review: extreme makeover weight loss edition.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on May 31, 2011

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Catching up from the holiday weekend?  I had a pretty great one!  I saw the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour, ran a 10k in Traverse City (my third race this month!), and went on a wine tasting tour!

When I was in Traverse City, I bought a jar of cherry chipotle salsa from Cherry Republic.  I sampled it in the store and was hooked!  Over the course of two nights, I ate the entire jar. Chips and salsa for dinner?  Yes please!

I made a happy Memorial Day/it’s wicked hot outside run to Jersey Junction for some ice cream after dinner with Sara, Jacqueline, and her fiancé (!!!) Scott.  They had the red velvet ice cream that I got last time, but it’s a pretty strong/rich flavor that I don’t think I could do too often.  I went with my favorite offering, Milky Way.  It was melting as fast as I could lick it up!

Did you guys catch Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition last night?  It’s another weight loss reality show, but this time the trainer, Chris Powell works with only one person in a given episode.  Over the course of the year, they work together to help the participants lose weight.  The first episode was about Rachel, a 21 year old woman, who over 350 pounds at her first weigh in.

I have mixed feelings about the show.  I love that it’s over the course of a year, unlike the few months of The Biggest Loser.  Also, I love that Powell focuses on one person in the episode rather than trying to help a bunch of different people all at the same time.  What I wasn’t thrilled about is that because it’s cramming a year long journey into a 60 minute episode, viewers really don’t get a very deep view of what it takes for the participant to not only lose weight but change their lifestyle.   Probably the biggest issue I had was that a large focus of this episode was about the surgery that Rachel would have to remove excess skin once she reached a certain weight.  I appreciate that they showed that part of her journey as it is a reality for people that heavy, but I wish they had put additional focus on the diet and exercise components.

One thing I will say is that Rachel looked fantastic after a year!  She had lost over 160 pounds!  She appeared radiant and confident in her new body.  I’m not sure if I’ll watch the show on a regular basis, but I’ll definitely check out a couple more episodes before deciding!  If nothing else, dramatic weight loss stories are always inspiring!

This morning, it was back to work!  I quite enjoyed a four day weekend, but it’s only a three day workweek, so I really can’t complain too much!

Breakfast was a Perfect Foods Bar while resisting the temptation of a stop at Starbucks on my way into the office.  So hard!

The day got away from me so fast!  I’ve had a bunch of stuff to get caught up on, plus getting started on a couple projects I’ll have to do in the month of June.  Before I knew it, noon had long since passed!

I’m trying to get back in the habit of packing lunches at night.  It makes it so much easier to eat a healthy, well-rounded lunch at work when I don’t have to think about it in the morning!

Today was a cheddar and strawberry bagelwich with cantaloupe on the side, and some sugar snap peas and Sabra spinach artichoke hummus on the side.

Yes, there were more than four peas consumed.  Scouts honor!

Did you watch Extreme Makeover?  What did you think?

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Evan Thomas May 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I definitely liked the show overall. I though Chris was a really good trainer and it was fun to see so much progress at once. I think more emphasis on the daily struggles she had would have been interesting but I get that it’s only a 1 hour show. The surgery didn’t bug me because it’s a reality that people with that amount of weight loss have to deal with.

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