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Liveblogging Biggest Loser

The contestants join Alison for a giant wheel of silver topped platters. The teams are going to be Blue vs Black. One person will get to pick the teams. Rut-roh. There’s a golden ticket under one of the silver platters, and the person who gets it gets to pick who are on the teams, and who gets to choose the trainers. There are various goodies and baddies under the other platter lids. People who want to participate will step forward. Dina is the first in. Rudy. Liz. Amanda. Shay. Rebecca. Allen. Danny. Coach Mo. Danny. Tracey? Of course. The only person who is not stepping up is Abby.

Rudy spins first. He gets a huge piece of chocolate cake! It is exactly 1,000 calories. AGH. He has to eat it. Num num num. Next is Rebecca: chocolate donut, 280 calories. It gives her witch teeth. Allen: chocolate cupcake! 100 calories. He says, “Sweet.” Enjoys himself immensely. Danny: GIANT cupcake with sprinkles. 780 cals! Yikes. Here comes Tracey. Coach Mo says an evil wind is blowing and he’s not the only one to feel it. HOLY CRAP, SHE GOT THE GOLDEN TICKET! Everyone is just blown away. People are shocked. They think she is a witch for sure. People are gasping and freaking. Coach Mo is sure there is voodoo going on. “It’s not natural. It’s supernatural.” Wooooooooooooooooo…..

Amanda is sobbing. She needs Bob. Dina and Rudy do not want to be separated. Dina feels she can’t count on anybody without Rudy.  Shay says, “people are about to go crazy” as they head toward Tracey and their new fate. Bob and Jillian learn about what’s going on and they are appropriately horrified. Tracey is grinning a psychotic grin.

Tracey wants to train with Bob. Bob looks glazed. Jillian is bummed she will not get to pound Tracey within an inch of her life.  Next: Daniel  goes to Jillian, Mo goes to Bob. Shay goes to Jillian. Tracey gets a few compassion points for putting them together. Allen goes to Blue. Then Abby. Liz is starting to cry. Tracey puts her on the blue team. She’s sobbing that she needs Danny. She puts Danny on the black team. Danny wanted Bob and Liz. He is devastated. Liz: “it kills my soul and makes me mad as all get out.” Amanda is crying because she won’t have Bob. Rebecca goes to the Blue team. She also breaks up Dina and Rudy. Niiiiiiiiice. That’s some very unhappy campers for ya.”

Liz: “She wants to win, she’s gotta do it at home.”

Bob hates the Black vs. Blue. He needs a big guy to beat up, and it will make him feel better. He’s going after Rudy.  Jillian is after Amanda. She wants to beat the crap out of the black team.  They’re puking. Jillian comes out to inspect her puke and make sure it’s wet. ???? Ugh.  Liz: “I have an agenda and my agenda is for her to go home before I do.” Liz freakin keels over on the treadmill. Ack. Lizzie’s down. Red as an apple. She says grimly, “I’ll live.”

She says, “My head’s on straight. Hell yeah. I got an agenda.” She wants immunity.

Dina hates the plyometrics stool. She doesn’t want to jump. I LOVE the stool. I love jumping up on stuff! So funny. Jillian says it makes your butt smaller. Cool. Dina walks out. Rudy asks, “What’s stopping you from doing it?” Dina doesn’t know. She can’t believe in herself. Rudy gives her a personal training session with Coach Mo looking on.  I love the Blue Team training the Black team. Rahooo!

Bob takes blue team to the grocery store. Of course they get some Jennie-O turkey products. We had some Jennie-O turkey chili tonight! Product placement from my very own house. They make wraps with some yummy roast turkey.

Next: black team heads up a hill. Shay says black team is the underdog, but they have bigger hearts. Alison: “good players help themselves, great players help each other.” It’s a relay race… where they are carrying one of their teammates. On a platform. They are playing for… videos from home. Tracey and Abby have to sit out.

Dina does not want to be on the platform but she does not want to be carried by others. Blue team carries Rebecca. Black team is carrying Dina. Rebecca says it is not like Cleopatra, eating grapes. Instead she is sweating and trying to hold on for dear life. They splash through mud. Amanda loses her mud in the shoe. Dina has to pick it up! She’s psyched. Blue team is starting to lose steam. Second mud pit, o boy. Blue team wins. Liz is happy but is still out for Tracey’s blood.

Holy crap. Rebecca gives her video to Dina. But Dina can’t take it because she has to get on the platform step on her own. She has to do it for herself. Blue team watches their videos. Of course, they cry. Tracey’s husband says he sleeps on the couch because he doesn’t want to be in the bed without her. He says, “Pain is temporary, pride is forever.” Is he going to be proud of her evil backstabbing ways?

Liz goes in to see Danny. She wants Danny to watch her video with her. But it’s HIS VIDEO! She switched her video for him. She is such a freaking peach. His whole family is losing weight: his wife and parents. I’m crying over Liz. He feels like a new man who can run a marathon. (watch what you say dude, they’ll make you do it)

Last chance workout. Jillian wants to build her team to work together. They’re pushing each other on these rolling platforms. Boy do I wish I was on that black team. Partner carries. Daniel’s all “yes ma’am!” Bob doesn’t like the team thing. He takes them to 24 hour fitness.  They do step class with weights, lunges. I want  to take that class too! Jillian is doing trust falls. Big fun!

Time for Dina to face the platform again. The whole team is on her. Jillian is wincing. What is the deal here? Jillian says everyone has their One Thing they can’t conquer. She says, “I have mine.” I am DYING to know. What is Jillian’s one thing that she can’t do? Very curious. I have a lot more than one. Jumping rope. Riding a bike in traffic, or on hills. Anything involving a ball.

