Biggest Loser: Family Edition. Getting Philosophical About It

I love me some ice cream.

If a big slab of meaty ribs is cooking in the woods, and nobody can smell them, are they really there? 

It has been a week of good news/bad news in the family summer weight-loss challenge.

  • The good news is… I’ve been faithful to my diet all week.
    The bad news is… that’s because I’ve had a rotten cold.
    The good news is…lacking a sense of smell or taste, I haven’t wanted to eat much.
    The bad news is … I risked death by food poisoning every time I ate something since I couldn’t smell if it had gone bad.
    The good news is…food poisoning would be a wonderful jump-start to the diet.
    The bad news is…that kind of weight loss comes back pretty quickly once they hook you up to the IVs.
  • The good news is…sister-in-law Lisa spent a week partying in Chicago, thereby derailing her diet for sure.
    The bad news is…she sent pictures of herself going on a 4-hour bike ride there.
    The good news is…the bike rental shop was next door to Gino’s.  They were running a 2-for-1 special on Appletinis with purchase of deep-dish pizza.
  • The bad news is…sister Terry has been vigilant in going swimming every day.
    The good news is…the pool has one of those swim-up Tiki bars so she can get a daiquiri after every lap.
  • The bad news is…sister Mary Kay reported a 2 pound weight gain last week.  Hang in there, MK.  I believe in you.  Keep it up!
    The good news is…sister Mary Kay reported a 2 pound weight gain last week.  Hang in there, MK.  I believe in you.  Keep it up!
  • The good news is…sister Judy finally bought a scale.
    The bad news is…it shows she lost 2 pounds.
  • The bad news is…the stress of preparing for her son’s graduation party has kept sister Carolyn from eating much.
    The good news is…the party this weekend is sure to feature lots of yummy foods to tempt everyone.
    The bad news is…she may be too busy with hostess duties to eat.
    The good news is…she’ll end up taking 8 pounds of leftover potato salad and half of a table-sized chocolate sheet cake home with her.
  • The bad news is…sister Lib also had a rotten cold all week, so probably lost weight.
    The good news is…no good news here.  She lost weight and feels miserable.  I may be in it to win it, but I’m not a sadist.
  • The good news is…Mom has been playing it pretty close to the vest, which might mean she was struggling with temptation this week.
    The bad news is…Mom has been playing it close to the vest, which might mean she is hiding a big weight loss, lulling us all into a false sense of security.  My Mom is a saint walking among us, but she can also be pretty devious.

I haven’t darkened the doorway at the Y at all this week, lacking the basic ability to breath without looking like an extra from Deliverance (what my sister Carolyn eloquently refers to as a toothless mouth-breather.)

So there you have it.   Until next week, bon dietito!

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20 Responses to Biggest Loser: Family Edition. Getting Philosophical About It

  1. Tar-Buns says:

    Hardy har, har, Peg. There is NOT a tiki bar at the pool I exercise/swim at. Nice try, though.

    Mom called me yesterday with an update: she’s lost 6lbs to date in the challenge. No update from Jude Bude this week, or Carolyn. A few of the gals are weighing in on Wed. No word from Lisa, either. Lib has been suffering like you so not sure of any update for this week.

    Carolyn’s party will be a temptation, I’m sure. Of course, the impending “ring of fire” (the weatherman’s words) coming our way starting Sat will make us all sweat like piglets for most of next week. Ring of Fire meaning we’re going to get VERY hot and HUMID this weekend and stay that way into next week. So love my central air!

    Hope you are feeling better so you will enjoy the fine food this weekend – after all, that’s what we do when we gather for family affairs – EAT!


    • pegoleg says:

      Can’t believe your pool doesn’t have a swim-up Tiki bar. Uncivilized!

      Good for Mom! We need an update from everyone else – unless we want to wait until the end? By the way, when is the end? I think we need to pick a date.


  2. MKC says:

    So many roadblocks this summer! Thanks for updating us all on the challenge, although it’s alittle depressing. Hoping you are good as new and ready to chow down at Andy’s party!!!


  3. Jackie says:

    You’re going to win this Peg. You are because I said so. I hope you and the sis feel better. What’s the deadline for final weigh in?


  4. egills says:

    I was going to say something supportive then but I keep getting side tracked by a swimming pool that has a swim-up bar?! Oh wow.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon.


    • pegoleg says:

      If more YMCA’s would install that kiind of facility, they’d get a lot more people to exercise. Almost slept through the night last night, so hope springs eternal.


  5. Tori Nelson says:

    This post is hilarious (minus the part where you suffer from the funk). I lost seven pounds over two weeks when I was sick…. of course I ate plates of raw veggies because I couldn’t taste anything.


  6. You should all be proud that you’re still talking to one another. Now that’s love!


  7. Sandy Sue says:

    Feel better soon. Feed a cold, starve a fever!


  8. Libertarian says:

    Your image choice once again reflects the love-’em-and-leave-’em types I seem to run into!! If only they gave me with a chocolate ice cream cone beforehand, I could deal with it! 🙂


    • pegoleg says:

      That picture reflects your usual type of bohunk guy? Lib, you’ve been holding out on me. Do tell! (Are you feeling any better, or will this weekend be a snot-o-rama?)


  9. Jane says:

    Is this contest all on the honor system?


    • Tar-Buns says:

      Hi Jane,
      Yup, pretty much the honor system. The grand finale will compare total loss to starting weight for total % weight loss, like the show. Only problem is participants are NOT being good about reporting in every week. Hence, Peg has to visualize or create, the actual weekly doings. But, stay with us. It will all be revealed … in one way or another.


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