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Rut Roh!  Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition in trouble

An article from Diets in Review landed in my inbox this weekend.

“Anyone who watches reality television knows that it isn’t all real, after all, whether it’s Loser, Housewives, or Hills, they still have a story to tell and a show to produce. But it’s one of those things that no one talks about.  Until now. James Garrison, a participant in Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition‘s first season earlier this year, is calling himself a whistle blower and exposing what he describes as mistreatment of the shows participants.

“You read it here first… The Biggest Extreme Makeover Loser WhistleBlower,” said Garrison at the end of a nearly 2000-word diatribe against Extreme Makeover’s producers and cast, calling out by name JD Roth (the man also behind Biggest Loser) and the show’s trainer Chris Powell.

In our interview with James after his episode aired he described health problems he was having as, he says, a result of his rapid weight loss, which meant losing 313 pounds in 365 days. This month he had another rush to the hospital which resulted in the removal of his gall bladder. It got him thinking.

“Well it took another near death stay in the hospital, my second in a year, to realize exactly what I was promoting. Yes, I lost 313lbs in one year on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, but should you? The answer is no. No one should lose that much weight that fast and if anything I am proof positive as to why its not a good idea. Those are unrealistic expectations that in reality are more harmful than good,” is the statement Garrison wrote in the blog post that started it all.

He says that post was also followed up by personal emails to Roth and Powell, explaining his health problems, the $50,000 in hospital bills from the past year, and asking for help with it all, which he says were ignored.

“I guess what is hard to understand is, after emailing JD. Roth and Chris Powell asking for assistance with my medical and over $50,000 in hospital bills I was ignored.”

The only response he got was a cease and desist from show attorneys, which he posts a copy of on his blog.

“I write a blog about my health and why I don’t think its a good idea to lose 313lbs in one year on a Saturday night because to be honest it was weighing on my conscious that America believes that this is okay and by Sunday morning I have a cease and desist letter and phone calls from show producers and attorneys. They were all threatening calls, and none of which was about helping me. The attorney asked me to take the blog down out of good faith and to see if we can get this resolved but Its been 10 days and still no word back from him other than he is looking into it?”

All of this comes from a blog post Garrison published on October 12, 2011, where he’s also posted images of emails between him and show producers. One such email is from Chris Powell to the show’s participants encouraging them and outlining for them how to do a flush to help them lose up to an extra 30 pounds of water weight before their weigh ins.

Garrison says that the flushes Powell encouraged them to do goes against everything that Powell has taught in his fitness career. He also calls out that they never followed the diet described on the show.

“None of us were on that 2,000 calorie diet that CHLI designed [the Extreme Makeover Diet]. We pretty much were told to eat less and less in email and later just verbally as in their words “your body is fighting back, we need these numbers”. Or what was better “there going to cancel the show, we wont be able to inspire anyone”. We even went without carbs 2-3 days a week,  at their suggestion to get better numbers and better results.”

Other things about the show that Garrison “outs” in his blog post include:

  • “We were made to take diet pills 2-3 times a day
  • “Chris Powell did not live with us for three months each. The fact is I maybe saw him 5 days last year…”
  • “We were made to dehydrate ourselves every single week beginning on Thursday and ending on Saturday morning.”
  • Garrison is certainly not the first weight loss reality star to reveal his experience. Kai Hibbard, a member of Biggest Loser season 3, famously spoke out against that show citing similar unhealthy weight loss tactics to help the contestants lose weight.

    We have reached out to ABC publicity and James Garrison for comment and will update as those are available.

    UPDATED 10/14/11 at 10:20pm:

    We spoke with James by phone and he told his actions are an attempt to right a wrong. “By participating in that show I was wrong.” He also responded to critics saying “If I was out for fortune I wouldn’t be hanging myself right now.” He says some of his fellow castmates have “turned their backs on me” but others have voiced support.

    October 14th, 2011″

When I recaped the show, the question kept popping up about how much time was REALLY spent with each client.  Also, the lack of nutritional information given on the show.  Now it all makes sense…..  What are your thoughts concerning this new revelation?  They are already taping/taped season 2, should they cancel the show?  And by the way, Chris Powell has a book coming out any day now.  Would you buy it?

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TrueLifeDiva Thursday

Rock Bottom

     I’ve been missing in action lately.  There seems to be quite a bit of that going around.  While enjoying the thrill of getting near my goal weight, I was rudely reminded of the real reason why we need to stay in shape.  In some of my blog posts I’ve made mention of a friend.  This friend is lovingly refered to as my chinese buffet buddy and gay husband.  I’ve known him for over  20 yrs.  He is morbidly obese.  While applauding my weight loss efforts, he has at times also sabotaged them.  He struggles with his weight issues.  I’ve seen him do every shake/meal replacement system out there, no carbs, Maple syrup cleanse, fad diet out there.  He has spent thousands on personal trainers, gym memberships, and colonics.  He initially loses weight.  As much as  50 lbs in one month once.  But as soon as the big numbers slow down or things get hard, he quits.  Then he gets depressed and piles the weight back on.

