were not done, only a work in progress. What is important to note, is the commitment is not to a number of pounds lost but to a healthy life style.
It would have been interesting to hear Sam’s real thoughts when he came down to breakfast and witnessed a meal fit for the morbidly unhealthy. I would guess he may have for an instant thought wow, maybe this once it would be ok, however his response was extraordinary. He was compassionate, but firm and gentle at the same time….this insanity in our family has got to stop. It takes a lot of guts to speak up, especially in family situations.
Yesterday, our first day in LA was a big cheat day for me. I allow myself to indulge in all the guilty foods my mind conspires to think I really want, but it is very limited to one day per week. I believe and teach my clients that having a weekly cheat day is actually a needed part of weight loss as it teaches you a lot about food cravings and also about not being perfect. This perfection thing is one of the biggest killers of diets and why they do not work. It is a big lie dieters tell themselves. The belief that you will stick to some diet until you hit some point on the scale and then miraculously start eating normally or have some understanding of healthy eating is why diets fail. As we know too well ,95% of dieters gain it back plus more. Why, because they have not learned the skills to keep it off.
I thought about The Biggest Loser last night before going to bed. I was thinking, well today I indulged, I ate all kinds of fattening foods…… I also thought gee, I’m on vacation, maybe I can just let it slide? Don’t I deserve to go on vacation and eat whatever I want, whenever I want? However, just like the Biggest Loser contestants, your never on vacation from your values, they travel with you wherever you go.
Today we went to the dollar store, picked up some plates, silverware and misc kitchen supplies. Then off to the grocery store for salad, veggies, roasted chicken, oatmeal and other food on my healthy list. I feel so relaxed, were having a great time and I’m sticking to what’s important in my life.
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