But LaShanta rallied at the end, and managed a base hit in the ninth inning. She finally lost weight on her own, and was going to proceed to weight loss surgery after relearning to stand and walk in physical therapy.
That's true, I agree with this. And the show has to give all sorts of people a chance, not just the most intelligent with the best educations. But for the people who are obviously slower/less educated, they really need to give more training in the beginning (that poundticipants' boot camp) to understand what they must and must not do with their eating habits, and why. So many of them really seem not to understand that they can't compensate for some bad meals by working out with their hand weights, for example.
I agree; LaShanta seems to enjoy burrowing her hands into the folds on her legs, and the camera liked to show it.
I haven't found this season boring at all, although I did find LaShanta boring. To me she did not have much personality and was not a good choice for the show. I have found most of the episodes interesting, even when I did not like the poundticipant.
There have been just a few failures so far this season, although several of the successes have needed three or four tries before they got with the program, really lost weight, and had their surgery. However, some of the successes may not be uplifting, and if we don't like the patients, such as because they tell lies and make excuses in the early months, then we may not be rooting for them.
Here is the breakdown to the best of my recollection:
1 - Octavia
3 - Robin & Garrett
4 - Justin
5 - Holly
6 - Lacey
7 - Brandon
9 - Tiffany
10 - Destinee
12 - Aaron
13 - Kelly (made very good progress until her heart gave out)
14 - Annjeanette
16 - LaShanta (11th hour turn-around)
8 - Maja
11 - Jeanne
15 - Angela