I spent the last two weeks at home with a terrible case of bronchitis. Too sick and contagious to work, I vegged out on the couch and spent my time watching daytime T.V. Now that’s an experience, especially for us baby boomers.
I watched the last episodes of the Oprah Winfrey Show, lots of Dr. Oz (both shows are great for women over 50); morning talk shows; afternoon talk shows; The Lifetime Channel; The Classic Movie Channel; and of course all the commercials – and there are many. All this shows led me to the discovery that our country is obsessed with challenges. Why? I ask. Isn’t living life itself challenging enough? Why do we have to break it down? Give it a name? The media is so good at seducing us with “challenges” and the products we need to overcome them. Here are some of the tempting challenges even I contemplated while lying on the couch.
- The weight loss challenge (by far the most numerous) I was particularly drawn to the Dr. Oz challenge to reboot your body in just two weeks! He also has the ultimate anti-ageing challenge, and the sleep challenge, too.
- Jillian Michaels fitness challenge
- Dr.Phil’s family weight loss challenge
- Here’s one I like, it’s twofold: anti-ageing and it will give you a new career while going to Botox school:
- Suze Orman has the ultimate financial challenge, plus mini ones where you can save $100/mo:
- The teeth whitening challenge sponsored by Arm and Hammer:
Well, here’s my response to all this. Really people? Just take an anti-depressant and get on with it.