Left Wing, Right Wing Weight Loss Camp
What happens when you put an agnostic left wing and a Pentecostal right wing on a weight loss program in the same house?
Jane is a single and childless 56 year-old from New York City with a PhD in clinical psychology plus an MBA who is an agnostic liberal. Corey, is a 44-year-old truck driver, family man and devout Pentecostal from the Midwest with very conservative political views. Their first discussions were political and very enlightening, as neither had ever met another person in such direct opposition to their own beliefs. As their residential weight loss camp host, I was concerned about giving them opportunity to engage in heated political discussions. After all, they will share a 3-month live-in weight loss experience together. Shopping, preparing meals, and participating in 5 hours of workouts daily leaves a lot of time for interaction.
There is something rather unifying about being away from home in a very controlled environment among others with a common goal. Each person attending a live-in weight loss camp has a made a strong commitment to meet personal health and fitness goals while adopting a new lifestyle. Total immersion in a regimented and well-supervised program provides weight loss clients with every advantage to avoid distraction or temptation. To take off work, leaving home and family to invest time and finances for a single goal is a strong commitment. For those who have made that decision, there is a common understanding, which allows them to relate to one another on a level that others cannot.
Fortunately for me, Jane and Corey bonded with the common goal of getting the most out of the program and encouraging one another. It could certainly have gone differently when you put an agnostic left wing and a Pentecostal right wing in the same house.Continued on the next page