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  1. In regards to the 150 goal weight, it might be very hard for Lacey to achieve that after being obese her entire life, but not impossible. I'm 178 now at 5 ft 4 and people are telling me I look skinny. Granted, I'm in my fifties now and I could definitely use a tummy tuck, but my highest was 238 and it's a big difference from size 22 down to 14 now. I do like that Lacey really listened to Dr. Now and was approved for weight loss surgery right away. That doesn't usually happen on this show. She did realize that she had psychological issues that were going to stand in the way of surgery and I'm glad he had her see Dr. Paradise. Come to think of it, does anyone get to 600 lbs and not have psychological issues? I'm not being sarcastic, but it seems like there is always an underlying reason driving the behavior. I know my own personal weight loss battle that I had to cut out a lifelong love affair with things like sweets, peanut butter and cheese.
  2. I've missed a couple of episodes the last 2 years, but I'm really wondering something. How does Buddy constantly seem to have serious girlfriends? He's an alcoholic and addict and never seemed to have a real job except for bartender? I'm really scratching my head over this one. It seems like the Big Girls Dance Class has taken a back seat to the Buddy drama. I guess Whitney still does the classes sometimes . What does she do the rest of the time that she isn't filming this trainwreck? I remember her working at the radio station. Does she do anything else than chase after Buddy?
  3. This show is becoming a bit predicitable, and i wish it was only an hour long. 2 hours seems too long to sit through watching people either make slow progress or slide backwards in their weight loss. It is definitely hard work losing weight, but not impossible. I've gone from 237 to 175 since March of last year on a medically supersvised weight loss program, under a doctor and dietician's care and using 2 meal replacements and one lean/green meal a day, and now only 15-18 lbs from my goal. There are definitely permanent changes I realized I had to make. I used to love cheese, peanut butter, and sweets like cookies/snack cakes and now I barely eat them, except on rare occasions, and even then it's a limited amount. Over time, I don't get as hungry as I used to, and my blood sugar and blood pressure are now normal. Once these people lose a significant amount of weight, they shouldn't be as hungry either. Their continued overeating is simply a behavior that they need to address and take steps to correct. Find other things to do, like walking, hobbies, join clubs, anything that doesn't revolve around food.
  4. I just realized that I posted in this thread about a year ago. At the end of March, I went to my local hospital and asked to join their medically supervised weight loss program. In almost 10 months, I have now lost 62 lbs with approximately 15 to go, possibly another 10 after that if I feel I can keep going. The longer I stay on the program, the slower the weight loss is so I've had to mix it up with more exercise and lifelong habits now like almost completely cutting out high calorie foods like cheese and peanut butter, Occasionally I'll have a couple of cookies but it's much better than when I was having ice cream or snack cakes nearly every day. I've dropped from a size 22 down to a 12 and my blood pressure is normal, pre-diabetes is gone. I feel 20 years younger.
  5. Well, we finally know where Randall and his family live. Alpine, NJ is in Bergen County, close to New York City. I remember in season one where we were all trying to figure out where William lived and now that we know it's Philadelphia, no wonder it took 2 hours on the bus back and forth to their house. I liked seeing Toby's backstory and hope he stays on his medication and continues his therapy. I was a little surprised to find out Kate did get pregnant. I have to admit, I like seeing the kids as teens even though every story line has some sadness to it. They do seem believeable by those actors as teens and it's kind of fascinating.
  6. Interesting that Josiah says it's a great movie to watch no matter what side of the aisle you're on. Does this mean he accepts people who have pro-choice views? If so, it's the first time I remember a Duggar ever doing so. I'm from South Jersey, lived my entire life 18 miles from Philadelphia and I never heard anything about this doctor or this case. I'm pro-choice but the details sound gruesome and I have no desire to see this movie.
  7. I'm not sure if I missed something, but don't Danielle and Adam also have part ownership in the cycle studio? So if Adam was downsized or quit or whatever, he can't work there instead? The individual outings were cute. Danielle made too big a deal of Adam not being able to be there, imo. By the way, they did the same thing on the Jon and Kate plus 8 show 10-12 years ago, so it's not anything new. It was probably suggested as a storyline by the producers. The Gosselins also went to Hawaii as a family, Jon Gosselin quit his job and then they ended up getting divorced in about season 4 of the show. Really hoping that doesn't happen to the Buzbys.
  8. I'm thinking that this show should really wrap up and go off the air in another year. The girls are 3 now and by the time they get to kindergarten, unless the Busbys plan to homeschool, they are going to get comments/remarks by their classmates. I have to wonder if this is already happening with Blayke. I think the other show, Quints by Surprise wasn't renewed after the second season when they were about 2 1/2. Fame caused a lot of problems for the Gosselin family and most likely the parent's divorce. I'd hate to see it happen to this family.
