Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Vivio's are ENORMOUS. Not fat, but a million feet tall. Most of their problems stem from the patriarch of the family, Mark, a proud southern man who loves football and thinks crying is for ladies. Elijah is the heaviest member of the family at 330 lbs, and he constantly degrades himself with negative comments. He is picked on at school for being heavy and walks with a slouch: He has zero confidence.
Jillian picks up on this family rift right away, and focuses her mind bullets on Mark to try and get him to open up and be more emotionally available. She also works with Elijah one on one to build his confidence. Mom Laverne also talks herself down all the time, and Jillian has to work with her, too. Which ends up with a MASSIVE face plant on the treadmill. OUCH.
There is more psychoanalysis and less physical analysis this episode. It proves what I am always saying: The mental component of weight loss is JUST as important as the physical. Watching Mark and Laverne open up as parents and realize that Elijah might not be a football star but he is very special and worthy of their love was one of the most rewarding transformations yet.
Also, it was nice to see Jillian comes to Elijah's school and talks to his leadership class about bullying. Turns out every kid, every shape and size, has been the victim of negative thoughts from others or themselves. It's important for kids to empower themselves and realize that hurtful words don't have to hurt and they can get past that to grow into strong, compassionate people.
When Jillian comes back eight weeks later, the physical and emotional transformations are stunning. Elijah has lost 50 pounds, Mark has lost 56 pounds, and Laverne has lost 31 pounds. You can feel that the family bond has gotten so much stronger and Elijah now walks with confidence and enthusiasm. The check for $50k was also pretty sweet.
Just another week in the life of Jillian Michaels.
Next week, Jillian goes on the reservation and gets rid of Indian tacos. NO! Not the fry bread!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Kathy is a busy lady and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with her during her Breyers Smooth and Dreamy press junket.
Kathy: I have never felt more passionate about sharing the way I eat and keep my household. I was always asked in interviews "What do you tell them [celebrities] to eat?" I've never been a proponent of diets per se. I give them advice: I don't really tell them WHAT to eat, I give them examples of HOW I eat and how to prepare foods. It really just started to turn into this program that one of my marketing gals said "Look, we could do this in a bigger way." We shaped it into an actual celebrity kitchen home tour. Now we are forging ahead with a book and a Sunday Setup TV show.
FF: When I think of Hollywood, I think of celebrities benefiting from personal chefs or eating out a lot. Are there really that many celebs cooking from home or preparing food for their families for the week?
Kathy: You'd really be surprised at how many people actually do exactly that! They are making sure that their kids, their spouses, or partners are making good choices, that they have their food at their home. I think that the biggest problem is there is a lot of travel [in celebrity jobs] that prevents having a consistent meal plan. For the most part they are really wanting to take control and wanting to do it on their own and are excited about me coming. I always leave and they ask if I'm coming back next Sunday, too. I'm like, "No, no! You have to do this!" It's been very well received and I think it is something that is eye opening and very inspiring to see that celebrities actually do this!
FF: I was really surprised at the number of celebrities who participated and wanted to be hands on. Being a small town girl, i just assumed that everyone had someone who did it for them.
Kathy: I tell you, the best onion chopper was [High School Musical's] Vanessa Hudgens.
FF: She's so cute!
Kathy: She's So cute and she was chopping away. Most of the participants are like, "Awe, I have to chop onions?" and I'm like, "Mmm-hmm!". She was ready to go!
FF: I noticed that one of your big clients was Kim Kardashian and she is known for being a junk food junkie. I saw you (on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians") trying to train her and her family and get her to change her eating habits. What did you do to get her to change?
Kathy: I go back with Kim awhile. I did her first exercise video with her and I made an appearance on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians". What you saw there was actually reality. I wasn't going there to do a kitchen thing, but it just kind of led us into there. We just talked about the basics: What they had in their refrigerator and what they didn't have and what they needed. It was about revamping that fridge. I think over time [her eating habits have changed] because it is something she has worked on for quite awhile with exercising and she has had her bouts with junk food. She is definitely making exercise a part of her lifestyle and that's a message that I'm always passing out to my clients and to people who write to me is that it's about choices.
