The next morning, Kim and I were tethered together, draped in weight vests and forced to hike up a mountainside as a team. We were told that this was not only a workout, but also a competition. Dinner at Jackie’s was the reward for the first team to reach the finish line. Now I am not trying to be cocky, but I knew that Kim and I had this in the bag. Kim fought cancer for god’s sake, and I once fought a flock of seagulls that were reeking havoc in a sleepy town called Bodega Bay in Northern California…oh wait, that was Tippi Hedren in The Birds, but I am sure I fought something, somewhere, somehow once…anyway, there was NO way we were going to lose this battle. Needless to say, Kim and I persevered and won the challenge. Hooray! Unfortunately, Kim had some medical issues with her hand swelling after the workout and had to go to the hospital, but I was once again amazed at her determination and hard work.
I ended up flying solo to Jackie’s house for the reward dinner. Jackie has an amazing crib and a foxy chef. And when I say chef, I mean someone that has actually gone to culinary school and knows the difference between say, a frying pan and a tomato, unlike someone else that might be employed as a “chef” in Orange County...I’m not naming names. But once again I digress. Dinner was great thanks to Jonathan Rollo of Greenleaf Chop Shop in Los Angeles, which has the best salads EVER! During dinner Jackie tried to get me drunk and flip me, but I would not let her use her “Jedi” mind tricks on me. I stood my ground. Thankfully Craig showed up and I got to listen to the two of them compliment each other on their various muscle groups and then we took turns guessing how many abs were actually visible on Jackie’s stomach. Good times. All in all, it was a lovely, informative evening. The next morning was therapy and weigh in.
We learned that due to medical reasons Kim would not be continuing on with the program and it broke my heart, but her health is much more important. I believe Kim now has the strength and tools to make a life style change in her own way and on her own terms. I already miss my newfound friend, and I wish her all the best. I am grateful, however that we at least have a little part of Kim still in this program – her daughter, Shay.
Bryan...you are such an inspiration! You are my favorite athlete on this show and I love your blogs!
Great job this week!
(HUG) Bryan, your humor cracks me up:) You are so fun loving and in this 100%. Thank you for sharing and being so brave to share your childhood. Unfortunately so many of us can relate to icky childhood experiences, and I too am sorry for yours. It was such a wake up call for me to hear Jackie say that we need to stop the chain of abuse. I've been working so hard on my mind and getting it straight that I didn't realize I've been continuing the pattern of abuse, continuing to hurt myself, only this time with food. You are adorable and you deserve to feel adorable in your body. BEST of luck to you!
Mazel tov on opening up - that must have been an incredibly difficult moment but you're obviously committed to getting healthy, inside and out.
Completely separately, as your new #1 fan, I plan on finding you a pair of those pirate footie-pajamas modeled by craig.
Bryan, you are a brave man to open up to the group like you did. I know you will meet your goals and find true happiness without food as a crutch. My motto is: Expect the best and it will happen -- I know the very best will happen for you. SS
Bryan, I have to say I've watched you the past 2 weeks, I see so much of myself in you. I am also a gay man, I was sexually abused at a young age, my father was also an alcoholic, I blamed my mom for not protecting me. I turned to food, I guess of a way to escape the way I was feeling. I totally understand the way you feel. By watching you go through this program your giving me the strenght to finally do something positive about my own weight gain. Keep up the great work. Jim
Bryan...I know it must have been difficult to be so transparent to not only your group but also to all of us watching as viewers. Just know that you have helped so many people in allowing us to peer into your life, Bryan...What courage you have! Thank you so much for your words, your humor, your 'being'....You are wonderful! I cannot wait to see what the upcoming weeks hold for you! XOXO
Bryan...I am so proud of the man that you've become. I wanted to reach in and hug you as you brokedown on the show last night and let you know you are loved by so many. You are an inspiration to many and it shows. I do know the pain that you endured growing up, but hopefully by being so courageous and sharing your story, you will help others see the light and help to set them free. I am very proud to call you my "little" brother!
Brian...... the courage that it took to reveal your pain and struggle touched my spirit. I was sexually abused (raped) at the age of 5. When I tried to tell someone, it was dismissed, I buried it and never spoke of it again. At that age I did not know the proper terminology to describe what was done to me or even understand that what was done to me was so heinous. Today, I struggle with depression, self-image and weight issues. I realize that you don't need any added pressure so just know that you are a wonderful person and that you deserve to to be happy. I wish you much success in your journey. You are a true inspiration.
