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Whitney decides to walk the 8K, even though she may come up two miles short; things take a dark turn when Buddy likens Whit's determination to addiction.

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Anyone know how many episodes are left this season?  Can we hope the 8K disaster is the start of a new direction for Whit?

Also, anyone know why the race was shortened (if I understand that correctly)?  I don't get how one pathetic participant could drive that result.

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33 minutes ago, Brooks said:

Anyone know how many episodes are left this season?  Can we hope the 8K disaster is the start of a new direction for Whit?

Also, anyone know why the race was shortened (if I understand that correctly)?  I don't get how one pathetic participant could drive that result.

Last year I think there were 13 episodes plus the wrap up episode for a total of 14. I don't know what's planned for this year, though.

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Thanks.  Episode 9 coming up.  If episode 13 (or 14) is Whitney succumbing to professional help, then TLC will have to renew for another season so her fans don't revolt.

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2 hours ago, Brooks said:

Anyone know how many episodes are left this season?  Can we hope the 8K disaster is the start of a new direction for Whit?

Also, anyone know why the race was shortened (if I understand that correctly)?  I don't get how one pathetic participant could drive that result.

Races are occasionally shortened due to routing mistakes. I did a 5k once that was so poorly marked I think I ended up only doing 2 miles of it. With these "fun runs," most people don't end up caring about the missed mileage, but it's a huge problem in marathons, especially those with a high proportion of BQers.

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Buddy might want to re-think this. She has no determination when it comes to exercise and she is most certainly not "addicted" to it. If she did, she'd be fit. Her addiction is food. I hope he eventually takes that route, telling Whitney her "determination" is an addiction will only feed her already inflated ego. 

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Buddy it's not her "determination" it's her histrionic personality disorder and likely Münchhausen's. Or did you mean that her "determination to eat herself to becoming bedbound" is an addiction.

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I really cannot wait for this. You'd think this sort of thing would wake Whitney up, would make her realize "wow, I can't do this thing that so many people can do without even thinking about it." But instead she seems to have truly convinced herself that being able to walk a few miles is a genuinely daunting task that only elite athletes can perform, and if she can finish it, she is one of them. As Bianca del Rio would say, "okay, Beyonce."

Maybe I am biased, but I am convinced that any able-bodied person can walk a half marathon if they have a bit of training and determination. Whitney consistently has neither. (Okay, she has determination to finish a race that she starts, only to save face, but she doesn't care enough to train.)

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Whitney decides to walk the 8K, even though she may come up two miles short; things take a dark turn when Buddy likens Whit's determination to addiction.

I can't fathom what this means.  What determination?  She definitely has addictions, but exercise is not one of them.  There are people who you could say are addicted to exercise.  Anorexics spring to mind.  I guess there's a less harmful version of that, when you have these fitness lunatics who do something like 5 Iron Man triathlons in a week.

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Also, anyone know why the race was shortened (if I understand that correctly)?  I don't get how one pathetic participant could drive that result.

Someone posted on the social media thread that it was shortened due to extreme (even for Hawaii) heat, not because of Whitney.

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2 minutes ago, Elizzikra said:

Someone posted on the social media thread that it was shortened due to extreme (even for Hawaii) heat, not because of Whitney.

She always complains so much about being hot that she probably caused a global warming incident all across the island.

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Really? Her "determination" is what she is addicted to? Her determination to do what? To make up excuses, be the center of attention, overindulge, and make everything about her? Okay, I'd buy that. 

Telling her that her determination to reach goals is an addiction, on the other hand, is just as bad as someone saying, "I'm too nice. I care about people too much." It's an over-inflated sense of self. Whitney doesn't do ENOUGH. Someone telling her that she does TOO MUCH just gives her validation to continue on her downward spiral. 

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On 2/24/2018 at 8:05 AM, Thrifty said:

I can't fathom what this means.  What determination?  She definitely has addictions, but exercise is not one of them.  There are people who you could say are addicted to exercise.  Anorexics spring to mind.  I guess there's a less harmful version of that, when you have these fitness lunatics who do something like 5 Iron Man triathlons in a week.

Orthorexia (obsessive healthy eating and exercising) causes obsessive exercising too. It's one of those eating disorders that comes off as super healthy at first until you realize how deep the obsession goes.

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8 minutes ago, monagatuna said:

Orthorexia (obsessive healthy eating and exercising) causes obsessive exercising too. It's one of those eating disorders that comes off as super healthy at first until you realize how deep the obsession goes.

I don't understand how that could be harmful.  It seems like that kind of person could be really obnoxious, but what physical harm does it do to himself?

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That's what makes orthorexia so dangerous. The person is eating, and eating well, so it raises no red flags to anyone, and in fact they are exalted as a healthy eating guru to regular people, which only fuels the obsession. It can lead to extreme calorie and macronutrient restriction, exercising to and past the point of injury, all in the name of "health."

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I had disordered eating after college. I would stand in the supermarket cereal aisle for several minutes debating whether to get the 100 calorie bran flakes, or the 110 calorie bran flakes that had more fiber and vitamins, only to pick the lower-cal ones every time. An obsession with eating healthy is still an unhealthy relationship with food and can cause a lot of anxiety and stress.

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2 hours ago, ClareWalks said:

I had disordered eating after college. I would stand in the supermarket cereal aisle for several minutes debating whether to get the 100 calorie bran flakes, or the 110 calorie bran flakes that had more fiber and vitamins, only to pick the lower-cal ones every time. An obsession with eating healthy is still an unhealthy relationship with food and can cause a lot of anxiety and stress.

