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Old 01-15-2010, 08:22 AM   #91  
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disgruntledone....i agree with you....its about losing weight and changing their lives. I think someone said Erik from a previous season did it for the money and the fame.....look where it got him. Hopefully most of them are serious about the weight loss and changing their lives. To gain weight just to stay on the show ...to me...is aggravating.
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:20 AM   #92  
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I wish they would just take to voting out of it and see who really does lose the most weight. That would be the competition in my eyes. Or if they do get voted off keep them on and have the last person standing get a prize and whoever lost the most weight get one too. I read that in BL Austrailia if you gain weight then you lose immunity. I think this is a great idea and we should implement this rule.

Anyone else DVR it so they can skip all of the really annoying product placements and all of the artistic shots?? I also skip the voting because I find it boring. I only end up watching about 45 min of show! Shows how much filler they have...
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:02 AM   #93  
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If this show is about weight loss, I think it would be best if they didn't vote people on the bottom out. Why can't everybody stay the entirety of the show? I guess it wouldn't be as exciting with the challenges, but couldn't the contestants get small prizes if they win the challenges instead of immunity? Still, I can't wait until Tuesday, though with American Idol on I'm having to decide which one to watch and which to record on DVR.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:57 AM   #94  
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I think it's crazy to me that the red team wife who is 215 pounds looks so SMALL to me.

I can't wait to be that size. I have about 100 pounds to go to be as small as a TBL contestant. That's sobering.
I was thinking the same thing last week. I had to shake it off though because I felt depression sinking in.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:58 PM   #95  
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Uh oh...never thought I'd say this but I'm not loving TBL anymore. The past 2 seasons have been so blah! This season is fat porn, I'm really tired of the thundering music when the contestants walk, the closeups of fat rolls, etc etc, I really feel like they are trying to shame and humiliate the contestants. I liked that Bob put the weight on, however the way he was acting was upsetting and over the top, and Jillian eating TacoHell or whatever it was...gimme a break!

The more I think about what it is thats bothering me, the more I think....the contestants are just too big now. They are trying WAY to hard to make it dramatic and shocking, and its the point now where I cannot relate. I see the doctor telling the contestants just how sick they are and all I can think is...well I'm not that bad, I'm not that big, thats not me, I no longer relate. It doesnt inspire me. And I dont really know too many people who ARE that big, even though I know they are out there.

I've watched previous seasons in reruns and they are fun! The season where Jillian came back with the black team was on this weekend and I enjoyed it all day long! The people...while still obese are smaller and relateable, I look at them and think...I can do that, I should do that or its going to be me.

Just very sad what the show has become. I'm really looking forward to seeing the transformations but I dont know that I'm gonna be able to go the whole season with these people.

There's my rambling for tonight!
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:15 AM   #96  
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Uh oh...never thought I'd say this but I'm not loving TBL anymore. The past 2 seasons have been so blah! This season is fat porn, I'm really tired of the thundering music when the contestants walk, the closeups of fat rolls, etc etc, I really feel like they are trying to shame and humiliate the contestants. I liked that Bob put the weight on, however the way he was acting was upsetting and over the top, and Jillian eating TacoHell or whatever it was...gimme a break!

The more I think about what it is thats bothering me, the more I think....the contestants are just too big now. They are trying WAY to hard to make it dramatic and shocking, and its the point now where I cannot relate. I see the doctor telling the contestants just how sick they are and all I can think is...well I'm not that bad, I'm not that big, thats not me, I no longer relate. It doesnt inspire me. And I dont really know too many people who ARE that big, even though I know they are out there.

I've watched previous seasons in reruns and they are fun! The season where Jillian came back with the black team was on this weekend and I enjoyed it all day long! The people...while still obese are smaller and relateable, I look at them and think...I can do that, I should do that or its going to be me.

Just very sad what the show has become. I'm really looking forward to seeing the transformations but I dont know that I'm gonna be able to go the whole season with these people.

There's my rambling for tonight!

I still watch it, but I tend to agree with you! When BL started, it was about getting healthy. It was semi-normal sized people working out, eating better and learning something while we all learned as well (at least that is how I remember it!) Now it's more for shock factor.

