My wife saw Kirstie Alley on a talk show last week, which
inspired her to record her new A&E series, “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life.”  I planned to avoid it!

But the other night, while she was watching it, I was so tired;
all I could do was plop in front of the TV.  I’m embarrassed to say, but I actually liked that show.

Fearing it was just another exploitative reality trash TV
show, I have to admit, I was skeptical. 
But Kirstie Alley is truly funny. 
Her life with over-the-top posh house, over a hundred animals, fawning
staff, the “chubby buddy” and interviews with potential coaches was really

Sure, she’s planning to launch a line of weight loss
products and clothes.  Oh my.  Yes, it’s the kind of thing – that fat
on TV melodrama – but I find the actress/comedienne really authentic and truly
entertaining.  If I were her, I’d
do the same thing.  After all,
aren’t we all trying to make something out of our predicaments?  Something positive, and make a living doing

Does her new series do anything for all of us who struggle
with overeating and weight loss? 
Yes, I think Alley’s admissions of why she is fat, and how much she
weighs, and how she shares her true feelings (disgust, pain, embarrassment,
false hopes) and then does her best to do something, may be inspiring.

Ultimately, I relate to Kirstie Alley.  She’s one of us.


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