Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Rob, Jan 5, 2010.
We start again tonight at 8/7c!
One of the contestants is over 500 pounds.
I'm excited for this season... the twins combined weigh close to 1000 lbs. apparently.
Looking forward to the show... I need Bob to yell at me to stop eating junk food, LOL!
I am really interested to watch. Also, for those interested,there is a special that is airing on Discovery Health tomorrow night about Eric, the Season 3 winner who gained most of his weight back.
They showed reruns of Season 3 over New Years, and I could not believe how much Eric lost between the last week at the ranch and the finale. It was stunning. Over 80 lbs I think. Not sure how long he had, but most of the finalist have lost 20-50 pounds between the semi-final and final. Danny and Rudy lost 80-90 pounds at home I think, but they went home for 30 days before the semi final and then again before the final. I wonder whether the time at home differs season to season.
I saw it too--and I was amazed at all of the weight that Eric lost before he left the ranch. But, one insight I got when watching that marathon was that those contestants stay in the 4-5 hrs a day. I don't know anyone who can consistently stay in the gym that many hours a day--especially if you have a job, family, etc.
It's crazy how they have these seasons back-to-back, but I will be watching.
Those fried plantains at Maggy and Migdalia's looked delicious
I think this season will be a good one. There isn't anyone that I dislike (yet).
I have only watched this show in passing before. However, I'm definitely following it this time because Ashley from the pink team is a friend of mine. It was very surreal to see her on the show tonight. In general, I like most of the people on the show, so I think it will be fun.
For some reason, the twins in the 480s looked heavier to me than Michael at 526.
Michael picked Jillian up like she was the remote control.
It was a good show tonight but I don't know how I feel about them having to weigh in while in front of their friends and family. They all ready go through the gamut of emotions on the show so why should they have to go through that before they even get there?
This should be a good season though.
Wow!!! That was amazing--I can't believe their first challenge was 26.2 miles on a bike. I was glad to see those two teams were not really eliminated but will be back in 30 days.
This is my first time watching this show. Did James say he lost 100 lbs in one month? How is that even possible?
I think it was 2 months.
I was bummed about both of the teams eliminated during the bike challenge (although more about O'Neal and Sunshine), and then to have one of the twins going home first!
Amazing first week weight loss for so many teams. But I'm a bit worried that the producers will not be satisfied until someone drops dead during the first week
At what time is the special about Eric?
Those were some huge numbers - I wonder if it was not really one week, but closer to 2or 3 weeks - a few days to a week after the hometown weigh-ins to get everyone there, get the medical tests done, and a week on the ranch.
I forgot all about this and just tuned in at the weigh-in. There are a lot of really big people in this group and huge loss numbers for the first week.
I was thinking much the same thing.
I actually felt bad that any of this bunch had to leave so soon.
There were some during the weigh-in that I was hoping would be in the bottom, just because we hadn't heard much about them yet - but then when they told some of their story during weigh in I wanted them to do well. First elimination is such a killer!
One thing - is the brother who went home the one with the knee problem?
I watched part of this show for the first time, but all the grunting and crying really irked me. But I did like that nobody was being coddled.
And what is with the drawn out weigh in and kick off process? Is the hostess trying to impress us with her math skills? "Bob, you have two votes, if you get three more, you are off. Harry, you have one vote, if you get four more, you are off. Guys, there are three teams left. One of them needs to have a lower percentage loss than you, or one of you goes home." I wanted to pelt her with something. How about not having a two hour show if you have to draw it out that way?
That said, I'm partial to the pink team. Obviously.
I don't like the "twist" of the first 2 teams going home for 30 days. As one of them said, they didn't get a chance to even experience the ranch for a short time. What did they learn that they could take home and apply to their lives? Even though one team comes back, they will miss out on some early ranch experiences. And the other team will have gotten nothing.
when Sunshine and ONeal left, didnt they say they were going to help them or something?
I don't like it either - they didn't even get a week. And that gentleman needs a jump start so that (at a minimum) he can tie his own shoes.
Oh, that's right. I forgot that Bob & Jillian said they were going to provide some help. While it won't be a full ranch experience, hopefully it will be more substantial than Bob showing up to make lunch with Jenni-O turkey or Jillian teaching them how to store portions in Ziploc freezer bags.