Well, 2 1/2 weeks ago my friend had a big scare.  While at work (we work together too) he began having difficulty breathing, and could not move.  Co-workers drove him home with what was originally assumed to be the flu.  I was very alarmed because earlier this year he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. When I called to check up on him, he laughed it off and claimed he just needed a few days off from work. Things have been very stressful at the job and this made perfect sense to me.  However, after spending two weeks in bed he made a confession to me.  He wasn’t in bed with the flu.  He was in fact in bed with pads spread underneath him to capture the fluids leaking from his legs.  My dear obese friend now suffers from Edema and several other weight related ailments.  He has been in denial about his extreme weight because he still gets around without aid.  But while very mobile, he cannot stand for too long.  He cannot sit in one position for too long.  He cannot walk for more than a few minutes at a time. He experiences sharp pains that he pretends are from working out.  But while he has been smiling and pretending to be a jolly fat guy, his body is secretly falling apart.  He is only 40 yrs old and he is thisclose to becoming disabled due to his weight.  Like an alcoholic or drug addict, my dear friend had to have an extreme event occur in order to wake up.  He hit rock bottom and I’m praying we can help him climb his way back up.

Working out and eating sensibly  to maintain your ideal weight might seem vain to some people.  I get teased at work by a few who think taking pills is the answer to everything.  Working out to keep my body strong and eating good food is way more practical than being on a million meds or having surgery to unclog arteries.  If I get hit by a bus, there’s nothing I can do about it.  But I can do something about having strong bones, a healthy heart, and a (somewhat) tight butt ;-).  Remember, there is a reason why we try to live healthy.  My dear friend just reminded me by almost dying.  Have you ever had a weight related  “situation”?  What was the event that made you decide to take charge of your life?  Share your stories with the group :-D.                                       Peace and Blessings, TrueLifeDiva 😀

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TrueLifeDiva ThursdayParty in Pink Zumba-thon for Breast Cancer Event

     Last Saturday 200+ men and women (mostly women) took over Mission Bay and Grooved For A Cure.  Fortified with superhuman amounts of caffeine, I Salsa’d, Samba’d, shimmied, and shook what my mother gave me for 2 hrs along with fellow Zumba enthusiasts.  As you can tell from the photo’s, we were all drenched in sweat afterwards.  A good time was had by all. 75% of the proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Kommen foundation.  In the photo’s below are myself, my two favorite Zumba instructors David and Roushel, fellow students Sherinda, and a unidientified chick.  Peace and Blessings, TrueLifeDiva 😀

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TrueLifeDiva ThursdayThe light at the end of the tunnel

     As the seasons change, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss for motivation.  As we near our weight loss goals, we find it hard not to resort back to old habits. How do we keep steady along the right path?  In the past it felt like we were stumbling around in the dark.  But there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The hard work does pay off! 😀

     Think back to when we first got together here.  We’ve all made progress.  Give yourself credit for a job well done.  We are all healthier, fitter, and more knowledgeable from our time spent together here. This blog is a blessing to all who participate.  Whether we comment or just lurk (I’m looking at you Dee) we give each other support.  I’m getting very close to my secondary goal but I can’t see myself achieving my primary goal without you guys :-).

     This post is kind of short but I just wanted to come and leave a positive thought for the week.  Check out my Biggest Loser recaps on TvTime101.com.  Next week I’ll post pics from this weekend’s Zumba-thon for Breast Cancer. I got a bling-ed out outfit and everything! 😀  Peace and blessings, TrueLifeDiva

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TrueLifeDiva ThursdayAdventures in plateau busting…pt2 The Remix

 Last time on “Plateau busting”:

A few weeks ago I received a phone call in the middle of the day.  It was a cousin of mine who I am very close to.  She sounded upset and I thought for sure she was going to tell me some bad news.  She stuttered a bit and then blurted out, “I’ve gained 12 lbs and I don’t know what to do!” Whew!  Is that all?  Okay, I’ve got your back :-).  She told me how the weight had slowly crept on and despite doing what has always worked in the past, the weight was not budging.  We had a nice long talk and I gave her some suggestions.  I followed up with daily texts of encouraging words, links to fitness articles, and the gift of a beautiful journal to log her diet/fitness daily.  Renewed hope inspired her to speak about her wanting to get back on track and she found out a few co-workers were in the same boat unbeknownst to her.  She reported back to me that others in her group were “forcing” her to take Zumba and Yoga classes with them :-).  The weight is starting to come off and I couldn’t be more proud of her and her efforts.

