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The obesity epidemic is so dire, an estimated 86 percent of the population will be overweight by 2030. Dr. Phil challenges Americans to get real about shedding pounds with his biggest weight loss series ever: The Ultimate Weight Loss Race! First up, meet the contestants. Annette and Emilie are college roommates who blame junk food and cafeteria buffets for their bulging midsections. Lauren is a pastry chef who calls food a drug, while her twin, Joe, says he’s overweight because he’s "a total slacker." Phil is a police officer who can no longer fit into his uniform, and his wife, Tiffany, jokes that she loves McDonald’s more than their children. Verne says he’s frustrated that he let his weight spiral out of control, and he blames himself for his son, Patrick’s, obesity. Finally, brothers Richard and Jeffery were once star football players but now say their combined weight is 731 pounds. Follow these five teams on a countrywide race as they compete against each other and complete challenges at some of the nation's most famous landmarks and cities. And, don’t be a couch potato when you can join this weight loss movement! Log on to DrPhil.com on Wednesday, September 10 to get healthy eating tips, support and to follow the progress of your favorite contestant in our new weight loss community. Then, join the discussion here.

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September 11, 2008, 11:48 am CDT

09/10 The Ultimate Weight Loss Race, Part 1

Quote From: donnaindetroit

i look back at the msg i left last night, feeling anxious, like "am i going to be able to do this", well the morning is here, and i do feel today, in the light of day, I CAN DO THIS,. It is a matter of self control, I didnt cave last night, when i was hungry when i went to bed, i at two handfuls of cheerios, drank some water, and didnt cave.... this is stupid, but i am proud of myself, i passed my first of many temptations (sp). to all of us, one day, one step at a time. When i am feeling weak, i am coming to this board for support. When i read so many stories of u all, i see, i am fortunate, i could have things so much worse then i do. thanku everyone for giving me the inspiration i need.
It's NOT stupid!! You should be proud of yourself!Just be sure to eat healthy! Hang in there!
 
September 11, 2008, 1:51 pm CDT

09/10 The Ultimate Weight Loss Race, Part 1

Quote From: suujoy

I lost over 100 pounds back in 2004 and have kept all but 15 pounds off.  I've been back to the book and realized that I'd let a few things slip and now I'm back on track and can't wait to see the new Challenge to help with that little bit of extra motivation.  I'm trying to find a way to watch them on the net as in Australia we have to wait 6 months!  I can't wait that long again!!  Just call me impatient but I get sooooooooo wrapped up in these shows.

 

angel4023 - Please do give the book another go.  It does work and if you need extra support we can give it to you.

 

Here's to the new lot of Losers who are going to be healthier and fitter than ever before. 

 

Good on ya, Dr Phil (The GBO - Great Bald One)

Suu

You are an inspiration. I wouldnt want to wait 6 months either. I watched the show yesterday; the first of the new Challenge and I cant wait until today when they have the 2nd one.  I am a scuba diver and have been reading about the Great Barrier Reef; it is on my wish list. Wooooooooow! 100 lbs. Congratulations.

 
September 11, 2008, 2:43 pm CDT

One Last Time

Here I go again.

I turned on the tv last night when I got home, and the Dr. Phil show was on. Now I usually am on the computer at that time, but after the visit to the doctor I had just had, I was emotionally drained. So I sat in my recliner and flipped the channel and saw the new Weight Loss Challenge. Coincidense? I don't think so. I sat there and watched, listened, cried. And wished I was one of those people getting such a wonderful chance.

I'm a 50 year old woman, wife, mother of two grown children, and Nanna to 2 beautiful grandaughters. I see my reflection in a store window, and think "that poor woman HAS to be so uncomfortable!", then realize it's me!  I went to the doctor yesterday to have my bloodpressure checked because I have been having terrible headaches and to get weighed after another bout of steroids for a throat/lung infection. They had to go get a 2nd scale, because the regular doctor office scales only go to 350. I started to cry. As I got on the scale, I couldn't see the numbers past my chest and stomache. Heck, I couldn't even see my stomache! When I stepped off and looked down, the tears started flowing. 350.8, and I am only 5'1" tall. The heaviest I have ever been in my life. And up until 28 years ago, I never weighed more than 125. Where is it all at? Well, I can tell you. It is in my face and neck, because I no longer have the high cheek bones I got from my Cherokee grandmother. And it's in my neck, that doesn't even exist any longer. It is in my chest, because I can't find bras large enough to actually fit me. It is in my arms, that ache when I wash my hair. It is in my stomache because I can't bend over to tie my shoes. It is in my thighs, that EACHmeasure the same as my hips did when I got married. And it's in the shelf that follows behind me where ever I go.