Weigh In: Tracey loses 7. Nobody claps. Coach Mo loses 6. Allen loses 7. Rudy loses 8. Rebecca loses 7. Liz: 8. Go girl! Black team goes up. Abby loses 5, which is not shabby, but she is not happy. Dina loses 6. Amanda loses 6. Danny loses 10 and is off all his meds! Daniel loses 11! Go guy. He’s awesome. Shay is the last one up. She needs 8 pounds. She loses… SIXTEEN! Holy crapola!

Blue team has to choose one member of the Blue Team. NO BRAINER. Coach Mo is ready to sacrifice though. I can’t believe Liz voted for Mo!!!!! So did Rudy. And Tracey. And Rebecca. I can’t believe it!!! No way could I do it.

DAMN. Coach Mo goes home. I can’t believe it. He’s doing great. But you know? I do not agree with that vote. At. All.

Biggest Loser, Remote Liveblogging!

I rush in from the airport! Get to my friend’s house in  NJ and  plopped myself down on the coach. I’m 23 minutes in so I missed the first prat. I get to the challenge where the teams are evaluating various platters of food. I am a little distracted because I managed to lose my wallet somewhere enroute from the other coast. Damn.

Commercials! I have  second to catch my breath.  I am glad that I have an understanding friend for a host, who doesn’t mind me doing this the second I arrive at her house!

The free groceries go to… orange pink and brown have a three way tie. ONE QUESTION. How many calories were in dinner A?  Pink team wins! The folks all order out and are shocked to receive unasked-for cheese on their salad, bagel chips on the side. The lesson is, don’t always trust that restaurants have your health in mind. Ohh… chains on the fridge. They only get to order food out. Jillian and Bob hear about it and they’re intrigued. They offer to take the team out for dinner! Everyone is excited.

They cruise into a Mexican restaurant (empty of other guests). Chips come to the table. Jillian says, “What are you going to do?” Everyone’s eyes get big. “Control your environment!” They send the chips back. Go team! Jillian; Do you want to be healthy/skinny or do you want… Jillian does not like Rebecca’s answer. She flips out. Jillian says, “You’re warm. But you need to BE SPECIFIC.”

Unless there is a purpose behind it, you’re not going to be able to do it, says Jillian. Bob says, “We know how good it feels on the other side.” Jillian likes the papaya-chicken-avocado salad. She says, Do NOT leave the house without your calorie counter! Bob says, avoid anything that is sauteed or pan fried.

(I laugh about this because my dinner at Serendipity tonight would NOT meet with B & J’s approval: had a brie-and-turkey sandwich and split a Frozen Hot Chocolate with my buddy. This has been a tradition of ours since high school days. That’s vacation for ya!)

Challenge time: tonight, it’s for immunity.  They have to hang onto a slanted platform which gets progressively steeper. First one down: Liz in the water. Then Danny. Brown team is gone. Next: Amanda, pink team. Dina down. Shay is holding on! Heaviest girl!  More splashdowns.  It’s down to Daniel vs Allen. CUT TO COMMERCIAL. AGH!

We’re back. Oooh I can feel their forearm pain. Trembles. Allen lets go and DANIEL WON! Woooo!! It’s gym time. The coaches are yelling themselves hoarse to beat the crappy food out of them.

(OMG my friend just tells me she has a FULL GYM downstairs!! I am so excited!!!!!!!!! I did not know this! I can work off my frozen hot chocolate!) Coach Mo is really killing it so that he can make up for injured Tracey. Uh oh. His body gives out. His back. It’s shot. He said, “I’m done man.” Ow. Bob says, “He’s had twenty years of pain.” Bob wants him to get back on the bike and get his head on straight. But what if he just ruptured a spinal disc? Hmmm… I dunno about this.

It’s weigh-in time. What will happen after a week of eating restaurant food? Orange team: Daniel has lost 0, Shay has lost 5. I call: WATERLOADING. Bob calls it too. Green team: ten pounds total. Not shabby. Abby: “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” Go Abby. 1.97%. Now it’s blue team. 16 total, including 11 for Rudy. Brown team loses 11 total, 1.74%. Purple team needs to lose more than ten. I have the feeling a lot of fingers are crossed right now. They pull out a 12! Okay, Julio’s up. He needs to beat 7 lbs. But no, it’s four. Damn. He’s in danger. Pink team weighs in. They need more than 8 to stay safe. Their loss: 9! Just made it!

They have to vote, Julio vs. the Brown Team. Hmmm…  It’s appeal time. Liz is crying.  They all love each other. They’re all close. Julio can’t think of a worse situation. It’s a heartbreaker either way. The others are going to have to decide. Voiceover says: “See how the eliminated player does at home.” PlaYER:: Does that mean it’s Julio?

Voting time.  Orange team votes Julio. Blue team votes for Liz and Danny. Green team votes for Julio. They did it based on the “logic” of two people staying and having a chance rather than one. Purple team’s turn. They were split. Purple team voted for Julio. Coach Mo looks sick to his stomach as Tracy reveals the platter. Julio’s going.

“Sometimes you need a jump start.” Julio’s “after” clip is fabulous. He looks great! I am happy for him.

Measuring Up, Writing Down

images-1I took my measurements today, for the Biggest Loser challenge.  I still have a bit to lose at my waist, which is 32″ at the smallest level. According to J. Crew size charts, this puts me at size 14-ish for most clothes, and I’m off the chart for Petites, which I am height wise. I’m definitely still an apple. But it doesn’t make sense, because a size 14 would be pretty swimmy on me right now. How can anyone really order stuff online?