Of course this got me to thinking about my own situation.  I had started to get into a rut my damn self.  As I was researching articles for my cousin I realized I could take the same advice as well.  Around this same time, GoldenGirl mention I.F or fasting.  I googled it and from what I read determined that it wasn’t compatible with my lifestyle.  But this did remind me that I should/could be tweaking my diet.  So I began an experiment.  According to most online calculators, I need to consume 2200-2300 calories a day to maintain my current weight.  I usually take in 2000 calories which explains why I am losing at a snails pace.  In the past I was finding my body had become acclimated to dropping down to 1200 calories so doing this only worked for a week or two.  I decided to rotate my intake and hopefully shock my system into losing weight.

Experiment details:

  • Two weeks on a 1200-1500 calorie a day budget
  • Two weeks rest at 2000 calories a day
  • Try to burn approximately 1000 calories a day exercising
  • Increase intensity level during workouts, increase # of crunches/sit ups performed each workout session
  • Add Jillian Michaels  30 Day Shred to daily routine. I fit this into my day by doing a section while my dinner cooks.  Works most days 😉
  • Began following a group on Twitter called #plankaday.  The two leaders tweet fitness articles, make bad puns, and call you out if you do not report in daily that you have performed at least one plank.  Periodically they do a 12 hr plank session called #plankanhour.  I’m not up to that level yet, but I committed to doing an Am and Pm plank each day.  Plan to extend plank time (60 seconds) and add side planks as I get stronger.

My plan is to weigh myself at the end of six weeks.  I am on week four but decided to fill you guys in so you can chime in with suggestions.  I have peeked at the scale but will wait until the experiment is over to determine if my efforts produced any REAL weight loss.

Follow up:

     Hello boys and girls!  The experiment worked :-D.  I lost a solid  5 lbs with this experiment.  And with that bump on the scale I feel renewed and invigorated.  I’m 4/5 of the way to my goal weight (don’t judge me for doing the math!!!) and will definitely get there before the end of the year.  At this point in the game every pound lost is hard-earned so I am doing my  happy dance.  It looks a lot like Snoopy doing his signature move if you need a visual ;-).

     I started taking Spin classes once a week.  I really enjoy them and feel they are a part of my plateau busting.  There is a lot of debate on whether or not you can burn a lot of calories Spinning.  Some people claim you can burn 1,000 calories, others say more like 200 calories per 1 hour class.  I like to give myself the default number of 5 calories a minute if I am really sweating it out in a class.  So my math says I’m burning approximately 300 calories per class.  This also matches what the digital screen on the bikes in the cardio room tell me.  While not a big calorie burner, it is an intense leg and butt workout and I do notice an improvement in those areas so the trade-off is worth it.  I’m still getting used to the abuse my crotch area gets from the seat.  I literally cried during my first class from the pain.  I still had residual bruising a week later when I took my second class.  I purchased a padded gel seat cover and that helped for the first 20 minutes.  I asked several of the regulars for pointers and they basically told me you get used to it over time.  I’m still experiencing bruising but it is getting better.  Plus I discovered they make special biker shorts with padding in that area :-P.  I will be ordering two pairs this weekend…

     While most of the country has been experiencing shitty weather, sunny San Diego has been great.  Once a week I have made the 4.95 mile walk to the newest Pinkberry yogurt shop in my area and enjoyed the fresh air.  I only get a medium and rarely get toppings.  The calorie count is usually around 300 calories, so it’s all good.  A visit to the shops next door and my total round trip is exactly 10 miles. These nature walks, Spin classes, planking, and the calorie rotating all contributed to my progress.  Cross your fingers for me in hopes that I can cross the finish line using these tactics!

What has worked for you in the past when you hit a plateau?  Any suggestions for future input?  Tell me what you think 🙂                       Peace and blessings, TrueLifeDiva

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TrueLifeDiva Thursday  Finding the motivation when there is none

The other day BuffyWood asked me how do I stay motivated.  I didn’t really have an immediate answer.  And then my cousin I mentioned in last weeks post called me to update me on her progress.  She’s lost 6 of the 12 lbs she gained and feeling great.  We started discussing techniques, tricks, shortcuts, methods, etc.  She mentioned a phenomenon we discussed here on the blog a few months ago….Sabotage.  Yes, now that she is shedding the pounds, everyone wants to feed her.  Baked goods, Sees candy, and her mom suddenly wants to cook  old-fashioned southern fried meals “for the grand kids”.  Most commonly heard comment?  “What’s one day/meal gonna hurt?”  You all know what I’m talking about ;-).  It’s hard enough to motivate yourself and then people want to wreck your whole program!  Sabotage is universal and its real.

