Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition - Jarvez
It was season finale time for Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition last night. Now don't fret, I have not forgotten that I still need to watch last week's episode, but it's football night so that will have to wait until another night. For now let's talk about Jarvez. WOW.
Jarvez is 28 and from Portland, OR. He has been overweight since Middle School. In fact, even back then he was encouraged to eat because it was 'manly'. His size helped him in college. He was on the Oregon State Football team. But, now he can't even get his 3X jersey over his chest.
Looking in the mirror he still considered himself Sexy, even though his family told him otherwise.
He likes to call meals "snacks" because is sounds better. The irony is that he never did drugs or drank alcohol because it was "unhealthy". But, you need food to survive. And that became the justification he needed.
At one point, Jarvez had to call out of work sick because he had ripped all of his pants. The Big and Tall store didn't have any in his size and had to be special ordered.
Sadly, his mom died when he was younger and he put on 258lbs. Luckily, he was now married to Adriana and had a reason to fight for his life.
It was revealed to him that he was chosen by Chris during an Oregon State football game. He always asks them where they want to be. Jarvez just wants to be under 300lbs.
So at the initial weigh the numbers are big: 548lbs. Chris challenges him to do 50 push-ups from his toes. He does it! WOW. I love when Chris says that he's never seen anyone like Jarvez in the Fight or Flight workout. There is nothing that he won't do.
Trainer Tip: There are approximately 17 minutes worth of commercials during a 60 minute program. Doing Jumping Jacks during the commerical burns calories.
Okay, so Jarvez loves Chinese food. So they showed him how to make healthier versions. I'm sorry, I was out of the room for it so I have no idea what they said.
Nutrition Tip: Start a meal with a broth soup or small salad. Saves calories for the rest of the meal.
So the Phase 1 Goal: lose 135 lbs. If he does that, Chris will give him 2 tickets to the Superbowl.
To get started Chris wants a Petty Cab bike ride around Portland. Sadly, Jarvez breaks the seat :-(
Chris is amazed at how great things are going. Jarvez is pushing it and he is getting all of the support he needs from Adriana. It's the recipe for success.
3 Month Weigh In
So the goal is to weigh 413lbs. He weighs in at 406!
The goal for Phase 2 is 80lbs.
I loved when Jarvez said: I plan to workout and eat right. If I stick to that, then good things will happen.
YES IT WILL!
Jarvez and Adriana go out to dinner. It's been a while. He's been afraid. He's afraid of the binge. Oh mister I am right there with ya. But, he does well. He splits his meal into dinner and lunch for the next day. There was a plate of tortilla chips on the table (pure evil!...you just can't stop). He ate one and said "I'm not missing anything". YEAH!
So at the Superbowl introduces him to his favorite player. Ahman Green played for the Green Bay Packers. He gives Ahman the job of Trainer for the day. He puts Jarvez through the NFL Experience. NFL players should be able to do it in 10 seconds. Chris was hoping that he would be able to do it in 15 seconds. He nails it in 10.51 seconds.
So the problems start at day 140. He has vertigo. Spinning. Vomitting. It's not good. He can't workout. The days tick by and soon it is time for the 6 month weigh in.
He weighs 538lbs. He's shy of his goal, but come on he couldn't workout for a month. And the bigger picture is that he has lost 190lbs in 6 months. Chris tells him that he sees strength and courage. And then he asks him what would his mom say? She would be proud.
On his mom's birthday, Jarvez goes to her grave. He never went until the day of his wedding and now is was bringing his wife. He is finally dealing with his emotions over his mom's death.
Jarvez takes his wife on a vacation. They couldn't fly anywhere for their honeymoon because he couldn't fit in the seats. So this time they flew to Arizona to a resort. This was unlike any vacation he'd ever taken. It was full of activities. Tennis. Yoga. And the Chris shows up and they go on a long awaited bike ride. YEAH!
So now it's the 9 month weigh in. His feet have shrunk. We went from a size 18 to a size 15. It seriously happens. I am down from an 8 to a 6.5.
Weigh in Time: 284! WOO WOO! He lost 74lbs. He gets the Skin removal surgery.
Now it's time for the final Weigh in. First, Adriana gets a shout out for losing 45lbs. YEAH!
When Jarvez is revealed he was so cute. "Today we can officially say that Sexy is back in style." YES IT IS! "Before I was upset if I had to get off of the couch. Now I'm upset if I have to sit on the couch."
Okay, now it's time. He lost 281lbs. He weighs 267lbs! WOO WOO! He went from a size 70 waist to a size 38. In fact Walmart gives him a new wardrobe. As of that morning, he only fit in the outfit he was wearing and two pairs of shorts.
Chris brings out his college jersey and he has no problem putting it on. WOO WOO.
So fast forward several months. He had gained 20lbs as soon as the finale was over. So he started making some changes. I LOVE this. He doesn't drive to work anymore. He takes the bus. He can't ask the bus driver to pull over so that he can get food. So Smart!
And bonus...he and Adriana are expecting a little girl...Faye, named after his mom.
I cried and cried and cried at the end...but they were happy tears!
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