Last night’s episode of the Biggest Loser raised the question of “What is selfish?” and of course, showed more trainer anger from Bob and Jillian. The latter is expected now. This is “reality” television, right?
The reality brought some of the contestants to question “What is selfish?” when Tina, the 58-year old grandmother wanted to leave the ranch. She missed her family and wanted to continue to take care of them. She, like many other Americans, has found herself in the “caretaker” role, the nurturer, the one who takes care of everyone but not themselves. So the first group discussion was whether or not it was selfish for Tina to go home and take care of them again or was it selfish for Tina to stay at the ranch, continue her journey and reach her goals. Her heart was not in it. Lisa chimes in and says she wants to leave as well, to go and help the recently booted-off Allie. Tina laments that she has always put others before herself. Sound like anyone you know?
The “trainer anger” continues as Bob feels disrespected by Jesse, lashes out at him and puts everyone through a 3-hour torture-fest, in other words, a very hard workout. They struggle, but they complete the workouts, in anticipation for the dreaded second week weigh-in which is notorious for low weight loss numbers. It was especially bitter for Burgandy, the 35-year old homemaker with 5 kids, who lost a total of 1 pound and lamented “Why bother? This is what I go through at home.” Again, sound like anyone you know?
The light clicked on for Aaron, the 29-year old father who realized “The mental part is 99%. You have to believe you can do it.”
The alliances and game playing have begun, but again, if you look closely and listen carefully, you can pick up tidbits that will help anyone in their own weight loss journey. In the end, Tina went home after falling below the yellow line and losing the challenge. In her update, she has lost almost 60 lbs, while her daughter has lost 85 lbs. And the journey continues. Do you know anyone who fits the “caretaker” role of taking care of those around them and not themselves? Or do you know anyone who seems to do everything necessary to lose weight and still struggles?
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