I'm the new spokesperson for Breyers Smooth and Dreamy which is a dessert- Wow, Kathy talking about dessert!- but we all have that craving, that desire for something sweet and it comes at different times, like your reference to Kim. Can you make a better choice? And with the Sunday Setup program I have a "90/10 principle": 90% of the time you want to make the best choices you can . Try to get those real fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. But 10% of the time, you're going to want something sweet. You're going to celebrate someones birthday and Smooth and Dreamy fits in perfectly because it is a sweet treat but it is a good choice if you compare it to others. It is 120-160 calories, it's a perfect portion: Not too small and not too big. It calms that sugary, chocolaty craving. There's also bars and sandwiches, a lot of variety in the Smooth and Dreamy family. To me it's great to tell people about things that are out there that might persuade you to make a better choice within that 10% fun zone.
FF: The "90/10 principle"- when does the 10% kick in? Every day? Throughout the week?
Kathy: I leave that up to how you work as a person. Some people can be completely diligent and committed and do it for six days straight 90% and then the seventh day is their 10% day and they kick back. Some people do it per meal. Some people do it per day. It really depends on what kind of life style you lead: Are you super active? Can you afford extra calories because of your exercise? We have to take ownership of how we want to lead our lives and how our personalities work. That's why diets always fall short because you try to diet but it didn't fit your personality style and this way gives you that leeway and it gives you that flexibility.
Kathy is a busy mom, and even though her plate is full with her new book coming out and the TV show, she still finds time for fitness. She shared with me that soon she will have to have hip replacement surgery due to issues she was born with, so she engages in indoor and outdoor cycling, deep water running, and she still teaches her step aerobics class two times a week. She recommends push ups, crunches, and plank work for every day fitness for all levels.
I am looking forward to watching her show! Please check out her YouTube channel and try out Breyers new Smooth and Dreamy for a lighter sweet treat!
Monday, June 28, 2010
When Jillian first sees the family, they are "cooking up a heart attack", making themselves a lunch consisting of deep fried chicken wings, mac and cheese, over 14,290 calories worth of food! Jillian is PISSED and calls the family, telling them to put the wings down and head to the doctor. The doctor has the usual disturbing news: Patrick should weigh 192 pounds and weighs 329 pounds, and Kim should weigh 139 pounds and weighs 283 pounds. She is 53% body fat! The kids start to cry because they want healthy parents that will be around for a long time.
Then it's time to meet Jillian in person for their beating. She is FIRED UP, and puts the family through planks, lifting logs, and karaokes- not the singing variety. Patrick gives up half way through the workout, and Ameera begins crying again. Jillian knows she needs to get out the mind bullet gun and do some investigating on why this family is in such dire straits.
Patrick keeps promising that tomorrow and someday things will get better and Kim is tired of shouldering the burden of the family herself. Jillian asks, "There is no tomorrow, why not now?" Patrick begins to realize that he can give the family many things, but unless he is giving them the gift of his health they have nothing.
The Northern family heads home with Jillian in tow and she heads right to the deep fried mess that is in the kitchen. She moans at the five gallon jug of cooking oil and gasps at Patrick's secret creme pie stashes all over the house. This family knows full well that their eating habits are bad, but they are not willing to change it.
At least the house is clean.
Later on when Jillian is speaking with Kim, Kim reveals a huge Ziplock bag (no plug here) of candy that she eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the weekends because she is trying to escape from all the responsibility she has during the week. She and Patrick aren't talking about their issues. Jillian has her work cut out for her.
The next day at the gym, Jillian pushes Kim and Patrick as hard as she can- Patrick manages to fall off the treadmill (I see Ashley from Biggest Loser every time) and Jillian yells at him for quitting. He finally breaks down, admitting he is afraid to fail. Jillian retorts, "The only way to fail is to give up." Sound advice.
We learn more about the family when Kim's sister stops by and tells Jillian that Kim cancelled her 40th birthday party because she wasn't thin enough. Patrick doesn't compete in his step dancing competitions because he doesn't feel good about how he looks. When Jillian accompanies the family to a step dancing event, Patrick walks out when she pushes a little too hard for him to participate. Jillian is tired of this family living on the sidelines, and she realizes that Patrick is the key to turning the family around.
