Supporting the Purple Team

Way back when I watched The Biggest Loser. Then I stopped. Mostly because it made me feel bad about myself. Why couldn’t I lose 10 pounds in a week? Why was it so hard for me to lose weight but it was just flying off them?

Then I grew the hell up and realized: 1) it’s a tv show 2) all these people do is work out. That’s not to discount the amazing things they are able to accomplish while on the show, but when you’re in real life, it’s just not gonna happen.

Of course, it also takes a lot of determination.

I started watching again Season 9. There were a couple of contestants I really liked (Um, hello Sam). Season 10 was ok. But then there was Season 11. I felt a connection to two contestants in particular. They’re sisters and I see so much of myself and my journey in their stories.


Look familiar? Yeah, that’s me. Both of them. Olivia (left) started the season at 261 lbs. Hannah (right) started at 248 lbs. My current weight? About 253 lbs. My starting weight? 274. Yes, I’m down about 20 pounds but I was once down 30 lbs. I’ve been pretty stable around my current weight for about 6 months. I need a kick in the pants. And I have these gals to thank for it.

Photo: Olivia and Hannah's FB pages

And now… look at them! They’ve lost even more weight now and are the first pair of sisters to make it to the finale together!

I know that the rapid weight loss they’ve experienced isn’t realistic for my life (there’s no way I could lose that much weight in 5mo while working full time and fulfilling all my other commitments) but I know I can get to where I want to be just like them if I kick my butt in gear.

I had a bit of an epiphany this week which I will examine in a future post, but it boils down to this: I am my own worst enemy when it comes to weight loss. The working out regularly is no longer a problem for me (hello, just did a half marathon). It’s the food. It’s an addiction and I just need to learn what will work for me.

Olivia and Hannah, thanks for inspiring me to kick fat in the butt. Now kick some butt and win tonight!

6 Replies to “Supporting the Purple Team”

  1. So nice to know that I’m not the only one struggling with food issues. Like you, I was down about 30 pounds. Now I’m down about 20. Yeah. Regular exercise has become the norm for me, but I CAN’T STOP EATING. Phew. Just had to get that out. Looking forward to hearing about what your next steps may be. Hope your epiphany takes you where you want to go!

    1. yes. GAH! stupid food. wish I didn’t have to eat it. The problem with food addiction is that, unlike drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc… you can’t NOT eat. You NEED it to survive.

  2. Eating right is sooooo much harder than working out regularly! I mean, at least exercising can make you feel good. Eating less DOES NOT.

    And I love Team Purple too.

  3. I love you Amy! You have my support in reaching your weight loss goals 100%! I believe in you. Whatever you need, I can be there in an instant, for a walk, a bike ride, a slow run or a big salad.

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