Cable TV (or a holiday past time)

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.

Secret Overeaters

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

The article gives you an idea of this guy's stubbornness! source:
The article gives you an idea of this guy’s stubbornness!

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!

Four Weddings

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?).

Wife Swap


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?

16 Replies to “Cable TV (or a holiday past time)”

  1. There's some pretty bad TV programming there, although my love of design I would watch Selling Home Australia. Are you all Tv'ed out now?

    1. I am totally TV'ed out last night, and almost asked the BF if I could abstain from watching a show together with him (which is our common after dinner habit). I'm pleased to be at work today and using my brain a whole lot more!

    1. Phew, at least I'm not the only one. To be honest, I get over the wedding ones pretty quickly, they just seem so shallow! I actually found the weight loss ones more captivating than I imagined. There were more than these titles that I watched too… but, well.. brevity in my post length?

  2. I’m certain you woukd have made a wonderful impression on the BF’s parents, with or without TV! I can definitely get stuck watching renovation shows – the funniest thing is my 9yo loves watching them, too. We have discussions over the shade of paint and so on. I think I’d love the ‘secret food filming’ one! I’m not so much into brides and fashion, but then I make up for it with a love for ‘disaster’ shows (yikes – what does that say about me?!) Aircrash Investigation used to keep me hooked back in our bad old Fox$tel days (not so good for DH who was travelling a lot for work then!)

    1. Hahaha thanks!

      See the BF doesn't like the reno shows (which is a shame, as I tend to think of them as more gender neutral). He did like the Dragon's Den, which he'd not seen before.

      The secret food filming spoke volumes and I've already started a food diary. Accountability is the first step, for sure.

      Oh, there was air crash investigations on free to air whilst we were away, the BF's dad told me about what he'd seen. They can creep me out too – I did briefly watch home made videos of the Japan Tsunami, but it was too real for me, and I switched back to some fluff!

    1. Oh Candi – thank you – I agree, some of it isn't trash, though it's still in this newer age of reality TV, so I suppose I bundled them up.

      Wife swap is nice cause they always seem to learn. I did watch a bit of Teen Mom 2, but it just seemed so blah – a little too much sitting around talking to friends about new guys and the fathers. But, I do know the original teen moms, and their stories, so I'm obviously not that high and mighty!

  3. I'm a trashy TV lover. Mr Sans is aghast at my ability to endure hours of the stuff. He often comments, "You have a university education. Turn this off." I would love to have watched the eating shows, and the selling home show. Pop culture is my knowledge strength (if that's the right word?) I was able to do the pop song quiz in today's SMH. Couldn't do any of the previous ones.

    Don't have pay tv, because it is too addictive. And if BF's family have it, they must watch trash too!!! Just better at hiding it.

    1. Oh I'm so pleased I'm not alone!

      Pay TV is totally too addictive, and I did whisper to the BF 'if we get cable, I' end up being super fat'. I think that's enough for him to stop it passing out threshold!

  4. These shows are meant to suck you in and no one can blame you for watching tv when you're sick! 🙂 When hubby and I were looking for houses, someone suggested we watch House Hunters – a show where people tour 3 houses and then choose one to bid on. We devoured that show (it's on almost daily so that didn't help) for the few months we were looking at houses. Thank goodness it lost its allure once we moved to our place or else I might still be sitting on the couch watching!

    1. Thanks Amanda! I can imagine some shows can be pretty informative if you're going through the same experience – even just learning terminology of different dress styles, or house types.

  5. I've seen clips of Superskinny vs Supersized. I think it's a really good show. They should do an American version if they don't have one already. Now I'm going to have to try and search for it again.

    1. It is a pretty good idea, and thankfully lots of medical assistance, so it's not just radical weight gain or loss unhealthily. I hope you found some to watch!

      Thanks for your comment, it's been a while!

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