But, I saw the season finale of Thintervention, with Jackie Warner and I have to say that despite all my bashing of weight loss shows on TV and my response to a reader’s questions last week about the show I actually think it’s not all that bad. In fact, I actually learned a thing or two about being a trainer and helping my clients lose weight.
Jackie seems really heartfelt and honest about wanting to help her clients succeed and she manages to help without any crazy yelling or fear tactics. She knows when to push and when to back away, which is really an art. Do I think she should put some clothes on? Yes. People struggling to lose weight don’t have to constantly be reminded that they don’t have her body. Still though, she does an awesome job and I envy it.
At the last weigh-in her clients looked like they had huge transformations, both physically, mentally, and emotionally, but they still looked healthy, rather than some fitness model ideal. All of them, including the very resistant Nikki did the hard work necessary to get to where they are and I love how Jackie reminded them that if they want it they can have it. It’s all in their power to achieve what they want.
Oh, and did you see Bryan’s transformation? He had to get over so many emotional hurdles, control his bingeing and hiding of food, and learn to have more confidence in himself. To say that he worked is an understatement, he radically changed his lifestyle. There is no mountain that is too high if you want to reach the top badly enough and he reached the top and then climbed another one!
I don’t think that they needed to get up on that scale for a last weigh-in in front of an audience, but unfortunately I guess it’s in the contract. Every single client was majorly successful, but what was most important was to see the emotional achievements they had by facing what was keeping them from losing weight in the first place. It wasn’t necessarily about the specific amount they lost, but it was about what that meant to them in terms of changing their life around and achieving what they thought was impossible.
I am majorly impressed with Jackie Warner and Thintervention and felt that it deserves me admitting that not all weight loss shows are the same. I still say, “don’t try this at home, kids”, it’s still television, but if you need some inspiration and want to see the dedication, drive, and work that it takes to succeed then definitely tune in. If they can do it you can do it too!
Weigh-in here: Did you watch the show? What do you think?