EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION “Wally” Review

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EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION Episode 7 – As I’ve said from the beginning, the clients on this show are what make it for me. Unfortunately Wally wasn’t all that interesting to me from the beginning, so I can’t say this was one of my favorite episodes. Maybe it’s because we’ve seen it all before, but even his problems weren’t all that interesting. He fell off the wagon in between his 30-day and 90-day weigh-ins, which is turning out to be a common problem with most people. Not that I blame them. I mean you go from having a coach with you and working out for 5-6 hours a day to going back to your normal life with all your normal temptations. Nope, that can’t be easy at all.

But whereas others have had those pitfalls and come back fighting after the 90-day mark to do better, but Wally actually goes downhill even farther, admitting to thoughts of suicide. Chris realizes that Wally is an addict beyond what he can handle and sends Wally to a structured rehab program to deal with his food addiction.

That was so not the ending that I was expecting – just a guy walking into rehab and words on a screen saying that he’s now getting the help he needs. Boy I hope they come back to Wally at some point as I’d really like to know if he was able to get through his issues. Otherwise, that is one depressing story.

My favorite bits..

Wally describing how beautiful and smart his daughter was, but how he couldn’t walk with her every time she wanted.

Wally’s wife talking about how she had been excited to find out she was pregnant as she didn’t know how long she was going to have with her husband.

Chris describing the initial workout as always being a little bit rough. No kidding! Considering the fact that most people end up screaming and crying through it, I’d say that was an understatement.

Chris trying to pronounce “carbonara” around a mouthful of carbonara.

Finding out that Wally has to lose 110 pounds in 3 months. Whoa.

41 pounds lost in one month? Holy cow! Way to go, Wally.

Wally’s reaction to finding out that he was going to be climbing the Sears Tower.

Wally making it up all 103 flights.

Yay! Wally made his 3-month goal!

Having a very bad feeling when Chris said that he hadn’t been seeing Wally workout out or cooking on the surveillance cameras.

Chris deciding to let Wally have fun at Disneyworld and not confront him about his weight. I’m with him though, Wally doesn’t look as good as he should at this point.

Chris losing his cool when he found out that Wally had been lying to him all along.

Chris pointing out that the bike guy was only being nice to Wally by telling him that everyone gets multiple flat tires on a bike ride.

Actually feeling a little scared when Chris started calling for the medic “right now!”.

Wally getting a surprise visit from Chris and the camera crew and them catching him with fast food bags in the car.

Finding out that Wally hadn’t even been out “visiting a friend,” he’d been out eating fast food.

Total shock at seeing Wally had gained 60 pounds in 3 months.

Chris leaving Wally at the rehab door and telling him from then on he was no longer his trainer, but his supportive friend. Wow, that was pretty powerful.

What did you think of this episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Anonymous

    I thought it was sad.  Wally is going to be morbidly obese for the rest of his life and he’d rather have his food than to be alive for his family.  What an insideous addiction.  This guy had the golden ticket out of this life and couldn’t accept it. 

  • guest

    Does anyone know how Wally is currently doing?

  • Kristinkj

    I had dvr’d most of these and had only watched one.  I decided to watch this one last night as I felt I was off to a new start.  I have to lose 165 or so.  This was DEPRESSING and not the show I had known it to be!!  Oh well… I hope the best for Wally as I totally understand the addiction.

    • Ben

      I wish you the best of luck in your attempts to lose weight. You can do it, one pound at a time!