The plan: to unravel Kim in front of Patrick. While walking on the treadmills, Jillian asks a couple of questions and Kim's flood gates open. Patrick doesn't want to see his wife sad, and he begins to truly listen to her concerns. The next day, Patrick wakes up with purpose. He does all the things on Kim's "honey do" list to make her smile and to let her know that he is apart of the family. Then Jillian has Patrick work Kim out at the gym- he has a light in his eyes and you can tell that he is truly motivated to change.
Then it is family activity time! Jillian goes with the family to a local skating rink, where Patrick does a little more falling then skating. The family is laughing and having a great time, which is really the reason for being together. After a quick trip to the capital to have the family take a literal trip up stairs to show the journey they have in store, it is time for the group hugs and Jillian to say goodbye.
Eight weeks later, Jillian comes back for a surprise belated 40th birthday party for Kim. Patrick reveals his new 61 pound lighter frame and Kim shows off that she has lost 41 pounds. And no surprise, Patrick does a little step dancing. Jillian gives them all $50,000 and heads off into the sunset to help another family in need of her special brand of tough love.
Next week: a 14-year-old boy who is over 300 pounds. A tear jerker- bring your tissues!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I have posted these before on Sunday Funday, and now I have met a fellow blogger who also shares my enthusiasm for jazz hands and leotards. Check out Brooklyn Fit Chick's blog- she focused on everything from Jane Fonda to Barbie this week. I am stealing her clip of Mary Hart's workout video. . .please reset your VCR counter so you know where it begins.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
As I read the article, I expected a litany of rants about Universal and how "unfair" they are to the plus size public. What I didn't expect to find was this:
Banks Lee and the Three Clicks: My Journey to Fit on an Enchanted Bench
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Yoga at the Great Lawn Tuesday evening was a lot of fun, even though it was rained out. I took some photos of the event- it may be the closest to Woodstock I will ever get!
This was the line we were waiting in before we got to the lawn- and we got there at 5 pm!
Once the gates opened, we were given a yoga mat from Gaiam and Jet Blue. In this photo I have my pal and fellow blogger Mari (from Namaste Mari-check out her photos!), and behind her Erica (from Erica Miss America-check out her photos!). . .
. . .And Jess (in blue) from Fit Chick in the City (read her post) and her friend Daniella. And a lot of other people!
This was how close to the stage we were! My view from the front of my mat. . .
When I first sat down, this was the view behind my mat. The pic at the top was my view when the event was "about" to start.
This was the last time the sun peeked out from the clouds.
The crowd is ready to get it started!
Bridal Team Blue starts the episode out in the rain, and Tesha is over it. She walks off the field, leaving Steve to say, "I'm the guy who decides who quits!" Apparently not.
Trainer Francesca (we don't hear too much out of her, you know?) is frustrated after her Bridal Team Green lost last week's Marital Mission, and she shows her displeasure by putting them through a grueling workout involving lots of swimming. That's good, because they are going to need all the help they can get. . .
Meanwhile, Steve catches up with a somber Tesha in the barracks, who reveals the reason for her naughty behavior is she is missing her kids back home. She wants to quit, but Steve reminds her that quitting would set a bad example for her children, and "I can't let you quit and feel good about it." The lights come on for Tesha, who realizes it isn't just about winning her dream wedding, but making a lasting lifestyle change for her and her family.
Then the ladies receive their invites from Cynthia for this week's Marital Mission, called Consummating Your Marriage. I was worried- I know sex burns a lot of calories, but wha? My fears were assuaged: It only involved the marital bed. No sexy time. The women have to run while carrying their mattress over their heads, attach the mattress to a raft, and then tow the raft while paddling a canoe around a buoy and back to shore. Sounds complicated.
Since Bridal Team Green's Lauren lost the largest percentage of body weight last week, she gets to answer a question posed by her fiancee, Ryan (who won in this deal- Lauren is a cute girl) for an advantage in the game. She gets it right, and Bridal Team Green gets to run on the inside of the track which is supposed to be faster. You would never know it, though, because Bridal Team Blue tears out of the starting gate like speedy bridezillas, quickly taking the lead.
I thought since Green team had so much swimming training earlier they would have been champs when it came to getting their canoes out. Melissa got the mattress raft stuck in the mud, Lauren overturned their canoe, and somehow, ginger Courtney stayed in her canoe and dry while the rest of the team struggled in the water. Again, Courtney is not racking up any popularity points.
