Biggest Loser Finale 2012

Posted by dwallace on May 2, 2012 in Biggest Loser |

This will be the last time I write about The Biggest Loser. (At least for a few months.)
Last night was The Biggest Loser Season finale. I’m always amazed at how much weight can be lost when someone puts their mind to it.

In the past, I wrote how Conda was acting like a snotty little bitch. Last night she recognized that herself—not in those words, but still, she acknowledged that she had changed.

I actually noticed Conda’s change a few weeks ago. I’m sure it is hard to have to go through that process in front of millions of people and I’d like to take this time to say that I’m actually proud of Conda for her transformation—both physically, mentally and personality-wise.

Jeremy, Conda’s brother, was the overall Biggest Loser. He lost 199 lbs. and ended up weighing 190 lbs. It’s awesome to watch someone who weighed 389 lbs. seven months ago lose 51% of his body weight and now weigh 25 lbs. less than me. And I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little jealous.

As mind-blowing as Jeremy’s loss was, Mike Messina’s weight-loss was just as amazing. He was eliminated in week 2 and came back to the finale weighing 160 lbs. less than when he started. This just goes to show you can do it at home.

I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I’ve never been grossly-obese, but I’ve always weighed 40-75 lbs. more than I’d like to. Two years ago I decided to take up running. I have run several half-marathons, participated in a couple of triathlons and even ran a full-marathon. I’ve lost 35 lbs. and have managed to keep it off for over a year-and-a-half. But I still would like to lose 40 more pounds.

The Biggest Loser has been my once a week coach. It’s helped me stay on track. Although I weigh exactly the same as when the season started, I can at least say I haven’t gained any weight.

Another thing the show has done for me is, it has shown me you can’t keep on doing the same exercises over and over and not expect to get bored. The trainers on the show mix up the routines so the contestants have fun.

I have always been interested in martial arts. I promised myself that after I ran this last half-marathon two weeks ago, I would look into getting back into martial arts. I researched a styles and dojos around my area. I knew I needed to find a school that had convenient times that worked for my schedule. I found a school that had a mix of styles that I have tried in the past and liked. I called them and the teacher invited me to come take a look at their school. So I’m going tonight to check it out.

So what have you been doing to stay healthy? Is it fun for you or are you just going through the motions? If so, I’d like this to be your wake-up call. Find something that you’re interested in, even if it’s not health related.
Maybe you’ve wanted to learn a new language. Maybe you’ve wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Maybe you’re just stuck in a rut and don’t know how to get out of it. Whatever your folly is, take this week to follow it.

You owe it to yourself to make your life interesting. No one else will do it for you. And remember, you’re responsible for your own happiness. You don’t have to continue to feel like the world’s biggest loser.

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