Many people don’t like The Biggest Loser, saying it exploits overweight people, the workouts they perform can’t be done in the real world and that their diets are easy to follow because everything is cooked for them. While all of this may be true, I love watching The Biggest Loser. This post isn’t trying to debate the merits of the show. This post is about Hope.
The reason I love watching The Biggest Loser is that it demonstrates to anyone of any age and any size that losing weight and getting fit is possible. It gives people Hope. Many people who start a weight loss journey quit after a couple of weeks. I don’t think they quit because working out it too hard or that the diet is too difficult; I think people quit because they lose hope. When the numbers on the scale don’t pop up with the number they want, they quit. There is no hope. In my opinion, The Biggest Loser is about hope.
One thing I’ve learned during my weight loss journey, is that routines and habits are the difference between success and failure. If I get in a routine of working out, I will workout. If I develop a healthy food habit, I will eat healthy food.
I had a great workout routine that I was able to settle into and get to the gym about 4-5 days per week. That routine was broken up, happily, by the arrival of my first child. Since he was born about 8 weeks ago, I haven’t been to the gym. My wife and I would go to the gym every morning before work. We would motivate and push each other to get to the gym and kick butt while we were there. This is difficult to do with an 8 week old baby. We worked out a schedule for each of us to go individually, but the motivation is there. We tried working out at home, but we don’t feel we are getting a good workout without the gym atmosphere.
I am on a mission to find a new routine. I’ve been testing a few different routines, but they aren’t quite working out. So, my search for a routine that works continues. I won’t give up! Does anyone have any advice in regards to getting to the gym for a new parent?