A&E's "Heavy"

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k8yk

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 09:49
Anybody else watching this? I think it's pretty good. I like that unlike The Biggest Loser, it isn't a competition, it's more of a documentary style. It also doesn't go all the way to the "end" of the person's journey- just a few months into it. I also like that the trainers do tell the people that the scale is NOT the only way to measure progress. In the episode last night, this 288 pound woman (I relate, obviously) works her butt off and loses 3 pounds and she's really upset because the guy lost like 7 or 8 or something and she starts crying. The trainer explains to her that she's working really hard and that there's a lot that goes into your weight and it doesn't mean you aren't making progress. Not that 3 pounds isn't progress, but you know if you were at a weight loss camp like that, you'd expect big numbers.

I want to go to weight loss camp!!! Oh wait, I already lost the weight. Doh!

Anyway, anybody else have thoughts about this show?

Heavy


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pixidaisy

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 10:02
I was able to catch it this past weekend. The episode I caught was a man that was over 600 pounds and a woman that was over 300 when she started. It was so Good, I will be watching it again!

I really liked the fact that the trainers are positive and that they put a ton of emphasis on the fact that the scale is just a tool and NOT the only way to tell if you are making progress.

I would love to go to weight loss camp just for the experience!

You say you want a cheeseburger but all I hear is "I need love" - a comic strip on the fridge at work.

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Z'sMama

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 10:35
And that particular weight loss camp looks so beautiful, like a 5 star resort... where do I sign up. Wink I saw it last night and I liked how they showed with the woman character in particular how much of the journey is a mental one. She said something about coming to the realization that if her head isn't in a good place, her body won't be either. Anyway, kind of obvious maybe but a good reminder. I've never been able to sit through a whole episode of the Biggest Loser, but this I liked.
k8yk

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 10:38
It's just like how whenever I watch Intervention, I want to go to rehab! It all looks so nice... go to this beautiful resort spa place, away from all your troubles and jobs, talk about your feelings all day long... exercise... oh man, I'll take it! Sign me up!
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Z'sMama

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 10:45
Hate to break it to you k8, but I think the only way you'll get there at this point is as a trainer!
k8yk

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 10:50
Lol, career change anybody?
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pixidaisy

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 10:53
Do it.. I would totally come to rehab if you were the trainer!! lol I am the same way Kate, I watch intervention and I almost want to find an addiction just so I can go to rehab which sounds crazy but it looks more like a vacation spot than some place that you are going to get better.

You say you want a cheeseburger but all I hear is "I need love" - a comic strip on the fridge at work.

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dsylikm

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 10:57
@k8yk - considering your progress I think you'd be so inspirational if that's something you'd honestly consider. Just sayin' Smile And don't men tend to lose weight more quickly than women? That has been my observation at least. It's like fat falls off them once they start walking on the treadmill - lol.
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k8yk

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:05
Yup- men do seem to lose faster. I think it's the female "Oh NO I NEED this FAT for baby making! hormones" Smile

I always think about it- I'd love a career change having something to do with helping people change their lifestyles, but I'd like to be more of a Life Coach, like I want to come to your house and clean out your pantry and then take you shopping and show you what to look for and then I want to show you how to cook it. Then I want to work out with you and show you how to push yourself. And I'd most like to work with extremely overweight people (like 100+ range). And I'd like to make a reasonable sum of money. I'd take a pay cut I suppose.. but at this point in my life I'd like to continue making at the very least over 50K per year. SO if anyone has any ideas about HOW I can do that, let me know! LOL Smile
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esimnons

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:14
I always get a little flustered when I watch those shows. Also when they talk about weight loss with celebrities. I would love to have the ability to go to some spa/camp and have time to work on nothing but me. Have you ever watched the show Inside Brookhaven Clinic (or something like that). They have all these people who are overweight and in a nursing home for heavy folks. They do nothing all day but work on themselves (or not). Who pays for that? My insurance won't allow me to be in the hospital more than a couple of days even if I had surgery. I can't imagine how those folks get to stay there. I can't help but think who pays their bills at home? I know they don't go away. Is that the AFLAC duck? Just my thoughts.

