I personally learned a lot of valuable tools this week, as did Bryan. Each of these participants really have an inner warrior inside. Finding it at times is challenging and uncomfortable. But the words comfort and change are rarely used in the same sentence. If you really want to reclaim the best life possible, you have to do the work, both inside and out. It is never easy and there will always be stumbling blocks. Whether it is you holding yourself back or not receiving support from those around you, the trick is to keep on fighting! At the end of the day, no one in this group can turn and say Jackie failed them, because they are only failing themselves. You must show up and do the work. Jackie and Craig are giving everyone the tools, now they just have to continue to put them to use. Making smart food choices and really working out to intensity, that's what it's going to take. Here is some helpful advice; it only takes an hour a day. I have to keep reminding Bryan that, just one hour a day. Get off the couch and go for a walk. Get your heart rate moving. Something. But don't be unrealistic and set yourself up for failure. For instance, if you have been sedentary for the past 12 months don't start training for a marathon tomorrow. Baby steps!
Something else that I found incredibly interesting this week was when Joe called Jackie out for giving Nikki extra attention. I wanted to say to Joe, if you're doing your work, what does it really matter? (But I'm just an inner warrior and can't really speak) Nikki obviously needs the extra help. Losing weight is tough work. It's not just about getting on a treadmill and eating steamed broccoli and chicken 24/7. It's about flipping a switch in your mind. Not everyone is wired the same way and with some it takes a little more work. I commend Jackie for really sticking to her convictions and trying to break through to Nikki. But when all is said and done, Nikki has to really want this for herself. They all have to want it for themselves. It sometimes feels like a never-ending road to travel, but if they can continue to not look back and get caught up in their old destructive behaviors, they might just stand a chance. My motivation from here on in is to show up with Bryan each week, do the work and see the results. He's down 20 pounds and has 40 more to go, which seems almost impossible, but he's lucky to have me along for the ride and we are going to keep on fighting. One hour a day, one step at a time!
Brian/Ethel - Loved you both in this episode! I don't suppose Ethel will come on camera next episode? Here's hoping!
BUNKER UP BIG BOY! How cute are you! i know running in bunker gear is tough, im amazed that they did not throw a pack on your back to add to the stress! Listen sweetie, as amusing as your blog is I think you may be missing the point of the whole walk your taking, learn compassion and support your group, even the weak ones! Ive been through many a burn house, with vol with fd, after losing 140lbs, "almost a back street boy" I know it will never get easier than it is right now, find your heart, its in there somewhere!
OMG --- Ethel is like my evil twin "Hurry Ellen" .... I'm a Gemini and honey when my anger raises, my blood pressure goes thru the roof, and when I am not being heard on something, "Hurry Ellen" comes out and takes over. She would just as soon put you in a head lock and twist your ears until you could hear her whispering "are you listening to me" ???? I do believe that Jackie is being a bit of a bully ---- invading your private space as she casually strolls into your yard or house. Kill that Hussey.
Brian you are a sweetie .... and you are hilarious. Please do not quit the show ........ somebody has to throw a dash of spice in there, might as well be you. I love you ........ you have to be one of my favorite gays ! ! ! !
LoRee Akron Ohio
You are brilliant. Ethel is brilliant. Good luck to you in this process. Keep your wonderful and refreshing sense of humor~
Awesome blog! Love watching you every week....the #1 reason I watch the show. Keep up the hard work. :)
Bryan, you are my favorite!! Why? Because your hubby is so d@*n HOT. Just kidding (no, I'm not). I love how devoted you are, no drama but you're still hilarious. Where do u come up with this stuff?? Totally addictive! Can't wait to see how it turns out....
bryan, i watched you this last monday and i just wanted to tell you how inspiring you were you just kept going . okay i have to ask is jackie as good looking in person lol ? well keep the good work.
