Jewish Journal

-The Biggest Loser -Meet “MIMI”

by Chava Tombosky

June 3, 2011 | 3:24 pm

Mimi is my 22 year-old-sister. She is fourteen years younger than I am. She is the one sibling that I know will look after me when I’m old and feeble and unable to pick out my own clothes. She is the most caring sister. Mimi is a ravishing beauty and much like my father, she gives the best hugs. Unfortunately she was pretty moody during this diet, mostly because she spends all day cooking in culinary school, and couldn’t taste any of her delicacies. Of course, the food she makes isn’t kosher hindering her testing abilities anyways, but I think the lack of sugar and inability to chow down after braising pork all day, made things even more challenging. Out of all of us, she has the strongest willpower of anyone I know.  Although she hates to exercise, she still manages to beat us all at our own game with her mind over matter dedication.  Mimi is studying to become a pastry chef, which means her goal is to spend her entire life surrounded by chocolate velvet cake, banana muffins, and cinnamon streusel.  See what I mean? Willpower.

Here’s what Mimi had to say about our Biggest Loser Competition:

1.  How much weight did you need to lose?

          “I needed to lose 20 pounds since unfortunately I got the Shallman genes real bad. (Thanks Bubby)”

2.  What have you done to change your habits over the past few weeks?

          “I stopped eating everything that makes me happy.  All I eat is celery, and leafy greens over white protein. Let’s just say I haven’t been my perky self these past few weeks.”

3.  Who in the family do you really want to beat?

          “I don’t need to beat anyone, I just don’t want Tova to win. In the event, I lose, G-d Forbid, I secretly hope that Robbie will be the biggest loser. Mostly ‘cause I know he won’t make us pay up.”   

        (Okay this is me, chava- I need to comment here. Robbie is my husband. And uh, if he wins, ya he’s taking everyone’s cash.)

4.  What do you plan on doing with the $400?

        “A ticket. Anywhere.  The family’s been a little grumpy since starving themselves for the past few weeks.”

5.  Are you proud with your progress?

        “I could have done better if I exercised more.  I would have gotten on a treadmill or climbed an elliptical, but I really didn’t want to disturb my heart’s slumber.”

6.  Do you plan on spending any of your $400 on Chava?

        “I’ll buy her an ice cream cone.”

7.  Will you continue eating better and exercising even after the deadline?

        “I like making good food choices and feeling great about myself. I will probably still use my treadmill as a hanger. I hate that damn thing. It just sits there staring at me mocking me- I get it you move fast, I don’t- I hate YOU.”

8.  Most importantly, what do you plan on eating the second this wager is over?

        “Nothing too fattening, summer is around the corner. What? Ma made cheesecake?”

9.  Would you consider doing another 8 week Biggest Loser competition, and if so, how much mula are you willing to put in the pot next time?

        “Hell to the no. The family emails daily were too much to handle. Every day I had to hear about what everyone was eating.  It just made me hungrier.”

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