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Topic : 09/10 The Ultimate Weight Loss Race, Part 1

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Created on : Thursday, September 04, 2008, 12:11:05 pm
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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 24, 2008, 11:17 am CDT

The Jackson Brothers

Quote From: richardjackson

                                                               Hello,

Hi this is Richard and Jeff Jackson, the two brothers. First let us tell you how deeply sorry we are for your loss are heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I want you to know that we are taking this 100% seious! We will not let you down!

                                                                        Love,

                                                                                 The Jackson Brothers 

Thank you, it is still a major shock to us, I can't believe she is gone.  I hope things are going wonderfully for you guys!!!!  I think all the teams are awesome, but I am very much rooting for you guys!!
 
September 24, 2008, 11:31 am CDT

running out of time

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.

Please know that many of us are rooting for you and praying for you.  I just lost my 59 year old mother-in-law to complications due to diabetes.  She DIED because she didn't believe her doctor's and take care of herself.  I have faith in you to do this, because I think now you know the real risks in what you are doing to yourself, if you ever need someone to talk to, please contact me, I am a great listener.

 

Take this one step at a time, and you will win this race.  Eat healthy, move your body as much as you can, and you will lose the weight.

 

Don't get down on yourself, the past is the past, this is your present, and you should enjoy it, while making changes for the betterment of your health.

 

Good luck, and prayers.

 

Tracy

 
September 24, 2008, 4:36 pm CDT

Hey Darlene!!

Quote From: darlene12345

I watched your show on weight loss and it made me think about my life.The 2 poeple that bought tears 2 my eyes were the 2 brothers that lose there dad 6 yrs ago.I can feel there pain because when u are very close 2 a partent it is very hard 2 move ahead.I lose my mom last year she was my best friend.Igained a lot of wieght.Those 2 brother have made me want 2 change my life.I hope they win the race.your friend darlene

                                                     Darlene,

I'm s glad you watched the show! It has been very difficult but Key# 2, Healing Feelings, in Dr. Phil's book "The Ultimat Weight Loss solution has changed my life and help me deal with years and years of pain and guilt. I feel like a whole new person! Don't want to change your life sweety, jst do it!! Stay tuned!

                                                              Your Friend,

                                                                                   Richard T. Jackson,Jr.

 
September 25, 2008, 10:17 am CDT

Hi Richard

Hey Richard, just wanted you to know that me and my husband are really rooting for you and your brother!

We are rooting for the other contestants too, we want every one to succeed, however we decided to pick a team to root for and both I and my hubby picked you and your brother for a number of reasons!

So looking forward to you and your brothers progress! Keep up the good work, and know in your heart that when the challenge seems impossible for two, there is thousands backing you up!

Tammy

 

 
September 26, 2008, 2:50 pm CDT

Thank You

Quote From: tammy_anne

Hey Richard, just wanted you to know that me and my husband are really rooting for you and your brother!

We are rooting for the other contestants too, we want every one to succeed, however we decided to pick a team to root for and both I and my hubby picked you and your brother for a number of reasons!

So looking forward to you and your brothers progress! Keep up the good work, and know in your heart that when the challenge seems impossible for two, there is thousands backing you up!

Tammy

 

                                              Hello,

Hi this is Richard Jackson. Just wanted to thank you for your kind words and for choosing us to root for. We will not let you down!

                                                                        Sincerely,

                                                                                        Richard

 
September 26, 2008, 3:02 pm CDT

Hey Darlene!

Quote From: darlene12345

I watched your show on weight loss and it made me think about my life.The 2 poeple that bought tears 2 my eyes were the 2 brothers that lose there dad 6 yrs ago.I can feel there pain because when u are very close 2 a partent it is very hard 2 move ahead.I lose my mom last year she was my best friend.Igained a lot of wieght.Those 2 brother have made me want 2 change my life.I hope they win the race.your friend darlene

                                                          Hi,

Richard Jackson here! You can do it Darlene! Lose the weight first and foremost for you, but also, make your Mother proud. I had to finally ask myself; "What would my Dad and Grandma think if they saw what i was doing to myself?"the answer was that they would have been dissapointed that i had done that to myself, and also, it wasn't fair to all the people that are still alive and love me. Hang in there and let me know how you are doing.

                                                                        Love,

                                                                                Richard Jackson

 
November 6, 2008, 6:46 pm CST

hi Guys

Hi Guys,
I am in Australia and as we are behind with all the programs i have only just seen the show. But watching it i wanted to send you a wish for succeeding and i have no doubt you will.
good luck and best wishes to all the contestants
Dee

 
June 6, 2009, 10:30 am CDT

For Richard and Jeff

Quote From: richardjackson

                                              Hello,

Hi this is Richard Jackson. Just wanted to thank you for your kind words and for choosing us to root for. We will not let you down!

                                                                        Sincerely,

                                                                                        Richard

Just wanted to let you know I can totally relate to your story, when I lost my mom so many things changed including me.  I'm back on track looking at life with new eyes.  I was happy to watch the show and hear you and your brothers story.  I'm so rooting for you both.  I'm rooting for everyone but I guess you can say you both are my favorites.  You both look amazing, and even with the before pictures that was obvious. I wish you all the luck I can, all the strength when times get hard, and all the patience when anything seems to be at a standstill.  You're my favorite can't wait to see more progress!!
 
June 6, 2009, 10:53 am CDT

Jeff from the Orange Team

Quote From: jeffreyjackson

hello,jeff here from the Orange team. i read what you wrote amd do not worry,you have us all here for support. cut out the trail mix and substitute that with a healthy Kashi bar for a snack. it's a little hard but you will get used to it and it tastes really good. foods with a lot of fiber help suppress your apetite. have a healthy breakfast,then a healthy morning snack,a healthy lunch,then a healthy afternoon snack and a healthy dinner. i know it sounds tuff,but once you start eating healthy,you will feel much better about yourself and notice the weight starting to go down. most importantly though,you "MUST" stay away from fast food! also get Dr.Phils Ultimate Weight Solution ook and read it as well. If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime. Good luck and godbless.
Hi Jeffrey just wanted to come by and say hearing your story of  you and Richard, really reminded me of mine as far as losing a loved one goes.  Losing my Mom set off a chain of events that unfortunately were destructive to me.  I'm happy to say I'm on my way to Great Me! Hard road this isnt easy.  But I love to see all the successs stories on the show for motivation.  You and your brother looked great!!! Can't wait for more contestant updates :).  I'm sure you have the support of many , so I'll be happy to be one more person rooting for you and your brother
 
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