Bridal Team Blue wins the race and honeymoon vacations for all! Bridal Team Green gets a trip to the Fitting Room. Back at the barracks, Melissa and Lauren gang up on fair skinned Courtney and tell her that if she is in the bottom two, she will be getting sent home.
On the winner's pier, Cynthia weighs in the Blue team. Will Jamie get her ass handed to her this week?
Jamie: From 139 lbs to 134 lbs- 5 lbs lost (whew.)
Amberly: From 159 lbs to 157 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Tesha: From 148 lbs to 145 lbs- 3 lbs lost
Tara: From 180 lbs to 177 lbs- 3 lbs lost
Then the wedding bells chime and it is time for Green team to head to the Fitting Room.
Melissa: From 168 lbs to 166 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Kacey: From 138 lbs to 135 lbs- 3 lbs lost
Lauren: From 165 lbs to 167 lbs- 2 lbs gained
Courtney: From 147 lbs to 145 lbs- 2 lbs lost
In a cruel twist of mean girls fate, Melissa and Lauren are in the bottom two and Courtney is safe. Karma is a bitch, right? Lauren is weeping and asking how you can gain weight on a weight loss show and Kacey is yelling at Courtney and telling her she should put herself in the losing position.
And save someone who was mean to her earlier? Sorry, cowgirl. Cynthia tells Courtney if she keeps losing weight she'll stay out of the bottom two, and tells Lauren that she said it herself: How do you gain weight on a weight loss show? She discharges Lauren from duty and Lauren is sent packing.
Next week? CAKE WRESTLING. Sounds delicious.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Happy hump day!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
After a quickie montage of last week's show, Mel B greets the contestants and tells them their styling tips for this week's show are located in some garment bags. I was hoping that there were cute and flattering costumes in there, but instead there were Cd's with music they were supposed to style their routines on.
Corey- Rapper's Delight
Stephanie- Imma Be (what? Imma be what?)
Sarah- My Life
LaToya- So Emotional
Michael- Ridin' Dirty (my fave!)
Katie- Evacuate the Dance Floor
Erica- No More Drama
Adamme- The Time of My Life
Briana- You Can't Touch This
The contestants meet their new pro partners and feel either excited, nervous, flustered, or sweaty. Then it's off to learn from nutritionist Rachel Bellen about portion control. Did you know that eating two sushi rolls is like eating three fish sandwiches? Me either. Then it's time to train with Lee. This week they are out of the gym and up Runyon Canyon, that hilly path I see on every weight loss show from Celebrity Fit Club to The Biggest Loser.
Quick inside peek: Michael lets us in on a secret: Kiki and Corey are having a love connection! Corey actual says that Kiki is "a little ball of adorableness". He's got it BAD. What guy says that?
Then it is the day of the show, y'all! Mel B introduces us to the judges and today's guest judge, Mayte Garcia. Who was a judge last year on the show. But now she is a guest. Where did she go?
Everyone had their opportunity to leave it on the dance floor, but then it was time to weigh in. (No time wasted on this show, ya hear NBC?)
Adamme (immune): From 289.5 lbs to 281.3 lbs- 8.2 lbs lost + dance score: 10.8
Stephanie: From 196.1 lbs to 188.2 lbs- 7.9 lbs lost + dance score: 11.7 WINNER!!!
Erica: From 224.8 lbs to 218.3 lbs- 5.8 lbs lost + dance score: 10.9
Michael: From 272.1 lbs to 263.2- 8.9 lbs lost + dance score: 10.0
Briana: From 275.3 lbs to 269.5 lbs- 5.8 lbs lost + dance score: 9.1
Corey: From 310.7 lbs to 303.4 lbs- 7.3 lbs lost + dance score: 8.6
LaToya: From 207.2 lbs to 206.3 lbs- 0.9 lbs + dance score: 8.4
Katie: From 207.3 lbs to 202.7 lbs- 4.6 lbs + dance score: 8.2
Kiki: From 212.0 lbs to 207.5 lbs- 4.5 lbs + dance score: 7.8
Sarah: From 208.9 lbs to 205.8 lbs- 3.1 lbs + dance score: 7.2
Meredith: From 205.6 lbs to 201.7 lbs- 3.9 lbs + dance score: 6.9
Meredith was PANNED on her dance (she got a 4 from one judge) and is sent home. But she is a classy lady. Pass the tissues.
