I was so excited to watch The Biggest Loser season finale last night. I had planned a small get together with friends at my apartment, and was psyched to be serving healthy snacks to boot: cut veggies, homemade hummus, and even some special cupcakes! I headed out of work around 5:30 and descended into the subway… but when I reached into my pocket for my wallet, it was not there. Thinking maybe I had put it in my bag instead of my coat pocket, I fished around (of course, it was the one day I had a big slouch bag instead of my usual boxy briefcase) but came up with nothing. I still didn’t panic – I knew I had it to go to work, and I thought I had even seen it on my desk, so the answer was obvious. I headed back up to the office, still totally unconcerned… until it wasn’t there. A thorough search (including the full communal break room trash can – ew!) yielded nothing, and I was reduced to tears as I realized my wallet was either lost or stolen. I logged back into my computer to cancel the party and my credit cards, and with the help of a generous manager, enough cash to get me home.
After stopping to check out an apartment for Boyfriend, and spending all my walking time on the phone with my bank and credit card company, I made it home with plenty of time before the Biggest Loser. I reconsidered calling off the party, but I didn’t have enough time to get things together. Plus, by then I just wanted to lie in bed and watch from that lazy position. No elliptical for this viewing!
I thought that Jerry and Estella looked about 20 years older than they did on the show… wow! Their bodies looked fantastic and I couldn’t believe how much weight they had lost, but I kind of thought they looked better with a few extra pounds. Unfortunately, it seemed like a lot of the contestants thought the same about themselves, because I was disappointed to find that many contestants were still overweight or obese. I know this was supposed to be the biggest season ever, but I thought the show lost a lot by showing people who went from morbidly obese to just obese, or obese to just overweight. Sure, some people got down to normal weights, but I want to see the dramatic transformations, dammit! I’ll settle for just plain overweight to healthy, thank you.
One of the contestants who did get down to an impressive body was Tara. She had been my pick since the beginning because of her determination and mind-over-matter approach to all the challenges (which is the same approach I use to get through marathons). HOwever, aAccording to an interview on Newsday,
“Before landing a spot on “Loser,” her diet was unbalanced and carbohydrate heavy. For breakfast she’d eat a bagel with cream cheese with a large French vanilla coffee. She’d have pretzels or trail mix for a snack, and then eat a wrap with grilled chicken or salami, plus fries on the side for lunch. For an afternoon snack she often ate cookies with a coffee. For dinner, she would order something quick near her office — a burger and fries or chicken Parmesan. She finished off almost every night with something sweet.”
That doesn’t sound right to me. She gained over 150 pounds in a year by eating that diet? When I was in consulting, I would eat one or two meals a day like that – and I only gained a few pounds. And Boyfriend eats exactly like that now! He works 12-14 hours a day (sitting on his butt in a cube) and does not go to the gym, and in fact, he keeps one of those giant barrels of pretzels at his desk to munch on all day. When I say all day, I mean he goes through an entire barrel every other day. Now, I freely admit that he has one of those annoying “I’m a guy and can eat anything I want” metabolisms… but unless something was really wrong with Tara’s metabolism, I can’t really believe that she got morbidly obese from a diet like that.
The big disappointment of the show for me was when they showed Blaine and Dane’s marathon, and sadly, there was no footage of my interview. You did get to see my (hot) butt running for a few seconds, but I would prefer for my ten seconds of fame to include my face rather than just my back. Oh well!
I heard from my old kindergarten teacher that she saw the actual interview with me though, which leads me to believe it’s in the extra not-on-television footage or something. I scoured the NBC website as best as I could but didn’t turn up anything – did anyone else see that? If so, please let me know how to find it!
Now, to prepare for the Brookings Marathon this weekend… and hopefully get a replacement driver’s license in time to rent a car in Sioux City.