YEA! The new season of The Biggest Loser premiers tonight! I am so excited… I adore TBL and have been waiting for this for WEEKS. I love Bob and Jillian. It’s the tough workouts, it’s the challenges, it’s seeing how people have changed their bodies over a short period of time through exercise, food and lifestyle changes. I’m especially geeked about THIS season, because I’m on the same path. I remember how I felt at the end of last season; I watched the finale and felt sad that I hadn’t made the changes that the contestants had. They had all changed so dramatically, and I stayed the same. But not THIS season, baby! This season, I’m shrinking and toning right along with them!

Now, I know the show is unrealistic. Taking people away from their day-to-day lives, severely restricting what they have available for food, and working out 6-8 hours a day is not the way the rest of us get to lose weight. I mean, I wish Bob would come and stand on MY back while I did pushups! Well, not really…

When I look at my life and all that I have going on, I realize that it is so hard to balance everything AND really concentrate on losing the weight. I have school, work, a business (that often feels like 6 or 7 businesses with all the crap I have to do to manage it), family, friends, a sex life that has to be tended to occasionally… and all those things want attention every day and none of those things are small, easy, or can be put off. On TOP of all of that, I have to focus – SERIOUSLY focus in a way I never have before – on losing weight. That means fitting in exercise and being very conscious about my food and water intake. The time I eat, what I eat, how much water I’ve had to drink, always having food prepared, looking at labels, cooking, and tracking it all. It’s a ton to manage. I have no idea how people with spouses or children do it. By the end of the week, all I want is a day alone to veg. If I don’t get that, the tendency has been that the rest of my week is thrown off because I didn’t have a day to mentally prepare. I just recently finished laundry that I’ve been ignoring for a month.

I fear a little for the people on TBL. In essence, they get a break from all that. They get to take 6 months or so and concentrate on nothing but their weight loss. But what happens when they have to go back to their lives and maintain this new lifestyle? It must be one hell of a challenge.

So maybe I should be grateful for the fact that I have to balance all this stuff AND lose weight. Maybe it’ll stick better for me than for them, because I had to do it the hard way.