TV scheduling alert! Tonight is a huge night for weight-loss TV. First at 8:00 NBC has two hours of The Biggest Loser. Then at 10:00 ABC has a one-hour special, People Magazine's Half Their Size, which follows eight people from Mississippi losing weight over a nine-month period.
Along with millions of others I will be voyeuristically watching (that is after I get home from yoga at 8:30 or s0). Sure, it's easy enough to lose weight (and I'm not being completely facetious here), but to expose yourself to the world (both figuratively and literally) while doing it? That takes a lot of guts.
I recently came across a picture of myself from about five years ago on my computer, and I just about fainted. That picture was not me, and I don't think anyone who saw now it would believe it was ever me. (And no one ever will see it, not unless they are searching my computer over my cold, dead body. And I expect to outlive that computer.) I could have just deleted it, I guess, but I didn't. I think I want to keep it around (though buried far out of sight) just in case the whoopie pies ever get too tempting.
And maybe that's why I watch TV shows like the Biggest Loser and read weight loss memoirs and diet books. Just to remind me that I was once one of those people too (except that they get a chance to win $250,000, and I just got a huge Macy's bill for all the new clothes I had to buy).