I like seeing normal, not "the biggest contestant EVER" people on the show - like the 215 pound red team woman. I can relate well to their size and story. I like seeing people I can relate to - it's good seeing the 200 pound losses at the end of the season and all...but that's not realistic for the vast majority of people

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Old 01-19-2010, 01:39 PM   #97  
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I didnt' watch it until last season, and I wish I had watched the older ones now. It seems very commercialized and producty, but I still like to see these people change. Bob seems to pick one person and stick with them. Amanda last season, the White team guy this season. And Jillian thinks she's a shrink.

This season is lacking anyone that I really gravitate toward, I can't even remember their names. I mean, how can they top Abby? She was SOOOO inspirational for so many reasons.

So I will watch it, but I won't be distraught if I miss an episode.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:27 PM   #98  
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As I watched the first show of this season I turned to Angie and "wondered" how many people are out there right now trying to gain weight so they can have a chance to get on BL....

I wasn't kidding.....
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Sam and Koli are making me proud, but what's going on with the Red team and White team? I'm starting to not want to watch TBL anymore.
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OMG! Jillian is going to blow up.

I knew there was a reason I didn't like red team.

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Old 01-19-2010, 10:37 PM   #101  
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The more I think about what it is thats bothering me, the more I think....the contestants are just too big now. They are trying WAY to hard to make it dramatic and shocking, and its the point now where I cannot relate. I see the doctor telling the contestants just how sick they are and all I can think is...well I'm not that bad, I'm not that big, thats not me, I no longer relate. It doesnt inspire me. And I dont really know too many people who ARE that big, even though I know they are out there.
Perhaps you could look at it from the perspective of 'If these people can lose weight and get healthy, I surely can!' and get your inspiration that way.

I don't know what your starting/current weight is, so I'm making some assumptions here, but you may know more people who are that big than you think. At 300+ pounds, people were ALWAYS underestimating what I weighed, and if it came up, would guess around 100 lbs less than what I actually weighed. There may not be a lot of 500+ lb people (but I would wager that their numbers are increasing) but I think there are plenty of 300+ people out there, it's just difficult to accurately judge a person's weight when they are that big. I also didn't catch what part of the country/world you live in, so again am making a bit of an assumption, but where I live (and work in a public setting), I see PLENTY of people who look like TBL contestants.

I wish they would do a season where everyone was roughly the same starting weight and see how a more level playing field affects the weight loss results.

I'd also like to see more emphasis on their diet and the behavioral changes they are making but I suppose that doesn't make for as exciting TV as screaming and sweating in the gym.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:15 AM   #102  
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I watched the second hour of last week's episode and over an hour of last night's (I am NOT liking TBL to be stretched into 2 hours - there is too much filler, IMHO) - it collides with my Zumba class.

Anyhow, a question: How come Maria was let go only after 5 votes? I was under the impression that Michael got 2 votes and Maria got 3 votes, but there were still two teams to vote - the pink girls and one other team, can't remember what colour. How come???

Personally, I don't like the pleading "please let my son stay, he needs it more than I do". IMHO, the contestants should be voted off based on what each team decides and not on anything else. (Yeah, I know, you will tell me to "keep dreaming" LOL).

Personally, I would have let Michael go because he is getting on my nerves with his attitude.

Also, I wish when they select contestants for each season that they would be more matched in size (or rather, weight). For example, there is a huge difference between Maria and Michael. I don't think I saw the member of the brown team that was voted off so I don't know if he/she weighed closer to the other brown team member or not.

Oh, and one last Q - the gray team - Sam(?) and Koli - are they brothers?

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Old 01-20-2010, 11:04 AM   #103  
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I REALLY do not like the red team. She all out admitted last week that she purposely did not lose weight, and stood there practically smirking during the weigh in, then this week when she knew she didnt have to be the one who counted did the same thing again and got pissed b/c Jillian and Bob called her out on it. I really wish sam and koli had switched them at weigh in so i wouldnt have to look at her another week. She annoys me MUCH more than tracy did last season
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:25 AM   #104  
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I really love Jillian but I really need her to back off of the therapy crap. ...especially where the green team is concerned. I was worried that the Green daughter was going to assault her.
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OMG, I would have LOVED to have seen the look on the red chick's face if Sam and Koji (they're cousins, BTW) had switched the red team instead of the white.
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