I am happy to report that all the costumes were MUCH BETTER this week! No silver bike pants! And next week the dancers will be attempting salsa- muy caliente!
Monday, June 21, 2010
So, in honor of the many cultures throughout history that have celebrated the Summer Solstice as a flowering of mind, body, and spirit and an outpouring of creative expression , we invite yoga enthusiasts; both experienced and beginners to find tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the urban energy of the world's most commercial and frenetic place.
I was invited as a member of the press by yoga company Manduka, one of the event sponsors and giver away of 100 eco-Lite yoga mats for the first 100 participants of each class. They also gifted me a beautiful "VIP" package (who me?) that I took some pics of further down in my photo essay. . .Thanks to Manduka for getting me into one of the coolest events ever!
Here I am with the background of the TKTS booth in Times Square. I am all smiles despite not having any coffee yet.
The waiting line for the 7:30 am class! I was lucky I got to bypass it and see the goodies at the Manduka tent in the yoga village.
The event opens and people start to trickle in. . .
. . .and it gets fuller. . .
. . . and then it was time for class to begin!
The little guy in the yellow shirt is instructor Douglass Stewart who co-founded the Solstice in Times Square event. He teaches at Yoga Works here in NYC, and was an amazingly motivational teacher. The class was inspiring-feeling the energy of the other students of all levels working together to create this amazing sense of peace and calm in the busiest place in New York City was a once in a lifetime feeling. I was so happy to be there!
We even had the class shown on the JUMBO TRON television. I saw the Tony's on this TV last week. Neato!
This is what Douglass looks like close up. I'm sporting my new Manduka yoga bag!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
THE BEST PART OF THE SHOW WAS IN THE FIRST 20 MINUTES!!!!
And then to show a repeat of Last Comic Standing at 10 pm? Good Lord people.
Of course, I had to wait until the show came On Demand. I felt like all the live tweeting would have really benefited from the first 20 minutes because the matriarch of the May family is NUTS! I have never seen Jillian afraid of someone sneaking into her room and killing her at night.
It was SO amazingly weird and nutty and I was totally bummed I didn't get to share that with my live twitterers. It would have made up for the luke warm reception that Losing it has sort of had.
Don't get me wrong- I love Jillian and I like the show and I am impressed with the changes the families are making. My complaints are that the show is too short, I don't really get to see HOW the family is making the changes, and I don't know if there is lasting power.
Also, is Jillian really cleaning the houses or does she have a team? And how clever are the editors to erase any helping hands?
Sigh. This third episode was the best in the bunch. The May family consists of Mom, two daughters, and a son. The dad is MIA, divorced from the family because I can only assume he left the mom for another person. Mom is eating her problems, is a RAGEAHOLIC, and her poor daughters are following in her footsteps. The son seems to be doing a little better, but he is the only guy in a house full of chicks.
Jillian not only has to deal with the healthy eating and exercising, but also the overflowing May's garage of stuff. She decides to help the family let go of some of their baggage, but LORD. You must watch the mom freak out. When she yells "SELL IT ALL!" it makes your blood chill.
The reveal of the family when Jillian returns in 8 weeks is also a mind blower. The mom lost 74 pounds. THOSE ARE AMAZING NUMBERS! And the daughters both look like television stars. I still don't QUITE know how it happens or how quickly, but it is impressive.
Listen to my plea, NBC. Don't keep jacking me around! Or I'm going to Lose It.
Friday, June 18, 2010
On Monday, June 21st, prepare to down dog in the heart of the city at Solstice in Times Square. Yogis will be celebrating the first day of summer with free classes and demonstrations with lots of freebies and swag. The event will be taking place at Broadway and 7th avenue from 7:30 am to sunset.
I have been invited by Manduka, maker of high performance yoga mats and accessories, to yoga out and they are giving away 100 biodegradable eKO Lite yoga mats to the first 100 people who show up to EACH CLASS! These are nice mats, folks. And you are going to want that protection between you and the pavement. Thanks Manduka!