  9. I remember thinking that of all the Duggar kids, it would be Jill who would be the most likely to adopt a child. She really cared about the orphans when they were on their mission trips and I recall one teen girl asked Jill to take her home with her and Jill was in tears because she couldn't. I still wonder if that's a possibility, international adoption. That said, I'm also wondering if she'll soon be pregnant again. Jill may not be in favor of it but I really doubt Derrick is completely against birth control.
  10. This is Emmy Rossum's final season on the show. I'm not sure I'll be able to watch a season 10 without her. I too like the new Liam, he can really act and has some of the best lines lately. I can't get used to Lip's new buzz cut and I'm trying to figure out why he is so invested in the daughter of a woman who was just a hookup for him. I guess the actress who played her mom isn't back this season but we have the daughter and Lip acting as her foster dad.
  11. Way too much talk about potty training. Those poor girls are going to hate their parents when they get older and watch reruns of the show. I don't watch all the higher multiple shows, but the only other one I remember that focused this much on potty training was the Gosselin family, which even showed the poor kids sitting on potties. I'm with the poster above who said that it can be done in a week or so, just be prepared to stay home and do the reward with the M&Ms or whatever. One of my kids insisted on using the potty with the door closed, he wanted privacy. Both of mine were over 3 and I think the quints are getting close to that age in the show. The quints were also too young to understand the Space museum. it should have been something that Adam just did with Blayke.
  12. I think of all the Duggar daughters, Jinger and Jeremy will have the least number of kids. I guess we'll see but I have a feeling it's going to be no more than 4, In reference to an earlier comment, breast feeding won't prevent breast cancer. I nursed both of mine exclusively for 18 months and 10 months, and developed it at age 53, before I went into menopause. I had surgery and radiation and hopefully am okay now as long as I stay on my hormone blocker prescribed by my oncologist, but there is no guarantee it won't be back someday.
  13. Have we heard any more talk about Jessa and Ben adopting more kids? I was watching a rerun of the early season of Counting On, and it was interesting to hear that both Jill and Jessa were talking about adopting kids, even with both were pregnant. It's now been about 3-4 years and I haven't heard any more about it unless I missed something.
  14. I do have to wonder what is going to happen to some of the Duggar offspring after the show is off the air and Jim Bob is no longer around. They've certainly made a lot of money, but I don't think it will be enough to support the ever growing families as time goes on. It appears that Jim Bob is still supporting Jill and Derrick, even though they are off the show. He's supporting all of his married sons and their families since all of them work for him. I'm thinking maybe Joy is being supported mostly by Austin, but I'll bet they still collect from the Duggar family pot for appearing on the show. Jinger most likely bought their house through money she earned from the show, not on Jeremy's minister salary, which probably couldn't support a nice house like that anyway. Jim Bob seems to be in quite a hurry to now get all of his kids that are legal adults married and starting families in order to keep the show going, but it won't last forever.
  15. I was watching a little of the old episodes of Counting On the other night (too many summer reruns), and I think during the second episode, Jeremy was shown with Ben and Derrick in a grocery store when the guys were buying items to make "baby food" for Jessa and Ben's baby shower. The fact that he was introduced as their friend Jeremy makes me wonder how long he and Jinger knew each other before they started their relationship. It also makes me wonder why Jim Bob seemed a little less enthusiastic about Jeremy compared to Derrick. It had to be Jessa and Ben who introduced Jinger to Jeremy. And I'm wondering if they were already involved when that baby shower was filmed, otherwise, why come all the way from Texas just for that?
  16. Maybe I missed something, but I was just wondering if it was mentioned where Josiah and Lauren are living. Also, is she 18 or 19 ? I can't quite figure out how long he's known her. It seems like all of them are marrying children of the parent's long term friends that they know either from their church or homeschool group.
  17. Okay, I'm confused about Joe and Kendra's house. They got married in September, right? The latest show talks about them fixing up their house. So where were they living after the wedding? Or were they on their honeymoon for a month afterwards? Somehow, I don't think that Joe did all that work himself, even with his brothers helping. Most likely Jim Bob hired some contractors to assist in the remodel.
  18. I have a question about Riley. I missed an episode but I think I remember, wasn't she the first one to climb out of the crib, as well as the first one to be able to tell her teacher something that started with a certain letter? The teacher told Adam and Danielle that she and Parker were ready to move up to the next class. Maybe Riley is taking on a leadership role, so to speak, and is coming across as more "in charge" as she is somewhat more advanced than her sisters. Just my obsservation.