I have often said that anorexia and compulsive overeating are two sides to the same coin.  

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I don't understand how that could be harmful.  It seems like that kind of person could be really obnoxious, but what physical harm does it do to himself?

People with orthorexia also will exercise to the point of, or despite injury and can cause themselves serious harm. They will also often exercise to the exclusion of everything else - school, work, social relationships, etc. We're talking hours and hours and hours a day. It's actually one of my (many) issues with The Biggest Loser - the amount of exercise they have these people doing isn't healthy or sustainable. 

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10 hours ago, Thrifty said:

I don't understand how that could be harmful.  It seems like that kind of person could be really obnoxious, but what physical harm does it do to himself?

That's what started my road to anorexia. I used it as an excuse to exercise to excess and it nearly killed me. Still paying the price to this day with brittle bones and sterility so, it's a thing. 

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Ok I think orthorexia makes a lot more sense now.  I couldn't wrap my head around it. 

 

I'm sure we can all agree that orthorexia is definitely not Whitney's problem.

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On 2/23/2018 at 6:25 AM, Brooks said:

If episode 13 (or 14) is Whitney succumbing to professional help, then TLC will have to renew for another season so her fans don't revolt.

They're already revolting...

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So her "training" consists of leisurely strolling on the beach with her dad?  And Glen and I both knew that Whitney would use "you lied to me!!!" as an excuse to refuse to do the walk.  What a nasty piece of work she is.  Plus, over on Teen Moms, I learned that two women on that show, one a principal and one a producer, have PCOS.  They are both very thin and one of them is the mother of three children.  We got to go to a doctor visit with one and learned that there are treatments for the disorder, maybe not satisfactory treatments, but there are things that can be done.  I believed Whitney when she told us that PCOS virtually guaranteed weight gain and/or extreme difficulty in losing weight.  As Whitney says, "You lied to me!!!!"

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They're already revolting...

I'm not revolting - I'm fabulous!

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And Glen and I both knew that Whitney would use "you lied to me!!!" as an excuse to refuse to do the walk.


 

Why doesn't it occur to either one of them that Whitney could simply walk the first 5K then stop if she can't finish. Then she keeps her promise to Glenn, thereby earning her bribe.

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I audit human subjects research and see studies about a myriad of diseases/conditions. Today I saw a study that will test a drug usually used for breast cancer to see if it will help PCOS (there's scientific merit behind this). It just made me think of Twit and how, if her PCOS really worried her, she'd be seeing a specialist at a major research hospital. I'm sure Babs and Glenn would pay the extra expense of a specialist if it meant that Twit could lose some weight and get her PCOS in order.  But that would be like being an adult and taking care of yourself; not Twit strong suits. 

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What a piece of work. Dragging out her panic attack to justify not running an 8k? A panic attack that had nothing to do with running at ALL?

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She's utterly hilarious.  Uhoh, watch out dolphins

Babs reminds me of my mother in law. She must be from Georgia

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Dolphin breath!! OMG

 

ETA: usually these places have you get pulled along by holding on to the dolphin fin (which is really cool)   I’m so relieved they didn’t do that to the poor dolphin. I was worried enough she was going to drown the poor dolphin just putting her arm on him like that. 

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1 minute ago, AliM said:

can anyone tell me again wt Whitty won't undergo gastric bypass?

Gastric bypass won’t do Whitney any good if she is unwilling to admit that her lifestyle is unhealthy and change anything.  

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I'm trying to actually watch this show for once but it's hard because it's so insipid.  Fortunately, I got my answer to the question "How is Whitney's determination like an addiction?" in just the first minute with the introductory montage.  It's like addiction because she is trying to finish something she can't finish.  I forget how Buddy phrased it.

 

It's such a topsy turvy world she lives in that perseverance is seen as a vice.

 

I sort of agree that someone in as terrible shape as her shouldn't be trying to walk an 8K.  Just like I shouldn't be trying to run a marathon.  It's not terribly strenuous exercise to walk 5 miles, but it is for someone her size and she really should do something less intense.  It is a little funny watching someone treating a casual walk like an Ironman Triathalon.

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Oh please - no one will be better than Buddy? 

O - look at Twit's feet in the sand! I've never seen that before.

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I can't keep up. Can she not do the 5/8K because of impending panic attacks, her feet, her PCOS??? Man I wish she could pick an excuse and stick with it.

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5 minutes ago, AliM said:

can anyone tell me again wt Whitty won't undergo gastric bypass?

Probably because she thinks that weight loss is bad and means giving in to fat shamers.

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Just now, JudgeyMcJudgyPants said:

I have finally pulled mr. Judgey into the vortex.  Can’t wait until he makes a comment.  It might not be witty but it’ll definitely be judgey.

Hai thar Mr. Judgey! *waves*

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Geez even when she’s admitting she can’t do something because of her size she won’t admit it. She says she can’t walk the 8k because of ..... her feet!!  Not that her feet can’t handle the extreme strain of her weight but there is something special about her feet that make an 8k more difficult for her than other people. 

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When they walked from the hotel to the beach, I noticed she has begun to walk differently.  She leans backward as she walks to carry her weight. 

I hope those photos of her working out in the gym are accurate, and she has lost weight.

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1 minute ago, Thrifty said:

Probably because she thinks that weight loss is bad and means giving in to fat shamers.

Oh yeah. I forgot that she didn’t think that weight loss should be ones goal since it’s a quantifiable measure of success.

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I don't watch this show but I saw the previews while watching last weeks episode of my 600 pound life (A program Whitney is well on her way to appearing on) and decided to join in. I figure her bitching and moaning will make for entertaining commentary.

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