Bust: 38″  Waist: 32″  Hips: 38″  Arm: 9″ Thigh: 18″

I’m not sure about my BL goal, but let me just say I would be OVERJOYED if I could get my waist under 30″. Anything, even 29.999″ would be fantastic. This is truly where my body fat all concentrates, and I still have big handfuls of it. And the part where it’s the most dangerous for one’s health. According to WebMD,

Are You an Apple or a Pear?

So how do you tell if you have more belly fat than is healthy?

  • To measure your waist circumference, place a tape measure around your waist at the smallest point, which is usually just above the navel. A waist size of 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women is generally considered to indicate increased health risk.
  • Waist-to-hip ratio is calculated by measuring your waist at the smallest point and your hips at the widest point — usually at the widest part of the buttocks — and dividing the waist measurement by the hip measurement. A waist-to-hip ratio of greater than 0.9 for men and 0.8 for women is generally considered high risk.

My waist-to-hip ratio is o.84 – high risk! So my goal for the BL challenge is to get my ratio down UNDER .8.

I like this goal. It’s a reasonable one for me, and something I hope I can do in 12 weeks or so, and it’s medically the next thing I need to do for my health. When I began this in January I think my waist circumference was around 37″. So I’ve definitely come a long way, but I’d like to go that last bit more.

In other measuring news, I’ve been counting my WW points yesterday and today. It’s illuminating! Let me say that for SURE I have been eating wayyy over my points since reaching Lifetime, and I am just lucky that whatever activity I’ve been doing has allowed me to maintain at that level. Once I started writing things down, it became obvious to me that if I were doing WW again actively now (ie in LOSS Mode rather than Maintain Mode) I’d be needing to eat a lot less food. Which makes sense.

And it has showed me how I’ve gotten kind of complacent and kind of “I can get away with that!” And how some habits have crept in. I’ve gotten into the habit of eating a WW or Skinny Cow frozen bar after dinner most nights.  Or some sugar free tapioca pudding – some small dessert that is in the 90-100 calorie range. But last night, as my husband was “taking orders” from the freezer after dinner (we all have our favorites) I thought, do I really need this? Do I want it? I was already plenty full from dinner. But I like to have something sweet after dinner. A frozen bar is only one point. But I said no, and instead I had a sugarfree caramel/butterscotch hard candy thing. Which has like 5 calories. I felt fine, and satisfied my little sweet craving, and I didn’t have that 100 extra calories (which over a week = 700)

So it was good to remember this, something I was a lot more conscious of last spring, but which has slipped. I know that pretty soon I am going to have to be telling people, “You bite it, you write it!” and it really IS good practice to be doing it again myself. They say that people who write down their food lose like 50% more than people who don’t write it down, and I can see why. It does make a difference. I am about to put something in my mouth, and I think, “Do I realllllly want to write this down?” and I think twice.

Workout With Boot, etc etc etc!

IMG_0650I went to my trainer this morning and told me, in a post-BL fervor, to kick my butt. He laughed. I showed him my boot and he was like, that’s no problem. So we did a workout that was very heavy on the arms (watch out Michelle Obama!) and other on-the-floor stuff. I did do some medicine ball twisting and pivoting from standing position, as well as some 3-lb barbell things that seemed to go on forever. Then, for a cardio portion, he had me lying on my back doing these bicycle moves. With the heavy boot on this was hard. But I felt like I was doing SOMEthing, you know? I wasn’t sweating as copiously as I do when I do a 5k run, but it was certainly way better than nothing.

This afternoon, my ankle was hurting more than yesterday. It worried me a little bit, so I took the boot off and iced it a while. That helped. Maybe when I go back on Friday I will do no standing whatsoever.

Today I got a bunch of training materials, including an online class I have to take, in preparation for my WW leader training in a few weeks. It’s a LOT of detail but I am excited to learn it. I also need to start following The Momentum Plan exactly (this is also a requirement) in the weeks leading up to the training.  This is also a good thing, because I have been sort of winging it in my maintenance and I think I’m going to have to be more focused now that I’m using a lot fewer activity points. (ie burning fewer calories)

It is the perfect time for me to take up a new challenge, and what better than the Biggest Loser challenge? (see button on right) I decided to go ahead and join this. Here are the elements of the challenge:

1. Decide to do it!!! Follow the blog so we know who we should be supporting with comments and encouragement. (CHECK!)
2. Set some goals- make sure you set a least one non- scale related goal!
  • Lose 10 lbs (I am hoping I can do this in 15 weeks or however long the season is, it’s less than 1 lb/week)
  • Lose some inches (I will measure myself tomorrow) – I have no idea what is a reasonable amount. 10″ overall??
  • Be able to run another 5k IF my ankle allows (please please cross fingers for this)
  • Umm…. I have to think of some other ones.
3. Make a conscious effort to exercise every Tuesday!!! Double points if you workout during the show! (I will work out before the show, but not during – I’m too busy liveblogging!)
4. Weigh-in once a week. Whenever you choose. Tuesday (the day of Biggest Loser) are great!! (OKAY)
5. Take a picture of yourself and your measurements, post it on your blog if you want. (WILL DO. You can see the pic above, I know it isn’t very clear.)
6. Make sure to give your fellow challengers plenty of encouragement every day! (I can do that!)
7. At the end of the season take a final photo of yourself! (for our final reveal) OK
8. The “winner” will be the person who loses the highest percentage of body weight. (I know for sure I am not going to win this but I still think it will be good for me to participate. I am excited in fact)
I know I sorta pooped out on my last couple of challenges but I think this time of being, er, “differently-abled,” is a good time to really focus on the food things, to keep active and just stay in the game.