I expect that Bob and Jillian will show up to train them, but they didn't get that week 1 big number or group support. I especially felt that the Yellow Team needed that boost. The Blue Team daughter looked like she has it in her from what little we saw.
I thought it as incredibly cruel how they got their hopes up and eliminated them right away. Not right
I think they need AT LEAST two weeks on the ranch before getting booted. OR rather than immunity challenges, if everyone finishes, everyone stays. Otherwise, it goes to vote.
9pm EST on Discovery Health Channel and it repeats 3 hrs later.
I wish that they would send the first 10 or so eliminated players to the Fat Camp in Utah. I understand that it postpones the inevitable, but if they are truly committed to getting these people healthy, a month or two at the Fat Camp would help immensely. Or, they could at least keep them on the ranch for two weeks... first week, the team who wins the weigh in gets immunity for the next week, and then they eliminate two at the second weigh in. Help these people get "it" before they send them home.
Anyone watch last night? Michael's mother was annoying and out of control, but I continue to like Michael - I cracked up when he congratulated his mom on her weight loss after "her quick date with the concrete."
Happy for brown too - a good loss for him.
Felt bad for Purple, but mom did the right thing. She seems to have a good grip, and she didn't throw her daughter under the bus like Helen from Season 7.
So are they setting up Red to be the villian? Frankly, I think you are pretty dumb not to water load when you have immunity and try to add your week 2 loss to your week 3 loss. It's not really part of some grad scheme to eliminate the threats - it's just a shot at getting an extra week early in the game. Everyone knows it when they see it. Why hide it? I would just tell everyone - hey, I really need to get 4 weeks out of this - I am waterloading today. This doesn't mean I am just after the money, I just need 4 weeks to break my habits and get a good start. We will see what happens then.
I really don't get why people think Helen was so eville (not just you Rob, I've read it on other sites as well) for wanting to stay. I think the only reason Helen's daughter was on the show was so her mom could do it - she did not seem to have any motivation to change. Sure, there's an argument that the daughter "needed" to be on the ranch more, but quite frankly I'd rather see someone who wants to be there and is working hard than someone who always seemed like they were just fine with their previous lifestyle and would rather be at home eating chips. And clearly Helen proved that she did deserve to be at the ranch, since she won.
I can't argue with the strategy, but red team bugged me a little last week and really bugged me this week. They're no Crazy Eyes Tracey, but so farr all the teams seem overwhelmingly nice, so red team does stick out as a pair of schemers (at least she seems like a schemer).
I love Daris and his mom.
I like Michael, too, and would like to see his mother go if for no other reason than to separate the two of them for a while and let Michael focus on himself...not his mother and "taking care" of her. I missed most of the first episode so I'm a little lacking in back-stories. Is Michael's mother married?
I think She-red is a lot smarter than He-red about how the game is played.
That is why - Shannon had a DUI before the BL, and was arrested while the show was airing for assaulting her tenant because his TV was too loud (Of course, Helen couldn't have known that was going to happen). But Helen's bio on the show said something along the lines of "Helen would do anything to help her daughter because she feels she didn't provide enough for her when she was growing up." So nevermind the fact that Helen didn't promote a healthy lifestyle (many parents don't), but when she had a chance, she didn't seem to even want to try to talk her into it. Of course, editing my have helped with that. Sure, Helen needed to take care of herself to lose the weight, but by contrast, look at Ron & Mike, Kathy & Kristin, Betty Sue & Ali, Renee & Michelle, Purple mom (can't remember names yet this year), Jackie & Dan, etc. who were adamant that their kids have a chance to change and not follow in their footsteps.
I really like and get a kick out of Michael too. My Brother In Law's Italian and he reminds me an awful lot of my BIL's youngest brother. Super nice guy and just loves life. I get those same vibes from Michael and I also LOL'ed over the "date w/the concrete" comment.
No, they're not "Crazy Tracey" eville, but I get that schemer vibe from Team Red too. Especially from her.
I loved, loved, loved Jillian w/Maria in the pool. She was so fantastic w/Maria and supportive too. I really hope that helped/helps Maria w/her fear of water. I was right there when I was little thanks to that Cdn Red Cross commercial w/the overturned canoe and voiceover of the little kid screaming for Daddy. This was their way to enforce how important it is to wear a life jacket. I've since heard many of my generation learned how to swim very late due to that thing. I didn't learn to swim until I was around 10 thanks to that thing creating such a fear of the water w/me, so I was so feeling what Maria was going through. I really do hope this helped w/her phobia.
