What an incredible journey this has been. There are so many words that come to mind when I reflect on the past 13 weeks. At times the process was overwhelming, frustrating, challenging, inspiring, hilarious, painful, intense, sweaty, but at the end of the day, the experience for me was life changing. I got to learn so much about myself along the way and made some amazing friends throughout the process. It was interesting to watch everyone's journey package on the finale and see how we all dealt with our time away from Jackie.
I found Shay's honesty in coming clean with Jackie and Dr. Ramani incredibly brave, I think Joe turned a major corner, Jeana found the strength to stand up for herself, Stacy fought like a champion, Nikki figured out a way to incorporate Jackie's program into her lifestyle, and Mandy knocked it out of the park. I was tremendously proud of everyone at the finale for all of the hard work and hurdles we each had to overcome. And Jackie was right; it wasn't just about a number on the scale but how each of us now relates to food, and how we have been able to incorporate exercise into our daily lives.
However, none of this would have been possible to achieve had it not been for the following kindhearted, motivational, and inspiring teachers:
I really gained a lot of respect for Dr. Ramani when she first opened up and told us that she also struggled with food. I appreciated her courage and I quickly came to realize that she could honestly relate to our battle. We could not have asked for a better role model than this articulate, intelligent, and beautiful woman. To be able to talk to someone on a weekly basis that has walked a mile in my shoes was immensely valuable to me. Dr. Ramani truly understood food addiction and was instrumental in helping me turn my life around. She taught me that it was okay to express my pain and not hold on to my secrets. She taught me that honesty could really be rewarding. She taught me how to view food as a friend not an enemy. I am humbled by her story and blessed by her wisdom.
Craig might be one of the kindest, foxiest, and most knowledgeable trainers for men that I have ever met. In those 6 weeks away from Jackie, Craig pushed me harder then anyone I have ever met. There were days when I just wanted to say, "ENOUGH ALREADY," and throw in the towel. Thankfully, Craig taught me how to push myself to intensity. He taught me "the ropes of the gym" and how to workout in the future on my own. He also taught me about self worth and self esteem. Craig talked me off the ledge many a day, and I will forever be indebted to this man. He is not only beautiful on the outside but also just as beautiful on the inside.
Then we have the woman who made it all possible: Jackie, or Herr Warner as I affectionately like to call her. My first impression of Jackie was that she was going to be incredibly tough and that I was going to have some type of screaming match with her, where only one of us would walk away alive. (*Note, never mess with a hungry, cranky queen.) I did loose my cool with her once, but it wasn't because of something she did, it was more with me just being uncomfortable and in pain and just wanting to "finish the f------ workout." Jackie is an AMAZING teacher. She is the Mrs. Miyagi of the fitness world. She taught me how to dig deep and push through the burn. She taught me that cookies were pain. She taught me how to connect mind, body, and spirit. She taught me how to call on Ethel when I truly needed her. She taught me how to wax on and wax off … oh wait, scratch that. Most of all she taught me how to take responsibility and live a better, healthier lifestyle. Jackie not only changed my life, she SAVED my life. I will never be able to truly thank her enough for allowing me to go on this journey. It was the most rewarding experience of my life so far.
Beautiful. "Thintervention" is what BravoTV should continue to produce: a show that's inspiring, entertaining, high level, and powerful. I was in tears tonight as I watched the finale. Bryan, you are a wonderful writer and motivator. Blessings on everyone in, and connected with, this show!
Thank you for motivating me to keep on reaching my own goal! I first started at 165 pounds and now down to 148 pounds. This show was truly inspirational!
Great blog and great finale! You rock Bryan and I am proud and inspired to know you personally! Thanks for putting "it all" out there and rocking Bravo! Very impressive and memorable. Looking forward to seeing you and Miguel soon! Enjoy NYC!
