Happy New Year everyone!!! Can you believe it’s 2011?! It just seems crazy. 🙂
I am happy to say I have already gotten an amazingly kickass workout in and I’m starting on a new challenge. 30 DVDs in 30 Days. I have WAY too many DVDs and I figure it I try one each day I can do a little give-a-way in Feb. of the ones that are not for me. Additionally, having a DVD challenge will help me when it’s hella cold and I don’t want to go to the gym. I have new kettle bells from my bro and a yoga mat – I have NO excuse not to rock and roll this winter!
I have mentioned before that I am a self-proclaimed weight-loss show junkie right? Well, I’ve been sucked into a new one. “I Used to Be Fat” premiered on MTV last week and follows an 18-year old as they lose weight the summer before college. I can relate to this desire – I remember graduating HS being well over 200 pounds and wishing I could reinvent myself before starting college. I went to a small, artsy school and I have often wondered how different my life would have been if I started school at a normal size and not so obese. But, alas…I didn’t and here we are discussing it 10 years later.
So, the first episode of this show followed Gabriella – you can read all about her here. She kicked ass. In 111 days she lost a PERSON (90 pounds). That’s amazing. It took me 365 days to do that – so I was certainly inspired.
A few things that I loved about the show: while she had a trainer, it was a very no bullshit trainer. Several times the trainer said “this is hard, if it was easy you wouldn’t be here“. Amen sista! Gabriella had to learn how to eat right, and how to co-exist with a family who ISN’T eating right. Just because you’re losing weight doesn’t mean the world is going to stop to accommodate you! I also loved that she had a goal and counted down to it. Each day she ripped a giant poster-board sized calendar (starting at day 111). I think I need to implement something like that! So, I’m going to be counting down to Tribal Fest and as of today I have 132 days. I’m not sure I can lose another 90 pounds….but I think I could rock out for sure. Actually, maybe I could….that’s only an average of 5 pounds a week! Hmmmm!
One more thing I liked about the show – she made sacrifices to reach her goal. She said herself – most people are partying and living it up during the summer after senior year. She was exercising every day and eating right. It might have been hard, but hard work pays off! You watch her sweat, cry and struggle through the emotional part of losing weight (like learning to stand by to her overbearing mother, who I wanted to bitch slap).
Here she is before and after:
Anyone else watch the show? Do you find weight-loss shows to be motivational?
There’s another on A&E starting soon, “Heavy” – I’ll DVR it for sure and report back on my opinions! 🙂
Have you guys started working on your resolutions yet?? I hope so – no time like the present!