10.20.09 Biggest Loser and the New You

Posted: October 21, 2009 in Biggest Loser, Discipleship, The Biggest Loser

Blue team won a challenge and got the option to either go home for a week, or send the black team home for a week which they did hoping to sabotage their weight lose by denying them their trainer, Jillian, and also thrusting them back into all sorts of temptations.

Dina lost in the elimination room.  DANNY LOST 15 POUNDS AT HOME!!! (I think 12 of those 15 pounds were from his tears 🙂 )

(Shifting topics) The other thing that has preoccupied my mind is 1 Peter.  I’m preaching a series in it now entitled Square Peg::Round Hole.  In short, how do you live an authentic Christian life when there are those around you who are less than supportive at best, outright antagonistic at worst.

I see some parallels with 1 Peter and the contestants who went home on the black team.  It was interesting to note a few things:

1.  When the Biggest Loser contestants went home and caught a glimpse of their “old life” by way of eating habits via their family members – they were repulsed.  This is not a bad thing.  You want Dina to be “repulsed” by what she used to eat and what she used to consume.  You don’t want her to long for the “old days.”  BUT how do you live as the “new you” without making everyone around you miserable or put-off by your new found repulsion?  There is always the tendency to be judgmental and verbally critical.  “Do you know how many calories are in that?”  “Do you know how many fat grams you just consumed?”  “I used to eat the whole thing [as if that is a bad thing while others around you listening have every intention of eating the whole thing].”  “Why don’t you put the rest in a doggie bag?”  Ever been around someone who once was fat, now are skinny, and they won’t shut up about it?  You want to punch them in the throat.  Same phenomenon can happen in Christianity.  How do you live a new life without being an overbearing judgmental &#* with those who have not yet joined you on that journey?

2.  When you get started in the “new you” a support system is critical.  Until the new way of life really becomes habit, almost automatic by way of response, it is VERY DIFFICULT to be around old contexts and old relationships and not be tempted to go back to what you once were.  This is why I can’t go to a Chinese Restaurant while trying to diet (I’m a two-plater in round one…if you know what I mean).  With cameras around poised to show the world what you ate, it might be a tad bit easier to remain disciplined, but when the cameras are gone and a cheesy burrito (or cheese fries) is thrust in front of me…bring it!!!  Some of the contestants had very little by way of support.  Dina and Shay especially came to mind.  It seems that for a season, the “new you” might need to be surrounded by those who can support you in your new life venture while the contexts of the “old you” might need to go by the wayside for a time (and maybe forever).  Interesting that in Dina’s after shots we never saw her husband.  I’m not saying they split.  She went  home and continued to lose weight.  Good for her.  But the only ones I saw around her was her son, and personal trainer.  When you get started in a new life in Jesus, you might not be able to hang out at that club on the weekends because you know what happens to you in thought and behavior when you do.  Until your “new life” becomes habit, almost automatic, going out for drinks with your co-workers might be off-limits because of the conversation (or gossip) that transpires is not what you now want for yourself.

It is a tight rope that requires much grace, wisdom, and discernment.  Living the “new you” while guarding yourself from relapse and at the same time genuinely loving everyone around you who may not celebrate or support (even if it is passively) the “new you” (and thus avoiding getting punched in the throat 🙂 ).

  1. Melissa says:

    Danny generally annoys me, but I loved the way he cooked and brought his whole family along with him last night. I also liked when he told his daughter he was taking time away from her now to go to the gym so he’d have much more time with her in the long run. I think the same lessons can be applied in someone’s spritual journey. Others are much more likely to get swept up in a spirit of love and enthusiasm than finger pointing and judging.

  2. WFMeyer says:

    Hi Sam, great post. I found you through WP Tag Surfer.

    You are so right about people who make positive changes in their life. They become evangelists for change: whether you are talking about a religious epiphany, losing weight, getting sober, or even going back to night school as an adult.

    It’s a delicate balancing act not to harp on it too much. To the point where people get annoyed with us – or worse – do the opposite just to spite us.

    It’s best to be able to recognize when someone is in need of the type of answers we can provide. It’s at those times they are most likely to act.

    As you said, a strong support system is key to enable you to make lasting change. Nothing can be truer. It’s very hard walking up a hill of loose sand, but it becomes an absolute burden when those you love keep making that hill larger.

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