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Good luck!

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Is anyone planning on doing the Biggest Loser 5K run? There is one in Marsailles, Illinois, on July 20th. I am going to be there.

It works in teams, it's a beginner race. The entire team finishes at once. Its through the mud with optional obstacles.

Sounds like FUN!

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RUSSELL_39 what Jullian is doing can be called "abuse". You don't have to be a male to take that title. I'm sitting here thinking, what if someone yelled and bleeped at her kids? A human is a human be they are femaile, male, adult or child.

I'm still thinking of that season where she draged the young woman by the shirt across the floor. Now if she was at an established gym, she wouldn't havd done that. Tough trainer or not.

crazy, if anyone wants to be treated worse than a homeless dog running the street.

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I only would have liked the red line on the 2nd show IF they had used it for total weight lost so far. If Jeff (may have the name wrong) who lost 29 lbs, and then 0 was eliminated for falling below the red line, I would have cringed.

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I agree with you, Jellybean. Although I would take Bob.....

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I don't think Jillian is being harsh. If anything, I think Bob is harder on his team than anyone else. The difference? Bob's demands are quieter sounding whereas Jillian is loud. If I had the opportunity, I'd pick Jillian anyday.

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I think if anything, Bob, and Dolvett are the people who are fake, not Jillian. They pretend to be loving, and caring so that everyone at home will love them. I think if you are given an opportunity like this, and are stalling, or whining, they should have back-up contestants, and just eject you from the show. Buh-Bye! Jillian is angry that people are dying, while several contestants are wasting her time. THAT is real.

My other thought is that Jillian is allowed to do this BECAUSE she is a woman. Can you imagine if it was Dolvett being the bad cop. If he was screaming at them?? Jillian does it, and she is a bit extreme. Dolvett, or Bob doing the same would be abusive. I think that the reason they are being so hard, is that they need to fix the show. The 2 seasons that Jillian left were the worst ever, because the contestants went from thinking they were being granted a chance to fix their lives, to thinking they were celebrities. Jillian is weeding out the troublemakers, and serving notice that no one will ruin the show.

There are millions of people wishing they could be on the show. Why should they hold the hand of someone when they could replace them with someone who would use the opportunity? I love the red line, and since it is by %, whoever falls below SHOULD go home. They failed to do the job they signed up for.

It is a competition, with a cash prize at the end. I have always liked the contestants who aren't there to be friendly, but just work, work, work. What happened to contestants sneaking in extra exercise at 3 A.M., or putting a bike in their room, and riding it hour after hour? I loved that. Without competition, you never separate excellent from average.

Maybe Jillian will calm down a bit, once they whittle the contestants down to people who really want to be there, and they can have wonderful chats about their feelings, but first they need to lay down the law, and Jillian is just the tool for doing that.

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as i mention in another thread i like the red line its seems to cut down on the drama. i predict a different team will lose this time just because of the ad showing how bad the white team is doing it the white team does lose again that means only one person on it will be left.

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If there is more opportunity for product placement we would see more of Dr. H

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As mentioned before...I don't think that the red line is permanent but probably the yellow line will be back sooner or later and I vote for sooner.

Maybe once the red line is gone we can start a new thread as there is sure to be more discussion when that starts! LOL
Interesting note that the White team won both challenges yet were not close for the weigh-in both weeks. I am not sure it was a matter of someone NOT working but just the second week "jinx" as Dolvet called it for week 2

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THe only problem about having the red line this early is that the person in the losing team might not be the person who had the lowest percent of weight loss in a week. Otherwise, I prefer the red line over voting.

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I like the new elimination process. Now it is less about game play and all about weight loss. Your team can save you but ultimately you have to do good every week for yourself and the team. Love it.

I am super happy Jillian is back. I felt bad that the teams weren't evenly split between ages weights and body types. But I am sure Jillian's team will fight back.

I feel bad for Nikki. She really wasn't prepared for how emotionally hard it is in there. I hope what ever is hurting her heart will find some healing with the therapist she mentioned. I think it will help her with her weight loss journey.

At anyrate I am looking forward to this season. Kids and all.
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FYI, Bingo sort-of 'looks 10 yrs old' but he's apparently 13 - one of the girls is younger than he is, although he's smaller in stature.

