Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge: The Final Cut: Homecomings

Homecomings
The 13 weight loss challenge finalists live in a camera-filled house for five days.
At her homecoming, Judith enthusiastically tells her family and friends about her first week as a weight loss challenger.


"As I arrived through the gate, there's this $23 million mansion ... I mean even the diva was shocked," she says about herself.


"I met Dr. Phil and I'm not saying that he looks fat on TV," Judith continues, "but he's much slimmer and you know how they say... 'fine.' Looking for words to describe Dr. Phil, she says, "He's boink!"


She privately tells the video camera:


"I've never been two weeks without eating fast food. I do want to binge, but just the few pounds that I've lost have really changed my attitude."

Reunited with her husband, Monika begins to introduce him to her new attitude.


"I'll tell you one thing," she says. "I'm coming home with a little backbone. I'm taking control of my life for the first time in my life."


"I'm not going to put up with the 'beep-beep wide-load' stuff anymore," she tells him, referring to his comments about her weight.


"Well, I'm not going to do it anymore," he says sheepishly.


Monika nods and says, "Or it's going to be hazardous to your health."

Terri shares a sweet homecoming embrace with her fiance Charlie, but later privately confesses to her video camera:


"Charlie wants me to get well, he wants me to get better, but it upsets him that he's not the one to make me get better. He wasn't the medicine that I needed. Now that I've come home things need to be changing."

Before they've even left the airport parking lot, Leslie tells her husband all about her experience as a weight loss challenger: "My trip to L.A. was total shock and awe in every way " physically, mentally, emotionally."


She pulls the waist of her pants to show her husband how much weight she has already lost. "Look at that," she says. "They fit me when I left."


On their way home, Leslie shares some of the knowledge she gained about her body and her health. "There are reasons why I'm tired all the time," she says. "I'm anemic. But it's so cool. This is not a diet. This is total health."

Marilyn's husband met her at the airport with a limousine, flowers and a card.


"That was a shocker," she says.


Later she tells the video camera, "I'm really getting to know a lot about myself. I'm really excited about getting
started on the program."

Jumping into a new way of life, Jim tells his video camera:


"Instead of eating fast food, I'm going to cook. I got inspired and after work I went over to the grocery store and I picked up a bunch of groceries," he says while stocking his refrigerator and cabinets with healthy grains, fruits and vegetables.

Sitting in a circle with her family and friends, AnnMarie told them all about her adventures with Dr. Phil and her fellow weight loss challengers.


"I learned a lot of things. ... better ways to eat... to change your way of thinking," she says. "No more Bon Bons for me, that's right," AnnMarie continues. "There's no turning back."

Faced with her first food temptations at her homecoming dinner, Angela handles the pressure.


"I had my first real craving and I dealt with it," she says. "I'm starting to listen to my body."


She continues, "I made apple chutney for our dinner. I made it without sugar and it was great."

After being apart for a week, Thomas " who went back to his original name after being called Donnie for most of his life " rushes to meet his 14-year-old daughter after school.


Later he tells the video camera: "Because of the way I'm eating now, I feel like I've got newfound power and pride and respect."


As for the name change, he says, "It immediately had an impact." Dr. Phil supports his return to his original name, particularly because "Donnie was always known as the pudgy, fat kid."