Cast Blog: #THINTERVENTION

Week 1: Kim

Moderation Is Key

Everyone Deserves a Thintervention

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, But Not Goodbye

Just the Beginning

Goodbye and Good Luck!

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

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Week 8

Week 8: Stay on Track!

Week 8: Loving the New Me

Helipad Workout

Leaving the Nest

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Ramsay

A Sad Goodbye

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7: Eat Out Without Cheating

Week 7: Team Work Conquers All

Week 7: Flipping the Switch

Training Pool Workout

Teamwork Can Make a Dream Work

Just Dance

Don't Cha Wish Bryan Would Join PCD?

Moaning Instead of Meatloaf

Dance Your Ass Off

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 1: Kim

Check out what Kim was eating this week. 

 

MON 3.22.10

Breakfast:

3 egg whites

Oatmeal

Green tea

16 oz water

Snack:

Protein drink

Lunch:

3 oz turkey, tomato

Whole wheat pita

Mixed greens w/ balsamic vinegarette

1/2 orange

1 oz wheatgrass

16 oz water

Snack:

Greek yogurt

20 blueberries

100 calorie almonds

Dinner:

6 oz salmon

TUES 3.23.10

Breakfast:

2 egg whites/1 whole egg

Cream of wheat

Green tea

16 oz water w/ multivitamins

Snack:

1 oz wheatgrass

Small tangerine

Lunch:

2 slices turkey breast

Whole wheat sandwich thin

Small banana

16 oz water

Snack:

Greek yogurt

10 blueberries

100 calorie almonds (18)

Dinner:

3 oz chiken breast baked

1/2 c brown rice

1/2 c corn

16 oz water

WED 3.24.10

Breakfast:

(2) Hard boiled eggs

Oatmeal

(2) Strawberries

16 oz water with vitamins

Snack:

1 oz wheatgrass

Tangerine

Lunch:

(2) Slices turkey breast

(2) SlicesWhole wheat bread

16 oz water

Snack:

Greek yogurt

(10) Blueberries

(18) Almonds

Dinner:

3 oz chicken breast

1/2 c brown rice

1/3 c yellow corn

16 oz water w/ lemon juice

THURS 3.25.10

 Snack:

Hot water w/lemon

Breakfast:

2 hard boiled eggs

Plain oatmeal

2 small strawberries

10 blueberries

16 oz water w/vitamins

Lunch:

3 oz chicken breast

Mixed greens salad

Balsalmic vinegarette

1/2 pita

Small tangerine

Snack:

Small banana

18 almonds

Protein drink

Snack:

16 oz water

Dinner:

Turkey fajita

Whole wheat pita

Green tea

16 oz water

FRI 3.26.10

Breakfast:

Plain oatmeal

10 bluberries

18 almonds

Banana

Green tea

Lunch:

Tuna wrap

Mixed green salad no dressing

16 oz water

Snack:

Apple slices 4

Almonds 4

16 oz water

Dinner:

Turkey fajita

Green tea

16 oz water

SUN 3.28.10

Breakfast:

Oatmeal

Almonds

10 blueberries

Green tea

Lunch:

3 oz chicken breast

Mixed green salad

Lentils

Dinner:

3 oz Chicken breast

Apple

Mini cheese

 

 

Goodbye and Good Luck!

Dr. Ramani shares her final wishes for the group.

 

It's time to say goodbye, or as we call it in therapy, "termination." 

As a psychologist, this has been therapy fantasy camp. All psychologists are voyeurs. Under normal circumstances, when you do therapy, you see the world through the client's eyes. You construct images of their partners, homes, parents, friends on the basis of their descriptions, and you almost never get a chance to see the reality. For me to have conducted group therapy, and then after we were done to go back via television and see their husbands, families, and homes has been a sort of secret dream come true –- to see if my "construction" matched the reality.  Thanks, Bravo! This is and will remain one of the most compelling clinical experiences of my career. 

I was on the fence about whether I would be able to do clinical work of any depth under lights and with cameras rolling. Time limits meant you didn't see most of the therapy, which is where these clients did heavy lifting and sweating of a different sort. They learned about why they eat what they eat, when they eat, how they eat, and where they eat. They unearthed old demons, and learned about respecting others and themselves. They learned how to talk about their feelings instead of numbing them. They were called on their BS and made to take ownership. If they sustain these weight changes, it will be because they were willing to do it from the inside out.

Shay revealed that her struggles with weight were more complex than initially thought. There is a frequently held misassumption that ethnic minority women don't get eating disorders. That is patently wrong, and the rates of eating disorders in African American, Latina, and Asian American women are on the rise. Laxative abuse can be done secretly, and many who do it report that the feeling of "emptiness," the "flat stomach," and the sense of "clearing out" following laxative use is gratifying despite being dangerous. They erroneously believe they can eat what they want and then get rid of it. Shay showed us that the psychology of weight goes well beyond ab crunches and protein shakes. These are VERY difficult and complex issues. Her revelation was courageous, and it will take time for her to make these changes.

As we sign off, let's review what we learned about weight loss. It's about respecting your body with healthy food instead of punishing it with junk. It's about pushing your body to new limits, and then finding out you can push your life to new limits. It's about realizing that your history may tell you why you eat what you do, but it doesn't own you, and everyone has the capacity to make these changes. It's about realizing that food is not a substitute for love. It's about accepting yourself, and engaging in the process of weight loss authentically. 

When I end with a client, as they leave the room, I wish a silent wish for them. They have done the ultimate bravery by allowing me into the most private rooms in their hearts and minds, and I am always grateful to have been part of their journeys. 

Here are my wishes for them:

Mandy –- May you stay healthy and be an active part of your family's life. Mothering is about taking care of yourself. I can already see you hiking with the grandchildren that will grace your life someday.

Bryan –- May you stay on the authentic loving path you have been following all your life, despite stumbling a few times. You brought breathtaking commitment to the program, and I hope that you see yourself in the loving and beautiful mirrors offered by the husband, friends, and family around you.

Joe –- Now that you are respecting yourself and others, I hope it leads you to a respectful relationship with a woman. Keep taking care of yourself and learn that a vocabulary of respect, not abs or bad bar banter, will indeed get you the best chick in the bar.

Shay –- You saved your most courageous song for the end, and I wish for you to keep dancing and enjoying your youth and your body. You are stronger than you think, and when you reflect on being there for your mom, and now being there for yourself, realize that you can do this on your own.

Jeana -– I want you to stay in touch with your feelings. Your vulnerability sits right under the surface, and as you trust your feelings and learn to express them, I hope they are met with respect and warmth from those around you. 

Nikki –- You get it even when you pretend you don't. I wish for you to stay "fabulous" without the snarkiness and the cocktails, you don't need them. Dig deeper and see what you find. 

Stacy -– I hope you keep laughing and keep others laughing and stop laughing at yourself. You had the biggest odds against you, and you never said die. I wish for you to persist, no matter what is put in front of you. 

So as we say goodbye, I thank Bravo and Jackie Warner for the opportunity to sit alongside you and for your recognition that psychotherapy is as integral to weight loss as diet or exercise. 

We all have inside of us a warrior, a leader, and a vulnerable child. Nurture them all.