  19. Many of the outfits the quints wear are from Matilda Jane. Joanne Gaines continued the clothing line after the original designer passed away. You can only buy the clothes online from what's called a Trunk Keeper, not available in stores or on Amazon. The clothing line is from Texas. Of all the girl's names, the only one familiar to me is Hazel. My dad's older sister, who passed away 5 years ago at the age of 87. Lovely lady. It seems that some of the more old fashioned names are coming around in popularity again. I have a niece named Emily who's 33 and at the time her name seemed old fashioned. Then I just read that the name Linda is getting popular for babies. I don't know of anyone named Linda, Carol (my name), Diane, Donna, who isn't at least 50 years ago. I'm 55 and another very popular name growing up in my age group was Michele as well as Maria, and Mary. I've never known anyone personally with any of the girl's names. Danielle was very popular about 30-40 years ago .
  20. Oh my. This episode was just sad on so many levels. Poor Dottie. First her son passes away, and then she finally manages to get her skin removal surgery, only to probably be discharged from the hospital into a hotel because her insurance didn't cover a rehab facility as a follow up. Sean reminded me of that teen Billy, of the show Half Ton Teen, and the patterns were very similar. BIlly's mother was doing the same thing, feeding him until he got all the way up to 1000 pounds by age 18. Billy's mom lost a child in infancy and she was likely making sure her Billy would never leave her by getting him to be totally dependent on her. I agree with the others that Sean looked like he's given up at this point. Not getting dressed, not attempting to walk to the bathroom, ordering takeout pizza, he's got to be seriously depressed. And he really has no coping skills, nor does he seem to want to learn any. I don't think he'll be alive in a couple of years, despite that fact that he's young. The show won't go on forever for him and then what will he do in terms of getting medical care?
  21. I liked Brittany better than most of the participants. I did feel sorry for Lupe , especially not being able to walk, but her follow up was boring. By the way, is Brittany really short? I couldn't quite figure out what was going on with her legs. My one friend has lipodema and her legs look a lot like that. She has to wrap them in compression stockings and get treatments on them to get rid of the excess fluid. She told me she developed it as a teenager and it runs in her family. I expected Britanny's legs to look better after Dr. Now did the surgery on them.
  22. I felt really sorry for Nicole. First raised by drug addicted parents, then a failed marriage, I think? Charlie isn't the kids' father, he's her boyfriend from what I remember. Then her father getting arrested and in jail, and finding out he has terminal cancer. Plus, didn't they get evicted to? I'm a little puzzled as to why they couldn't get their own place and stay in Houston, even though she said they couldn't afford it, I don't know that Ohio has a lower cost of living but it had something to do with Charlie's job. I think the therapy finally did help her to the point where she was able to continue losing enough weight to qualify for skin removal, even if we didn't get to see it. She lost over 350 lbs under extraordinary circumstances. Ashley had done really well on Dr. Now's program. Going from 725 lbs to under 300 by the time she had her skin removal surgery is nothing short of remarkable. I believe I heard she had 41 lbs removed from her stomach with the skin removal, my jaw dropped at that number. I actually went back to Comcast on Demand to see the beginning of Ashley's story, and I'd forgotten she too had a drug addict for a mom. They were staying at the babysitter's a lot as kids, and at age 6 she was molested by the babysitter's husband , which went on for years. Then her mother dropped her and her siblings off with their dad when she was 9 and took off. Her mom eventually got clean and came back into her life but was gone for many years. I feel Ashley had a tremendous amount of stress to deal with growing up and I'm really happy for her success.
  23. I think Danielle wasn't ready to let the quints go into beds. My two boys were both out of the crib by their second birthday. It did seem a little crazy that they only bought beds for the twins. Like Adam said, all of them are going to escape eventually. But Danielle doesn't want to listen to Adam, she wants to be in charge. I also don't understand why both of them have to put the twins to bed. You go in, read them a story, cuddle for a little while until they're sleepy and then leave. Within a few days they should make the transition from crib to bed. That tea party with Mimi and Blayke was a bit sad, as she is old enough to remember what it was like to be an only child. Plus, Danielle relies on her to help with the quints. By the time she's a teenager, she's probably going to be out of the house with her friends and into school activities as much as possible. Hopefully her parents won't expect her to be their babysitter.
  24. I'm watching. I like Aly and Josh, was a bit surprised that their one daughter managed to get into a bottle of arthritis medicine. We always had medications locked up when our kids were little. I don't hold out much hope for the couple on the boat, it looks like a disaster. The couple who isn't married seem to get along well but I think the man is being just a little selfish buying a truck without even talking to his girlfriend about it. I don't miss Doug and Mars and are glad they aren't back. They are probably no longer together, imo.
  25. You don't need to be a US citizen to legally marry. My nephew is married to a Chinese woman who came here for grad school, and then after they got engaged, she applied for a fiance visa and they married 3 years ago. So long as you have a green card, you can still stay in the US as far as I know. They do have a little girl now but I'm not sure that has anything to do with his wife's status. I'm not even sure she wants to apply for citizenship. Back to the Affair, I was wondering, is this going to be the final season? It seems to be only a shadow of the original show.
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