Sunday, November 29, 2009
It's pretty weird given the fact that so many people in the world struggle to get enough food and water for their babies let alone themselves.
So when I watch yet another weight loss show I approach it with skepticism.
The new show on tlc "650 lbs virgin" is painful to watch. Amazing that this young man lost 400 lbs. Holy crap!!!! And if he can inspire others to lose weight too even better. I had to tune in and check out the show because its concept is new and it had the potential to be really special and great entertainment. But the reality show scripting and scene set ups are so freakin obvious and reminiscent of the videos I used to shoot on my parents beta cam when I was 10. Most people know reality tv is scripted to some extent but this show is so transparent I had to turn it off. The most successful reality tv stars are charismatic, a little melodramatic and often great at acting.
The 650 lb virgin seems like a really nice normal guy. Not a reality tv star.
They don't have enough interesting footage to fill an hour. To fill time they keep going back to images of him at 650 lbs half naked barely able to get through doors.I lost count.
His weight loss approach was bang on. Love it! Great messaging there.
But in short its just not a great show with the elements that make reality tv engaging.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
But in the end, Silvie and Jaimie were left head to head, each one not backing down as their quads burned and people watched in amazement.
The reward challenge gave the winner a I heart to sweat canteen. They figured out how to work the system and colluded to create a tie. Each of them walked away today with a canteen.
Congratulations you urban warrior women.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Passed along from C.Y.!
Take a good look at the diet of each country and the cost of what is eaten in one week.
Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
United States: The Revis family of North Carolina (Sure hope most American
families eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less junk food than this family.)
Food expenditure for one week $341.98
Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11
Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09
Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27& nbsp;
Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53
Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I force myself to watch it very occasionally and within a few minutes am repulsed by the whole premise of the show. People are rewarded for doing drastic things all in the name of winning and losing as much weight as possible with little focus on making lasting realistic changes in lifestyle behaviours. In addition, like most reality shows, people often feel humiliated and have their intimate feelings and insecurities exposed on air in the name of profit. 15 minutes of fame isn't worth exposing our private struggles to the world. And learning to lose weight in a drastic self punishing way only contributes to the Western worlds fast food style weight loss approach.
The reality is that slow and steady weight loss just isn't that exciting. It's not sexy. It's not often measurable week to week. And change from the inside out requires mindfulness and the camera just can't capture our evolution from being unconscious to becoming more conscious about our struggles.
Also last night I watch 'How to look good naked". The show's focus is sweet. Learn to feel better about yourself the way you are. But instead of encouraging it's guests to take action instead of slipping into spanks, they focus on positive personal self talk.
That just doesn't work in the long run. Feeling good about ourselves means doing loving things for ourselves that improve our vitality and overall feeling of health. Buying a new wardrobe isn't going to have lasting effects on self esteem. Moving, sweating and connecting with our bodies will.
So I say yuck to "The Biggest Loser" and a little less yuck to "How to Look Good Naked". There are both missing the big picture. But my approach won't sell ad space on TV.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Getting into shape (and changing my shape) has made getting older easier to deal with. I am 45 and after years of being able to eat whatever and whenever, and never having to exercise, everything was suddenly catching up with me and I was feeling sluggish, flabby, weak and depressed. Now that I am gaining control over my body through the exercise and watching what I eat, life has improved. I feel and look a lot better and when you are getting older, feeling healthier means a lot.
A friend of mine in her 40's recently told me that she knows quite a few people who are much more fit in their 40's and 50's ++ than they ever were in their 20's and 30's.I think that's me. The benefit of being able to run and move and build muscle is so amazing that even though I am pushing 50 soon, I am really pushing it away. That's huge psychologically.
Thanks go to A.R and K. W. and of course, Jane.
Social networking tools have made reaching a wider audience possible for people like me.
However many social networking tools are only useful for as long as they feel new and cutting edge to your particular target market.
After blogging for quite some time I started to feel declining returns on my time investment. Social networking for the purpose of self promotion isn't a new thing and can bed overdone to the point of pure annoyance and igniting the tune out factor. At their best social networking and more specifically blogging gives something back to the audience or reader in return for their time. Each business owner needs to identify what their target market values most from the business and many times that something is intangible and directly tied with the brand.
Since opening urbanfitt since june 2006 I fully appreciate how my community of amazing clientele is qhat has really been driving my biz. I also realize how my clients greatly value a fitness studio that is more than a space to sweat. It is also a community for them to meet and engage with other like minded individuals.
So I've turned my attention to social networking for community unifying not self promotion.
Small business is all about serving people in our communities. And the urbanfitt community puts food on my table pays my mortgage and keeps my life moving forward. And I hope I can help this community of amazing people connect more and more and build its synergistic energy for some time to come.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This Body Worlds exhibity was focused on the human heart. There were also loads of examples of healthy organs and unhealthy organs. Obese bodies, and fit bodies. And so on and so on.
Illness, obesity and deconditioning doesn't discriminate based on socioeconomic status, gender, family status, sexual orientation. We all start off, for the most part, with a similar chance to live healthy lives and over time, we really determine what is going to happen.
What was especially interesting for me, was the obese body sliced in half. I saw up close what visceral fat looks like (the fat under skin around organs). I talk about visceral fat almost every day with clients trying to get a healthy waist girth. I saw how visceral fat deposits itself all through our organs and how unnatural it looked in a human body.
The smokers lungs and the lungs with tumors were really freaky. Seeing how black lungs get from smoking was something else. I wish I could refer to those lungs anytime I have a craving for a cigarette (glass of wine in hand of course). And I'm not saying I indulge those cravings ok!
One of the most interesting parts of it all was the controversy surrounding the overall concept of the exhibit. Looking at these bodies, I kept wondering how they ended up on display and if this whole death art exhibit was ethical at all. We have an obsession with our mortality which explains the huge crowds of people waiting to stare in awe at our universally uniform insides.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I hate to be a pessimist but I also hate to sugar coat the cold hard truth just as much.
When are people going to get off their arss and do something about feeling like crapola?
I'm feeling a little blah this week...not nearly as bad as many people might feel. And I HATE it. Yuck. I would hate to see what I might become if I felt this blah for more than a week much less a decade.
Maybe some of you community bloggers and share a story of transformation. Like what changed for you when you got off your butts and left them behind. How did getting your bod' in shape change the rest of your life.
Friday, November 13, 2009
It's a place where interconnected people come together to create a body of information, wisdom and experiences that can be accessed by anyone online.
Who's going to manage and moderate the community blog?
Me, Jane. I'm the blog mama.
I'm not going to let nasty stuff stay up there in our community. And I might suggest themes that keep popping up in the studio.
What can you contribute and blog about?
1) A rant about a co-worker who is trying to sabotage your weight loss.
2) An ahha moment you had where something about your lifestyle struggles just clicked.
3) A success story about yourself.
4) A link and review of an article you read in a magazine or newspaper.
5) A good cause you are trying to promote.
6) Other stuff related to fitness and health.
You can be anonymous or you can sign with your name at the bottom of the blog with a link to your site. Self promotion is totally cool.
Just click on New Post in the top right corner to start your personal post.