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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

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    It was a good episode. Ty apparently wants things handed to him without making an effort. I'm sure by now he is at or about his start weight which was, if I remember correctly, close to 500 pounds!!

    Charita was very likeable and looked great at the reveal.
    That was my take on it Hitting came easily to him, so he isn't used to having to work for anything. I have little tolerance for quitters on shows like this. There are probably thousands of people who applied to be in this show who would have LOVED to take his place on the show.
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    While I am disgusted with Ty. I also feel sorry for him. I doubt very much he will reach the age of 50.

    In addition to refusing to take control of his weight problem, he seems to have strange ideas of how MLB works. I think it is a very rare, if ever, thing for someone to go straight into the major leagues. Ball players must first do their time in the minors and only advance to the majors if they prove their worth. Getting his weight down to 300 may, or may not, have gotten him a spot on a minor league team. Now, all he has to look forward to is eating himself to death.
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    It's a season of firsts for ABC's popular "Extreme Weight Loss." Season four, beginning tonight, May 27, features the first father and daughter participants and the first mother and son. It includes the first person to quit trainer and lifestyle makeover specialist Chris Powell's program, and the first to be kicked out of it. This is the first season to begin with participants in a weight loss boot camp at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colorado.

    And, "I would say that one of the most important firsts is that I have a full-time, super hot co-host here," boasts Chris. He does indeed — his gorgeous blond wife, mother of their four children and fellow trainer, Heidi. The Powells make it clear that Heidi has been a part of the show since Day 1, from being in on its creation to working with participants — but until now, she's been behind the scenes. We chatted with the incredibly toned twosome about their new directions and how they keep it all together.

    Q: Why haven't we been seeing Heidi until now?

    She: You can only capture so much of what is happening in a one or two-hour episode. When you spend an entire year with somebody, you can't even imagine how much footage ends up on the cutting room floor. To have me and Chris together didn't make sense, story wise, because Chris was kind of the person known as the trainer. And then this year, the change in the format of the show led the producers to say, 'Why not capture this?'

    Q: What about that change in format?

    She: I had my fourth baby last year, and we decided it was going to be too hard with Chris traveling again. So we talked to the producers and decided to actually do three months in one location rather than have him travel all over. So he and I got to run a boot camp for three months in Denver, Colorado, and the reality of what happened really came out on camera. I worked with the participants as much as I always have, it's just that now occasionally I have to do interviews on camera. That's really the only change.


    Q: Was the idea of Chris traveling originally set up to help differentiate you from 'Biggest Loser'? Was that part of the thinking?

    He: That's a good question. I don't know. I mean, when we were creating the show, we wanted to map out what the journey of transformation is really like for people at home. So that's like the concept. It's not a competition. It wasn't just a matter of two months; we wanted to take a whole year because that's what the journey is truly like. And then, instead of just diet and exercise, we go and do the emotional aspect and the psychological aspect of it, which is really what it's all about.

    Q: You say this is the first time someone walked out and also the first time you kicked somebody off.
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    She: There's a lot of drama every year, but we were able to capture it being at the same location for such an extended period of time. This year, we did have a couple of people who began the journey, who, from the beginning, we weren't quite sure of. At least one of them. I wasn't sure the person was ready and sure enough, over time, the person quit.

    Q: Are there a lot of people whose stories don't make it on the air at all?

    She: They all do. Even the two people who quit or got kicked off, you will get to see what happens.

    Q: Without giving too much away, what caused the departure? What caused you to kick someone off? Were they lying?

    He: I think with one individual — the individual who quit was just scared. Terrified. And the person who left, what they wanted to get out of the process was less about transformation and more about superficial stuff. They weren't in it for the right reasons. We work with food addicts, and the only way you control an addiction is with honest and authenticity — being real, open. And this individual would not open up. Lying — sure enough, when we started to dig down deeper into all these stories that were being told, there were so many untruths.


    Q: You have a big family. Do you run back and forth between shooting and being with your kids?

    He: We do. We're a great tag team; when she is working, I'm Mr. Mom, and it works so well that way. When I was on the road so much, we couldn't do that. I'd be gone six weeks at a time, and I'd come home and the kids barely knew me.

    Q: The young man you work with this season whose father abused him as a child — telling that story required a lot of sensitivity. Do you sit with the editors when putting these shows, these stories, together?

    He: We spend a lot of time with the executive producers. We have so much one-on-one time with these individuals, we know what to be sensitive to and what is the best way to tell a story and what is happening emotionally behind the scenes. It really is a team effort in capturing the reality of the situation and truly telling their story.

    She: Also a huge shout-out to our editors. Most editors spend their entire lives in an editing bay, putting the stories together. Ours actually go out on the road with us, and know the particulars of the stories.

    Q: This is some really life-changing material. Do the subjects sometimes have misgivings about telling their stories?

    She: Oh, yeah. Oh, my gosh. I would say every single one of them. I think as humans we all want to be loved, and we think what will make us loved is looking good on camera. It takes a lot of reassurance and trust for them to believe us when we say, 'Guys, imagine watching your own journey. What would you want your character to divulge to make that connection?' And it's talking about how many people will be helped by laying it all out on the table. All the participants want to make a difference in this world.

    He: That's a great point. They all want to make a difference. You can tell the truth because your truth is going to give someone else struggling with the same thing permission to make a change as well. Once they get that, they realize how powerful that courage is, and that's what gets them to open up.

