"I've decided that perhaps I'm bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge."

-- Paula Poundstone

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Use your powers for good

Did you catch the season finale of “The Biggest Loser” last night?

Holy. Crap.

The winner, who started at 526 pounds, lost 264 pounds in seven months or so.

That’s an average of 38 pounds a month.

That’s insane.

I can’t even imagine the routine that would produce that kind of weight loss.

I feel like my life revolves around my own routine right now. Those contestants must work out from the time they wake up ‘til they go to bed.

One moment that stuck out for me last night was during a clip they showed from the season.

One dude was killing it during his workout, and trainer Bob was in his face and asked him, “How did you gain so much weight with that kind of determination?”

The question really hit home. I thought about that for myself last night. Then I thought about it this morning.

I came to the conclusion that the same power that lives inside us to do good for ourselves can also be just as strong when we use it to sabotage ourselves.

I mean, I didn’t just gain weight. I gained 145 pounds.

I gained weight with gusto.

But I truly believe that determination lives inside each and every one of us. You just have to tap into it.

It doesn’t even have to be about weight loss.

Tap into it to change any situation that isn’t positive for you.

A job you hate. A bad relationship.

Remember, change takes courage. But you have it. Just tap into it.

Will it be hard? Yes. Will it be worth it? Absolutely.

You can do it.


  1. I needed that today, thank you!

  2. You are keeping me inspired. Very good points Misty. The other thing that I have noticed is that our very good friends will usually gently probe us if we are doing the wrong thing in areas of morality and alcohol. If we were involved in something destructive most good friends would at least chime in with a small nudge to get us back on track.

    But family and friends are very reluctant to mention to us that we are getting 'larger.' I have told my wife that once I get this weight off she has my permission to let me know (what I will already know) that it is not acceptable if she sees me gaining weight again.

    From past experience I know that it is so much easier to lose 10 pounds than to lose 100. I started my current diet when my uncle, who I hadn't seen in several years, frankly and brutally asked me: "Are you trying to kill yourself?" He noticed a pretty hefty weight gain since the last time we had been together. Yes, it hurt a little, but it made me make a u-turn and start doing the right thing. I have thanked him for it since.

    We with "the problem" need to empower those around us to let us know when they notice we are straying. Just my thoughts. Thanks for this blog.