My blood pressure was 148/100. And was the same when I went back today. About 5 years ago, I flipped over to type 2 diabetis after being hypoglycemic for 10 years. I manage it with diet right now, with my A1C at 4.9. I have osteoarthritis that has eaten both of my knees. I had my right knee replaced in Nov. 04, and my left this April. And am still having so much pain in my knees and back because of my weight. I take a huge amount of diuretics and potassium, the specialist said it is the same amount he gives his transplant patients. This is because I am so fat, it is compressing my circulatory system and won't allow them to expand to pull the excess fluid from my tissues to carry to my kidneys and bladder. I have compression stockings to wear to help, but have no one to help me put them on.

I am not whining. I have done this to myself. But it is time to try again, yet again..one more time. I am running out of chances. 3 years ago, the kidney specialist said even though my kidneys were fine, he gave me 5 years to live if I didn't get this weight off. I didn't believe him. So I went back to my doctor, and ask him. He looked me straight in the eye, and said yes. So why didn't I do anything then? I didn't believe them. I was at 275. I believe them now. I'm afraid. Scared witless to be exact. So, I'm trying one last time. Because I know I am running out of chances, and time.  Anyone want to go on the journey with me? Thanks for listening.

 
September 11, 2008, 3:26 pm CDT

No motivation

Count me in on the 50 lb club. Yesterday I read all of the messages and watched Dr Phil for the past 2 days. Today I watched the show while eating trail mix. Then to make matters worst I ordered his book while still eating trail mix. Trail mix doesn't sound to bad in moderation but this stuff has M&M's in it. I feel hopeless about loosing weight. I need to loose 50 pounds. I want my husband to look at me like he used to, I want my clothes to bag instead of crawling up to places no one wants to witness. I feel lazy, not motivated. Crowd, I need to be pushed, pulled and prodded but please help! I need you.
 
September 11, 2008, 3:30 pm CDT

just knowing others care helps

Quote From: rkm0726

Here I go again.

I turned on the tv last night when I got home, and the Dr. Phil show was on. Now I usually am on the computer at that time, but after the visit to the doctor I had just had, I was emotionally drained. So I sat in my recliner and flipped the channel and saw the new Weight Loss Challenge. Coincidense? I don't think so. I sat there and watched, listened, cried. And wished I was one of those people getting such a wonderful chance.

I'm a 50 year old woman, wife, mother of two grown children, and Nanna to 2 beautiful grandaughters. I see my reflection in a store window, and think "that poor woman HAS to be so uncomfortable!", then realize it's me!  I went to the doctor yesterday to have my bloodpressure checked because I have been having terrible headaches and to get weighed after another bout of steroids for a throat/lung infection. They had to go get a 2nd scale, because the regular doctor office scales only go to 350. I started to cry. As I got on the scale, I couldn't see the numbers past my chest and stomache. Heck, I couldn't even see my stomache! When I stepped off and looked down, the tears started flowing. 350.8, and I am only 5'1" tall. The heaviest I have ever been in my life. And up until 28 years ago, I never weighed more than 125. Where is it all at? Well, I can tell you. It is in my face and neck, because I no longer have the high cheek bones I got from my Cherokee grandmother. And it's in my neck, that doesn't even exist any longer. It is in my chest, because I can't find bras large enough to actually fit me. It is in my arms, that ache when I wash my hair. It is in my stomache because I can't bend over to tie my shoes. It is in my thighs, that EACHmeasure the same as my hips did when I got married. And it's in the shelf that follows behind me where ever I go.

My blood pressure was 148/100. And was the same when I went back today. About 5 years ago, I flipped over to type 2 diabetis after being hypoglycemic for 10 years. I manage it with diet right now, with my A1C at 4.9. I have osteoarthritis that has eaten both of my knees. I had my right knee replaced in Nov. 04, and my left this April. And am still having so much pain in my knees and back because of my weight. I take a huge amount of diuretics and potassium, the specialist said it is the same amount he gives his transplant patients. This is because I am so fat, it is compressing my circulatory system and won't allow them to expand to pull the excess fluid from my tissues to carry to my kidneys and bladder. I have compression stockings to wear to help, but have no one to help me put them on.

I am not whining. I have done this to myself. But it is time to try again, yet again..one more time. I am running out of chances. 3 years ago, the kidney specialist said even though my kidneys were fine, he gave me 5 years to live if I didn't get this weight off. I didn't believe him. So I went back to my doctor, and ask him. He looked me straight in the eye, and said yes. So why didn't I do anything then? I didn't believe them. I was at 275. I believe them now. I'm afraid. Scared witless to be exact. So, I'm trying one last time. Because I know I am running out of chances, and time.  Anyone want to go on the journey with me? Thanks for listening.

you acknowledged things that i wrote, and what a nice surprise, knowing another listened and cared enough to answer... my first thing i have to do is get some vegetables, so when the beaconing hunger calls, i have an alternative... i use to love to watch richard simmons  (sp)when he first started out. if sitting in a chair is all that is comfortable, lift soup cans, or half gallons of water, put on some happy music and move the legs around, do whatever u can, find a ymca or somewhere with a pool.  what small strides we take today, tomorrow will get larger.... and we WILL GET SMALLER.  i wish u luck with all ur endeavors, keep in touch.
 
