14 January 2009

Biggest Loser

I do not watch a lot of television. There are only a few shows that I like anymore, and even some of the shows that I used to watch all the time are getting boring to me. There just seems to be better stuff to do than watch TV.

Biggest Loser is a show that I think is worth watching. I have never seen a full season, but I have seen episodes in the past. This year I have decided to watch the entire season and I am glad that I did. It is only the second week and I can tell the show is a hundred times better than all other "reality" shows.

Unlike other shows, that hunger for conflict, and select the cast members based on the level of drama and pretentious attitude that they have, this show actually strives to make a difference in people's lives.

I particularly enjoyed yesterday's episode, and the moment I like most was during the challenge. All of the contestants except one reached the finish line. A number of them, including the winner, went back down the trail that they had to run up and gave the last place finisher support. They would not let him quit and they showed him he was capable of finishing the challenge.

The accomplishments that these people are making are incredible and you can see the excitement when they finish things that they never thought they would be, or could be, doing.

Even though I am not extremely overweight, I connect with these people, and I root for them. I am accomplishing a lot of things with running that I never thought that I would be, or for that matter, could be doing. That is why I can feel the excitement that these people are feeling.

The show can really connect to runners.

on another note....

The post before this one I complained a bit about a guy stopping me during a run. I just want you guys to know that I did not mean to sound like a total asshole. I was not rude to the guy when he stopped me. I would have given him a couple bucks if I had it so he could catch the bus. And I gave him a thumbs up to show that I was with him. I was just trying to figure out why people keep talking when you are already a half a block away from them.


Kim said...

Love BL...you'll enjoy it.

Pat said...

Love BL too. This season is much better than last. I think they tried to build in some competitive tension last season and it was a downer.

This is the first season where they have really big people. You should get some older episodes from a season before 6. I've watched all but season 2.

I was impressed with the contestants helping "Le Grande Orange" to the finish line. I'd love to see him win.

ECrunnergirl said...

I love BL too and just like you I can relate to them as well.....these folks are very inspiring :-)

Lori said...

I watched the episode too. I nearly cried when they announced which 2 contestants were below the yellow line. Even the host had tears in her eyes.

Anywho, while I agree that this show strives to help people lose weight and lead healthy lives I think you are a smidge wrong when you say that they aren't looking for ratings through conflict. I watched the entire season last year and is was intense with drama and conflict. I wanted to throw things at a couple of the contestants due to their overwhelmingly obnoxious personalities.

I empathise with your frustration with being stopped while running. It's happened to all of us. Sometimes it can throw off the rhythm of our run.

Janice {Run Far} said...

Love love love the biggest loser. my favorite show by far. I am always so excited for Tuesday nights. It was a great episode. Bob getting possesed by Jillian and then of course the drama of who would go home. I cried. I love that little old man, Jerry. I was so happy to see he had lost so much weight at home. That show really does inspire me.

lindsay said...

i love biggest loser too! such a great show. i can't talk myself into eating snacks/dessert and watching that show. usually i end up doing some crunches instead!