Ultimate Family Weight Loss Challenge - Penningtons

Ultimate Family Weight Loss Challenge - Penningtons
Dr. Phil follows up with some of his most memorable guests.
"I started dieting in fifth grade. I don't know what I'm doing wrong," says Pennie, who's 5'2" and weighs in at 164 pounds. She is married to Vic and has two sons, Luke and Jake. "I'm a total failure as a mother. I'm supposed to keep my family healthy and we're a mess. We're the average American family fighting the current American nightmare." Pennie's goal is to fit into her wedding dress by their 25th wedding anniversary. "That wedding dress is a size 6, I'm a size 12 now. I feel like two people," she explains.

"The diets that I've tried over the years — you can look at me and tell that none of them had a lasting impression," says Vic, who's 6'3" and weighs in at 318 pounds. "When I lie on the beach people want to roll me back into the water and make me swim away." He sits behind a desk 12 hours-a-day at work, and has a hard time resisting the vending machines. "I need to get on the right track soon, or that track might end. I welcome Dr. Phil's meddling in our family's weight business, because that's what he does and we need help!"
Pennie and Vic's oldest son, Luke, also knows that he is overweight. "I've been teased about it since I was in the first grade," he explains. He's 6'0" and weighs in at 362 pounds, but he is confident in his ability to lose. "I think I'm going to win this competition," he says.

Luke's weight has interfered with his goals. "I wanted to be a pilot, but they said I couldn't fit into the model training aircraft," he explains. He realizes there will be consequences if he doesn't lose the weight. "I could get diabetes and die. That would really bite."
Jake, age 15, has the lowest body fat in the family, but still weighs in at 230 pounds. "It's kind of embarassing to go out. Girls don't find me as attractive," he says. "My mom and dad call me pig boy." Jake admits that he likes large portions of food. "I like a well-balanced meal, that's a hamburger on one side and a steak on the other. Feeling so full you're going to explode — I like that feeling." He's got a goal in mind. "After losing the weight, I hope to become a chick magnet."Dr. Phil asks Pennie and Vic why they decided that now is the time to make changes.
"Because we have absolutely tried everything that there is and it's just time to step up and say, 'We're going to do it and we're going to do it now,'" Pennie explains.
Vic recently joined a gym and learned that he has high blood pressure and cholesterol. "Everything is wrong and it can be right. All I've got to do is start fixing the problem."
Pointing out that Pennie and Vic are passing this legacy on to their boys, Dr. Phil explains his plan. "Understand this is not a diet. We're going to deal a lot with nutrition, but this is about changing your whole lifestyle," he says. "I'm a strong believer that you cannot be overweight unless you have a lifestyle to support it."

Genetics play a part in being obese, but they do not mean everything. "What genetics do is determine who can be obese. It doesn't mean that you're going to be obese," he ponts out. "Maybe 20 to 30 percent of it might come from your genetics. The rest of it is the choices you make."
Dr. Phil addresses Pennie, "Tell me what you think your biggest problems are in right thinking."
"I sneak Jake food and I hide it from Luke," Pennie admits. "Look at the way I've taught them to eat."
Dr. Phil recalls some of the things Pennie has said to herself. "You think you're a failure as a mom?"
"Well, yes. Look at my family," she replies.
"You label yourself fat, old and unattractive. You say, 'I can't
do it.'"
"Every bit of it is true," Pennie says.
"Then you recognize that that sabotages you," he tells her. Dr. Phil looks to Vic, who calls himself a "fat ass with no self-control," and says he's "old and falling apart." Dr. Phil says, "The reason diets don't work is because you're with yourself 24 hours a day, seven days a week saying, 'I can't do it. I'm a failure.' You've got to change."
"Do you believe that this family can really be like other families you see that look to really have it together and be fit and self-controlled and disciplined?" Dr. Phil asks Pennie.
"I believe we can, but we just don't know how," Pennie says.
"How do you overcome all of the history, all of the messages that you've had in your life that tell you you don't deserve the best?"
"I've got to reprogram my thinking," she replies.
Pennie's dad was an alcoholic and physically abusive, her mom committed suicide when she was 19, and
then her dad committed suicide two years later. "And doesn't that just send a message that says, 'I'm not like everybody else. I've been beaten. I've been abused. I've been abandoned. So I'm damaged goods'?" he asks her.
"Exactly," Pennie replies.
"What about that little voice that keeps pecking at you inside? Is that what you want to know how to shut off?" he asks.
"Yeah. I really do," she says. "It says that I'm not worth it."
"You've got issues and you're passing them on to the boys," Dr. Phil points out. "I believe that people have a personal truth and that we generate the results we believe we deserve. And so I know what you believe you deserve ... I'm going to show you how to turn that voice off. I'm going to show you how to claim what you need to claim. Those things are the reasons diets don't work, because they never deal with the voice, they never deal with the thinking."These are the weight loss goals the Penningtons have set for February.