I thought you looked amazing and you look 10 years younger!! (not that you looked old before) You never failed to make me laugh during every episode, you sir are hilarious!!! I was amazed at how great everyone looked, it was a complete transformation for everyone. Watching this show helped me identify some of my own issues with food and why I have such bad habits. During the finale you said that you didn't like to be touched or be intimate with anyone because you felt disgusted with yourself. I am the same way and that really touched me and to see the transformation in you was touching. Congratulations on your life change!!!!!!
Bryan, I just saw you on the finale. Wow! You look so good. I can now really see those cute dimples in your face. The show was really touching and inspiring.
I watched the final show and you look stunning!! Your eyes have such a sparkle and you looked happy! Congratulations on achieving your goals and all the best in the future - Way To Go - we are all so proud of you!
Oh Bryan- how can one queen make me laugh and cry at the same time?! Thank you for sharing this journey with the public. I love, love, love your relationship with Miquel (a hottie!) and your friendship with Nikki. You were so kind to Jeanna when you invited her to stay in your home. Your gratitude towards Jackie and Craig is so touching and sincere.
You look fabulous!! Job well done, Sir!
Bryan with a "Y" as my friends and I like to call you. I sat last night watching the finale of the show. I was so impressed with everyone's goals and what they achieve but I couldn't stop smiling when you walked out. You are my hero, and I can relate to so many things you said and did. I actaully teared up watching you. You must be so proud of yourself and when your partner said, you did this for you. I was so happy he realized it wasn't about him but you and you deserved this and he gets to enjoy it also. Congrates Bryan with a Y you have motivated me to get back down on my weight. I too sit at home not wanting to go out, my friends say I turn heads when we go out but I don't see it and don't understand it. I need to get comfortable in my own skin and that means getting back to a weight were I'm happy with myself. Thanks again and my journey is starting this morning. Eat Clean, kick my ass at the gym and take time for my mind. I just wish I had a support system like you had. Not only for me but to help someone along the way. All my best to you and your family. Bill
Bryan, Congrats! I watched this show all season, you by far were such an inspiration. Thank for inspiring me, making me laugh, and your pure honesty. The finale last night made me realize that I too want to take care of myself, mentally, emotionally , and physically. So starting today the cookies are being tossed. Thank you!!
Bryan, I think I loved watching you the most because of your sweetness, you are so funny, your bravery and the respect and commitment you had for your weightloss! You deserve all the happiness in the world! Congratulations on your huge success!! You have inspired me and I am sure so many more to get started on a more healthy today and tomorrow! Thank you!
WOW! I am so thrilled for you! I've had a blast watching you over the past several weeks..congrats on such an amazing accomplishment. Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration!!!
It may have been nice in your reflection of this experience to take the time and apologize for the mean spirited things you have said about your "castmates" throughout this process. This show will rerun and they will see the mean things that you said about them behind their backs, which was counter motivational and judgemental.
You were amazing last night Bryan. Congratulations on all your hard work. The honesty you showed throughout the show was inspiring and beautiful. All the best to you as you continue this journey.
Awww Bryan! I think you are just the best! All of you are just amazing and truly inspiring! I wish all of you a happy, healthy future! My 16 year old daughter want's to make sure I tell you she thinks you're hot....she's right, you're a hottie, Bryan! Good luck in all your endeavors!
Bryan, I never comment online, but after watching you on the finale I was COMPELLED to comment. You look so HOT! I enjoyed watching your journey and it was so inspiring. I could really identify with you and I loved how you never lost your sense of humor and were always willing to help others along the way. Im so proud of your accomplishment (both personal and physical). I love that you are not leaving us fans because I am looking forward to hearing more from you!
Thanks for the inspiration!
You were one of my favs. I didn't think it was possible to lose weight and then wow, i saw the finale. the only thing is I'll miss you guys everyweek. it was such a great. I'm so happy for you and how you look. please address how it feels from being fat to looking so good. i'm afraid of being skinny just as I feel helpless about being fat.
Bryan, It has been wonderful to see how well you have done. Most of all, to see the love in your eyes when you look at Miguel. How sweet !