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  1. KateHearts

    S10:08 Aspyn's Royal Wedding

    I'm only about 10 minutes in, but this caught my attention: Kody: "Finally, this is the nail in the coffin." Apparently he has a poor understanding of idioms. Why am I not surprised?
  2. KateHearts

    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

    I recall Jeanne narrating early on that her parents never married (when describing her childhood). So perhaps they did much later, after they all reunited.
  3. KateHearts

    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

    If Barbara was 16 when she had Jeanne, that makes her 55. If that's true, she is a very, very old looking 55. I had her pegged at close to 70.
  4. KateHearts

    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

    Not to be overly technical, but only about 25% of people are truly salt-sensitive (i.e., their blood pressure is affected by eating salt.) I do think that most of these people are so used to eating over-seasoned fast food (highly salted) that they really don't know what the actual food tastes like. But sure, bring on the herbs, pepper, flavorings like curry powder, celery powder, garlic, etc. I'm a little tired of seeing them eat awful looking boiled chicken, plain vegetables and salads that are comprised of only lettuce and some sort of sad "diet dressing." As for the counseling, my sister had a gastric sleeve procedure and it took her the better part of a year to get approved: group and individual counseling, and a liquid diet for a couple of months before they would proceed. And the counseling was to continue after surgery, including support groups; she was also followed closely by diet counselors and given a specific diet to follow. Although these people are in dire straits and need to lose yesterday, they are also less self-aware and less aware of the nutritional value (and sometimes detriment) of the foods they eat and the impact on their health and bodies. So to me, the counseling should start at the first Dr. Now visit, as well as an appointment with a dietitian and lots and lots of handouts (we see him hand them a single sheet of paper: "follow the 1200 calorie, low carbohydrate high protein diet.")- which to many of them is probably as meaningful as someone giving them instructions in Chinese. I hope that perhaps the initial visits are more comprehensive and that, for the sake of television, we are seeing a bare bones edit. But I would be very interested to watch a more in-depth initial visit. It's all become way too formulaic and repetitive.
  5. KateHearts

    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

    actually (and I was surprised) they showed a brief scene after Jeanne got home from the hospital the first time of her working on some sort of craft where she was dropping beads into some sort of frame. Like a little Lite-Brite type thing.
  6. KateHearts

    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

    Again, I think it's akin to the people on Hoarders. There is not a lot of logical thinking going on. You and I would say, "My house is dirty; I need to clean." We would say, "I'm gaining weight; let me look at what I'm eating and see if I can get this under control." We would think, "I had a rough childhood which is compelling me to eat; I am going to find a counselor to help me put that in my past." These people don't think logically. They are emotionally stunted, immature, mentally ill- they have many organic reasons for which they don't take control over their lives or even have the wherewithal to examine what is happening to them and improve. That's why it's no big deal to them to walk naked in front of a camera crew to be shown on national TV, or allow closeups of horrific skin manifestations or of them shoveling buckets of food into their mouths. It is weird that, presumably, these people know that there is a TV show dedicated to people in their situation and they don't watch and perhaps see that the successful ones work hard, exercise, measure their food, and take an active interest in their recovery. Jeanne especially. She seems to think that breathing Dr. Now's air will get her "the help I need." Oh, and weighing 100lbs at the age of 6? That's not "when you started to get chubby." You started long before that.
  7. KateHearts

    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

    She is 39 years old. She did mention that her disability was followed by Mom quitting her job since there "was income coming in." As if this is her job. She said the parents were never married, then Mom referred to dead father as her husband. I was under the impression that Dad died a day or two after the Mother's surgery, and they went back home the next day after that. I think that Dad wanted to be sure Mom was ok, and then was able to let go and die. He didn't look the least bit healthy, and I'm sure the stress of worrying about the two of them from far away, with no means of going to see them, was the last stressor his body could take. The complete lack of ownership of any responsibility for their physical selves in these participants is staggering. "Why are you fat?" "My grandmother abused me." I'm sorry, but even if it was as horrific as you describe, does that give you license to further abuse yourself? And continue to blame Granny as she rots in her grave? The other comments we hear over and over are about how "I hope Dr. Now gives me the help I need," which somehow means, "If I heave my giant self into his office doors, he will take over from here." Never, "I plan to work with Dr. Now to get healthy." Jeanne was especially guilty of this. She never seemed to look inward and had developed a very intricate system of allowing herself to eat ten times what a normal human does due to life stress. "I NEED A BIG SODA WITH LOTS OF SUGAR BECAUSE I'M SO STRESSED," says no reasonably normal person ever. I was fuming at the visit after which she was so MAD at how MEAN Dr. Now was and she would show him and THROW IT IN HIS FACE. And DEMAN AN APOLOGY ." Way to take charge, Jeanne. Their house was straight out of an episode of Hoarders, right down to the cobwebby walls, the grimy carpet (what you could see of it) and mounds of laundry. It definitely seemed to deteriorate over the course of the show. Like others, I see no potential for change. Someone who thinks putting out dog food (ok, there are nine dogs) as exercise or a giant bowl of taco meat slathered with cheese and sour cream as "maybe going a little over the 1200 calories one day" is not going to miraculously see the light anytime soon.
  8. KateHearts

