Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tanisha

I don't know if you guys have checked out the new show on Style, Too Fat for Fifteen: Fighting Back. It's based on the special Too Fat for Fifteen where this girl attends a school in North Carolina that focuses on weight loss. She has over I don't even know how much weight to lose and she's only 15...so it's a really intense special which shows her struggles. But she definitely loses the weight and gets healthy again!

But, anyways, the new show that spun off from the special just started this past Monday and I caught the replay of it later that night. I gotta say...it was a really good show. I felt inspired!! It broke my heart to see teenagers at THAT weight. All I kept thinking was, "I was a decent size when I was a teenager. Maybe not thin, but I looked good." and it's hard to think that some teenagers don't have that pleasure. One girl that really caught my attention was Tanisha.
She was easily the largest of the group at 510 pounds at only 17 years old. She was so large that when they took measurements, she was the only one where the tape measure wouldn't even fit around her fully. They said that was the first time that had happened in the four years that this school has been open. That completely just broke my heart. I can't even imagine how she must feel knowing that at 17 she's already reached a size like that.

Of course, the health problems that come from being that heavy are intense. She couldn't walk up the hill that they require students to walk up to get to the cafeteria (although, she mentioned she also has a disease where her knees both turn in--she's had many surgeries to fix it). But she could barely even get down the hill as well. When she went to play basketball, she had to stop after just 30 seconds. Before she started playing, she couldn't even walk across the full court just once. This is where I just completely fell apart. Even though it only took her 30 seconds of standing still and lifting her arms to have to sit down again for a little while, she went back into the game and tried again. And she even made a basket!! I knew...RIGHT in that moment...that if this 510 pound girl can motivate herself to keep going and try...then I can do it too.

Tanisha is one of the most inspirational people I've watched on television. I just have so much respect and care for her that I feel like I personally know her. I just want to give her a big hug and tell her that she can do it. She can lose the weight and become healthy!

If you haven't seen the show, you should definitely try to catch it. It's very powerful, especially for us battling to do the same thing that these kids are doing. There are lots of other teens that they're following on the show with other incredible stories of having to lose crazy amounts of weight at such a young age that are very inspirational as well.

And look out for more posts about Tanisha. I really want to follow her progress on here because she really did inspire me. In the first weigh-in they showed, she had gone down to 487, I believe, after 3 weeks.

If you have Style Network, definitely check out the show!!

xoxo

7 comments:

Plump Nonfiction said...

Sounds like an awesome show. I'll have to check it out! I wouldn't be anywhere without the inspiration of others who are going or have gone down the same road.

Raegun said...

Thanks for sharing this. I haven't heard of this show, or even the special that inspired it, but I am totally going to track it down. What channel does it air on?

I actually teared up a little as I read your description of Tanisha's story. I am going to be a blubbering mess when I watch this. ;)

Kimmi said...

I really wanted to see this show! Unfortunately I don't have the Style Network at my place...I'll just have to scour the internet for clips!

My heart goes out to that girl...thanks for sharing part of her story I hope I get to follow along to see how great she's going to do!

Erica Marie said...

I caught a part of the show yesterday when I was getting my kids ready for soccer, I didn't get to see the whole thing but i definitely want to look into watching it. I think it's amazing to see anyone with that kind of motivation but especially a 17 year old who has health problems as it is to keep pushing on! It makes me want to stop whining and complaining about how badly I don't wanna work out and just do it!

Ashley said...

I watched it and found my heart breaking into a million pieces. I'm excited for shows in the future where those kids have some weight loss results.

Joy said...

We don't have cable - I know lame!! I am anxious to hear how she does. I will be waiting to hear!!

Obesity in children breaks my heart!! When I was a kid, I was the only fat kid in my class. Unforutnately today that is not the case. So sad!

Crystal said...

WOW. We don't have cable or I would watch this. I was large as a child, not like that, but bigger than the other kids. It was horrible. I can't imagine how she feels though.