The fifth week of Losing It with Jillian might have been one of the best yet. While each is moving and motivating for their own specific reasons, this one had a lot of heart. Not to mention, no whining!
Most of the families we’ve seen so far have gotten into fights with star and trainer Jillian Michaels just minutes in to their first workouts. They give up quickly, complain about the pain and admit to not being capable of the work. Jillian calls their bluff everytime. However, with this week’s family, the Vivio family of Tennessee, there was not a moment of that. This family of four stepped up and took everything Jillian dished. And they’re better for it.
The main story of this week’s episode was the youngest son Elijah, who at only 14-years old weighed 330 pounds. He admits to Jillian that he’s the butt of fat jokes at school and wants to change he way people talk to him. He is visibly surprised when, during a one-on-one conversation, she admits to being an overweight teen as well. She shares how discovering martial arts helped her physically and emotionally. Elijah also shares that “What I really want out of this week is a better relationship with my father.” (more…)
Patrick Northern is a lovable dad who’s always joking with his wife and kids. He can always find the funny side to any situation, but last year things got serious. His career took a turn for the worse when he lost his truck-driving job. His wife, Kim, took on the role of sole breadwinner and Patrick’s confidence took a serious blow. Kim and their teen twins, Ameer and Ameera, have always looked to Patrick for direction. As Patrick lost his motivation to get off the couch, the rest of the family followed suit and the weight began to pile on.
Even the hottest personal trainer on the planet has battled with her weight.
Jillian Michaels once hit the scales at 175-pounds as a teenager, but it is her past struggle with weight that makes this 5-foot-2 1/2 fitness guru such a successful and inspiring weight loss and health role model.
If you’ve been watching her newest reality series, Losing it with Jillian or have watched just a single episode of the Biggest Loser, it’s easy to see how Jillian can so easily relate to and get through to the overweight souls who use food as a numbing device to get through a painful life experience.
After suffering the life-altering event of a painful divorce after a 30-year marriage, Ruth and her three children are in desperate need of rebuilding their self-esteem.
With two daughters, Rachel and Ashley, and a son living at home, Ruth hasn’t been able to move forward following the divorce, which was caused by her husband’s infidelity. This has in turn caused her entire family to feel stuck in the past while relying on food and material goods for comfort and fulfillment.
On episode two of Losing it with Jillian, after the Jones family of Cambridge Massachusetts, suffered the tragic loss of their father, Gary, the family of three needs a jump-start.
The family, which is now comprised of single-mom and widow Deb, daughter, Isabelle or “Izzy,” and son, Jordan, are not yet able to let go of Gary. Consequently, the Jones’ house is a veritable disaster, a reflection of their inability to move on even though it has been more than six years since Gary’s death. In fact, the physical state of the house is in such disarray that Jillian refuses to stay there and instead sleeps at a hotel during the first night of her intervention.