Bryan

Bryan opens up about opening up at this week's group therapy session. 

Sep 10, 20100

 

This week was incredibly cathartic, emotional, rewarding, and life changing to say the very least.  We had our second week of basic training at the gym with Jackie and it was extremely tough.  Stacy had a fantastic breathing episode, which I found highly entertaining.  I’ll admit I was worried at first, but twenty minutes later when she was shouting in the gym at the top of her lungs like Ethel Merman on closing night of Gypsy, I knew she would be fine (Yes, I made a Broadway reference – I’m a former show queen for god’s sake). Anyway, I am truly happy to see that Stacy’s degree in theatre is really paying off. 

This week Jackie decided to pair us in groups of two to get to know each other and learn to lean on one another as a support system.  I was paired with Kim who is slightly conservative and very religious.  My initial fear was that Kim and I would get into a conversation about homosexuality, and it would turn deadly.  I pictured her trying to dunk my head in holy water while shouting, “The power of Christ compels you,” over and over attempting to exorcise the devil out of me for my sinful lifestyle. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.  Kim is actually amazing, and very open-minded.  She is a fighter and a survivor.  A true inspiration on so many levels and I was honored to have been paired up with her and get to know her on a more personal level. 

77 comments
amylouise
amylouise

Bryan you are hilarious and charming...wish we were neighbors! Amy in San Antonio

Nichol
Nichol

Hey Bryan your old neighbors are cheering you on. Nichol, Faye and Gianni.

Dan B.
Dan B.

Bryan you are not alone.....I too was victum on sexual abuse and I understand the pain and scars it creates. And not only that..I am gay too! When I saw you open up and cry, I cried with you and felt the hurt and pain you experience that you had to face again. Please don't give up..you are my hero and you are strong..you're partner is very lucky to have a cute and strong person. Love you and keep being a loser!

xoxoxox

Maria B
Maria B

Bryan, You quickly became one of my favorite contestants. As a fitness trainer, I cannot get enough of Jackie, but now I can't get enough of Bryan! Your perseverance is apparent, and inspiring. Can't wait to see your success at the end of the season! Do you knock Stacey out by the end? Somethin needs to wake her ass up, I just don't buy her "new outlook" she's all talk.

Art E.
Art E.

Bryan, You cutie you. You are so endearing and inspiring. You have such a wonderful outlook on life and I am so touched by your journey to lose weight. I wish you nothing but continued success...keep us laughing along the way. xoxo

Nick Calise
Nick Calise

What a lucky man Miguel must be. Your heart and your character is very compelling. i would love to find a man like you. Good luck buddy.

Marilyn Cole from Beverly Hills, CA
Marilyn Cole from Beverly Hills, CA

Bryan! You are truly an inspiration on so many levels. From doing the work to get your physical body healthy and transformed to healing and caring for your spirit through being so open about your trials of life. You are definitely touching viewers hearts and souls. I can only imagine how many people have realized that they too can lose the weight and love themselves again. Thank you for your courage to share this with the world, it is important for us all to see. Good luck with the rest of the journey, I am excited to be able to continue watching this season.. hope there is more to come too!!!

Sheri L
Sheri L

Bryan! Thank you so much for being REAL on t.v.! You are the reason I LOVE this show!

Doug Miller
Doug Miller

Today on XM Radio, Rosie O'Donnell called you "the really cute little chubby kid". She hated that Jackie made you run up and down the stairs. Rosie loves you. So does America. Stay strong! xoxoxo

Viewer and Friend
Viewer and Friend

When Bryan made a guest appearance at my 40th birthday party I knew there was something special. Bryan - Great job on the show my friend. Very courageous one moment and funny the next. America's Got Talent? No, just Bryan. Keep it up my pal and look forward to next week. Can we please see Craig with his shirt off?

Samantha Stankiewicz
Samantha Stankiewicz

I LOVE YOU :) dear uncle bryan, you are pretty much my favorite person ever and your commitment to thintervention is OUTSTANDING! keep up the good work :) and also you make me laugh consistently and you're amazing :) love, sam (your favorite niece)

MESki
MESki

My dear, you are incredible! I love love love watching you each week. Keep up the great work - we're rooting for you. xo

DanielinNYC
DanielinNYC

As I get older, I notice that I lose sight of my priorities - too much work, not enough quiet time alone, staying connected to dear friends... I find myself disconnecting from my own body through rushed, low-quality meals. So sad. Bryan is truly inspiring on this show. Thanks for the honesty and the hard work! You rock!