As for Jillian, I think it comes down to the 'reality' of reality TV, which reallly isn't that different from scripted TV - that is, the producers/writers/editors have to create 'characters' and 'story lines' to keep the audiences engaged in the show. Otherwise it's sayonara to the show! Soooo, what we see on camera may not reflect what ANY of these people are 'really' like - we see a 'character' that has been created by careful and selective editing. Jillian's role from the first episode was 'Tough Trainer' - it's a great contrast to see an attractive female cast in the role of 'drill instructor' and that dicotomy caught the attention of many people. She got tired of that persona and tried to soften it but still has the 'tough' approach as a large part of her style. I think we're seeing some differences with her now that she has children of her own and is living more of a 'family life' rather than the single celebrity life she lived for many years. I suspect she needed the $$$ for coming back as much as the show apparently needed her - and I also suspect she negotiated a very nice contract with them!!

As for Nikki, the contestant who quit, I think she had a collision between the 'theory' of how it was going to be and the 'reality' - many of us talk as if 'she should have known' but I don't think there is any way for someone to 'know' before being in the situation. I also do not agree that she 'took someone else's place' - no, she took HER place on the show. If 'someone else' was supposed to be there, then Nikki wouldn't have been there herself.

As an audience member, I do wish they had said 'ok, someone left so we'll skip the elimination' but we don't know how things would have turned out if they had or if she hadn't left. At any rate, I think I'm going to really like this season - already, it seems like the people are much more likeable and like there's going to be less 'drama' than recent seasons. We've had a couple of other seasons where people were supportive of each other and there was less back-biting. I don't know if ratings dipped those seasons but I can tell you that I felt more connected to the show then than when we have had the back-stabbing and sniping going on - it seems to me that the producers spent a great deal of time analyzing what has worked and not worked as far as success with the audience goes.

I also noticed that they gave every eliminated person a full membership in a gym with unlimited personal training so that should help the people succeed at home. They may be giving other support to those at home, as well as those on campus too. I hope so - as we all know, it ain't easy to lose weight and for some people it's even more difficult than others. Most of us have some sort of emotional issues to work through, whether we are at a perfect weight or not, but when those issues are combined with extreme obesity, it takes a lot more than 'just' eating right and exercising to work through the barriers. Most of us just have to figure things out without professional support but I do think a LOT of us would benefit if we had access to more of that. At any rate, we are LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY to have a great place like SparkPeople as a resource and I'm inspired to see 'us ordinary folks' succeed as well as those chosen to participate on this show.

Looking forward to a fantastic season!

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I would love more with Dr. H.

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1/9/13 3:53 P

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That Bingo kid - I don't think I've ever seen a 10-year-old with such charisma!

Edit: he's 13. Not sure where I got 10 from.

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Wendy - I really can't tell how the teams were divided. Clearly just assigned though. What I liked seeing was a red team member encouraging a white team member. Nice to see friendship vs competition.

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Freecloud you were right about Nikki.I think Jillian is just showing off.I felt sorry for Tc though he wears a guilt trip.The children seemed to be focused and having some fun.I would like Dr.H to be commenting more.A medical problem can shock peole to do something about their weight and health.

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i was really interested in the part of the last episode with Dr H..... i wish they would have more of this... as a very obese person as well, i think it's a good thing...... shocking but ' in your face ' good, to be shown and told what impact this fat has upon the body........ we can't see inside ourselves....... maybe if we could, we could scare ourselves into sticking to our weight loss plans to get to goal.......... very effective...

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Any thoughts on how the teams were divided? The contestants were assigned a trainer this year - I wonder who chose the teams and why. Certain personality traits or certain needs....or just random drawing from a hat?

While I'm a fan of Jillian, I do see her as a little over the top this year. I like her style - take them down and build them up - but she seems a little hostile this season.

I had issues with bulimia as a teenager and in my 20s. It was as much of a control issue as it was a weight issue (and I wasn't overweight then). I wonder if that's what put Nikki over the edge - a control issue that was forced to go head to head with someone like Jillian.

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I think you're right about Jillian. I do like her and I think she gets results but so does the guy on Extreme Makeover, Weight Loss Edition, Chris Powell. He doesn't seem to need to yell. I think the emotional breakthrough is an important part of the process, especially, if it was your emotions that got you there in the first place.

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What really resonated with me this week is when the Doctor asked if you would spend 2 hours a day going through chemo.? and why is that any different than spending 2 hours exercising? I think he was right!

