Taco Bell’s slogan used to be “think outside the bun.” It was a clever twist on thinking outside the box. That’s what I am going to try and do today on my sports blog.
Most people would not consider NBC’s The Biggest Loser a sports program. Why not? There’s plenty of physical, sporting activity: running, weight lifting, tennis. Regular people with weight problems become athletes over the course of the reality show program as they, along with the help of athletic trainers, push their bodies week after week. Their workout regimens would impress and surpass many Olympic athletes.
I find this show inspiring. Obese Americans confront their emotions and their physiques with intensity. I admire the contestant’s tenacity and toughness.
This year that toughness and tenacity is being exhibited by teenagers. For the first time ever, The Biggest Loser is tackling the problem of childhood obesity. Three teen competitors, Sunny, Biingo and Lindsay are living at home but meeting regularly with the show’s trainers. It is fun to see the youngsters get excited about transforming their lives and the lives of their families.
Every American who struggles with their weight, myself included, should watch this program regularly. It will challenge and inspire you. It will also exhaust you as it reminds you this is a tough and ongoing journey we are all on. But we can do it if we exercise, lay off the Taco Bell, and think outside the bun.