Day One Hundred and Seven!!!!
I think it is amazing how you can see weight being packed on overtime. Right now I am watching The Great British Baking show, which I’m sure you can gather from the title, mainly consists of bakers competing for who is the best baker in Great Britain. According to the wisdom of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, that is.
I am currently watching an episode from season 15 and I cannot believe how much weight everyone has gained. Even Mary Berry, the most birdlike of tasters, pecking at the desserts to judge them, has gained a noticeable amount of weight in her rear end. Paul Hollywood was always robust, but there are definitely some added pounds on his middle section. I think, honestly, the most noticeable weight gain however is on one of the hosts, Sue Perkins. At first she was reasonably slender, even with the cover of her blazer and frumpy jeans, her relatively trim body was noticeable. But, as I am watching this episode, unlike my thoughts on Mary Berry, where the surprise is, “She looks like she gained weight in her ass” the thought about Sue is more like, “holy shit! She has gained a significant amount of weight!”
Now please don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to body shame anybody, the real point I am trying to make is that weight can sneak up on you, especially when you are working around sweets. I think I have mentioned several times how working in a restaurant has helped me gain a few pounds.
Another point however is, these people work in TV and yet, the need to have to taste test the treats etc. produced on the show, has overpowered the ability to maintain their physique, it isn’t enough for them to know how to maintain their weight, when they are around baking.
I mean COME ON! We see all these celebrities gain and lose weight, gain and lose, gain and lose. American talk show host Opera for instance, was very good at marketing weight loss campaigns… but not very good at actually keeping the weight off, and she had a personal chef.
These celebrities, have been exposed to not only the life of fame and fortune, but also are constantly having the opportunity to eat, being praised for it, and worst of all, being paid for it, and not knowing how to maintain themselves at the same time.
Now, imagine if you weren’t on TV, you are without the demanding social pressure that people involved in the media have for having an attractive body. You are like you, a person who works in an office, or sweeps floors all day, or works from home. What motivates you to remain thin and manage your food intake, even in the face of baked goods brought in to your workplace? The clue is to be able to know yourself, your limits and your need to have structure to tell you when it is that it is ok to eat and when it is ok to not eat. The question is how do you know?
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