Biggest Loser: Season 8, Ep 3 LIVE BLOG

Surprise from Alison! “In life, success comes down to your choices.” Decision 1 that could change the entire competition.

Would you rather: have your trainers, or an advantage of this week’s weigh-in? Hmm. They will still have access to the gym, but they won’t be trained by the trainers. Two pounds, or the coaches?

Well I can tell you, for me it’s no contest. I’d take the trainers no question. Everyone’s looking at each other. Pink girls say, they need the advantage because they’re smallest.  Tracey crosses the line. Coach Mo is like, NO. They’re all looking at her. Sean: “What are you doing you crazy woman?” Coach Mo is totally bummed. They are the only ones who took the two pounds. (and Mo didn’t even want to) OK, good luck!

Tracey is crazy. “I’m here to be the Biggest Loser, I’m not here for giggles!” Believe me, I’m not giggling.

DRUMS OF DOOM. The trainers interrogate everyone about who took the 2 lb advantage instead. They all deny it. Jillian finds out it’s Tracey: “Not the brightest bulb.” HAH! So true. They want to get inside Tracey’s head. She starts crying immediately. “I was scared. I just got here and I don’t want to leave.” What will happen with Coach Mo? I feel so bad for him. Coach Mo is looking sideways at the whole thing, feeling totally mad and screwed.

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!! Dr. H comes on to talk to Abby who has shin splints. My husband (WHO HAS NEVER SEEN BIGGEST LOSER) says “I know him! We trained together!!” THEY WERE FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!

(excuse me while I lie down and fan myself) Is that nuts?!?

OK, I just missed Abby’s sob story. And everything about the shin splints. What did he say? Husband: “Hey, he’s looking good!” I can’t get over this craziness. Commercial break. “Yeah, he’s a nice guy. He’s a serious doctor!” No kidding? Really? Wow.

OK. Back to the show. I’ve recovered. Bob tells us (in secret) that he is not feeling hopeful about her injury. He says that working out with injured people is something he can do. He tells her to get in the pool.

Back to Alison, who is looking spiffy in black leather. TEMPTATION TIME. She asks, Would you rather: … or control this game? Ah. One person from each team will weigh in. The winner of the temptation gets to choose. The winner will control the entire weigh-in. They line up in front of silver trays. They lift the silver domes. It’s not catfish (as Liz wants) – it’s a cupcake. They’re like, Come ON.

To win the temptation, they have to eat more cupcakes than anyone else. Oh jeez. They have ten minutes. Some of them smell it. Lick it. Alison comes through with a big tray with more cupcakes. Ohh, there’s a black curtain. They can’t see each other. Liz hopes that Danny is not eating a cupcake. He is. Sean is shaking his head. “I want to take a cupcake and rub it all over my body.”

You all know the marshmallow experiment? This is a BL version of that. Exactly.

Alison yells out, “Someone is eating a cupcake.” People’s eyes start popping out. Tracey loses it. She’s stuffing cupcakes in as fast as she can. So is Antoine. Sean is dumfounded. “You better won.” The winner was: Tracey. FOUR cupcakes.

Husband: “Tracey has impulse control issues.” Hee. He’s a funny little sidecake sidekick. Tracey now feels sick and hates herself. AND she now has the power in the weigh-in. Coach Mo whispers, “What were you thinking?” They all now know she is certifiably insane.

Next morning: Bob says, “I hope nobody did anything stupid.” B and J say, “Who cares about this game? WHO in the world would’ve done this?” Tracey raises her hand. Jilian is about to put her first through her forehead.  She’s punching her first. Jillian hisses, “I HATE WASTING MY TIME TRACEY, it PISSES ME OFF.” She’s about to throttle Tracey with her bare hands.  Jillian is going ballistic. I love her so much. “You ignored what I told you and you threw it away.” Jillian: “She is Bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.”

(Daughter: “I like how when she’s mad she starts quoting songs.”)

They go to the gym. I am crying for Mo. Bob” Game players get fat again. Sorry, that’s what happens.”   You said it, dude. Sean is worried about Tracey’s power in the weigh in. Instead they all kick ass in the gym.

Coach Mo is watching what everyone is doing. He is taking instruction by watching what other people are doing. Jillian offers Danny a choice between sledgehammer and kettlebells. He chooses sledgehammer. He says it burns his muscles to the core. He’s been through the sausage grinder. I believe him. Now he’s upending some massive tire that looks like it belonged to Paul Bunyan. Jillian laughs diabolically, “Would you rather have chosen kettlebells?”

CHALLENGE TIME: Alison looks cute in a straw hat. “Today’s winner will get something that is better than … anything. The winner gets immunity.” OK this is where Tara would have smoked it last season. Not so sure who is really the strongest/fittest at this point. Daniel? Hard to say. They need to get 500 lbs. They can carry 10 lb weights or 25 lbs weights a shorter distance. Julio, Mo and Allen only need to carry 250 since they are individuals.

They start. Green team seems to be doing good. Pink team rocking.  Pink team is looking like Tara. “I’m used to eating pizza, not climbing hills!” says pink girl. HA. Yup. Green team Allen (the firefighter) has a real advantage here. Yeah, he’s been pulling hoses and things. GO ALLEN. I like his bad firefighter self. HE WINS IMMUNITY. Yahooooo!