    S08.E11: My Little Secret

    I haven't read all the comments and I just got 15 minutes into the episode but I have this to say: Luke is gay and struggling with his sexuality. Who "tries to make it work," gets depressed after sex and doesn't want anyone to know about it? He has issues. And Kate, as usual, is thinking it's something *she* has done. She's hopeless. Will's limp hand lying on the blanket during the kissing exercise, as well as his detached, engineer-like breakdown of the kissing experience tells me all I need to know. He is not into her. At all.
  9. KateHearts

    S10:07 Divided We Move

    The angels must sing! It must sparkle! And be yummy!
  10. KateHearts

    S10:07 Divided We Move

    I can't really stand all this anymore. So they all go to Flagstaff "3 days after Meri and Kody went," according to Meri. Later she says it was a few weeks past. Anyway, it's a giant family trip to look at lots and "get everyone's opinion," which, to Kody, means, "influence everyone to agree with me." Meri likes Cottonwood. It's the one she prefers. Then she's berated and nagged by everyone that they want her to agree with them; they want to be sure she is in agreement- and of course she says that she preferred Cottonwood so they are all knitting their brows and tutting that she isn't swooning over the property and apparently doesn't hear angels singing. Robyn's concerns about the "giant hill" and "dirt road" (umm, they are building a neighborhood there, dummy.) Kody's "womp, womp, womp" when Meri said Coyote Pass was okay was so condescending and dismissive. And he says later "I just don't understand why she is being this way" when all she did was say she didn't love the chosen property as much as everyone else did. Christine, with her simpering, wispy voice saying "handsome man, your breakfast is ready," and calling him "love" with her pseudo-soothing attitude is so fake. And recent. And another dismissive comment- when she tells her daughter, "I'm sorry you don't like it here but you don't have to stay any longer than 3 years." Way to empathize. I moved a 15 year old 500 miles from what he knew and he was terribly unhappy. They have a pile of teens whom they seem to care very little about. Kody is just steamrollering the whole thing. "WE'RE GOING. WE'RE GOING." Petty asides: Meri's house is a pigsty. And who was the guy standing near Tony at the lots with the odd undershaven haircut?
  11. KateHearts

    S08.E10: D Day Comes Early

    I agree with your thinking here. I am a Physician Assistant and it's a much longer (and massively more expensive) proposition to become a doctor, without adding on first becoming a nurse. Unless his undergrad grades are so abysmal that he feels becoming a nurse and getting some clinical experience under his belt may boost his chances of getting into med school Still, he isn't a ball of fire and Medical School/residency/fellowship is grueling. He hasn't really expressed an interest in a certain subspecialty, but surgical and many other subspecialties are long and very competitive. PA school is very, very competitive and it's a tough 2-3 years- but it's a much shorter way to become a medical practitioner. Cost wise, it's similar to 2-3 years of med school. He's already in the 30y/o range; at this point, if he started med school now, he wouldn't be able to practice any sort of medicine until he was close to 40. Add 2-5 more years for more specialized training.
  12. KateHearts

    S08.E10: D Day Comes Early

    Wow! What wonderful news... congratulations! And here's to a much less hellish next 15 months...
  13. KateHearts

    S08.E10: D Day Comes Early

    Exactly. And what the hell was Dr. Jessica doing just sitting there, allowing him to steamroll over the entire discussion. Any reasonable therapist (or person) would have interjected and said, "Let Stephanie speak for herself about this. I want to hear her view." Luke is so disgusting. "She is letting the upsetting first week color her attitude about the whole marriage" (I'm paraphrasing). You have given her NOTHING. You told her she disgusted you. You go out with your friends and leave her alone. Then somehow it's about HER attitude? You didn't have any idea she felt badly? Please. She needs to say, "YOU HAVE BEEN A JERK FROM THE BEGINNING." But instead she whimpers and trails off and won't just tell him that he's a hurtful, phony douchebag.
  14. KateHearts

    S07.E10: Destinee's Story

    I am convinced that the scripts these people read are all written by the same person. The grammar errors repeat, repeat, repeat. "Me and my mom are headed back to Houston..." "Aaron and me are driving to Houston..." and then- this one puzzles me- the phrase "I need," used improperly. As in, "I hope I lose the weight so I can get where I need," or, "I am working hard and exercising to be where I need." That doesn't even make sense to me but I heard it at least 5 times last night.
  15. KateHearts

    S07.E10: Destinee's Story

    I was confused also about how Destinee determines her identity. At first, she states that she realized she was gay as a teenager (I am assuming a gay male?) but then she identified as a woman at some point (would that be a straight woman?). She did not mention taking hormones or working towards a physical transition, but did place a lot of importance on her "curves" and her breasts. Did anyone notice the green Kia Soul in the parking lot in the scene where she got into her car at Dr. Now's? That is likely the one owned by the previous participant- I forget her name.
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