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Really like the kids.
Felt Jillian should have been more encouraging. I think the people she kicked out of the gym *were* trying.
Sad about the walk off and both eliminations. I wish everyone had a solid month there before any elimination. I do find the red line more fair though.

Overall, I am truly happy to see supportive, encouraging, positive people. I suspect this will be a MUCH better season and I am very thankful for that!

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I've been lucky enough to watch BL from the first season. They really are changing things up this season. The obvious focus was Jillian and her (white) team. I agree that Jillian's heart, and one-on-one style, is in the right place, but I don't enjoy watching the whole breaking them down thing that happens. As already stated, Bob and Dolvett have yelled at their people, and said "you're not stopping", "get your hands off the treadmill", and "keep going" plenty, yet their people are not breaking down as much as Jillian's team. This is not saying she's not a good trainer, but if you look at seasons past, her team has not won, and is often on the bottom season after season (collectively). So, we have to look at the effectiveness of her methods. Look back at the seasons, and you will see.

Another question I have is, in reality, is it really safe for people who have not exercised for months or years to work out at full speed from the first day? I realize it's part of the show, but it's like torture, and doesn't seem healthy. There was a very small scene where they showed all of the people after the workout. They were talking. The camera pulled back, and they were all sitting on hospital beds, with ice bags all over their bodies. Wow!

I am enjoying the show this time, especially the kids and their treatment of them (the rules). I like the people also. I'm just not sure about Jillian's rants and message.

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As usual, I don't agree-- emoticon I don't think Jillian is mean at all, I think she is incredibly frustrated with a team who keep whinging and making excuses. I think it is very funny--and telling--that she has said several times that people think Bob is the "nice" one but that he is far worse than she is in the gym!!

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I honestly don't remember Jillian being this mean before. Maybe time has passed and faded my memory of her training methods. In years past, I thought if someone were kicked out of the gym, the trainer would go outside and talk with them one-on-one and see what was going on. 3 out of 5 on her team gone already? I think that says something - not everyone responds well to being treated like that. I know the whole "you signed up, to get what's coming to you" thing, but these people came to the ranch for help and support. Has motherhood taught her nothing? Why would she be so kind and supportive with the kids but so terribly harsh and unforgiving with the adults? It may have worked in the past but many need a kinder approach.

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I like the red line and team approach. I think hanging in for the team helps some people to be accountable. As for the red line, I get the sense that the red line wont be for long and the yellow line is coming back although I hope I'm wrong on that. I also think that given one of the young ladies walked off(haven't learned their names yet) I think someone will fight to get back on.

I have to say. I love the kids, all three are adorable.

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i have to wonder if maybe Jillian isn't staying for the whole season.. seems strange i know but any interviews i've seen with her she mentions how hard it was to be away from her 'new family' to go back.. while the red line is a good idea i wish it would just be ' the person who loses the least amount of weight... period' .......


if that was the case the gal from the other team would have gone first nite instead of Tc as she only lost 5 pounds i think

the white team is nearly finished already..

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Oh, dang. Another white team member gone? I should read these after I watch! :D



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I was really disappointed in the way they started the season. I felt the White team needed a break, and not be part of the first weeks elimination.
What's with Jillian's approach being such a hard ass in the beginning? It's almost like they are sticking it to her, with her up and down and in and out support to the BL. Nikki should never have been allowed to be a contestant, I think that was all set up purposely. Haven't
you noticed the White team has lost 3 members in the first 2 weeks? I think there is something more to this, behind the scenes that we as audience members aren't privy to.
This coming episode with the food horror of being locked in a room with all the foods that these people are trying not to indulge on is ridiculous, Bob always hates that they do this to the contestants. They will face this soon enough in elimination and after the show is over. Why do this to them while they are trying to lose? I can't stand it, and may not even watch the show during that week.
As far as the vomit scenes, the young man they are talking about has something going on that causes him to. He is just too sensitive, and they focus on him. Some of the others did too, but not all of them. I think they sensationalize too much on this sort of thing, for ratings and keeping people interested in the outcome. Nothing is more exciting than to see a contestant rushed to ER, why I don't know. I would prefer just to watch people work on reaching their goals, and I love some of the games they do, fun to see who comes out on top.
Lets just pray there is no drama this season, just results.
Jillian has always been a hard ass. It's her approach. But it's not working this season, I think she came back on too strong. I think the show still smarts at her "I am leaving" scenes. Has Bob ever left the show? And I love Dolvette he is amazing as a trainer, so is Bob. He is harsh too, just a softer approach (Bob)

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Got to see episode 1 last night. I hope they have Monday's episode online tonight. Can't believe I missed them but I had too much work to do.

