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    Last night's show was really pretty depressing. I felt sorry for her but really kind of hopeless. I don't know how she copes with the challenges of her life and I only hope she can continue on a healthier path. Her ability to run was phenominal at her weight.
    One positive thing that stood out to me last night was Chris's comment that every morning when the alarm goes off you make a decision as to what kind of day/person you will be. It was a good way to put it and sent me to the bike this morning!

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    I have mixed feelings about Krista. Yes, she has a horrible situation with her daughter and yes taking care of her is a full time job. I can see without a car Krista feels trapped in her house for the last 5 yrs. She is very isolated and probably feels incredibly guilty about her daughter's condition. I am not saying she is responsible for her daughter's condition but like many parents she wonders if she did something to cause her daughter's condition and blames herself. All these factors, the stress, the isolation, the guilt, can lead to depression and self medication. In Krista's case instead of drugs or alcohol she overdosed on food to the tune of 200lbs. It was pretty obvious that she was not a light weight when she got married but her stressful situation just compounded her bad eating habits. Still there is a certain point where you just have to suck it up. Everyone has something in there lives. Life does stop because you are in debt, have a medical condition or a handicapped child. Krista knows she had to do something but it was a very uphill battle. I am glad that Chris recognized that there was a problem and offered to get Krista someone to talk to.

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    Start weight: 445lbs - about 270lbs overweight - that would make her goal wt 170lbs

    phase 1 goal: 100lbs - actual wt lost: 105lbs - wt: 340lbs

    gained 25lbs - Chris visited - Krista got back on track and actually lost 75lbs - the 75 lbs is made up of the 25lbs she gained and lost in addition to 45lbs

    phase 2 goal: 60lbs - actual wt lost: 45lbs - wt: 295lbs


    phase 3 goal: 75lbs - actual wt lost: 30lbs - wt: 325lbs

    Krista gained 30lbs

    phase 4 goal: __ lbs - actual wt lost: 60lbs - wt: 265lbs


    I do like that Chris pointed out that Krista needed to find what motivated her to stick to the food and exercise plan. It was very obvious that she found a form of cardio she liked to do and that was running. Very impressed that she did the 5K's and half marathon. It was very obvious that Krista's plans in dealing with anything stressful or painful or uncomfortable was to quit. She does not have an alternate plan of how to react to situations in life.

    Just an FYI as to woman's dress sizing. Yeah, a 265lb female fits into a size 18 dress? That's very generous sizing.

    This series has been picked up for a second season, I do hope they have a follow up to the season participants as I would like to know if they were able to continue their reshaping of their lifestyles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearcata View Post

    Just an FYI as to woman's dress sizing. Yeah, a 265lb female fits into a size 18 dress? That's very generous sizing.
    Bearcata, I caught that about the dress, too. I own a bridal shop and can tell you that bridal gowns run small - very small. There is NO WAY she was wearing a size 18 wedding gown. I also carry plus size dresses and she looked to me to be more a size 22 or 24 - even with accounting for the camera adding pounds.

    I weigh 100 pounds less than her and am of average height and I would be hard pressed to fit into a size 18 wedding gown.

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    They had Staci, Krista, and one of the other guys (can't remember his name, but he start off closer to 600 pounds) on the morning show here in Dallas. I'm not sure how long ago they finished their year long journey, but both the girls looked like they put on some pounds since, but still looked better than they did. Krista definately is still struggling I think.... the only thing I think was really sad about this show, is it really didn't seem to address certain things which I think are vital to succeed. Especially with Krista, it's like she has absolutely no support network, whether it's her husband, or another family member. If they try to help her, they certainly didn't show it. At least with Staci, you saw her husband lose weight, so you know he was participating with the program (although you never saw him assist with the kids, or housework).

    I don't know, watching this show kind of depressed me more than it motivated me... seeing how much these people were given, and still somewhat failed when the camera's weren't there. I would really like to see a followup a year down the line with all of these people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxkl View Post
    I don't know, watching this show kind of depressed me more than it motivated me... seeing how much these people were given, and still somewhat failed when the camera's weren't there. I would really like to see a followup a year down the line with all of these people.
    I found it depressing too, but I couldn't NOT watch. I think this show brought up some important issues with weight loss that we don't see on shows like BL. People don't get to 600 lbs ONLY because they take in more calories than they burn. There's almost always a psychological situation they're dealing with. We've seen that with this show, whether it be repressed homosexuality, grief, addiction, etc. I'd be happier if this show spent MORE time dealing with those issues, because if they aren't dealt with, the weight will just come right back.

    If they're planning on changing the name of the series for the second season, I hope they make other adjustments as well. I'd like to see the participants be given access to therapy and for the focus to be on long-term weight loss rather than the "move that bus"-type reveal at the end.
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    LaRhonda a 433 pound woman on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition - National Cable TV | Examiner.com

    "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" is the new ABC series featuring the transformations aided by trainer Chris Powell. Each episode focuses on one seriously obese person and follows their progress for one year, as Powell guides them and sets ambitious goals. ABC has released the information on an upcoming episode about LaRonda in a June 13, 2011 press release. LaRhonda is the subject of the fifth episode of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition.

    A former marching band queen from Oklahoma City, 24-year-old LaRhonda weighed 433 pounds when Chris Powell surprised her in front of the flag team that she coaches. When she lost her mother, who wasn't as overweight, to diabetes, LaRhonda realized that she was on the same path as her mother and she needed to change her ways or die young.

    LaRhonda promised to reverse the direction of her life, not only for herself, but for her whole family. Throughout her one year journey to safely lose almost half of her body weight, Chris helped LaRhonda face the dark secrets she had covered with food and finally admit the childhood trauma that led her to become super obese.