September 11, 2008, 4:41 pm CDT

a lifeline of motivation

Quote From: bitsyandmax

Count me in on the 50 lb club. Yesterday I read all of the messages and watched Dr Phil for the past 2 days. Today I watched the show while eating trail mix. Then to make matters worst I ordered his book while still eating trail mix. Trail mix doesn't sound to bad in moderation but this stuff has M&M's in it. I feel hopeless about loosing weight. I need to loose 50 pounds. I want my husband to look at me like he used to, I want my clothes to bag instead of crawling up to places no one wants to witness. I feel lazy, not motivated. Crowd, I need to be pushed, pulled and prodded but please help! I need you.
i also am 50 lbs overweight, diagnosed with diabetes, clogged arteries, and no health ins. if u dont have diabetes yet, let that alone be motivation. It never goes away once u get it. i wish i had listened a year ago when my doctor said the possibility of me getting it was increasing. dont do it for ur husband, do it for yourself. U will feel a proudness, that in itself will motivate u. I bought dr phils book at a library book sale for a dollar, didnt read it, and then forgot i had it and bought another. how sad is that. we have to love ourselves enough to do this for ourselves.
 
September 11, 2008, 4:46 pm CDT

09/10 The Ultimate Weight Loss Race, Part 1

Quote From: richardjackson

       Just wanted to thank everyone in advance for all the positive thoughts,prayers,and support. I love you all! To my mother who is the closest thing to an angel i have ever known, you are my hero! To my little brother Jeffrey, you have been my inspiration, you are on this journey with me. Whenever i have fallen,you have been there to pick me back up.You have the heart of a lion! Dad would be so proud of you! Dad and Grandma, even though you are no longer here in body,(r.i.p.)you have been with me every step of the way. I feel your presence guiding me. To all my fellow Military Veterans who have lost their way when they got out of the service, like me, and woke up one day wondering what happened,where did my body and my health go? To the person who like me, had nowhere to turn, was desperate, depressed, overwhelmed,facing emminent disaster, take these steps with me. It wont be easy, but then again is anything in life? Starting at over 400 lbs, if i can do this, so can you. Never give up!!

                                                               Your New Friend,

                                                                                            Richard T. Jackson,Jr.

  P.S.  Representing Southern Caliifornia baby!!

 

  Hey Richard!

   As a Veteran myself I am pulling for you! I KNOW you can do this....Dig deep baby and you will find the strength to get through this!

  Today was a tough one for sure but remember things happen for a reason....

    Keep on keepin on! I will be watching and pulling for you and your brother!

          

    You can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!

   pamala

 
September 11, 2008, 6:03 pm CDT

Me also

Quote From: donnaindetroit

i also am 50 lbs overweight, diagnosed with diabetes, clogged arteries, and no health ins. if u dont have diabetes yet, let that alone be motivation. It never goes away once u get it. i wish i had listened a year ago when my doctor said the possibility of me getting it was increasing. dont do it for ur husband, do it for yourself. U will feel a proudness, that in itself will motivate u. I bought dr phils book at a library book sale for a dollar, didnt read it, and then forgot i had it and bought another. how sad is that. we have to love ourselves enough to do this for ourselves.
I also need to lose 50+more pounds. I love to eat way too much junk food. I know the stuff is bad for me, but I still eat it any ways. I need to excerice, I would feel a lot better about myself. I need to start with the weight and stick to it for the rest of my life. My doctor told me last year that I had a fatty liver. I had better get moving.
 
September 11, 2008, 6:08 pm CDT

good

Quote From: rkm0726

It's NOT stupid!! You should be proud of yourself!Just be sure to eat healthy! Hang in there!
That is great one step at a time. That is what I need to do.
 
September 11, 2008, 6:31 pm CDT

listening to your story, felt like mine.

Quote From: bbroxbury

I also need to lose 50+more pounds. I love to eat way too much junk food. I know the stuff is bad for me, but I still eat it any ways. I need to excerice, I would feel a lot better about myself. I need to start with the weight and stick to it for the rest of my life. My doctor told me last year that I had a fatty liver. I had better get moving.
my doctor also told me i had fatty liver disease, but i never followed up on my appointments., i do believe you can get addicted to eating too much sugar foods., i was so proud last night, and today i did eat a few things i know i shouldnt,. but even with that, it was better than yesterday. What can u tell me about fatty liver disease.
 
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