I love the new format! The red line is great. I really tired of the voting off drama. It seems to me that this is more fair. I know some people "need" to be there a whole lot, but, truly, ALL of them need to be there. It just didn't seem right that some weeks people were punished for being the best losers to keep "needier" people there or just for pure gamesmanship and the threat they represented.

Way less drama so far. The teams seem to be pulling for each other, but I haven't seen team drama where they get pitted against each other. Maybe with Jillian there, she provides all the drama they need. :D :D :D

Jillian is good. I wouldn't want her for my trainer, though, just because of the type of person I am. I respond a lot better when I'm trying to live up to someone's encouraging beliefs in me. And if I did end up with her, I'd get psst and do the work, but I would never be one of those people who just say how much they needed to be screamed at and belittled. I'd resent it. I think the producers kind of muffed up on the girl who went home. Clearly she had more issues to work through before she was ready. Poor dear. I feel bad for her.

The teens are great! What a bright, articulate bunch! Love the plan--no weigh in, no vote home. Can't wait to see how they transform. Can you imagine how that's going to touch so many people, esp. kids? They're going to be real ambassadors.

I know this is just a reality show, and I hate reality shows, yet this one is more real. People have a lot at stake. That's why the "drama" isn't necessary. This is life and death for these people! It surprises me sometimes that this show gets to me so much. I feel much more motivated during the BL seasons. I guess it's because it feels like you're doing something with somebody. My own weigh ins become more eventful, even though the drops can't be as dramatic.

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A push in the right direction, and the possibility of winning a $100,000 at home prize

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just to clarify tj did not lose 41 pounds on the show it was when he went home they always show how they do in fact in was on a morning new show and said he had now lost 77 pounds so they show did help him i think people sometimes need just a push in the right direction.

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Nikki wanted to go home,sad for her but she took someone else's place who could have had a chance to change their life. i don't think it's the trainer...no matter if she had Bob or Dolvet she made the choice and while she(nikki) was on the treadmill she watched jillian yelling at the guys and if she would have watched the past shows she would have known how it was,it wasn't personal...Jillian is hard but it is her way to push and get results.

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Barbara I think we have disagreed about this in past seasons! LOL

I still don't think that people realize how difficult being on BL really is until they are actually there and having to face everything. I think that her story was compelling....wanting to be able to have a family and not being able because of her weight so that might have been a factor in her being chosen for this season.

I also think it wouldn't have been a bad thing to either not eliminate anyone that first week or possibly bring someone in to replace her but since they don't tell you what the timing was as to when she left it might have not been possible.

Given a choice I wouldn't have wanted Jillian because I think both Bob and Dolvet go for a softer approach but still get awesome results in the end...I have seen them both "go after" their team members but never seem to belittle them...different strokes for different folks!

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i have to agree cooki........ i seem to respond better personally to positive reinforcement as opposed to abusive insulting remarks and comments...... i don't see the reason either for her to 'ride around' on people's backs!! that's just stupid.......
when Bob told his one team member how awesome she was, you could just see her face light up and she was soooooo proud...... much better reaction that to see Jillian's team members reduced to tears and shame. Sorry but that's just my way of thinking...

when Jillian took some time with the kids, she mentioned that ' her approach with them had to be completely different' but my question for her would be ' but why?' I don't see the need to ' bully' people the way she does.

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I hate that the girl that walked off the show took a spot from someone that really wanted to be there. You would think that since it's only been one week they would let the next person in line come on down.

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At this point, I think anyone who is lucky enough to get on the show should know what to expect. And I don't think Jillian was demeaning towards them. She just isn't putting up with nonsense. They have enough medical screening before hand and medical assistance right there, so she is not going to make anyone do anything that physically puts them at risk.