On Tuesday, June 22, 10,000 yoga participants will be trying to set a Guinness Book of World Records record by participating in the largest yoga event in the history of the United States at Flavorpill's YOGA AT THE GREAT LAWN! At 5:30 pm in Central Park, students and teachers will be greeted by live music by Reggie Watts, 13 Hands, Buddy Wakefield, and Wah!, and then at 7:30 pm yogi Elena Brower will teach the class accompanied by bassist Garth Stevenson.
It sounds like it is going to be insane and smelly. Good thing it is outside!!! Here is Elena Brower and Flavorpill's founder speaking with our local news abut the event:
If you are planning on attending, give me a shout out at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe we can say hi!
Trainer Steve wakes up his team, and is greeted with grunts and groans. "How's everyone feeling?" he asks. "Like shit," athlete Jamie retorts. Maybe she is still suffering from soda withdrawal? Tara from TN utters, "I can barely lift my arms to brush my teeth."
Bridal Team Green, on the other hand, is peppy, attacking the gym full force. In a side interview, team member Kelley happily ticks off all the team members that she loves and shows a bit of hesitation when it comes to coloring book enthusiast Courtney. Trainer Francesca is also having some problems with Courtney becoming overwhelmed in the gym. Is the Green team being set up for some disappointment, or just seeing green?
When Blue enters the gym, Steve is visibly worried. Tara and Tesha keep saying they can't do it, and Tesha has a mini meltdown. . .which causes Steve to let the ladies train themselves while he goes and takes a break. Maybe to hang out with his new bear friends. Team member Amberly takes charge, getting them to hit the treadmills because the "green team is not playing".
All the ladies are invited to their next Marital Mission at a pool where they are greeted by Cynthia Conde and their trainers. The name of the game: The Bridal Shower. Gifts are tied to the bottom of the pool in assorted team colors. The ladies must swim and dive to retrieve their gifts, and whichever team grabs them all first wins.
The Blue team only has 4 girls against Green's 5, so they are going to have to work twice as hard. The Green team starts really strong, but when it comes to space cadet Courtney, she just sits and stares at her package while the Blue team catches up. Courtney finally kicks it into gear, but too late- Blue team wins their first challenge and immunity from elimination. Plus they get all of their shower gifts and the Green teams gifts, as well.
Cut to sad shot of Green team's Melissa, sitting in her bunk and twirling her engagement ring on her finger. She wants that dream wedding, and she wants it bad. Bad enough to overhear Blue teams Tara saying she wants to go home and then spreading that news to the rest of her Green team. Amberly overhears Melissa being a gossip and goes outside to confront her, and they get all "No she didn't". Lots of bleeping from the censors. I assume Melissa was expressing her displeasure with Amberly and vice versa.
The ladies stop flapping their jaws long enough for their weigh ins. The victorious Blue team meets Cynthia on the weigh in pier.
Amberly: From 163 lbs to 159 lbs- 4 lbs lost
Tesha: From 151 lbs to 148 lbs- 3 lbs lost
Jamie: From 139 lbs to 139 lbs- 0 lbs lost
Tara: From 183 lbs to 180 lbs- 3 lbs lost
Cynthia states, "Not losing weight is unacceptable. Jamie, you better pray you lose weight next week." I don't know what the consequences would be, but Cynthia is like She Hulk. It wouldn't be pretty.
The Green team meets in the fitting room to see who will be going home.
Kelley: From 152 lbs to 150 lbs- 2 lbs lost
Lauren: From 171 lbs to 165 lbs- 6 lbs lost
Kacey: From 139 lbs to 138 lbs- 1 lb lost
Courtney: From 150 lbs to 147 lbs- 3 lbs lost
As much as the show was edited to look like ginger Courtney was going to be on the chopping block, it looks like team favorites Kelley and Kacey necks are on the line. Cynthia asks the team who should go home, and the women debate between who is the stronger competitor or who is already close to their goal. Trainer Francesca seems to have the final word: Kacey "deserves to have her dream wedding". Cynthia decrees it so, and Kelley is sent packing with a "Good luck fitting into your dream wedding dress".
Only 8 players remain to duke it out for the grand prize. Let the fur fly!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
FF: How were you chosen to work with Cynthia Conde (host of the show) and are her muscles really that huge in person?
