I was reading through some of my old posts – reflecting on 2009 and looking ahead to 2010 when I came across this post from a year ago and I found it to be as on point as ever and thought I would share it again:
Its hard enough being 50, 60, or 100lbs overweight – but having to listen to someone who has never been 20lbs overweight, talking about losing that ‘last 5 pounds’ is unbearable. It often triggers an eating binge for overeaters. Lets be honest here – you may really need to lose those 5lbs – and maybe that piece of pie wasn’t the best idea for you – but saying out loud infront of a food addict is kinda like saying to a crackhead – “I really shouldn’t, but I just gotta try this new crack”… Read More
IQuit… Again! has turned one year old and sadly, I’m as fat as I was one year ago. I have searched my life for a reason that I continue to ’round this mountain’ of weight loss struggles and failures. While pondering the fate of IQA and my big waist line, I came across Dan Ariely’s blog.
Dan is the author of one of my favorite books (Predictably Irrational) and a recent blog post called “SEX, SHAVING, AND BAD UNDERWEAR” caught my attention. My blatant theft of his title in this post is meant to provoked the same reaction from you! Did it work?
In his post, he spoke directly to my issue here at IQA:
At time X you decide that you’re done acting a certain way (No more smoking! No more spending! No more unprotected sex!), but then when temptation strikes, you go back on your word
I decided one year ago, I was going to stop overeating but as soon as meal times (and admittedly all times in between) rolled around, I was stuffing my face with pizza, doughnuts, and skittles! What was Dan’s advise to me? He did give me hope when he wrote “Fortunately, there’s a way around the problem…”
Mr Ariely suggests we can take preemptive actions to keep ourselves in check; these actions he calls pre-commitments. Hmm… so I can do something now, while I am interested in weight loss and health that will commit me to stay on course at my next rendezvous with red velvet cake? An interesting concept for sure, but what preemptive action could I actually take to keep away from the second and third servings at meal times? My first thought was to get a bigger plate.
Joking aside, I thought starting a blog would commit me to the course, but as my blog name suggestions, I simply quit blogging… again.
I’ll let you read his post for yourselves to determine how sex, shaving, and bad underwear fit into pre-commitment, but for me, I think Tubbs’ Challenge is one way I have ‘pre-commited’ myself to blogging this month. I started this post before the challenge began and would have likely allowed it to grow cold and alone on my draft shelf otherwise. Now my question is, does this post count as my challenge post? Likely not – look for another entry before the night is over…
BTW – if you haven’t read Predictably Irrational – please do. Its one of my ‘must reads’ and I know you will enjoy it.
To be honest, it is a bit anti-climactic. I mean after spending four or more hours in line (my first time I was in line for 8 hours), you are hoping to sit down with Bob or Jillian for a 30 min hows it going session – and that just ain’t going to happen. After all that time in line, you sit down at a table with 10 to 15 people that all want to get on the show and one casting director. And the casting director asks everyone to state their name, what they do, how old they are, and how much they weight want to lose. After introductions, the director asks one question – for both times I’ve tried out it was the same question – “why are we so fat in America?”
The five or six minutes that follow are crazy – everyone at the table has little time to say anything that will impress the director and a few personalities at your table will take every second of that time if you let them. You have to find a way to pipe in, say something interesting, and get noticed. Before you know it – the director cuts off the conversation and say something like –
Ok guys, I’m sorry I have to cut this short – we could spend all day talking about this, you know? We will have some time while we are in town to talk to a few people for filmed interviews, but if you don’t get called back – it doesn’t mean I didn’t like you or think you could be right for the show; This isn’t the end of the road for you! Go to nbc.com/casting and there are instructions there to submit a video.
Please leave your paperwork in front of you.
That’s it! Its over – you either did or you did not make the cut. Like I said, a bit anti-climatic. But there is so much more you can walk away with than those 10 mins! Remember, you are in line for hours! And you are in line with a bunch of Type-A personalities. These are some of the coolest people to hang out with. Of course, in a group this size (HA – pun intended!) you will have a few very obnoxious people – but you can choose to enjoy those people too.
Like the trainer that was auditioning to be on the biggest loser today (yeah, NBC is auditioning trainers – hmmm, wonder ’bout that) – she stepped out of line – went out to the middle of the courtyard where everyone could see her and started doing jump, sqaut, pushup jumping jack things! Very obnoxious – I enjoyed watching her make a fool of herself.
There was a line nazis beside me in line that spent no less than an hour yelling things like HEY – you can’t skip in line to people ahead of us that can’t even hear her. Someone told her karma would get anyone skipping in line – to which she replied “By the time Karma works, those guys will have already had their interview and gone home today – Karma’s a bitch BECAUSE she takes too long!” I laughed at that one.
My favorite was all those around me that didn’t want to be filmed by the local news crew that came out to cover the event. They would duck behind others in line when the camera came by – think about that for a second… they are trying out for the Biggest Loser TV show, but don’t want to be seen on TV.
The event didn’t begin until 10am and they said on the website – don’t line up more than 3 hours early but I knew others wouldn’t follow that and I was right. When I got there at 6am, close to 200 people had already lined up. This was the pre-line because we weren’t allowed to line up at the door across the street – so we lined up on the sidewalk. At about 7, we were given the ok to cross the street and line up at the door – and at first it seemed like our line was going to cross over in an orderly fashion – until some people from across the other corner were seen running to the door… then suddenly – STAMPEDE! I’ve never seen so many fat people running at the same time. Yes, I ran. Otherwise I would have gone from about 200 to maybe 3 or 400th in line. I ended up at 122nd in line.
I’m sure I was one of the obnoxious in the group, saying things like “Wow the competition this year is HEAVY” and “this is the longest line of fat people I have ever been in that doesn’t end in a buffet” Cheesy, I know… but it got a laugh from those around me. I also enjoyed getting to know people in line with me. I met Richard, a deaf person in line with me whose friend I met on twitter before the audition – @luxechandelier. I hope he makes it. I also met a mother/son team, she was in her sixties and they drove all night from another state to come to the audition. I hope they got a call too.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, I enjoyed going. I didn’t get called back. But I still talk to the people I met in line last year and I hope to keep in touch with some of the interesting people I met in line this time too. And as you can see from the pictures, I got to met a few Biggest Loser celebs as well.
Did you audition? I’d love to hear your story too – leave me a comment.