I think A&E needs to do a documentary on people like us who have joined this site and are working hard at our normal lives and trying to get control of our heads and bodies. The trials and tribulations that we go through of have gone through are reality TV that would be worth watching.
dsylikm

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:18
The only thing I can think of at the moment - there are companies that get hired by insurance companies to help their subscribers with wellness (specifically, weight loss mgmt and nutrition) which, in turn, saves the insurane companies money. The drawback though is that it is mostly work done over the phone. These types of coaches make decent $ money I guess depending on experience. I think what you have in mind is much more "hands on" which I think is much more effective. If you started doing this on your own I'm sure you'd have a lot of support and you can build your clientele through social media like this!
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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:21
I caught an episode this weekend, too. I liked it, but I did wish they'd spent more time on nutrition (on screen time, that is -- it seems like they spent good time off screen). Most of the camera time is spent showing them exercising, which is great, but I want more tips I can use, lol! Smile
mdep1229

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:27
@Kate, JMHO, unless you have formal training as a nutritionist, a degree in kinesiology, etc., it could be difficult to command high dollars as a trainer/coach from the get go. I am wondering if you could start volunteering in your spare time as a coach at the local Y or community recreation center, make a name for yourself (well, I think you already got one here, but you know what I mean ...) and build up client base and referrals?
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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:27
I do watch Heavy and I really like it. Almost as much as Ruby. I would prefer to see a multi-show approach instead of a single hour that focuses on 2. Way too much gets cut out. You would think that some of thier clients (patients?) do nothing but cry all day.
The male trainer is easy on the eyes...don't you think?
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k8yk

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:37
mdep1229 wrote:
@Kate, JMHO, unless you have formal training as a nutritionist, a degree in kinesiology, etc., it could be difficult to command high dollars as a trainer/coach from the get go. I am wondering if you could start volunteering in your spare time as a coach at the local Y or community recreation center, make a name for yourself (well, I think you already got one here, but you know what I mean ...) and build up client base and referrals?


I know and this is the problem I get into when I start thinking of a career change. Which is why I haven't made one. I'm not opposed to more school, but WHEN? I need to work to support myself. My current field is way too overwhelming to go to school while keeping this type of job. It's way too overwhelming to volunteer really! I never know when I'm going to have to drop everything and just work on a project for work. And I hate to make appointments only to break them- so I avoid making them! It's so bad. I know, excuses. But I have always been self-sufficient and the thing that scares me most is not being able to pay my bills. I don't have anyone who could help me if I ran out of money.

Yes, the male trainer is definitely easy on the eyes Smile When the lady was swimming in the pool toward him, I was thinking "yeah, I'd learn to swim too!" lol
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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:45
Oh, I understand that part. I travel 35 to 50% for work and have to be on-call 24/7 one out of every six weeks.

While it is not as satisfying as real person to person training, would web training be an option? You set up an initial evaluation, which has to be in person; the follow up sessions via the net.

Please don't think I am trying to second guess your work schedule or how you manage your time, just throwing out options. Smile
k8yk

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:50
Oh no not at all. And please don't think I think I'm qualified to do any of the things I mentioned! I'm definitely NOT qualified. All I know is personal experience and research. Nothing I can prove to anyone.

Pipe dreams!

On the other hand, sometimes I just want to get away from all this weight/dieting stuff and go live the rest of my life. So, it's really not anything I'm ready to take any actions toward. Just one of many options I consider when I'm imagining what I could do that wouldn't involve sitting at a computer 12+ hours a day.
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Texas23

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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 11:56
I've only seen the first episode but liked it, in some ways I find it motivating. In other ways I find it very sad, it clearly shows how people in our lives enable us too. I think it also shows that all of us have some base reason for being heavy and once we overcome that it becomes easier.. not easy just a bit easier to lose the weight.
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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 12:36
I really like the show. When they told the guy the doctor cleared him to go into the pool I was happy for him. He wanted to use the pool so much. lol!
I do wish they would cover more of the nutrition aspect and show what they look like now, but I still enjoy the show.
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Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 13:57
I don't know for sure, but I kind of wonder if at the end of the series, they will show an update on everyone's progress? The one thing I am finding, it doesn't matter if you are 200 lbs, 300 lbs, or 500 lbs, (less or greater lbs) I can relate to them all somehow and even then, I find myself, even after getting up to 330 lbs myself, and still at 302 lbs today, wondering how they could let themselves get that big. I like this show. I like The Biggest Loser too, but I think The Biggest Loser would be just as good, even if it wasn't a contest. I like seeing the beginning and the end results of weight loss.
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