I couldn’t attend my Yoga session with Tenille yesterday evening. Andy had to get to another job and I was car-less. I was disappointed, but settled down in front of the tele with a green tea and carrot sticks with hummus. While channel hoping, I came across a show that I had not seen in a long while called X-weighted. X-weighted is a lifestyle documentary (reality show) that focuses on an individual trying to lose weight and transform their life. The shows consists of a self-esteem/stylist coach, Fred Connors, who helps to give the participant a mind and style make-over. For example, if the person is a lady and is wearing elastic waist pants and granny panties, Fred puts a stop to that nonsense! There is also a personal trainer, Paul Plakas, who implements an exercise and healthy eating plan to help with weight loss. During this whole process, the participant must document their successes, struggles and any eating infidelities on a vlog diary that they must share with viewers. Sometimes these vlogs dig deep and can get pretty emotional as the individual discusses why they are over-eating. During the half way point of the show and the very end, the participant must have a weigh-in and measurements taken to mark any progress or lack there of. For the most part, it is a success story and there is a happy outcome of a new fabulous wardrobe, weight loss and renewed attitude of never going back to their couch potato habits. Other times, the individual is very stubborn and refuses to alter their eating plan, cheats a lot and throws in the towel in Paul’s tough boot camp style training. Paul Plakas is very compassionate to the person’s goal, but he doesn’t accept excuses or wimps. I believe we call this tough love. I’ve seen a lady become so enraged when Paul asks her to jog instead of walk, that she storms away from the camera cursing and crying. Before observing the participant on a strength, cardio and flexibility test and designing an individual program, Paul Plakas raids the kitchen of the participant, leaving no cupboard or fridge crisper unturned. Often he will find processed foods, like frozen dinners, hotdogs, pogo sticks, and frozen pizzas in addition to chips, cookies and ice-cream, just to name a few crappy food choices. The negative is, very little or no fruits, vegetables, whole grains or fresh meat is found. Often it was parents blaming their children on the poor food choices, giving excuses such as, “that is Billy’s after school snacks.” Paul would often respond by saying, “Don’t you love Billy? Why would you feed him that junk and set him up for a life of health or weight issues? I don’t see a fruit or vegetable in that fridge.” Good reply Paul.
I wondered right now if Paul Plakas were to raid my kitchen, what would he find? I will say right now that he would not find nary a pogo stick, but it would not be all good. Let’s take an honest look inside my kitchen.
First “the good:”
Now for the “not so good:”
Over all, not too bad. I also have a large bottle of Purolivia, a mixture of canola and olive oil which I use in cooking. Once that bottle is over, I will make the switch to coconut oil for cooking. This is what my basic diet essentials are right now. (the wine isn’t an essential, just an indulgence. But look. Only one bottle!) Let me just say that Andy is more the white starch person. He does not like the taste of whole wheat pasta or brown rice, and does not use them in his cooking. If he makes a white rice pilaf, I do eat it, but in moderation. Moderation is still my philosophy and I believe it is the best method for me to control my weight. We do not at all use the white sugar and it is reserved for guests. So, I think Paul Plakas would be pleased. I should be reaching my goals. We shall soon see because my one year measurements will be taken later this month. Happy, healthy and peaceful August!
For more information about X-weighted and Paul Plakas click on the links below.