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I have to start out by saying I am not a big Jillian Rah-rah person (ducking and running from the "Jill-a-nators") LOL

I pointed out to my Mom who was watching with me that neither Bob nor Dolvet had any of their team walk out nor did they throw out anyone from the gym. I understand that Jillian knows that they don't have months and months to help these people but it just doesn't help to belittle them as she tries to get the best from them. (In my never to be humble opinion)
In the past when the contestants got to choose their trainer they might have been ready for what Jillian dishes out but I have a feeling these folks weren't prepared to be treated the way she always treats her teams.

It showed in the first weigh in that, for those contestants, it wasn't the best way to help.
I really can understand how someone could be so excited and swept up in the hoopla that comes with being on the show but not realize that it is going to take as much mental work as physical to change their lives. There are way too many people who don't have any idea how and why they are so fat and just think that a diet and a bit of exercise will be all they need.

I do like the idea of the red line...the one who loses the least gets kicked off but it was hard to see TC go as I think he is carrying a boatload of guilt around from his son's injury and hopefully he will be getting some mental health as well as the weight loss.
I also agree that it would be ideal to see all of them get a two week grace period and then start the elimination but I can't see the show investing in the extra weeks. A big reason to watch is to see who is eliminated after all. LOL

Any more opinions?

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I hate to admit it, but I dozed off toward the end, so I missed Nikki quitting and TC getting eliminated. He lost 41 pounds and was still eliminated?

I don't get why Nikki would quit. ANyone who comes on the show knows what it is, so suddenly thinking it is too hard doesn't cut it with me. Sadly, I think that TC won't be successful--someone else commented on the fact that for two years he whined about his weight and the accident, but didn't do a thing. The only thing that might help is having that gym membership and trainer--if he uses them.

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I was sad to see Nikki leave and even sadder to see TC go home.

I cannot WAIT to see how the children transform by the end of the season. I wish all of them the best of luck! Little Bingo is precious!!

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I was hoping Nikki would change her mind. That being said when she admitted she wasn't ready to change leaving was the right thing to do. About Jillian, she is what she has always been. She is a world class trainer that also happens to be an entertainer. I never understand the contestants that say they never expected it to be so hard. Have they watched a single episode in 14 seasons? Especially the first workout episodes? The vomit always flows.

As for Jillian's techniques, they chose to come on a reality show and have their journey chronicled for millions of people. If they wanted a kinder gentler trainer maybe they should have bought a membership to a local gym and paid for a trainer (most likely that trainer wouldn't be very gentle either, although they probably wouldn't scream at them as much).

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Thankfully, I was able to go to nbc.com and watch last night's episode.

Jillian-love that she's back BUT...I am not crazy about her method of breaking them down before you build them up schtick. Calling them things like 'sorry asses' just doesn't work for me. And did anyone else notice how much effort she's putting into her looks now? Her hair is fixed, more make-up, more stylish almost sexier clothes (the off the shoulder tops)...just stood out to me.

Love the whole kids concept...and that little Bingo...I just want to squeeze him! But they all 3 have great attitudes and I admire them for putting themselves out on national tv to face theirs and their families' issues with health.

Are the teams smaller? I like it. I also like that the ages and weights are not so far apart...if that makes sense. In previous years, there were people in their 60's competing with 20-year olds and women under 300 pounds competing with men that weighed 500 pounds...I know it's based on percentages but still.

That whole Nikki thing was just odd...I wish her the best. And TC...how long ago was that accidident where he hurt his son...he hadn't done anything to start living a healthier life since until the show except wallow in his guilt. I hope the show gave him the kick start he needed; losing 41 pounds is great, I also wish him the best.

Looking forward to the rest of the season.

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I was sort of surprised how Jillian got with people who have never exercised a day in their life. Being put on a treadmill is rough and not being allowed to touch the bars even more difficult. You can take some bad burns falling off a treadmill.

I often wonder at the way exercise is looked at by Jillian. Does exercise work best if you vomit and feel bad on this show? Motivation vs. humiliation is another factor I wonder at, too.
I'm glad the kids are treated differently.

I had hoped Nikki would be counted off instead of taking one of the White Team off. That was sad to see TC voted off.

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It appears that this season may be a positive one, not so much drama. Great to see Jillian back and love that the show is addressing childhood obesity by showing parents how to help their children. There is nothing sadder to me than to see a child who is physically unable to enjoy the joys of being a kid - running, jumping, climbing, etc - because they're obese.

