So I finally got to dig into my DVR and watch the Biggest Loser finale last night.
I’d already heard ALLLL about it (I’m sure you have too, by this point) so the shocking ending wasn’t quite so shocking, but it was still powerful to see it all go down.
In case you somehow avoided the news–say, if you’ve been on a week-long retreat in a remote convent in Nepal or something–Rachel won the season by dropping 60% of her body weight, weighing in at 105 pounds and looking pretty skeletal.
I’m not going to dive into a full commentary about it, but it’s one of those media stirrings that it almost seems weird not to mention. So here I am, mentioning it.
As for my opinion: I’m disappointed in all the negative backlash against both Rachel and the show (to be fair, most of it’s directed at the show–namely, the producers and trainers). This was a competition, after all, and Rachel competed. I’d argue that there are other competitions–endurance events, CrossFit games, bodybuilding figure competitions–that are equally hard on the body to the point of “unhealthy,” but we just look at those people as committed athletes.
I don’t think we truly have grounds to worry about Rachel until we see what happens next. Personally, I have every confidence (and hope) that she’ll add a few pounds and “normalize” a little now that the competition’s over, just like every other contestant has. I definitely wouldn’t rule out the possibility that she’s replaced a food addiction with an exercise/food restriction addiction, but I think her post-competition behavior is the only real indicator for that.
As for the trainers, maybe they’re not perfect, but I think people are being too hard on them. I understand that they’re very intense with the contestants while they’re on the ranch, and some of their methods are extreme, but they weren’t even involved for the last three months, during Rachel’s most dramatic transformation.
I’m not saying the show’s flawless–I would like to see them cut out that 3-month at-home period pre-finale and incorporate some on-camera maintenance-mode training, for starters–but the extremity of the show, in general, is kind of the point. Not just for “good TV,” but because these contestants want and need a life-changing jolt, not a gentle, gradual weight loss plan. They need to see what they’re capable of and what their bodies can look like, in a big way. Yes, the marathon/triathlon business is pretty darn intense, but anyone who’s done those things knows what they do for your psyche and your confidence. (It’s huge.) And all the dehydration tactics, etc, I’ve read about aren’t good for general health but it’s a competition, and none of it is anything figure competitors haven’t done.
The big takeaway is that it’s all, by design and by necessity, temporary. No one is condoning these behaviors long-term. And the important part is what comes next.
Ok, I’ll cut myself off there. (So much for just “mentioning” it.)
Prior to the finale watching, I attended a yoga event hosted by Sweat Guru in conjunction with our local Athleta store.
As you can see, the class happened in the mall…like, the very center of the mall, where all the branches meet and basically every single mall visitor has to go at some point. Not exactly the peaceful yoga studio with candles and nature sounds we all like to envision.
You’d think it would have been awkward, down-dogging in front of a bunch of gawking strangers for an hour, but it was surprisingly not bad. I was focusing so hard on keeping up with the flow (since I could barely hear the instructor) that I didn’t have brain space to worry about who could see my butt clearly on display in the middle of the mall. (I was on the outside of the pack, too–nowhere to hide!)
After the hour-long class (which was KILLER), we headed to the Athleta store for refreshments and schmoozing. (Er…I didn’t even know we had an Athleta store…apparently it just opened and/or maybe I’m finally getting a handle on my shopaholic issues?)
Of course we also eyeballed a little merchandise, like these:
They might not look like much here, but they were really cute in person. Our instructor was wearing them during the yoga class, and I couldn’t stop staring at those little criss-crosses. (There’s also a matching tank!)
We all went home with some hot new Sweat Guru T-shirts and shades. Nice to get a free T-shirt I think I’ll actually wear!
If you get a chance to attend a Sweat Guru event, DO IT!
(P.S. I’m SO SORE from that class. If someone stood in front of me right now and tried to argue that yoga is not a good workout, I might punch them. Except my arms are too sore.)
Afterwards, I made a beeline for home (as fast as you can “beeline” on nasty winter roads in Wisconsin…) hoping I’d get a chance to see my little buddy before bed. I got there just in time to read him a few books and tuck him in.
It’s funny…we have all these sweet truck books, with pull tabs and sounds and all the things toddlers go bonkers over, and he’s currently obsessed with this cute-but-cheesy old school rhyming book called I’m Thankful Each Day. (He requested it first thing this morning, too.) Ha!
Well, that’s it for me!
What do you think of the whole Biggest Loser controversy?
What are your current fitness gear cravings?
I’ve been drooling over almost everything at Albion Fit for awhile now. I enter every single blog giveaway I see for their stuff and never win–ha! So, so depressed…