The people who didn’t win keep going. They’re full of fire. Go Shay. Go Daniel and Sean. You guys rock.

Last chance workout: Bob and Jillian are totally focusing on the girls because they think Tracey will be sending them home. Liz is afraid. Pink Amanda says, “Tracey told me she’d never write my name down.” Tracey says, “I haven’t thought of a strategy yet. But there will be one.” Shay: “Every day is a last chance for me.” She’s on what she calls Jacob’s Ladder from Hell. She started out not being able to do 20 seconds, and now she’s up to six minutes. That rocks.  Sean says, “I don’t think a puma could do this much.”

Note to self: Never tell your trainer, “I’m tired.” Jillian says “I’m the bad parent. So be it.” She’s all in Dina’s face. (is that her name?) “You can choose to do it, or you can choose to quit.” I love the chorus of doom.  GO DINA. She runs like hell. Jillian: “There you go. Really solid.” What I would not give to hear those words from JM!

Bob is all over Amanda and she’s like I can’t! I can’t! She does it. He counts down. Then, “Don’t ever say you can’t do anything. Pisses me off.” He stomps off and she slumps and sweats on her treadmill.

OMG! Ray LaMontagne singing on a dog commercial! Trouble! hee! (O MAN I love this song) It’s an adorable commercial. Oh it’s for Travelers Insurance. Now Cat Stevens! Singing “If you want to be you be you” for My Touch phone. LOVE the music. OOH Now it’s the Jim and Pam from The Office commercial! Best set of commercials all night.

Back to the show: Daniel goes to Tracey to ask for mercy in the weigh in. Tracey: “The pressure to think about this is driving me crazy.” Too late for that, girl. You are already crazy. The pink girls go and meet with her. They want Rebecca to go on the scale.

Coach Mo is trying to stand up for Tracey – he is a real gentleman – and Jillian is saying that T is full of shit and that Mo needs to look out for himself because she is sure not going to do it for him. Everyone’s shocked.

Weigh in: Green team loses 9 lbs total. Which is great at this point, esp since Abby was injured. Julio: loses 7. Not too shabby (1.87 %). After this, Tracey rules on whose weight counts. I am not quite sure how this will go. She chooses Liz over Danny. Brown team: they each lose 4. (1.62%) Blue team goes up, Rudy and Dina. Tracey picks Rudy. He needs to lose more than 7. He loses…..TWELVE. Whoa. Tracey looks perplexed. Rudy has lost 54 lbs in 3 weeks? 3 percent.  Pink team next. They expect her to pick Rebecca. She makes a psycho smile. Cut to commercial.

Oh man I LOVE THIS commercial. Morgan Freeman, sea turtles and the Moody Blues?! What could be bettter?

Back to the show. Tracey picked: Amanda. Pink team is pretty much ready to kill her. She needs to lose more than 4 lbs. She loses: FIVE. Good going girl. 2.08%. It’s red team’s turn. Tracey chooses Sean. His eyes bug out. He needs to lose more than 7. He puts up a prayer. He’s lost six lbs, while Antoine lose 11. Sean is crushed. I feel so sad for him. Orange team is up. Tracey picks Shay, which goes totally against what she talked to Daniel about. She is betraying people right and left. If this was a prison, Tracey would be sliced up with a razor blade in her sleep. Shay does not lose the amount she needed. She’s devastated. Daniel gives her a beautiful pep talk.  Jillian says this is one of the nastiest things she’s ever seen on the show. “This is gross.”

Shay is below the yellow line. Now Tracey chooses herself. She needs to lose more than two pounds.  Everyone is praying she doesn’t make it. She loses…

Commercial. Agh. But at least it includes an awesome Mike Morelli Jennie-O commercial. Go, Mike and Ron. For anyone who thinks BL “exploits” people, ask these two guys. Do they feel exploited, or do they feel like they’re now going to live instead of  die?

Back to Tracey. She needs more than 2 lbs. She lost… ELEVEN POUND. WTF? And Coach Mo lost 1?

Nobody is happy for her. Dead silence. Peoples’ mouths are hanging open. “It’s hard to notice there’s no applause,” says Alison. They’re staring daggers at her. Coach Mo says, “isn’t that a good thing?” She’s lost more than 5%. Nobody looks at her.

The red and orange teams are below the yellow line: Shay and Sean. Jesus.

Shay is sobbing about hating herself. Sean looks utterly miserable. Antoine and Sean are awesome beyond belief. They are going to sacrifice themselves for her. I am ready to bust out bawling.  Sean says, “Tracey, you did some crazy stuff this week but I still love you.” He points at Shay. “You can’t go home. YOU have to stay here.”

So it’s obvious what’s going to happen. And all I can say is, Tracey better pray for mercy. I would never want to be in her shoes. Here comes the voting. Everyone is, predictably, voting for Antoine and Sean, while sobbing while expressing their utter love and admiration. Tracey is bug-eyed and whackadoodle. She’s trying to justify herself but it’s ridiculous. Antoine is a freaking hero. He’s so awesome. Sean is also a great dude. I will be so sorry to lose his fantastic one-liners. All I can say is, Shay better not turn nasty. She has a little streak of gossipiness I did not like last week. She better live up to this gift.

Where are they now? Sean is down to 324. He’s lost 120 lbs. Go kid!! He’s got his little kids. He looks a lot better. He’s speaking to groups of youth. I love him. He says he can now run without losing his breath. Really guy? That’s impressive. KEEP IT UP.