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Don't know how they will edit the show this season. It is interesting and the contestants worked hard. I'm not sure I like seeing the "falling off the treadmill" stuff. It doesn't really help me want to be healthier. Just tired of the whining.

Allison looks very toned and fit. She has been working out with a new trainer? Her shoulders and upper body looked very strong and her hips very narrow. She has changed in the past six months.

The kids were cute. It will be interesting to see how they do and whether the "at home" thing helps them succeed.

Looking forward to the season. Still wonder if it is the last.

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yeah i not sure what went on with nikki i think jillian was expecting her to fight to stay but i guess she just was not ready. the guy that left seems to be doing good 41 pounds already i guess we all just need a jump start to really get ourselves going.

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so disappointed that Nikki gave up. TC was doing great and it was sad to see him go home but I think he will be fine. He seems to have a great support system at home. Biingo is definitley my favorite out of the children. He accomplished his fear of heights i think he will do great at home!
Jillian was crazy and i think tonight she will be just as bad. I am going to miss tonights episode unless i can get my mom to record it for me. My son has been sick for quite some time now. So I hope that he is ok when we head to the doctors.

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I enjoyed the show. I've always loved Jillian...and still love Bob and Dolvett. the children are darling and I look forward to their progress.
Don't understand why someone would come and go so fast nad take away the opportunity for someone else to be on the show......wonder if there's a reason for that or if Nikki really did just decide it wasn't for her. They really didn't show her struggles with it...they showed her as someone who didn't seem to even try......so we don't really know what has happened there.
I will be at a meeting tonight so will hvae to catch it online later if I can....or on a repeat somewhere....wish I had DVR....but I don't..
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Well JMO here but since Nikki left of her own accord, why did they still need to have another person go after the weigh in.
TC seemed to be getting things together fine by the weigh in so I wish they would have just declared that Nikki was our week 1 person to go home

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Well darn...I forgot about it starting already. Besides...I was sick this weekend and passed out on the couch so I wouldn't have seen it anyway. Perhaps I'll look for it online to catch up.

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Two things I love about this season is that there is only one 400 lb guy. Mobility at that size holds people back. Secondly, the ages are closely grouped, most being 25-early 40's. In past years we had a lot of 50 year old people " sacrificing" themselves for 20 year olds.

I think they want to have a group that can compete in challenges. no injured, old, or too heavy to move, and hoping for a lineup of sexy finalists. Out of the 14 left, I doubt 7 have much chance of winning due to not being able to lose 50%, or 50% being too much to lose in 6 months. They can all look good though, if they follow the advice of the trainers, and work.

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What was wrong with Nikki?Was it her eating disorders?I did feel sorry for Tc, I think he will be amazing.Is it just me but are these contestants not as heavy as previous years especially the women?What a winer the 21 year old openly gay guy is.

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They are off to a great start! Suspense and NERVES on edge....bless Jillian, she is as tough as ever, yet when it comes to how she feel one on one, the facts come out that she really really cares!

So far this makes up for last year! WOO

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I loved the show. I think they weeded out the bad apples early by putting them on Jillian's team. T.C. Nikki, and Danni were problematic, and one quit, and a second was the lowest loser on the lowest losing team. Danni changed her attitude, and lost 19 lbs. Hopefully this fixes some of the problems on the show.

A few standouts for me were Joe.. a 43 year old man who lost 26 lbs, and Jeff who lost 26. I think that Michael would have lost more, but like many super heavy contestants, they struggle with mobility, and if he stays on show long enough to get below 380, I think he will be dropping lots of weight.

Among the women I think they were solid, with Danni being the best, after she got with the program. Pam, and Alex only lost 10, and 9 lbs respectively. With Pam, I think it was her being a mother hen, instead of worrying about herself. I wonder if Alex figured her team would not be last because of two guys around 400 lbs. Maybe she took it easy??

T.C's story was pretty sad. He felt awful about injuring his son, and is down to 320, and hopefully loses a lot more by the finale. Can't wait for tomorrow's show.

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I was surprised to see the kids leave but I guess it would be pretty difficult for them to be away from family for any time.
I always hate the first goodbyes... They don't even get a chance to barely get going and I wish it would go about 3 weeks before eliminations begin.

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Jillian was even more intense than I. remember. I liked the children as ambassadors. Great way to start the show.

What are your thoughts on this week?

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