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    I did watch the entire first episode and looking back at it and just focusing on the Ty parts you get the impression while Ty was good at baseball, a natural hitter, being in major league baseball was more his father's dream then his. That's in the get to know you part at the very beginning of the show. Then it is very obvious that both Ty and his father are overweight and Ty has unresolved issues from his mother being an alcoholic and verbally abusing him as a child and not being there which reads major abandonment issues. It does seem he hid behind baseball as that seems to be the only positive he had in his life. Later at the 4 month mark when Ty went back to Arizona and found out that Brian Weymouth was in lawsuit heaven and there was no baseball contract he was disappointed. Still I give Chris major kudos for setting up Ty with API and the opportunity to train at API and Ty say's "there is nothing here for me". You know how many people would kill for that chance. I did think that the meeting with the ex drug addict baseball player was interesting as he said baseball is what we do and not what we are (paraphrase), that Ty needed to love himself and know who he was. Major insight there. Later when Ty meets with Chris and Heidi and they ask what happened. Ty states that at the end of the transformation he expected a baseball contract, endorsements and a lot of money, that was the only thing bringing him here. Since that is all gone he wants to be a normal kid and have the show help pay for school and a freaking car. When Chris and Heidi tell him that the show was never about that he quits. Later when he contacts them at the 9 month mark asking for help I wonder if that was a set up by the producers why come to Arizona and ask for help but not under Chris and Heidi's control. That absolutely made no sense.

    What's funny is how the show/editing was setting it up to Charita being the quitter when she really was the success story.
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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

    Each participant will spend the first 90 days of the weight loss journey at the renowned University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) in Aurora, CO.

    The medical director is Dr. Holly Wyatt, MD and associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado.

    The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center offers some of the country’s most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight-loss management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services.
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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

    Ty
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    Age: 19
    Start weight 480
    States he is 200lbs overweight

    Goal:
    Phase 1 goal is 130 lbs or 350lbs
    Actual:
    Phase 1 actual is 129 lbs or 351lbs
    Goal:
    Phase 2 goal is 61 lbs or 290lbs
    Actual:
    Quits.

    Then what happens gains 40lbs and asks to come back and then quits again.
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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

    Charita - Colorado Springs, CO.
    Married - Marc Smith
    Kids - 3 boys
    Jobs - 2
    Age - 32

    Current weight: 310lbs
    States is 150 lbs overweight.

    Phase 1 Goal: 85lbs or 225lbs
    Phase 1 Actual: 75lbs or 235lbs
    Phase 2 Goal: 40lbs or 195lbs
    Phase 2 Actual: 32lbs or 203lbs Total Lost: 107lbs
    Phase 3 Goal: 17lbs or 186lbs
    Phase 3 Actual: 17lbs or 186lbs Total Lost: 124lbs

    Doctor wants Charita to lose more weight to get to 165 before he does skin removal surgery.

    Phase 4 Goal: 21lbs or 165lbs
    Phase 5 Actual: 26lbs or 160lbs Total Lost: 150lbs or 48% of her original weight.
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    And she still has skin to come off...that's another 10 lbs. probably. I wish we knew how tall these folks were....

    I have to say I wonder how Ty is dealing with this being on TV. I mean he's only a kid, even though he looks older, and this was brutal. I agree his motivation was just money from the contracts and pleasing his dad, but, as I said, he's a kid still. I'm surprised the show didn't vet the crook more before the show.... Is there no minor league team in OK? He really doesn't seem ready to be away from home, but maybe if some group there took him on... He does seem like a great hitter....
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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

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    And she still has skin to come off...that's another 10 lbs. probably. I wish we knew how tall these folks were....

    I have to say I wonder how Ty is dealing with this being on TV. I mean he's only a kid, even though he looks older, and this was brutal. I agree his motivation was just money from the contracts and pleasing his dad, but, as I said, he's a kid still. I'm surprised the show didn't vet the crook more before the show.... Is there no minor league team in OK? He really doesn't seem ready to be away from home, but maybe if some group there took him on... He does seem like a great hitter....
    He may be a great hitter with high school players, but many HS stars bomb when they get into pro-ball. Especially the major leagues. He's 19. Old enough to take control of his life. And his body. It's sad, but honestly I don't see a good future ahead for him.
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    Re: Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by PWS View Post
    And she still has skin to come off...that's another 10 lbs. probably. I wish we knew how tall these folks were....

    I have to say I wonder how Ty is dealing with this being on TV. I mean he's only a kid, even though he looks older, and this was brutal. I agree his motivation was just money from the contracts and pleasing his dad, but, as I said, he's a kid still. I'm surprised the show didn't vet the crook more before the show.... Is there no minor league team in OK? He really doesn't seem ready to be away from home, but maybe if some group there took him on... He does seem like a great hitter....

    Re the bolded comment: I have never watched this show. I've been on a weight loss journey of my own these past 14 months and have shed 118 pounds to date! I have wondered myself about the loose, hanging skin. My diet coach assures me that given a period of time (about 3 years) and with toning and firming exercise, that the skin will firm up and not be so saggy. I find that hard to believe as skin is not so elastic once you get to a certain age, as I am 57. So, I am wondering if all of the contestants on this show go under the knife after having lost an excessive amount of weight and how long after?

    In talking to my insurance company and also a phone consult with a plastic surgeon, the insurance will only pay in full for a tummy tuck, when deemed medically necessary. That's because the extra folds of skin are prone to infection. I guess I have been lucky, then, b/c most of my weight was never around my middle. I do have a small roll around the tummy, but not excessive folds, and no infections. What I can't stand are the jiggly thighs. The flabby upper arms I can conceal with a sleeve. Unfortunately, any type of plastic surgery other than the tummy tuck is considered cosmetic and insurance won't pay for it. I guess I will just have to be patient and work on toning.

    Any idea about how many pounds I would lose if they took off excess skin? Like is their some ratio or something? Sorry to hijack, maybe this should go in diet thread.

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