Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What a loser

Pre-workout fuel: Life Banana Bread Walnut bar with peanut butter
Workout: 50 minutes "Biggest Loser: Power Sculpt" and 2+ mile walk with Denali.

Can you believe it? I'm on the cover Esquire magazine. Seriously. I am. Mark always tells me how great a cook sexy I am, and this is the photo he's been looking at while waiting for "Wheel of Fortune" to start. It must be. After all, the photo is labeled sexiest woman alive.

Anyway ... that's not what I'm here to talk about. I'm hear to throw in my 4 cents (yes, I get 4) about last night's "Biggest Loser."

You see, I was watching the second half of the show this morning as I ate my pumpkin chip pancakes and drank my coffee. I saw the weigh-in get thrown, Jillian getting all exasperated and the "Where Are They Now?" clip.

(Spoiler alert! Spoiler alert!)

Rick was looking awesome. He was down 120 pounds, eating good dinners with his family and playing with his grandchildren. Of course, those caught-on-camera moments are probably the only times he has seen his family since leaving the ranch.

The 54-year-old shared that since he's been home, he works out 1.5-2 hours before work, 1.5 hours after work, goes home and eats dinner and the heads back to the gym to workout for another 1.5 hours.

Hold. The. Phone. Seriously. That's up to FIVE HOURS a day of exercise. Count 'em: 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5. And I've been thinking that the next two weeks of level 3 "Boot Camp"/"Power Sculpt" might be too time consuming at just shy of an hour when you factor in runs/walks with Denali and my desire to shower before work.

I don't know how he does it. More importantly, I don't know how he is going to keep doing it. One of the most important factors in any weight-loss effort is doing something that you can MAINTAIN over a lifetime. I exercise no differently now than I did when I was losing weight. I really don't eat that differently, either. I just eat more of the same things (and put chocolate chips in my pancakes).

What do you think? Do you consider Rick's efforts to be healthy, well, healthy?


  1. You asked, so here are my 2 cents (I haven't seen any part of this season's show):
    1. 5 hours a day of exercise (besides being totally crazy) is a part time job. So he essentially works a full time job plus a part time job.
    2. That begs the question - what is he missing out on since he is busy with this fitness part time job? Family, friends, his kids' lives.
    3. A healthy lifestyle involves a wide variety of things which does include exercise but does not involve limiting or eliminating the other 5 dimensions of wellness (occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, & emotional) are equally important. Balance in all things is very important.
    -just mny thought; great post - very thought provoking.

  2. congrats on making the cover


  3. About your WOOF question -
    you could do the full 15.9 miles (the race director says it's not a race course to try and PR, though). It would be challenging, but oh so much fun. It's definitely a fun race and it's for sure so beautiful. The trail has a lot of roots so there is chance you could trip, but I've never had any trouble - just watch. There are 3 water stations each lap. I vote you do it! For sure you will have fun and for sure it will be beautiful and for sure everyone will be so nice.