SP: I was chosen because I am so ridiculously good looking- HA HA! (Total Zoolander moment) Seriously, I got a heads up from a friend of mine that they were casting for trainers. So, I went to Orlando for a casting and was chosen as the trainer for Team Blue. Hoorah! We (Bonnie [Steve's wife] and I) had already started working with the boot camp philosophy at our clubs and run a boot camp retreat, which was just in Fitness magazine, at Gloria Estefan's beach resort, Costa d'Este. . .We give a three day boot camp crash course on how to lose weight.
FF: Do you have a favorite off camera moment on the show that you would/would not like to have on the air?
SP: Totally. I was walking to mess (breakfast) about 5:00 AM. I see this large dog coming through the fog. Apprehensive, but yet a dog lover, I stop and face the animal. [I] noticed it had a strange gait for a K9. Once it got about 10 feet from me I realized this dog looks a heck of a lot like a bear. Okay, it's a bear. Literally walked right past me as if I wasn't there- and how flippin' cute! He was a little cub, but still a huge animal- just small for a bear. Anyway, he walks straight for the tree I was standing under. I thought he was cute as I watched him shimmy up the tree to nap- until I turned around and big a** Aunt Edna is staring me right in the face. She was huge compared to the cub. I yielded out of the way and let her up the tree. She seemed not to be interested in me until I started taking pictures of her little one. She made this snort scratch sound. . .you know, the one every mom makes from the choir loft when you are misbehaving in church. She startled me so much I jumped out of my skin and hauled butt outta there. As I'm running away like a little girl, I realize the whole Blue Team just witnessed their studly hard-butt boot camp trainer runnin' like a sissy from these cuddly little bears. Pretty happy that didn't make the air. . .
FF: If you had one fitness wish for the folks out there, what would it be?
SP: To just get started in any capacity to get, and stay, healthy - mentally, physically, and spiritually. Examine yourself on all three levels and decide if you are lacking. Just beginning the journey can be very healing.
FF: Has anyone ever told you you look an awful lot like Ty Pennington? You could do a partner show: Extreme Home Makeover, Body Edition.
SP: After "Fat March" aired on ABC people teased my about that. Pretty funny. Bonnie and I have talked about wanting to do a makeover show just like that. Hmmmmmm!
(Thanks to Bonnie Pfiester for hooking me up with Steve for this interview and for the great photos!)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
So the show! The 12 contestants move into a large mansion together, complete with dance room and "cheat" cabinet filled with Twinkies. Kick the willpower into gear right off the bat. The 12 gather for a "last supper" (biblical references completely unintentional) of their favorite meals: Cheeseburgers, fries, fried chicken, and mac n' cheese, only to be shown the calories they consumed AFTER they ate. They were on the bottom of the plates. I think the calories should have been written out in the food. Bouncer Corey saw his meal was over 3,000 calories. The dancers are starting to figure out why they have been cast.
After a weigh in and health check by Dr. Geller (also sporting a longer 'do, like Dr. H from Biggest Loser- what's up with that?), the 12 head to the dance studio to find out what styles of dance they will be performing. 6 different styles are posted on the dance studio's mirrors, and the contestants scramble to grab their faves after choreographer Tiana gives a brief demo of each style. Contestants were paired with whoever chose the same style they chose. Then it was off to nutritionist Rachel Beller, self named "health police". Largest contestant Briana states, "I have never ate a vegetable," but is going to have to start. She eats a piece of broccoli and asks if there are any other options. Then it is off to train with Lee Wall, their personal trainer.
Busy, busy contestants.
3 days before the show, Mel B tells the contestants that their partners will now be their competitors, and each team will have a winner and a loser. The winners will be immune from elimination for the week, and the losers will have to depend on their weight loss percentage to keep them in the competition. Dramer.
It's the day of the show, y'all! This is my favorite part of the show. These people are big, but they can MOVE! We are greeted by a sexy Mel B, and are introduced to our judges Lisa Ann Walter, Danny Teeson, and Dave Scott. Dave Scott from So You Think You Can Dance! YAY! Reality show crossover!