     I am finding that contributing for this blog is a major motivating factor for me these days.  I am constantly reading articles to discuss.  I subscribe to at least half a dozen fitness/diet/healthy lifestyle newsletters so I can stay abreast of the latest findings.  I follow several fitness enthusiasts on Twitter.  I am finding myself talking about fitness the way I used to talk about The Real Housewives.  And for those of you who’ve known me for a minute, you know that’s a lot :-D.

     After getting off the phone with my cousin (who lurks regularly) I contemplated Buffy’s question and came to this conclusion…

I stay motivated by:

  • Vanity, when you look good you feel good. 😉
  • Networking.  Connecting with like-minded people gives you a feeling of community.
  • Exploring new classes.  Trying something new and liking it is a great feeling.
  • Dressing for the occasion.  Wearing cute workout gear always makes me want to take a class and show it off ;-).
  • Better health.  Being able to do things my peers struggle to do fitness wise makes me feel young and vibrant.
  • Better sleep.  I always sleep good on the days I had a challenging workout.  And I’ve suffered from insomnia in the past.  Sleep is very precious to me.
  • Catching the men folk giving me a double take when I pass by.  I hear “The men all pause” by Klymaxx playing in my head whenever this happens. LOL!
  • Developing healthy habits.  I tend to be a little O.C.D at times and committing to a healthier lifestyle has led me to replace some of my more negative habits with positive ones.
  • Being able to help others who are on the same journey.  I get messages on Twitter all the time from peeps telling me I inspire them.  If my rambling posts help someone get to their goals, then its worth opening up about my struggles as well.

What are your motivation tricks when you find yourself low on inspiration?  Want to add to my list or give me your own?  Let us  know how you “get ‘er done!”   Peace and blessings, TrueLifeDiva

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TrueLifeDiva ThursdayAdventures in plateau busting…pt1

A few weeks ago I received a phone call in the middle of the day.  It was a cousin of mine who I am very close to.  She sounded upset and I thought for sure she was going to tell me some bad news.  She stuttered a bit and then blurted out, “I’ve gained 12 lbs and I don’t know what to do!” Whew!  Is that all?  Okay, I’ve got your back :-).  She told me how the weight had slowly crept on and despite doing what has always worked in the past, the weight was not budging.  We had a nice long talk and I gave her some suggestions.  I followed up with daily texts of encouraging words, links to fitness articles, and the gift of a beautiful journal to log her diet/fitness daily.  Renewed hope inspired her to speak about her wanting to get back on track and she found out a few co-workers were in the same boat unbeknownst to her.  She reported back to me that others in her group were “forcing” her to take Zumba and Yoga classes with them :-).  The weight is starting to come off and I couldn’t be more proud of her and her efforts.

Of course this got me to thinking about my own situation.  I had started to get into a rut my damn self.  As I was researching articles for my cousin I realized I could take the same advice as well.  Around this same time, GoldenGirl mention I.F or fasting.  I googled it and from what I read determined that it wasn’t compatible with my lifestyle.  But this did remind me that I should/could be tweeking my diet.  So I began an experiment.  According to most online calculators, I need to consume 2200-2300 calories a day to maintain my current weight.  I usually take in 2000 calories which explains why I am losing at a snails pace.  In the past I was finding my body had become acclimated to dropping down to 1200 calories so doing this only worked for a week or two.  I decided to rotate my intake and hopefully shock my system into losing weight.

Experiment details:

  • Two weeks on a 1200-1500 calorie a day budget
  • Two weeks rest at 2000 calories a day
  • Try to burn approximately 1000 calories a day exercising
  • Increase intensity level during workouts, increase # of crunches/sit ups performed each workout session
  • Add Jillian Michaels  30 Day Shred to daily routine. I fit this into my day by doing a section while my dinner cooks.  Works most days 😉
  • Began following a group on Twitter called #plankaday.  The two leaders tweet fitness articles, make bad puns, and call you out if you do not report in daily that you have performed at least one plank.  Periodically they do a 12 hr plank session called #plankanhour.  I’m not up to that level yet, but I committed to doing an Am and Pm plank each day.  Plan to extend plank time (60 seconds) and add side planks as I get stronger.

My plan is to weigh myself at the end of six weeks.  I am on week four but decided to fill you guys in so you can chime in with suggestions.  I have peeked at the scale but will wait until the experiment is over to determine if my efforts produced any REAL weight loss.

Have you experimented with fasting or calorie restriction.  Have you ever done any extreme exercise regimen?  What has worked for you in the past when you hit a plateau?  Any suggestions for future input?  Tell me what you think 🙂                                                                 Peace and blessings, TrueLifeDiva

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