Dave S
Dave S

Fun show, but truly the thing that keeps me coming back is Bryan. I don't care if the other's fail, they don't seem to care, but I root for Bryan! He's funny, motivated and fun to watch! Give him his own show!

jovall1575
jovall1575

Bryan, you ROCK!! Thank you for your honesty and brilliant sense of humor. You and Miguel are a cute couple and I am totally rooting for you B! =)

Chris Kirkwood
Chris Kirkwood

This is an amazing show - I LOVE Bryan!! He always makes me laugh and now cry as well! I feel what he's feeling then as the tears are coming, he chears me up with some ridiculous comedy that he pulls out of his butt and delivers without thinking twice - haha - love it!! Keep it up - great show - more Bryan!!! :))

Chris Kirkwood
Chris Kirkwood

This is an amazing show - I LOVE Bryan!! He always makes me laugh and now cry as well! I feel what he's feeling then as the tears are coming, he chears me up with some ridiculous comedy that he pulls out of his butt and delivers without thinking twice - haha - love it!! Keep it up - great show - more Bryan!!! :))

Becca!
Becca!

I love Uncle Bryan as if he were really my uncle. :D I meesh youuu! You're pretty much amazing and you should keep that up, ok? :) Love, Becca

vandusenjulie@yahoo.com
vandusenjulie@yahoo.com

Bryan: Heart of Show You are the most refreshingly sincere, compelling reality star that I have seen since 7 stangers were first filmed in NYC. Why such praise? Your courage during this episode's therapy session, your determination to fulfill the show's goal, your humor, your down-to-earth earnest presence; all qualities create a person an audience can connect to. I am a hetero-sexual single female, so your ability to relate and connect is obviously much deeper than demographics. You draw the audience in by simply being (boldly) human. Thank you, I can't wait to watch your journey on Thintervention.

vandusenjulie@yahoo.com
vandusenjulie@yahoo.com

Bryan: Heart of Show You are the most refreshingly sincere, compelling reality star that I have seen since 7 stangers were first filmed in NYC. Why such praise? Your courage during this episode's therapy session, your determination to fulfill the show's goal, your humor, your down-to-earth earnest presence; all qualities create a person an audience can connect to. I am a hetero-sexual single female, so your ability to relate and connect is obviously much deeper than demographics. You draw the audience in by simply being (boldly) human. Thank you, I can't wait to watch your journey on Thintervention.

Clare S
Clare S

Bryan, you were born to be on TV. Personally, I just see a funny, warm guy rather than someone who needs to shed pounds. But that's just me. This is your journey and what you're doing will help so many others do the same. All the best...I'll be watching!

Le
Le

Kudos Bryan! You kicked ass. It was heartbreaking to see Kim leave the show. Her story was so touching and she seemed so genuine. With Kim out...you are a shoe in. Live life!

Dawn M.
Dawn M.

Bryan- What a couragous and selfless thing you've done. You've set people that have experience these same horrors free and as a bonus you have set yourself free in doing so. What an articulate, charming, humorous, driven individual you are. You have my respect. I cannot wait to see how your journey continues and how your positive attitude will, undoubtably, affect your castmates in reaching their own weight loss goals.

~Dawn M. hugs and kisses:)

Jerry M
Jerry M

It took great courage to let it all out. Opening up old wounds can be very liberating. All the best on your journey.

JuanCarlos
JuanCarlos

Bryan, you are courageous,open and damn funny too...keep kicking butt....and stay away from the damn oreos....I am really looking forward to watching this season

ED
ED

Keep going Bryan! You kick ass and you're hilarious. xoxo

Viewer nellicita
Viewer nellicita

Way to go Bryan! You make this show very entertaining and also are just naturally full of heart. You were incredibly brave to open up the way you did. You deserve the best in life. I am sure everyone who watches is rooting for you!

Lisa S-T
Lisa S-T

Bryan - Your attitude, your humor, your vulnerability and your determination are all a huge inspiration and encouragement to me as I think about my own journey. You are proving your ability to rise above rather than be a product and a victim of past circumstances. Keep working hard - I love watching you on this show!

Dolly Phillips
Dolly Phillips

Oh Bryan, what can I say?! You are such an inspiration & you have stolen the show! How long before you get your own spinoff???

Jen P.
Jen P.

Bryan, I was truly amazed to see you in such a candid, vulnerable way. The Bryan I knew hid behind a mask and for the first time in 20 years I feel I have seen a glimpse of the real you. I am behind you 100% and know that with the help and support of your friends (new and old!) you will reach your goal with the humor and determination of the Bryan that I encountered when we were younger. I wish you the best and sincerely look forward to seeing you each week and reading your wonderfully, refreshingly honest blogs. All my best to you!

Colleen K.
Colleen K.

Byran!!! I love watching the show! Its fun to see u as my cousin on tv! You make me laugh out loud...I love it! keep up the hardwork!! Love u! :)

Jen Hunter
Jen Hunter

Bryan is an inspiration and I was touched by his heartfelt story on Monday. He is brave to share such news.

Brian Mulloy
Brian Mulloy

Bryan,

stay tough (and vulnerable). you're inspiring.