Kiki vs. Briana: dance: Booty Crankin' winner: Briana
Michael vs. Latoya: dance: Pop-Jazz winner: Latoya
Erica vs. Katie: dance: Fierce Whacking winner: Katie
Stephanie vs. Caleb: dance: Thrashing winner: Stephanie
Meredith vs. Sarah: dance: Dirty Jazz winner: Sarah
Adamme vs. Corey: dance: Old Skool winner: Adamme
The winners headed to the winners bench and to the weigh in. The winner got immunity for next week.
Adamme: From 301.8 lbs to 289.5 lbs- 12.3 lbs lost + dance score: 13.4
Briana: From 289.6 lbs to 275.3 lbs- 14.3 lbs lost + dance score: 12.6
Latoya: From 217.0 lbs to 207.2 lbs- 9.8 lbs lost + dance score: 12.5
Stephanie: From 207.0 lbs to 196.1 lbs- 10.9 lbs lost + dance score: 12.0
Sarah: From 218.7 lbs to 208.9 lbs- 9.8 lbs lost + dance score: 11.8
Katie: From 215.9 lbs to 207.3 lbs- 8.6 lbs lost + dance score: 10.7
Corey: From 325.9 lbs to 310.7 lbs- 15.2 lbs lost + dance score: 12.4
Kiki: From 220.4 lbs to 212.0 lbs- 8.4 lbs lost + dance score: 11.1
Michael: From 285.6 lbs to 272.1 lbs- 13.5 lbs lost + dance score: 10.7
Meredith: From 214.5 lbs to 205.6 lbs- 8.9 lbs lost + dance score: 10.4
Erica: From 232.7 lbs to 224.8 lbs- 7.9 lbs lost + dance score: 9.7
Caleb: From 297.0 lbs to 282.6 lbs- 14.4 lbs lost + dance score: not enough to stay
Caleb and his eyebrows are sent back to Texas, but he handled it like a true gentleman.
The real losers? The people who design the HORRIBLE costumes for the dancers. They look like they went to Party Bazaar and bought the cheapest plus size costumes they could find.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Don't you remember sitting around the pool eating homemade ices out of a hollowed out lemon with fresh mint sprigs after slaving over a grill making homemade flat bread pizzettes as a 15-year-old? I sure do.
Make sure to watch the WHOLE thing- Hoda and Kathie Lee might make you wet your pants.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The first episode focused on the auditions, which the first season really didn't cover. New host Mel B. (of Spice Girls fame) introduces the show and the auditions spanning LA, Dallas, Chicago, and New York to find 25 contestants to narrow down for the 12 spots on the show. The show is a little more like So You Think You Can Dance- Plus Size! We now have a British host and we already had the British judge and the ballroom judge. The show is also showing the contestants in a more serious light now: Real people that have dance training that can't be REAL dancers because they are larger. Last season it was a LITTLE more jokey. I don't want to feel bad about watching this, folks.
The auditions showed there is a lot of talent in these larger packages, and it was hard for the judges to make their final picks. BUT THEY DID!
My fave contestant is Adamme, a make up artist with a lot of swagga.
I am all about kickboxing, but have never donned a pair of real boxing gloves and tried real boxing. Mostly because I don't want to ruin my beautiful face, but also because most gyms I have visited don't have a real boxing option. After watching Jillian Michaels work over Biggest Loser contestants with her boxing pads, I have been dieing to try it out and jumped at the invitation that Victor extended!
VFitness meets in Central Park at the Bethesda Fountain (ever seen "Angels in America"?). Monday night was BEAUTIFUL, crisp and cool, and was perfect for all the work I was going to be undertaking. I ran from my apartment to the fountain because of all the gorgeousness, but also because I didn't know what the class was going to be like. Hindsight being 20/20, I would have walked because the class burned plenty of calories!
The fountain is undergoing some work- It looks like they have captured the angel to prevent her from escaping! (This is me being artsy fartsy.)
Victor lent me a pair of boxing gloves to use for class, and then introduced me to the basic boxing stance, jab, cross, hook, uppercut, pivoting, and ducking so I would be ready for the drills. The first time my gloves made contact with the pads I was sold. It is super satisfying to punch something as hard as you can! I also could feel my heart pumping and my arms and legs working immediately, so I knew I was in for something good.
The workout consists of shadow boxing, where Victor tells you what punches to throw on his go. Then it was sparring with a partner.