Next week looks awfully stressful.
I'm liking this season so far. Then again I only just started watching with last season, so this is all pretty new to me, so I'm possibly just still intrigued as to how drastic these transformations are by the end of the season.
I'm rather neutral to all of the contestants so far except the gray team (who I think have the potential to get real annoying, real quick) and the red team.. who are going to be worse than toast the second they fall below the yellow line since they're (or, at least she) not hiding the fact that they're playing the game hard.
Felt bad for the mom on the white team, although she kind of brought her injury on herself with being so scared.. I was surprised to see she was the biggest loser for the week, despite.
Off-topic in regards to this cycle, but does anyone happen to know if there's a website where I could watch previous seasons? I have found myself wishing I had gotten into this show sooner than I did.
I love when Bob and Jillia call contestants on stuff... given that this is a "game" to a degree - but in some cases, they are playing with peoples lives (or so the doc claims)... which in some respects seems unfair. Oh well, like Survivor I am sure someone will get bit in the behind! (or chewed out... one of the two!)
Talk about one heck of a post to lead into this week's episode.
Still not sure on some of the names and Team Red's one of them. Wow oh wow did she deserve the, as it's called here in this house, fired at w/both barrels treatment from Bob and Jillian and then some!! Of *course* she threw the weigh in again this week. She's just plain out and out lucky the Grey Team didn't pick them for the switch, because she would have been going home and deservedly so. I mean...There's the Grey Team w/Imminuty this week and they went full out even though they had it.
She did it *again* and again was looking everyone in the eye and lying about her reasoning. Her husband can be as pissed off about it as he wants, but she did deserve getting called out like that. Only people they're hurting are themselves and...Well...Karma bites back eventually.
Miggy and Magdalela (sp?), but the daughter especially...No wonder they've got Blood Pressure problems and if that daughter doesn't get what Jillian was trying to tell her, that emotions are not weakness, but a strength, she's a Heart Attack and/or Stroke Victim waiting to happen. Even if she gets her weight off, not talking about things and sitting in the corner brooding/sulking will still make her at risk for one or both of those things happening.
As for Jillian talking about the impact this has on the third Generation of the family...Well, she's right!! If they keep on the way they have been, showing the Granddaughter/Daughter these horrible non healthy way of living, then the cycle's going to continue. It's too bad the both of them took offense at that and didn't *listen* to what Jillian, and also Bob, was trying to tell them. It's all well and good to say "I want to get Healthy and that's why I'm here...", but to do that, you also have to do an awful lot of work on your emotional and mental issues that got you to the point you're at now.
They're actually hurting themselves too on the Ranch w/this attitude w/the others. You can literally feel it when someone's got a *huge* chip on their shoulder like the daughter does. Who wants to spend time w/someone like that?
I really hope they take the chance they've been given, but right now...They're my vote for this year's Contestants that gain back whatever weight they've lost. If they aren't going to listen and/or realize that bottling everything up is just as unhealthy as stuffing Cheetohs in your face, then...
And then there's Michael...I get why the Grey Team picked them to switch and I honestly don't think it was just because Michael's the biggest guy. I really do believe it was due to Michael's behaviour/attitude during the week. Of course he obviously did work out this week, as he lost ten pounds, but how much more could he have lost if he'd actually worked as hard as the rest of them? So due to that, I understand why a couple of teams voted for Michael to go home.
Maria looks fantastic and awesome for her to continue working on her fear of the water. Loved her throwing a kiss to us under the water.
Wonder what'll happen next week, as it looks like Jillian and Hubby Red get into it over what happened at tonight's weigh in. At least it looked pretty tense in the wee bit we saw in the Promo.
Ack! My PVR cut off and I didn't see the promo! However, Red Man seemed STEAMING mad!
eh, red man can suck it. that pair is tiresome - I was so glad they didn't win immunity. I'm guessing from the preview that Melissa loses like 30 pounds next week
Sorry that Maria had to go, but I'm glad they kept Michael. I was actually hoping the pink team would end up in the bottom cause they're kind of boring (but good for them for pulling it off against all those big guys!).
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