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'Fit to Fat to Fit' fan recap: Kenlee loses weight, gains confidence

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Carrie/Kenlee” | Aired Mar 2, 2016

What did we think of Tuesday’s Fit to Fat to Fit? This episode was a roller coaster of emotions, and in some ways, it was probably more honest about why some women, particularly moms, might have trouble losing weight. It all starts with putting yourself first. Let’s get into what happened.

Carrie is this week’s Fit to Fat to Fit coach, and, even though it’s clear she’s a great coach, she, like several of the Fit to Fat to Fit coaches in the beginning, gives off the impression that overweight people are folks who lack the willpower to change themselves. Her opinion on overweight people—that they lacked the motivation and enjoyed wallowing in their problems—seemed to back up what annoyed me about some of her later behavior toward her client, Kenlee. Kenlee has struggled with weight loss and, really, never seemed to have enough time to care about herself due to her overwhelming love for her family and their needs. Kenlee wants to lose weight for herself, but she also wants to lose weight to give her daughter, who is already overweight, a better example of a female role model.

According to the official Fit to Fat to Fit podcast, The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience, Carrie said something else a lot of Fit to Fat to Fit trainers say—that she took on the show’s challenge because she knew she was afraid of gaining weight and stepping out of her comfort zone. She wanted to learn more about herself, and I’d say she did, especially when it came to how tough it is to actually lose weight once you pack it on. However, her journey toward fatness started off easily enough. It seemed like she was having fun eating huge burgers in a restaurant’s food challenge, scoffing baklava and Slim Jims and Bugles. Even the weight gain of eight to 12 pounds seemed not to faze her as she hung out with friends more and cooked fattening food with her fiance (now husband).

But soon enough, the emotional wall gets too strong to ignore, the more Carrie stuffs food down her gullet. She starts arguing with her fiance and sleeping in instead of hiking and adventuring, activities she and her fiance would normally do on sunny weekends. Food stops being enjoyable at all the closer she gets to her goal weight, and she just wants it to be over. When Carrie does hit that goal weight, she bursts into tears.

The first meeting after the four-month weight gain occurs, and it’s now Kenlee’s moment to burst into tears as she realizes that the woman she had idolized for months might still be a fallible human being. I get that Kenlee would have expected Carrie to be in the same boat, but I was surprised at how much she had built up Carrie in her mind. It was sad to see Kenlee’s bubble get busted. Carrie shows off with her acrobatic exercise routine in front of an already demoralized Kenlee, who now feels she’ll have no one cheering her on or understanding her point of view. Kenlee leaves the meeting feeling like she and Carrie will never be friends.

That feeling continues during the first half of the first workout, in which Carrie still seems like she doesn’t get Kenlee’s point of view. The workout takes place in the forest, and Carrie makes Kenlee wear a weighted contraption that forces Kenlee to work twice as hard with any movement. Kenlee is told to jump, run, squat, and do other exercises with this contraption, and the barrage of exercises, plus the weights, plus her growing resentment at Carrie from the other day, finally gets Kenlee to her breaking point. She unleashes a flurry of curse words at Carrie, asking what the end goal of all this exercise is.

Carrie, however, is happy that Kenlee finally unleashed her emotions, since Kenlee is a person who, like many of us, swallows her emotions and limits her voice. Carrie tells Kenlee that she wants Kenlee to know she can do more than she thought she could; that this tough battle is a way to show Kenlee that she’s worth more than she sells herself for. That moment finally brings the two together, and from then on, they start having fun together during their workouts, which does include more hikes in the forest.

One funny point is that Carrie, in many ways, learns more about the pitfalls of weight loss after being overweight. Her social hangouts with friends are costing her, leading the scale to move down much more slowly than she’d like. Her taste buds also lead her astray with what was once her favorite healthy drink; before her weight gain, she loved drinking her green juice, but afterward, she hated it.

The only other hiccup in this week’s weight-loss journey is Kenlee’s continued focus on other people instead of herself. She is fiercely devoted to her family, but when she and her husband make out the weekly schedule, she never includes herself on that list. Carrie calls her out on her resistance toward putting herself first in her life. This is the choice Kenlee must make; will she put herself first and finally change her life for good, or will she continue to put herself last and revert back to her old patterns?

Turns out she does make the right choice, and Kenlee goes to her reveal looking healthier and happier. Her confidence and belief in her self-worth is at an all-time high. Even seeing that she didn’t make her weight-loss goal doesn’t stop her from reveling in her success. What’s most important in Kenlee’s story isn’t how much weight she lost; it’s that she gained the self-belief she needed to become an even better, more complete version of herself.

Interestingly enough, Carrie didn’t get back to her original weight either (although she was in the ballpark). But Carrie’s journey seemed to be more about gaining increased empathy for her clients. She states that she believed she was an expert in weight loss before the Fit to Fat to Fit challenge, but, as she says, how could she be an expert in weight loss when she never had the challenge of losing weight before? The challenge taught her a lot about the issues others are facing, and that she shouldn’t be so judgmental. Both Kenlee and Carrie changed a lot because of each other, and both seem to have found a friend in each other.

What did you think of Fit to Fat to Fit? 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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