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Shows you should be watching, part 4

September 29, 2009

When: Tuesdays

What: The Biggest Loser

Why: Because there is something indescribably gratifying about watching other people exercise. It makes you kind of want to do sit ups but also eat a pint of ice cream while you’re on your couch, screaming along with Bob and Jillian.

Have you met Bob and Jillian?

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Know you of their motivational power and lung capacity and penchant for dirty words? They are my heros.

The Biggest Loser is going 8 seasons strong in the US, hosted by Allison Sweeney and with a new crew of eyebrow-raisingly overweight contestants each season. This season we have a motley crew indeed, featuring the heaviest person ever weighed in to the “ranch,” the first ever previous-contestant welcomed back (last seasons’ heaviest), and the contestant with the saddest-ever sob-inducing life story (seriously, I’m not kidding—there have been two episodes so far and I’ve cried at both).

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It’s fun to sit in your comfy chair and watch other people exercise, and the weigh-ins each week are as nerve-wracking as they are uplifting. There’s something about watching people accomplish life-long goals, one week at a time, that is at its foundation truly inspiring. I love it; I love makeovers, I love weigh ins, I love trainers, and I love when I’ve also gone to the gym on Tuesdays and can thus justify eating the rest of the entire zucchini cake and an ice cream sandwich.

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