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'Fit to Fat to Fit' fan recap: A journey of psychological torment

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Steve/Tasha” | Aired Jan 26, 2016

We’re back with week two of Fit to Fat to Fit! This week, we’re heading to South Florida to meet up with trainer Steve and devoted mother Tasha. Steve is, as the rules of this show stipulate, obsessed with fitness, and doesn’t fully understand the psychological torture an unfit person goes through. Like JJ, Steve is a compassionate yet tough trainer, but he has been fit all his life; he still thinks that all there is to losing weight is simply making better choices.

Yes, it is about making better choices; that point can’t be disputed. But the psychology behind why those choices were even made in the first place is the real battle of weight loss. That battle is something Steve comes up against in a real way, since in order to help Tasha, he decides to put on 45 pounds.

Those 45 pounds were difficult for Steve to put on in more ways than one. First, there was the issue of Steve’s slight inability to even put on extra weight; he was right up to the four-month mark when he finally got to his 45-pound goal. But throughout the weight-gain period, Steve was getting frustrated at his body’s resistance to extra food. In any other circumstance, most people would think that not being able to put on weight would be a great problem to have.

Second, there was Steve’s mental state. We’re two weeks into Fit to Fat to Fit, but it’s clear that there’s a huge correlation between excessive and/or highly caloric food and psychology. Like JJ before him, Steve started feeling lethargic and severely depressed by the third month. Steve had gotten so bad that he stopped combing his hair and stopped caring about his appearance in general. He didn’t have enough energy to have “teh fun tiems” with his wife, much less stay awake after a date night, and he honestly didn’t know who he was anymore. Before, he’d based his whole identity around fitness. But now that he didn’t have that anymore, he realized he was selling himself short to a certain extent. Fitness helped him mentally and made him look good, but fitness couldn’t just be all that he was. He wasn’t developing himself as far as he could, because without fitness, he felt like a shell of his former self.

After the grueling exercise of gaining weight, the real exercise to lose weight can begin. Tasha, who wants to lose 62 pounds to be a better mother and wife, was put under a horrific-looking gauntlet of dragging weights, doing bear crawls and burpees, and other exercises. To speak to Tasha’s own issues, she has a lot of self-esteem issues. As with Ray last week, Tasha feels like she failed herself. Every time she tries to lose weight, she fails, and all of those missed tries add up to her feeling like a failure at everything in her life, including her marriage.

Meanwhile, her doting husband, Miguel, loves her regardless of her weight, and only wants her to be as proud of herself as he is of her. Tasha’s oldest son also wants his mother to feel proud of herself, because, as he said in so many words, she’s a fantastic mother and should feel good about herself. Tasha managed to make it through the workout, and after facing the fear of quitting, broke down in tears. Steve seemed like he was close to tears himself after finishing his workout, which was the same gauntlet Tasha had just undergone. After struggling to finish, he called himself a douche for putting Tasha through that same excruciating set of exercises. Arguably, this was the lowest Steve had felt since putting on 45 pounds.

The days and weeks afterward saw the two working together to lose weight. Tasha was hitting some major roadblocks, though, because she was still struggling with self-esteem. Tasha was blaming herself for taking some me-time. She felt like she was being selfish, especially when she declined to go on a vacation with her family so she could keep her exercise and diet regimen up. Steve came over to her home to snap her out of it, telling her that what she was doing was helping her meet her goal of being a better wife and mother. Steve’s own experiences with weight gain and weight loss came in handy, because he was able to tell Tasha that by being in shape, the person who benefited the most was his wife, who was able to have a vibrant husband.

The pep talk worked, and Tasha put herself into an even higher gear to get to her 62-pound goal. When graduation day came, Tasha’s transformation was so drastic that it even made my jaw drop. She looked like a completely different person, and a lot of her glow wasn’t just from losing weight; it was from finally learning how to keep promises to herself. She learned how to put herself first, and that self-esteem showed through.

Steve got back in shape as well. Actually, he got even more in shape than he was before! Before, he was about 185 pounds. Now, he was about 168 pounds. Clearly, he had reached his goal a while ago, but he kept losing weight alongside Tasha because he saw how much his involvement motivated her in her journey. It’s that thoughtfulness that makes Steve a great trainer—probably a better trainer than he was before.

Overall, this was another great episode, but if there’s anything I’d say about Fit to Fat to Fit, it’s that it is really gross seeing the trainers stuff themselves to the point of sickness. Maybe it’s seeing so many of the foods I love gorged on in one sitting, but the process really makes awesome food like pizza, cake, and burritos look nasty. Technically, none of these foods are bad by themselves and in moderation (Note: I’m not a nutritionist, just a person who’s learned about weight loss and eating from my own experiences).

But when you have a big cheese fondue on top of a huge entrée on top of another huge entrée on top of a chocolate mousse at the same time? Yuck. Pass the salad and salmon, please. (Personally, salmon is one of my favorite foods, so pass tons of salmon my way, please. The more omega-3 fatty acids, the better.)

What did you think of this week’s episode? Give your opinions below!

Fit to Fat to Fit airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on A&E.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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