Hi there Bryan,
It is wonderful seeing your image on the screen. You somehow got lost. But this is a great channel for your wonderful quick rumor and those facial expressions that tell it all. Did you learn it from me?!? Ha Ha
Hahahahaha Ethel calls it like it is!!! With a bad ass (ok maybe 'smart ass') inner warrior like 'Ethel' you can't lose (the competition not the weight:). Keep rocking.....you m-o-t-i-v-a-t-e me!!!!
You are dead on describing what's going on in everyone's head. You are so perceptive and I respect that you are willing to put your life out there for everyone to see. I am loving getting to know you through the show!
Oh, Ethel ... I am so glad we got to hear from you this week. And that the attention from the paramedics was hormone driven. I don't blame you girls a bit.
LOVE YOU...LOVE ETHEL!!!
I look forward to your blog just as much as I do the show. You were absolutely fabulous on last nights show. You didn't take the easy way out like many of the others would have.
You and Ethel have my co-workers, and me, talking around the water cooler about who our inner warriors are, I think mine is "Sophia". Is it possible for inner warriors to have inner warriors...or split personalities for that matter? Hmm...what's Dr. R.'s #? ;)
Ethel sounds a lot like my wife. Funny, witty and not afraid to speak her mind.
Your determination to keep going on this weeks show blew 'em away. Keep up the good work!
I love you and I love your inner warrior Ethel! What a great team. I know you will continue to do well and reach your goal. You have a great sense of humor which I adore. Thanks for blogging about your experience. I look forward to watching you each week and reading your blog. Keep kicking ass Bryan!
I LOVE that Ethel takes trips into the heads of the others...next time she should talk with the other inner warriors to get their perspectives LOL Great job and keep up the good work! You look great and I know Team Ethel will bring it home!
Awesome blog! You could have a column in cosmo with wit like that! I'd tune in:) You're one of our favorites to watch. My husband has a similar "build" to yours. We watch the show and read Jackie's book. Every week we look forward to seeing your progress, as well as our own. Keep up the hard work. I mean 20 pounds so far, OMG!! Just think, you were wearing one of those weighted vests everyday of your life just a few weeks ago. I think that way and don't know how I was even able to walk around.
More Ethel, More Ethel !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ethel is articulate, witty, and most of all brutally observant! I am so happy that she has taken up warrior residence within Bryan and I'm sure Bryan is as well. Go for the gold Bryan and Ethel.
My inner warrior, Skinny Bitch, thinks that Nikki is a lost cause. No inner warrior could can be a source of inspiration or encouragement for her. Jacki should know that you cannot help those who will not help themselves. Cut her loose, Jacki. I'm still on the fence about Jeanna.
Rooting for TEAM ETHEL all of the way!!!!!!!!!!!!
Freaking Hysterical!!! Your "cookie punishment" on the stairs rings in my ears everytime I go to the grocery store. I relate to you more than any of the others and now I know why. I want to date Ethel lol. Good luck!!!
Awsome, you're a trip! And I wish you all the best in your success!!! Keep your focus for yourself and also push the team to help themselves, only that inner person (warrior) can change themselves, no can do that for you...and I sure hope the rest will come on board with that!!!! I think you have already recognized that and am proud of you!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BRYAN!!!!!!!!!!
what brand is the pulse reader you wear on your arm? Is it connected to a wire which goes to your heart to read the pulse more accurately"
Do you find the brand any better than the $20 meters you can get at the stores?
I watch the program and there are some age differences between a few of you. I think the next time the ages should be a littlt closer.
You complain about Jeanna, but she is older than you plus she is a woman. As you get older, your body definately tends to wear out a little wheter you like it or not. Plus, I don't think it is fair the woman have to wear vests the same size as the men becase they don't have the testosterone you men have to build muscle...which makes you stronger.
Bryan, you are hillarious! Your blog is so funny. The things you say in the show are funny too. You have a great sense of humor and make me laugh! You seem to work hard and take the program seriously. Good luck achieving your goal (or maybe you've already achieved it?!?)