DR. PHIL Leads Weight Loss Challengers to the Finish Line; The Finale of the 'Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge' Delivers Dreams to Some Weight Loss Winners.HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This season on DR. PHIL Dr. Phil may refer to:
As the record-setting season draws to a close, the participants of DR. PHIL's Weight Loss Challenge race toward the finish line to accomplish their weight goals and reveal new surprises, including Monika Barkley's "Extreme Makeover." Each Challenger has had the opportunity to reclaim his or her life, and this May, the results are astounding. The finale will be an hour in which the successful Weight Loss Challengers' wildest wishes are granted, and their lives are forever changed. Those who have not met their goals are given a chance to assess their progress and set new goals for themselves.
"I am so proud of what all of these Challengers have accomplished," said Dr. Phil McGraw. "Jim Toth, for instance, started out the Challenge at 360 pounds and has surpassed his goal weight of 235. Since he was a child, his whole identity had been that of the fat guy and now he's just Jim. He's only one example of the dramatic changes these people have made to the way they look and feel about life."
Along with Toth, who is from suburban Chicago, Illinois, Thomas Harris of Angleton, Texas is another great success story. He started the Challenge known as "Donnie" and weighed in at 309 pounds. Not only did he redefine his identity by choosing to reclaim his true first name, but he changed his look by shedding 98 pounds. Barbara Rodrique of Niagara Falls, Ontario Niagara Falls is a Canadian city of 82,184 residents<ref name="2006CensCommun" /> on the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of south-central Ontario. It lies across the river from Niagara Falls, New York, and was incorporated on June 12, 1903. , lost her twin sisters in a car accident nearly 20 years ago, and until being part of the Challenge, she used food to medicate med·i·cate
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2. To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance. herself and deal with her loss. With Dr. Phil's help, Barbara got past the grief and, as a result, the statuesque stat·u·esque
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statu·esque former model has lost nearly 70 pounds from her starting weight of 280. Monika Barkley, from Goldsboro, North Carolina Goldsboro is a city in Wayne County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 39,043 at the 2000 census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. , went from 197 to 142 and was selected to receive a complete body transformation, which was chronicled on the May 5, season finale of ABC's "Extreme Makeover."
The other challengers include Angela Carver and Leslie Parks of the Dallas, Texas area, AnnMarie Giattino of Bronx, New York New York, state, United States
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September 16, 2003 May 24, 2004 Name Starting Weight End Weight Total Weight Lost Angela 464 376 88 AnnMarie 307 219.5 87.5 Barbara 280 213.5 66.5 Fred 248 205 43 Jim 360 226 134 Judith 255 194.5 60.5 Kim 230 170 60 Leslie 268 202 66 Marilyn 348 268 80 Monika 197 142 55 Sarah 298 244 54 Terri 280 221 59 Thomas 309 211 98
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