-b

Nancy R
Nancy R

Bryan, I came to the site to say what a fun show this is and how great you are. What a treat to see how many lives you have touched. Your humor, charm, engaging manner, and honesty leap out from the screen. Bravo was very smart to cast you in this show. You and Miguel are adorable together. You are both "hotties". It's evident that Jackie thinks you are a hoot and if she doesn't bring the Flip Camera once you lose the weight - because I KNOW you will - then call me and I will. Doors will open up because of this show.

Tracy Lee Hoagland
Tracy Lee Hoagland

Bryan is by far the funniest on this show. I love all of his quick witted comments and most of all his willingness to open up and make this a true journey!! I DVR this show every week and will continue to do so until the end. I can't wait for each episode as I find them to be very entertaining and real! Keep up the good work I can't wait to see all the results!!

Doug Miller
Doug Miller

Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, I just had the chance to watch last night's episode. I was blown about by your candor and honesty. You are a true hero to me. This is an incredible show that is really making me question the way that I am living my life. The show would not be the same without you.

You did a great job this week. Can't wait til the next episode. Doug in Dallas

Dina L.
Dina L.

Refreshing, inspiring and puts the "REAL" back in reality T.V.. I'm so sorry for the abuse that you suffered as a child. No child should ever have to endure such vulgarity, nor should he be left alone to fend for himself. I think that you have conquered more than that symbolic hill in Griffith Park. If it had anything to do with who you've become, I'd say that you have made yourself a giant glass of lemonade...with bubbles...kudos to you. Can't wait for next weeks show and to see you in a spin-off. I have a fever and the only prescription is more BRYAN!!!!

Bryan Demarie
Bryan Demarie

Bryan - first off, you spell your name correctly :) Secondly - I am proud to share the y version of bryan with you as you are one of the nicest and most genuine people I know. Reading your blog and these wonderful comments shows I am not the only one who feels this way. Keep spreading your sunshine and brYan power!!!

A Fan
A Fan

Bryan, by sharing your pain AND your courage in facing it, you make it easier for the rest of us and show us the path.

Just keep on being fabulous and know that you are loved (and sexy as hell, even in the "before").

Barbara T
Barbara T

Bryan you are adorable, hysterical, moving and and inspiring. Can't watch to watch the rest of your 'story' unfold on the show. Then I'm going to start watching your show which, if Bravo is smart, you will have by next season!!!

duneier
duneier

Bryan you are hysterical, but also endearing. You're one of the few I'm actually rooting for on the show. I'll be tuning in every week to see how you take on the challenge of losing weight, but also to see how you deal with your fellow cast members. Personally, Im hoping at some point your workout is a cage match between you and Nikki. Someone needs to put her out of our misery! :)

Michelle Mallardi
Michelle Mallardi

Brian, You are absolutely adorable! You're so intense and yet are able to keep a sense of humor. It's wonderful to watch you grow. Thanks for working so hard. For all of us! Keep it up!!!

patty rich
patty rich

Bryan...what a set of cochones on you for sharing your story! Great for you and all of us watching! You brighten up all the sweating and groaning with your wit and really make this show worth watching.Wishing you continued success and progress. Can't wait until next week.

Keep strong, you got this thing!!! Oh and your husband's hot!

AusTex
AusTex

Bryan...we need more people like you in the world- your courage, strength and humor have exceeded "reality tv" expectations by a landslide- I feel like I am witnessing something really important with this show...and having a blast at the same time. You inspired me to get back on the wagon and train for a half marathon coming up. Keep it up! We are watching you in Texas...not all of us are crazies.

mighyone
mighyone

bryan- you are so incredibly funny and truly make the show. look forward to see how hot you look at the end! best of luck- you are inspiring....

jettt baril
jettt baril

I worked with Bryan at Josie restaurant... I lOVE you and kick some ass baby. You are one of the most amazing person that I met in LA..... and because of you giving me a job, be cause I was from Dallas..I have a group of friends from LA !!!!! You Rock !!!!!! GO GET THAT 8 Pack .....when you lift your shirt up !!!!! then I'll buy you the other 8 pack !!!!

Chad Feltrin
Chad Feltrin

Bryan, oh dear dear Bryan. Why have you made yourself so irresistable that now I must watch Thintervention on a weekly basis. You had me at, "Cookies are pain". To add insult to injury I must now read your blogs daily, uggh so talented you are makes me throw up just a little bit in my mouth. Love Chad

Russell H
Russell H

Bryan, you had me last week and solidified it this week. You are my brother from another mother if my mother was not an African-American woman from Chicago. I find your humor refreshing, but it is your heart that comes through loud and clear. As a gay man who has a lot MORE to love, I do understand utilizing food to comfort. It has been my shelter when the world has been unbearable; well, food and laughter. I am supporting you along your journey. Plus, anyone who mentions showtunes and Janet Jackson all in one blog has to be the best person EVER!

Cabe
Cabe

Bryan Bryan Bryan.... you've always been my fav. the most entertaining thing on the show for sure!