Antoine  — has lost 105 and now weighs 262. He looks HOT. He is super buff! He is taking kickboxing! He looks fantastic!!!!!!!!!! Now he’s bringing flowers to Alexandra from week 1. I have to say they’re kinda adorable. They’re jogging together! They’re spooning fruit into each others’ mouths. They’re kayaking together. Awwwww!!

Next week: Tracey gets some kind of injury. The screen says: KARMA? (Dr. H., my hubby’s buddy, breaks the news that she can’t exercise.) She says, I’m not finished!!!! Let’s hope  you are, Miz Crazy.

Gone Fishin’

No, not really fishing. Mostly, teaching. But yes, I’ve been kind of scarce around here. I hope you won’t all forget about me! I’m doing well, just super super busy with my classes.  And other stuff.

  • Mr. McBody and I celebrate being married 21 years ago today! Woo!! Sometimes this just boggles my mind. Where did all that time go? I am thankful that it has been a good, sweet journey, not without its bumps, but we’ve ridden them all so far. I am grateful for his support and his always advocating for my health even when I didn’t advocate for it myself, in fact I was trying to toss it out the window with both hands.  I think we’ll probably go out to a nice dinner, and I will practice my appetizers + wine + 3 bites of dessert method of maintenance. I’ll let you know how that goes.  We also got tickets to a play that has gotten rave reviews and is allegedly romantic. We shall see!
  • I have been WANTING to write a post about the recent brouhaha about Michael Pollan and people accusing him of Fat Hatred. Unfortunately, this is not something I can just zip off in three minutes. I feel like in order to be coherent and really make any sense, I need to do a LOT of reading and then take a lot of time to formulate my thoughts. Of which I have many. If you’d like to read ahead, and get started on this conversation without me, just Google “Michael Pollan fat hatred.” You’ll be busy for a while.
  • I’m going to 4-day intensive WW Leader training starting October 15th! Without giving away any Big Secrets, I’d love to blog that experience.
  • I have a winner in the MizFit “unapologetically myself” T-shirt giveaway! It’s LND, who wrote:

Excuse: I cant work out because that work out scares the shileighleighs out of me.

Response: (Don’t look up the workout before going to the gym…CrossFit changes it daily)

Actually, the response is something along the lines of: If you don’t go you are just cheating yourself. Scale the workout if you have to, but results only happen if you do the work necessary to get there.

I just love that word, “shileighleighs.” OK LND, I’ve emailed you. Hit me up with your mailing address and you will have your MizFit shirt in no time!

I will really try and stop in but it will probably be kind of boring. “I ran.” “I went to Nia.” “I maintained my weight.” 🙂

Seriously though.  This blog has been my lifeline for MONTHS so I do not want to stay away too long. I know once I stop blogging, I might be tempted to get slacky in other ways. Don’t let me do that. Write me and let me know if there’s anything you want me to write about. I respond well to homework.

AND I’ll be here Tuesday night for Biggest Loser liveblogging, without fail.

Liveblogging: Biggest Loser, Season 8, episode 2

The cable on our television is not working right. I’m running around the house with my computer, trying to find one that works. Only one does, the one that my mom is using to watch baseball. I ask her if I can change channels and she nicely obliges. Darn. I missed the first 11 minutes. Bob is telling Danny not to cry. He’s collapsing in a heap in the gym. I think I missed something: the first challenge?

Now commercials. Retinol. Neutrogena tone correcting. Do I need that? I have age spots. Damn advertising? “Plug into your surrogate.” You could not pay me enough to see this movie with Bruce Willis.

OK, we’re back. Dina and Rudy are pouting because they have not lost 10 lbs.  Bob tells them to stop tripping. CHILL OUT. She juts her lip out. Not sure she can do that. Rudy says, “The stress is killing you.” Yup. Rudy gives her a big pep talk.

This ‘150 lb thing’ – week 2. I have no idea what they are talking about. Jillian meets them in the kitchen. Uh oh. I sense a Product Placement about to happen. Yup. Ziploc Easy Zipper! You can WRITE on them! Woooooo! Make twelve servings and you can stand them up in your refrigerator! Open up the pocket at the bottom and they STAND UP. I’m getting goofy here. The contestants are blown away by this technology.

At the hospital: Coach Mo goes to visit Tracey, who keeled over last week. WTF is up with her anyway? Let’s find out. Coach Mo is lonely and nervous. I’m worried, too.  Flashback of her passing out, her eyes rolled back.  He’s worried she may not remember him. But she squeeeeals when he enters and he tells her their purple team has survived. She’s overjoyed. He is such a nice guy. He wants to relieve her pressure. She is LUCKY to have him as a partner. Still no explanation of what happened to her medically.

“This challenge is so huge.” I wish I knew what they were talking about. Does it have to do with burning calories? They’re all at the gym at night. Shay is frustrated. EVERYone is working except Julio, who just went to the bathroom. It’s getting late. 10:39pm and they’re still working the cardio machines. Julio returns. They mumble at him. They don’t believe his “burn.” (# of calories) OH. Now I am guessing that if EVERYONE burns enough for.. 150 lb loss? then they all get to stay another week without eliminations.

Tracy returns to the ranch!! She gets a nice welcome. “I’m weak but I’m here.” She cries. “It was a big deal. It was huge.” But … what was IT?!? She puts on her purple shirt. She meets up with Bob. He tells her she needs protein after working out. In fact, BL protein powder. Yum! It’s really good! Mikey! He likes it!

Shot of empty pool that we never see anyone using.

