Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Biggest Loser

Being HarperGirl, I am obviously obsessed with Bob Harper. I watch the Biggest Loser every week and people ask me all the time what I thought of the episodes. Does anyone else think that this might be Dolvette's last season? I never see much of him this season....This week was makeover week, and the nostalgia was so thick in the air for me that it was tangible. They got to have complete head-to-toe makeovers, which is amazing, and surprised their families after 10 weeks on the Ranch!

In April 2011, I had "that moment" in the dressing room. I still remember it. I was in a upscale secondhand store, Plato's Closet, with my mother who was visiting us in North Carolina before our big move to Japan. I needed to get clothes to take with me for this massive trip overseas, because lets face it; no one wants to shop at the BX for clothes. I had dropped so much weight, but I was afraid every time I went to try on something the next size down. I was afraid of that huge let down! The dressing room had never, ever been a friend of mine. When you're a size 20, squeezing into 18's, the dressing room becomes this horrible, frightening place of shame and regret.

            --My mom and I on that trip--
I was wearing a six 6 at that time, but I just wanted to try a 4 just to see how much work I had ahead of me. My mom grabbed a pair of Anne Taylor's with the tags still on them and I took them from her. I stared at them for a few minutes. I thought to myself "you know, this could crush your spirit and ruin your entire day if they don't fit", but I pushed it to the back of my mind. It would either be the best day of my entire year, or it would be a reminder that I had more work to do. I slipped them on, and they actually fit. I was jumping up and down! I was screaming! I could hear my mother outside the dressing room door to the sales people "it's okay, she just lost 100lbs and this is her moment!". I cried. My mom doesn't know that, but I cried in that tiny dressing room. I have never been that small, even in my teen years. I surpassed my lowest point in my entire adolescent years. It's something that I'll never forget.

Not only did I get the clothes, but I had my long hair chopped off and I went from brunette to blond. I had my own version of makeover week! My mom and I went to the spa, had massages....it was awesome.

So yes, makeover week is a BIG deal to the contestants. It's that point where you get to reinvent yourselves. I got to decide how I would look. I didn't have to pick out clothes from the Plus-Size section. I didn't have to find clothes that hid more of the fat I didn't want people to see. I got to wear clothes that showed off the nice hips I have. I got to style myself. I loved that shopping trip with my mom.

It was nice remembering that time today. It made me wish I could click my heels three times and be back home. It's been almost 2 years since I was in the United States. Sigh.

Stay Strong.
HarperGirl

PS-I'll be posting week 1 results on Bob's new program. And yes, I DO have results already!!!

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