Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I've got the power! Now, what do I do with it?

This week's episode of "The Biggest Loser" brought up an interesting issue. Tracey wanted to have all the power in the game in this week's episode, but when it came down to using it, she seemed really unsure of what to do. Her decisions were no better than coin flips. She had made some bad decisions of her own before getting power over other people: Her sprint ahead at the beginning of the season, and her decision to trade the benefits she could get from her trainers for two lousy pounds (that she didn't end up needing).

I'm sure we all know people who spout all kinds of advice about what everyone else is doing wrong in their family lives, their jobs, their diet, etc., all the while ignoring the fact that their own lives are a trainwreck. I think that we all might have that tendency to focus on everything but our own problems.

I think that Tracey and people like her are genuinely afraid of what it might take to make change in their own lives, so they create a perfect persona and try to ignore the mess underneath. I'm sure Tracey was terrified of Bob and Jillian because she's seen the show enough to know that she's going to have to confront her emotional baggage as well as the fat. That's not an easy thing to do in the best of situations, and it sure doesn't sound fun to do on national television.

Giving up the trainers and focusing on the gameplay was a probably a nice distraction from all that frightening reality.


  1. I totally agree with you that we might all have the tendency to focus on everything but our own problems. I think the key to improving our current situations is to honesty open our eyes to our issues and work towards improving them and stop focusing on others issues.

    As far as Tracey on the Biggest Loser I agree is is genuinely afraid of what she's going to have to focus on to change her life.

    Great insights you shared!

  2. I said this same type of things somewhere about's kind of like she may be setting herself up to have an excuse as to why it won't know, everyone ended up hating her, etc...

    It is hard and it is scary.It is something that I have to deal with every day. I do hope that things turn around for her and she becomes more focused on the big picture of why she is there and quit being such a game player.

  3. I'd have to re-watch earlier series, but I think that this may be a trend for those contestants who "play hard" and whine about the game when they choose temptations etc. - they are the ones who aren't confronting what they need to to lose the weight. :(


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