Shot of big kitchen full of food. Allison brings on chef… CUT TO COMMERCIAL. I predict it will be Rocco, judging by the shrieks.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE commercial! October 16, squeeeeeeee! I am so excited. I (heart) Maurice Sendak so much.

No, it’s not Rocco. It’s Curtis Stone. I’m shrieking too. He’s a cutie pie. He talks about portion size and challenges them to cut 3 oz of chicken. Pink girl does pretty good! He discusses baking, poaching, steaming, grilling and broiling. He debunks the health of salads that have cheese and buttery croutons. He discusses subbing veggies for pasta, ie zucchini for spaghetti.

Sean says “I swim in soda. My waterbed is filled with it, I love it so much.” Whoa. He says he drinks 2 liters a day. Curtis shows him a bowl of sugar that is contained in the soda. Sean swears he’s off it now. Everyone is staring at him with very very glum faces. They’re overwhelmed. They’re freaking out inside. Ali comes in to give them their first quiz, to see if they retain anything Curtis said. Sean: “OH CRAP.”

Commercial: the guitar filled with milk. Hee hee. Love it. Car commercial. I HATE car commercials.

Quiz time: They need to answer 5/8 questions for a 15 lb advantage at the weigh in. They’re psyched. Let’s see these questions. OOH they have to eyeball a correct plate of portion size. Tricky. Purple team gets it! Now, name 3 weighs to cook without oil. GANG, look at my blog, I wrote it down! They get it. Guess the calories in the Caesar salad? 1010. WOW. Crap. That sucks. I know that these things are deceptive, but jeez. It’s a nailbiter, but they do answer 5 questions. The red guys say that an ice cream parfait has less calories than fruit with chocolate. Um, no.

Commercial: Pound for Pound challenge which is similar to Lose For Good. Good plan. Yoplait foil pink lids for breast cancer. Another good cause. Everyone licks their lids. But please people, WASH them before you send them in the mail! Ugh!!

Back to show. I have to say, this first hour was kind of ho hum. Now, it’s group challenge time. I like these cooperative instead of competitive challenges. Everyone needs to go across a balance beam onto a raft in the water. If someone falls in, it’s over for everyone. Each balance beam is smaller than the next. However, there is a prize for each stage. First raft: 5 lbs. third raft: phone calls. (here come the tears) Fourth raft: 20 lb advantage to their total goal. Can they do it? I have to say, I am dubious.

Tracy is freaking out. She’s shaking on the first beam. The beam is shaking like a freaking earthquake. They all make it to the first platform. WHEW. This is really big for them! The second beam is narrower. Here they go. Oh man. Abby is wibble-wobbling. They’re all talking at her. And then a scream: ABBY! and… commercial. Agh.

Commercials: Fame the movie opens on Friday. Can it EVER beat the original Fame? I think not. But I’ll probably watch it just to see.

Back to the beam. OH Abby made it. Everyone is over except pink girl. They did it! Awesome. I know this is not easy. The next platform is for the phone calls home. It is super narrow. Sean is talking about his pregnant wife and trying to get over. THEY MADE IT. I have to say, I’m tearing up at this point. Can they make the last one? They’re pretty stoked. But the beam is only six inches wide and these are big folks. YEAH!!! They made it all the way. They rocked.

I love this kind of challenge because they DID work together as a team. I wish they could all be like this.

Empty pool shot, Danny’s strumming his guitar in a folky soulful way, as we see everyone’s phone calls home. Wahh! Aww. Julio talks to his Mami. Hijo, como estas? Oh how sweet. Te queremos mucho. Awwww. Everyone’s crying. Me too. Oh man. Danny talks about his daughter saying “I want to have a big belly like you daddy” and started gaining weight. Sean finds out his wife is having a daughter. Pass the Kleenex! Tracy tells her mom she climbed a mountain, and two butterflies were following her. LORD HAVE MERCY. At this point I am beyond tears.

Jillian and Bob are strategizing how to get the team to lose 115 lbs. They decide to gang up on Julio big time. Bring in the big drums. Tunnel vision, Bob and Julio. Jillian yells at everyone else. Julio seems to be doing exactly what Bob asks. GO. Julio says he does not want to be below the yellow line again. I realllllllllly hope that everyone gets to stay with no eliminations. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Bob says “Little Jillian weighs 115 lbs.” Hm! Rudy pulls Jillian AND Bob across the floor on their butts. They’re laughing their heads off. It’s nice to see them laugh in that gym for a change. I have to say, everyone is stepping it up. Nobody’s wimping. They all look good. Go team.

Jillian says that exercise is like truth serum. They’re doing therapy during the kick ass workouts. Shay says, while doing pushups, she has to let go of her mom. Bob says, “Tell me you deserve to be happy.” She’s totally broken down sobbing. I’ve done this during workouts before, no lie. Sometimes I’ve bawled and snotted all over a workout mat. I recognize this. Bob eyeballs her: “This is your life, and what are you gonna do with it? I am gonna make sure you Find. Your. Happiness.” He says she is the biggest candidate for BL and deserves to be happy. He hugs her sweaty self.

Weigh in. Jillian says Week 2 is historically hard. Julio is feeling bad bc Alexandra left last week and it caused a rift in the house.

Please please, let them all stay. Can’t they all stay and just base the grand prize on the weight loss? I’m such a marshmallow.

