Biggest Loser Commentary & Long Run
So yesterday I had the brilliant idea to get my long run done last night as opposed to waiting for Friday. I had 7 miles slated for my run this week, and I banged them out on the Trey the Treadmill while watching the finale of Biggest Loser. While I had not watched the episode yet, I had seen (and participated in) the commentary of the winner, Rachel, and her weight and figure after the show.
I’m apologizing to her, openly, because I was doing the one thing I hate that other people do. I was body shaming. No one deserves that. If she is healthy, active, and eating good food, then who I am to judge? I will admit, that part of me (a large part) was supremely jealous. Not because she won the money, or the fame, but because this entire season she has been a beast of commitment, and while I know (Oh, how I know) it’s not easy to lose weight, she made it look easy. Especially with her triumphant return to the finale. I was floored by her figure and actually thought “I want her legs” because I do.
I hope she doesn’t come away with the mentality that she has now with losing weight – not the unhealthy way of losing weight, but now that it’s gone, she needs to flirt with maintenance – and continues on her journey. I hope she goes back to swimming. I hope she keeps that smile on her face. I hope she proves all of the judgey people wrong.
Go Rachel. You do you.
So like I said, I did my long run while watching this show, and while parts were hard and painful, I kept thinking “Look what they have done”. May be the show isn’t the best example of inspiration, but I do think about how I was inspired for so long by Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, and the other contestants that I can’t quit them. I think of the other people I know in my life that have overcome weight, eating disorders, tragedy, and other things, and it pushes me. It keeps me going past the wall, past the point of where I think “I can’t do this” or “Why did I sign up for this race” or “WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?” it also makes me believe that I can possibly do the Marine Corps Marathon this year. We’ll see.
I’m pretty much 90% gluten free at this point. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be – up to now – and I am really enjoying the added energy and the less bloated, weighed down feeling. I am not going to ever go 100% away from it because Beer, but at the same time I am giving it a shot because I can see it working. I really can.
I’ve started a pinterest board for recipes, and would like to hear some of your ideas. Some of my favorite meals so far have been:
- Sirloin steak w/ Asparagus
- Corn Tortilla Tacos
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Bacon wrapped chicken breast
Just to name a few. I’m liking how creative I have to be with meal planning, because it is forcing me out of the box. Plus I love the fact I can have cheese.
I’m still tracking on Weight Watchers and MyFitnessPal.com for the time being, in order to make sure I don’t go off the deep end with food, but at the same time I don’t feel restricted by it. I’m not really hungry most of the time. Plus, Avocados. That is all.
How I’m Doing
I am rounding out the 3rd week of classes – which wow, I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks. I’m on top of my game with regards to assignments. I am able to reuse a paper from three semesters ago – with minor tweaks – for an assignment for one course, which makes me happy, because coming up with new material for that would be mind melting. I’ve started on another assignment not due until March in hopes I can stay ahead of the curve. Here’s hoping.
I’m running my first race of the year on Sunday, and taking the Praxis again on Saturday. I feel better about this test than I have before, and I am just hoping it’s not a false feeling. I am hoping that this will be the last time I have to take this – as is my bank account.
Say prayers for me.
- Breakfast: 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, coffee, half and half, banana (8P+)
- Lunch: Mixed Greens Salad with White Balsamic dressing, feta, and chicken, yogurt, clementines, diet coke (7P+)
- Snack: Zone Perfect Bar & Venti Skinny Caramel Latte (8P+)
- Dinner: Mediterranean Salad (7P+)
- Dessert: Clementines
- Activity: Rest Day