Reality Isn't Always "Real"

Good morning and Happy Hump Day! This week is flying by. Let’s talk about a couple of things today.

QVC Test Tubes

Tons of companies out there have jumped on the band wagon of “monthly subscriptions.” You can get beauty products, products for running/yoga/etc., healthy snacks, vegan snacks, clothes, etc., etc. They are typically around $20 per month. I have purchased a few and been sent a few for free and have never been that thrilled. QVC jumped on board with a product called the Beauty Test Tube that is quarterly. I received my second Test Tube yesterday and LOVE it. You get the products, a beauty magazine, and a booklet that tells you how to use the products.

QVC Test Tube
QVC Test Tube

Included in this test tube:

0.85-fl oz Alterna Bamboo Dry Oil Mist
0.16-fl oz Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Mask
0.16-fl oz IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara (wearing today)
0.06-oz Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick (wearing today)
0.07-fl oz philosophy miracle worker retinoid eye repair (already love this)
0.5-fl oz Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer
0.34-fl oz Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil (tried this morning)
4-fl oz WEN by Chaz Dean Pomegranate Finishing Treatment Creme (tried yesterday)

As you can see, I am already putting them to good use. I love trying new cosmetics and this is a fabulous way to test multiple items without breaking the bank. These are great size samples, not just one time only. Total cost (products + tax + shipping) was around $40 for me. If you love getting subscription boxes, you might want to consider the QVC Test Tube. I will keep you posted on the individual items. I am sure I will love some and not others.

The Biggest Loser

The Biggest Loser season premiere was last night. I can’t believe they are already on Season 15. The theme of this season is second chances – as in a second chance at life. Some of the contestants have very compelling and inspiring stories. This time the trainers got to help select the contestants. If you are an American Idol fan, one of the contests should look familiar – Ruben Studdard.

The thing I want you to remember about Biggest Loser is that it is a reality show and ultimately a game (winner gets $250,000). Yes, people can change their lives on this show. But please don’t compare your weight loss or exercise routine to them. Everyone is different and everyone’s setting is different. While they are on a “reality” show, it is as far from reality as possible. The contestants’ only responsibility is to count calories in/calories out. They can exercise more than 8 hours a day at times. They have trainers and medical staff at their beck and call. The “real world” is completely different. We have jobs, families, cleaning, shopping, etc. to do. Yes, one gentleman last night dropped 38 pounds (in what they want you to believe is a week’s time). In my opinion, that just can’t be healthy. And yes, I know a LOT of it is water weight.

I would LOVE to know what percentage of people who left in weeks 1 to 4 have maintained their weight loss vs those that spend the majority of their time on the ranch. You hear of many winners, runners-up, final four who have regained their weight and I wonder if it is because they didn’t lose the weight in “the real world” but in a scripted reality away from responsibilities.

I plan on sharing this tweet again on Friday, but I think it should also be shared here. The fabulous Crystal of Train Dirty Fitness tweeted:

Think about that. No shots, no pills, no starvation diets. Lose weight in a way that is MAINTAINABLE for life. Will it take longer? Probably. Will it be worth it? ABSOLUTELY.

Do you watch Biggest Loser? What are your thoughts? Would you ever want to go on a reality show? Which one and why?

Have a healthy day!


3 Responses to “Reality Isn't Always "Real"”

  1. I have a good friend who is CURRENTLY on a reality show and it is all even LESS REAL than this cynic had previously surmised ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I think in the “good old days” of reality TV, it was real, but now? It’s such a joke!
    One of my school kids was on a MTV show called “Made” a few years back and they shot a scene in my office {I was famous for 10 seconds}. Well, they made us do the shot 5 times. HOW IS THAT REAL?!?!

  3. Don’t do anything to lose weight that you aren’t willing to do for the rest of your life…love that quote!!