For the week I was in Perth, visiting the BF’s family, I enjoyed the benefits of cable TV (Foxtel). Oh my my my, if I made a good impression with his parents with my conversation, looks or helpfulness, it may have all been undone by my taste in television. And if not, certainly for the QUANTITY of TV I squeezed into a week’s holiday!
Rest assured, we took a road trip to the south, ate out, did some shopping and saw some sites, as well as meeting some of the BF’s hometown friends. But it was hot, and the BF got sick, with me following suit in the final days. So TV watching filled all those gaps.
I can spare you many hours of morbid fascination, I shall summarise the trash I watched, and if I have any insights from my viewings!
Superskinny vs Supersized
I only watched one episode of this, but sorely wish I could have seen another. A doctor combines one underweight women with an overweight women for four days in the feeding clinic. During that time, the two women eat the diet of the other, whilst discussing how they feel. The episode I saw had a competitive marathoner (Kim) paired with an overweight lady Tracey (whose job is not memorable). What amazed is how the marathon runner applied her determination from running to eating overladen plates of fatty, fried food. She talks about the feelings she has, in her mouth, in her stomach, but also the emotional reactions to eating the quantities, as well as processed meat. The overweight lady follow the marathon runner’s mainly liquid diet, and balks at eating fish one night. Interestingly, the camaraderie that develops between the two women sees Tracey eat fish the following night. She explains that she let the runner down, and that it’s a mind over matter thing.
Overall, the two ladies spend 12 weeks apart (the miracle length I think for a diet to start showing effects), and both have eating plans – the runner set at 2900 calories and the overweight lady at 1900 calories. They meet after the 12 weeks, and both have seen improvements in their bodies and their weight.
To keep on theme with the above (rest assured, there are other themes of TV shows I watched). Precious and her sister Florence swear they eat 1200 calories a day, work out regularly but can’t seem to shift the weight from their curvaceous figures. In the way that only a TV show could, they video everything they eat for five days, including having two private detectives follow them! The video evidence shows huge portions, regular take out (despite promises they seldom it it), multiple meals and the idea that anything eaten an hour after exercise doesn’t count! (oh, I wish!).
What I learnt from this show is how warped one’s idea can be about the quantity and the type of food eaten. I am incredibly tempted to start my own food diary (and bore blog readers?) to try and account for the 8 kgs I’ve gained since university years. I, too, am convinced I infrequently eat unhealthily, but clearly that’s no true!
Selling Home Australia
Another love of mine is home renovation. This show takes unrealistic vendors (at least in the two shows I saw) who want to sell their property for far too much, despite it being dated, ugly, old and generally unappealing. Stubborn vendors are shown comparable properties at their proposed selling point, but seldom seem to want to adjust their sales expectations. Some how, the host weasels them out of some money to renovate the houses superficially and hopefully sell the property. The house in Maroubra *finally* sold for 1.4 million after being passed in at auction. The terrace in Redfern (which I know well from walking past) didn’t sell, and the auction was cancelled due to the agent realising her and the vendors sales hopes didn’t reflect the interest in the market. The vendors were eye rollingly greedy (see the link in the photo credit!), but I did enjoy seeing properties being spruced up! Hire furniture just makes me swoon. Maybe it’s the ultimate in minimalist living it represents?
It did sell in May 2013 for $825,000.
Say Yes to the Dress
This, unbeknownst to me, has a New York series *and* a Atlanta series. And I’ve watched both. Atlanta comes with things like ‘a southern gurl’ and ‘I respect my elders’ (so the dress store lady better be firm in telling grandma that this lace sleeve business is NOT ok!). I was gobsmakced that someone spent $13,500 on a Panina gown. I’d look up how to spell that, but it might be a step too far for the BF! Seriously, most of these brides care only for Panina – here I was thinking Vera Wang was the name in weddings (maybe she is still – on a scale far greater than $13,500!) Some women even wanted a ‘second’ dress – you know, one for the reception, and one for the ceremony. I got sick and tired of this show fast – far faster than the networks were churning them out!
See, another theme emerges – weddings. Here, four brides bitchily rate their three other brides’ weddings. The bride with the highest ‘score’ wins a honeymoon. There is a lot of self absorbed moments, and depending on the episode, the girls can be horrendous or lovely, but there’s always some competition. This show taught me that it’s customary to have drinks (and even as much as a food buffet) before the sit down meal! Seriously – two feeding frenzies! I also noticed that the alternate serve idea isn’t big in the US like here in Australia. You either get what you’re given (and it’s all the same), you get served from a number of options (I think this is called ‘family style’) or you order in advance. All these are things I’ve never experienced at Australian weddings (yet?).
An oldie but a goodie! I’ve been known to pass other summers finding episodes of this show on YouTube (yes, readers, if you thought I was at all high brow, I’ve certainly ruined that for you now!). I love this show’s concept – wives move to other families for a week. For the first half, they follow the rules set by the absent wife. The second half, things get nasty! Wives try to implement more of ‘their’ way. The genius of this show is in the casting – they find two families with a clear ‘opposite’ – whether in organisation, hobbies, labour splits between parents or children etc. By doing this, and finding two examples in the extreme realms, helps to moderate both families to seek a middle ground. They must have outstanding producers behind the scenes, as every episode seems to result in some adjustments to family life for the better.
Any trashy TV habits out there, or are my learned readers all book worms only?