    The episode featuring LaRhonda on "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" airs Monday, June 27 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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    Extreme Makeover Weight Loss - football player James at 651 pounds - National Cable TV | Examiner.com

    Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, premiered last week with the story of Rachel. On June 20, 2011, the ABC reality show will tell the story of James, a former football player who weighs in at 651 pounds. James is the most obese person that trainer Chris Powell has ever worked with, according to a June 6, 2011 press release from ABC.

    Weighing in at 651 pounds, James, a 25-year-old former football player from Fort Worth, Texas, became obese after he was grounded by a knee injury. James becomes the most obese person trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell has ever worked with. James must lose 150 pounds to stay on track in the first of his four, three-month phases of weight loss.

    Chris Powell calls in help from former Dallas Cowboys star Nate Newton, in hopes of helping to motivate James. Newton lost 175 pounds, after once weighing 401 pounds. Powell also calls in one of James' childhood heroes, Dallas Cowboys Hall-of-Famer Michael Irvin.

    After James incurred a knee injury in high school, his hopes of playing professional football were dashed. He turned his focus to computer work and spent long hours behind his computer, consuming unhealthy food. This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" airs Monday, June 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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    Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Rachel updates progress on GMA - National Cable TV | Examiner.com

    Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, with trainer Chris Powell, debuted on ABC on Monday, May 30, 2011. The first show featured the story of Rachel, a young woman with over 200 pounds to lose. Rachel appeared on Good Morning America on May 31, 2011, to update viewers on her progress.

    Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition premieres with Rachel

    Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is unique in the weigh loss genre, in that it follows participants over an entire year. Each episode is about one person, with Chris Powell giving them goals and checking on their progress throughout the year.

    At the opening of the show, trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell surprised Rachel in her hometown in Georgia. Amazingly, Rachel, 21, was a physical education teacher, but, at 369 pounds, she was 'super obese.' Powell announced that he had picked her for the program and she squealed with delight.

    Rachel wesnt to "boot camp" at California Health & Longevity Institute, where she wnet through extensive medical testing, nutrition classes and intense workouts. Chris then took her back home to Georgia, where he laid out the goals for each of her four, three-month phases of weight loss. With Chris by her side, Rachel pushed hard, hoping to reach her first goal of shedding 80 pounds in three months.

    The show is non-competitive, but Powell does set goals. Powell pushed Rachel to the edge, acting as a part brother, part drill sergeant. Anyone expecting unique tips may be disapointed. The program consisted of good nutrition and exercise, hard exercise. The participants must have been healthy, with the exception of their obesity, to be accepted in a program that consisted of grueling exercise.

    When Rachel reached one of her goals, Powell took her to Greece as a reward. Rachel enjoyed the history and scenery with her brother. Powell met her in Greece and took her mountain climbing and bungee jumping. Rachel was 239 pounds at this point and just within the weight limit of under 250 pounds to do the bungee jump.

    In the next two weigh ins, Rachel came a few pounds short of reaching her goal. Powell was disapointed, but supportive. At one weigh in, Rachel broke down and confessed that she had been eating the wrong foods.
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    Rachel was challenged by lack of family support. Earlier in the program, when Powell went to the refrigerator and threw out fattening foods, such as sugar, foods containing white flour and foods containing trans-fats. the family watched, aghast, and complained about wasting food.

    Even though Rachel was a few pounds short of her goal, Powell took her to a surgeon, who approved surgery to cut away the loose skin left from the weight loss.

    At the conclusion of the show, Rachel was applauded by her community as she stepped out for her final weigh in, showing she had lost 161 pounds and she looked great.

    Rachel appeared on 'Good Morning America' on the day after the show premiered. The latest update is that she has lost a total of 191 pounds, so she has lost an additional 30 pounds since the show was filmed. Rachel's mother has also gotten on board with the program and is successfully losing weight

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    Extreme Makeover Weight Loss - Chris Powell helps 459 pound Alex - National Cable TV | Examiner.com

    Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, aired its premiere episode on May 30, 2011. The second episode of the series, which debuts on Monday, June 6, 2011, will feature the story of Alex, a young man motivated by a promise made to his late mother. Trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell guides and motivates his seriously obese clients to transform their lives.

    Growing up, 23-year-old Alex was always overweight, but he had an ideal childhood with loving parents and brothers who all enjoyed going to baseball games together. The ideal life changed when his mom was diagnosed with cancer, when Alex was just 18 years old. As their time together dwindled, Alex xmade a promise to his mother that he would get healthy and lose the weight.

    Alex, at a dangerous 459 pounds, clearly struggles to uphold that promise to his mother. ,Alex writes a letter to trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell, requesting his help in a desperate attempt to save his own life and make his mother proud.

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    Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Dana a 498 pound emotional eater - National Cable TV | Examiner.com

    The third episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition features the story of Dana, a 45 year old bachelor from Franrklin, Tennessee. Dana is an emotional eater, who contacts trainer Chris Power to help change his life. The episode featuring Dana will debut on ABC on Monday, June 13, 2011, according to a press release from ABC.

    Dana is a 45 year-old bachelor who has masked his emotional pain with food for over three decades, Dana, who weighed in at 498 pounds, contacted trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell for help with his obesity. Chris Powell surprises Dana at his water aerobics class to announce that he wants to help him. Dana is overcome with joy at the chance to reclaim his life.

    The weight loss journey is tough, but once started, Dana sees changes in his life as well as his waistline. When the progress mysteriously stops, Chris has an intense and emotional confrontation with Dana that leads to a revelation.

    The episode featuring Dana on "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," premieres on Monday, June 13 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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