OK, pink team goes first. These girls are at the biggest disadvantage because they’re the smallest ones on the show. They lose a total of 10 between them. Eyes of horror. Everyone’s appalled. I’m not surprised and not appalled, because I didn’t expect these two to lose more than that. Hopefully the 400 lbers will be able to make up for it. Purple team loses 19 lbs. Coach Mo is showing some muscled pecs! Woo! Here come the big boys of the Red team. Sean and Antoine, you can pull good numbers. Another 19 lbs. The big boys boogie. They look pretty cute. Green team up: Abby and Allen. 21 lbs. Wowee people. “It works. Watching your diet, counting your calories, MOVING.”

That’s what I do love about BL. That it’s about the basics: diet and exercise. It’s not about pills (Jillian pitch notwithstanding) or surgery, the easy way out.  Black team loses 22 lbs. Go Liz and Danny! Blue team loses 22 lbs. Woo hoo! Dina and Rudy are happy. Julio gets up and needs to lose more then 3. Shay is wishing him a bad number. I don’t like that. Everyone has a bad face on… uh oh. COMMERCIAL. Ack.

Ah thank god. 19 lbs. Shay is shaking her head like, I guess I was wrong. I guess so! GOOD GOING FOLKS. Nobody’s going home! Thank goodness.

Daniel is down to 293 lbs. He’s looking adorable. He feels great. He says he’s never going back and I believe him. He’s going to be this season’s Mikey!

Next week: Looks like they decide to try a Week Without Trainers. B & J not pleased. She says one word: “Bananas.” Which are my all time least favorite food. Hmm.

A Little Speedblogging

rice beansI haven’t been around here much but I wanted to do some catch-up blogging before tonight’s Biggest Loser. Why haven’t I been around? Because I’ve been teaching like CRAZY – a blog class (!) and then two writing classes, all of which are fantastic but which are taking up huge gobs of time.

But all is well. I’m exercising, going to Nia, running, weight lifting. I’ve gone to a lot of doctor appointments. Cardiologist and endocrinologist are both very very happy – my cholesterol is GREAT now that I am taking a bit of statin. Which I resisted mightily but has actually been fine. I am happy with that.  My A1C (for those who know and care about such things) is 5.9 which made me happy even with all the prednisone I took in July.

Also been to OBGYN because even though I am 50 and allegedly menopausal, I have had the world’s most relentless periods. First every 3 weeks (too short) then every two weeks (huh?) then every week and now I have about 48 hours break before it all starts up again. It’s not good. Trying to get to the bottom of it. So, I feel like I’ve been getting my blood drawn every five minutes and it’s all good except for that one thing. Argh.

I wanted to do a big blog post about WW’s “Lose for Good” campaign which involves donating food to food banks etc. which corresponds with our weight loss. I went out and bought 31 lbs of rice and beans. I was going to ceremoniously wear it on my body to one of the WW Meetings, and then peel it off but after putting on about 12 lbs it was SO SO damn uncomfortable I couldn’t bear it. I actually couldn’t believe that I could barely haul that stuff around in a grocery bag. I piled it on the table. Can you see? It’s BIG. But not only did it show me the big pile of 31 lbs, but when I picked up the little one or two lb bags, those were not insignificant either. And it showed me, than when I am “up” 3-4 lbs, I can feel that bulk’s extra on me.

I’ve been continuing my birthday revelry, over one month past birthday. Today a friend took me to breakfast at this favorite spot. They have this mega decadent soft polenta with melted cheese. Which is like my favorite thing ever. Normally I would snarf down this big bowl and feel ILL but today I had three beautiful large spoonfuls and that was like heaven. Just enough. SO so good.

Dinner’s about to burn without me so I’m going to stop here but this is what I’ve been up to. Next, BL, in one hour!

Biggest Loser, Liveblogging

The opening montage and I am already tearing up.  A woman is sobbing: “I’m so ashamed.” Jillian says (yells?) “There is NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED ABOUT.” Some people might call this abuse, but this is why I love Jillian.  She’s not dissing the woman, she’s saying, let go of that shame or you are never going to change. Which I believe.

The peeps jump off the bus. They’re at the beach. They’re going to have their first challenge: to run? one mile of the final marathon that the last season’s final four completed. It’s a race. Whoever wins, gets immunity.

(commercial break: OH MAN look at that crazy junk food. Chili’s fried ugh. I will take this opportunity to say that many of my Tweetie friends expressed their disgust and disdain for BL tonight. Lots of us were excited for it to begin, others were like, TBL is evil. I totally get that many things that happen on the show are not “realistic” or “right.” But I feel very sentimental about this show. When the last season began, I was at one of my worst points, health and weight wise.  I felt like I was joining those people “virtually” and they did inspire me.)

Commercial over: here comes a car. Surprise! It’s…..Daniel from Season 7! My guy!  I love this dude. He’s lost 140 lbs and he’s back for more. GO DAN.  So now they’re racing the mile. Blue woman (Tracy) is wayyyyyy in the lead. But then at the top of the hill, Daniel catches up and passes her. Walking. Everyone else? Struggle. Big struggle. Of course it is.

DANIEL WINS. He HAS come a heck of a long way. Uh oh. Blue woman is in trouble. She can’t get up. Paramedics. Oxygen. Helicopter. AGH.

Everyone’s telling their stories. It’s very moving. Wow these people have been through a lot. Heroin addict mom, homeless, foster care. Woman whose family died in a car crash. Everyone’s sobbing. I’m crying. I’m noticing that this show seems to be have a lot more working class people. Who could not afford gym memberships, Whole Foods, counseling, trainers, maybe even WW memberships. This is huge for them.  (this is loong people, so continued after the break!) Continue reading “Biggest Loser, Liveblogging”

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