I watched a full episode of The Biggest Loser last night while pedaling on my mini-bike after dinner. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I feel a bit ambivalent about the weight loss numbers the players were posting. It just doesn’t seem right to be sad that you ONLY lost 5 lbs in a week. No wonder there are so many impatient n00bs who get frustrated 2 weeks into any plan.
You know the ones–they tend to post things like “I haven’t lost a single pound or inch and even gained some in my THIIIIIIIGHS! My jeans are even tighter this week! WAAAAAAAAAAAAH!”
Thank goodness I don’t have to read that stuff anymore. It makes me want to :yuck:
Back to the show…
Okay, did anyone else notice that the men work out a lot harder than the women? Some of those fellows are around 300 lbs, and every last one of them was running or jogging on a treadmill at a decent clip last night. Cut to the women’s workout room, and you see slackers hugging the rails on a stepmill moving so slowly that you could use it as a stadium seat for a Sox game with extra innings, and everyone else on ellipticals that aren’t nearly as efficient at burning calories as a treadmill.
And the women whine to their trainer. WTF?!!! Nothing could induce me to show that kind of weakness to a trainer in front of my peers, male or female. Nothing!
So why the difference in the workouts? I have some theories.
1) Men are afraid of showing weakness in front of other men. Women are taught that being a frail flower is attractive and acceptable. So in the context of the show, each of the guys will keep going with his workouts as long as he sees the others doing the same. The gals fall out whenever they feel like it because they do not tie their egos into their performance the same way that the men do.
2) Men are, by nature, competitive. In this show, they are competing against the women, which makes them work out harder, and against each other, which also makes them work out harder. Women tend to be more cooperative, which is nice, but not very useful when it comes to going faster and longer on a treadmill. The ones on the show aren’t even that cooperative.
3) The men have a female trainer who can clearly outrun and out-exercise them hands down. Failing in front of her would be unthinkable. The women have a male trainer who is too nice and sympathetic, and they revert to their “Poor, weak, girlie me” mode when it comes to exercise.
I think that pairing the male trainer with the women’s team is doing them a disservice. While I have no doubt that the trainer is very good, when it comes to toughening up a bunch of crybaby chicks who need to be whipped into shape, nothing beats a female taskmaster who will not accept the umbrella excuse of “I can’t do it because I’m a girl.” A female trainer in incredible shape proves that it IS possible to do every bit of a workout even if one does carry two X chromosomes.
I whined ONCE during a 5:30 AM run in the first week of basic training. “I can’t do it,” I wheezed after one mile. The one female drill sergeant in the company heard me and said, “If I did it, you can, too.” That shut me up on the subject for good. You can’t argue with that kind of bone-deep truth. I had all kinds of respect for Drill Sergeant Williams. The women in the company could cry all they wanted to about PMS, cramps, not being able to wear make up, and missing their husbands, boyfriends, kids, parents, friends, dogs, cats, or whatever; she just raised an eyebrow and made them feel like the silly little geese they were, and, eventually, every last one of us straightened out, toughened up, got stronger and faster, and graduated from basic more fit, confident, and humble than we had ever been.
What it boils down to, whether you raised your hand and swore that you’d serve your country for four years, or signed a stack of contracts and non-disclosure agreements and agreed to let NBC film your weight loss efforts for a few months, is that you voluntarily agreed to have your ass kicked with exercise. Nobody forced you to do so, therefore the only right thing to do is to suck it up and drive on.
Nutrition: Training Day Menu
(SGX nutrition details omitted by request of trainer)
1: PWO Dextrose/whey/Creastack shake
2: 3×1 spinach omelette, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1 T. raisins, 1 T. wheat bran, 1 t. brown sugar
3: Chinese chicken salad with orange slices and ginger-sesame vinaigrette
4: 2/3 c. LF cottage cheese, 1 T. oatmeal, 1 apple
5: SGX Meal
6: SGX Meal
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum
7:00 AM YF Upper Body (30 minutes)
7:30 AM Full Body Blitz no. 11 & Abs (60 minutes)
The Awful Truth:
1. Didn’t get full points for yesterday since I bailed on running. 😡
2. Left wrist is starting to feel a bit twingy again.
1. 9/31 Perfect LMH Challenge Days
2. Mixed salad dressing and chopped Romaine for lunch salads.
3. Did the laundry.
4. No cavities at dental exam yesterday.
5. Pedaled on the mini-bike for 45 minutes while watching the Biggest Loser.
6. Made nifty buttons for Pink Dumbbells.
1. Update HandBase workout module.
2. Organize desk.
3. Read a few chapters from NASM book.
4. Choose pattern and sew Halloween costume.
5. Defrost and grill more chicken breast and legs.
6. Make some TVP burger patties and freeze them.