Friday, November 4, 2011
I so appreciate the thoughts and kind words on my Wednesday post. It felt like hugs from around the world. We are doing fine but still in a bit of shock and denial that David is gone.
As usual on Wednesday morning, I watched the Biggest Loser while running on my treadmill. This weeks lesson came from something I saw rather than what was said.
The oldest female contestant on the show, Bonnie, has been training with Anna Kournikova. For whatever reason these two just did not mesh. (I'll admit I've wondered if she resented being told what to do by a person so much younger than she?) Even considering her age, her weight losses have been OK, but not the usual spectacular results that are generally achieved. Something always just seemed off and I know even out here in blogland a lot of people put the blame squarely on Anna, the trainer.
This week's episode included a trainer swap so that almost everyone ended up with someone new, including Bonnie. She made no bones about letting everyone know how happy she was about the switch. So the new teams (no longer divided by age but made up of teams with one each of young, mid, and older) work out like crazy with their new trainers and go for the weigh in. You would think that since Anna was such a "terrible" trainer her team would suck once again, right? I mean, even the people on her new team barely gave her the benefit of the doubt at the beginning. Surprise! Her team actually won the weigh in overall. However what or maybe I should say who was really telling was Bonnie. With the switch, her attitude towards the training did a 180. Nothing that she was being given to do was any harder than anything Anna ever gave her to do - in fact, some of it might have been harder. But her attitude towards her trainer (my new boyfriend, Dolvett) was completely different. In the end, she lost 7 lbs., which I believe is her largest weight loss to date. The only thing that changed was her attitude.
Needless to say with my upcoming challenge which starts on Monday, I've been thinking a lot about that. As I said before there are some aspects of this challenge that indeed are going to be a true challenge for me. I've spent a day or so having the hissy fit Mr. Helen thought I would but I think I'm mostly over it. Come back Monday for a play-by-play and honest opinions. In the meantime, I think I will spend the weekend working on my attitude as well as my meal plans. I want to have the best results possible, after all.