Bravo Bryan! It must have been difficult for you to open up about your childhood. I know you have many friends and family members who are supportive and love you very much and now you have TV viewers (like me) who are falling in love with you and your great sense of humor. I'm your sister Julie's neighbor (across street in MI). I know she loves you very much and is so proud of you. Looking forward to the next episode. Keep of the good work. You are rocking the show!
Bryan~You Rock! :) Your my favorite person on the show. You are honest, real and freaking hilarious. I am hooked on the show now :) Kudos to you for being to open and raw. Again..You ROCK :)
Bryan, You are an inspiration to all of us who need to learn to "let go" and embrace ourselves. Thank you for your candidness and sense of humor!
Bryan you were amazing last night! Congrats for losing 7 Pounds in just one week!! Absolutely Awesome!!!
I think Bravo has found their next reality star! Absolutely love the show. You've got the perfect sense of humor and the timing to deliver it. Thanks for sharing part of your childhood with us this week. I know those experiences were difficult to deal with, then and now. Your an incredible person. Can't wait 'till next Monday. You can win this thing!
Bryan, You have no idea how many lives you might have changed last night. Besides being so courageous and inspirational, you are also very funny and charming. I am looking forward to watching every week and following this wonderful journey you are on. Keep up the hard work!!! You are AWESOME!
Brain, BRAVO! (hehe, pun intended!) to you for being able discuss your painful past and to realize that you have to let it go to move on. I love that you have been able to keep your wonderful sense humor, so far through this experience and can laugh even when you are in so much physical pain! I am not normally a fan of reality tv but I love your show and love watching you on it!!!!
You had me in tears in last night episode. You have given me the inspiration to lose the extra weight that I have picked up in the last several years. You are truly an INSPIRATION!!!!!
I haven't seen you in nearly twenty years, but watching you now reminds me of just how fun you always were and how much I always liked you! I truly believe that your quick wit and sarcastic nature make the show (along with Jackie's stellar physique)!
We all have our own demons to battle, and it is no secret that food has almost always been my weapon of choice. Last night I was inspired by you to renew my fitness efforts, and truly figure out how to let go. I'll be watching!
BRAVO! ( hehe, pun intended :) to you for being able to face your past and realize you have to let it go in order to move on. I love that you have been able to keep your wonderful sense of humor even when you are in so much physical pain. I am not normally a fan of reality tv but I am enjoying watching you take this journey and anticipate great things from you in the future.
I was amazed when I saw the show last night for the first time and I can honestly say that Bryan is my favorite member of the cast! WOW! How hard it must have been opening up to the world about your past! You are inspiring to say the least! I love his sense of humor! What an amazing person! I can't wait to see what happens next week! GO! Bryan! GO!!!!!!!
Dearest Bryan ... I was crying right along with you last night! As you are well aware, I have weight issues, too. I knew you had "mom" issues, but I had no idea about the abuse. I also have mom issues and abuse issues -- not sexual abuse, but emotional and verbal abuse from a mother who never mothered me. So my dear, sweet friend, we have much, much more in common that we ever imagined. I would never be watching a weight-loss show. The only reason I am is because you are on it. And last night's "confession" and the therapist's response hit me where I also live. It's taken me a long time to learn to live in the moment, but I'm afraid I have not yet stopped the cycle of abuse. Thanks for the revelation, and for being my friend. I'm so proud of you and so happy you entered my life when we got to do that magical show together in Dallas. I love you so much! And the wonderful Miguel.
Any body can talk about things, BUT when you talk about how you look well then it's a double edged mirror , you get a reflection of the worlds misconceptions, and your own. Bryan, that you are facing this mirror, on your own, I know it will not be easy. Watching you, you give us a sense that you will make your goals ! and to watch that mirror each monday is inspiring! go get it ! Bryan !
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!
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
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 !!!!
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....
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.
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!
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!!!
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! :)
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!!!
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").
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!!!
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, 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
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!!
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.
Bryan is an inspiration and I was touched by his heartfelt story on Monday. He is brave to share such news.
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! :)
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!
Oh Bryan, what can I say?! You are such an inspiration & you have stolen the show! How long before you get your own spinoff???
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!