Tuesday, April 9, Duggar Weightloss Challenge (Season 7)

Jim Bob and Josh decide to take their health more seriously and challenge each other to see who can lose the most weight in 90 days. Meanwhile, Jason and the boys construct a greenhouse in the backyard for some homegrown fun.

30 minutes

26 comments:

Sarah said...

Yeah, this will be a total flop. Neither will lose anything, and if they do, it will be <5 lbs.

Hannah said...

I call Nike Josh is that shirt and his gut hanging out.

Did I just see Michael lock himself into a locker. The kids coming with a metal pail on a trampoline.


The boys just grabbed Mike and treated him like he was a doll.

flowerchild said...

I really liked this episode they seemed more real. I don't agree with some of the Duggars ideas but I think that they're good Christian people trying to do their best.

Nancy said...

Josh looked pretty svelte on the Today Show appearance and their weigh-in wasn't officially until April 1. Of course, when you lose that quickly, and don't allow ANY cheats, it's pretty much a guarantee that once he hits goal that he'll slack off and eat himself back into pre-diabetes and beyond.

Anonymous said...

I think Jim bob got his old pant length and waist confused. He is only 5'11 and I don't think his pant length was a 36 and his waist a 29. I'm 6'3 and my pant length is a 32. I think he was. A 32 waist and a 29 pant length

Special Ed Lady said...

I felt sorry for the older girls, last night. Jim Bob and Josh were making a big deal about a double date. Josh and Anna drop their two kids off adding more work for the older girls. Then go off to enjoy a nice quiet meal. I imagine the girls would like to have a nice quiet meal. Would the girls or girls with their brothers that are not little kids be allowed to go out for a quiet but fun meal?

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I wonder why JoyAnna is seldom on the shows any more. Michelle looks very nice in her shorter hair.

hello said...

I don't think the older girls would be allowed to go out by themselves for a quiet meal by themselves and certainly not with a boy. "Dating" in Duggarland is reserved only for married couples. When Josh and Anna got engaged, Jim Bob and Michelle went on and on about how Josh and Anna chose to save their first kiss for when they got married and then said they would do all the kissing for them. Jim Bob and Michelle rely on the older girls too much to take care of their younger siblings.

SandyB said...

What happened to Dr. Sarver taking care of Anna during pregnancy?

stephanie said...

What the girls are missing is the thrill and excitement and butterflies of teenage and first romances. The excitement of a first date, homecoming, prom, "is he going to kiss me", giggling with girlfriends about boys. They are old enough to have the desire to want a man to grab them up in his arms. Just plain ole romance is missing from their lives while their mom and dad flaunt it in their face.

Duggar Fan but Losing Interest said...

Maybe Josh & Anna don't know any other people who could babysit 2 kids for an evening instead of getting his sisters to do it. They've already got enough to do with caring for the howler monkeys & lost girls their mother has given birth to. The young ladies have certainly earned to right for to have a "girls night out" at a restaurant with some cute waiters.

sandi said...

I would really like to see the girls go some place to eat where they have games like skiball and such.They do deserve to have a good time as well.jmo.

Anonymous said...

I think Jim Bob was trying to make a joke about the pant length/width... it just wasn't very funny.

I know that the family receives a lot of flack because the older girls seemingly raise the younger kids, and I understand where critics are coming from. Although I do believe that children who live at home should contribute to work around the house that helps the family, these kids aren't allowed to move out, so to me that makes all the difference. It seems though that all of the children work hard - Josh & John spent a large portion of their teenage years building the family home - so I don't think the issue is as much about gender inequality as it is about maintaining control over each child until he or she is married. The problem with that policy though is that adulthood shouldn't be determined by the date on a marriage license. Many adults, like Bill Gothard for instance, never even married.

As far as leaving the children with the girls in this episode though, this show is looking more and more set up and more and more produced as time goes on. This is the natural course for shows on TLC. Little People Big World specials now look like they have cue cards. The double date happened because production sent the two couples out to "organically" talk about their struggles with weight. And then for their "B story," someone apparently said, "hey, we could use some more footage of a ton of little kids running around out of control, no one can get enough of that"... cue Jana staying home alone with all the kids. We're watching the Duggar family follow a lot more orders and making fewer decisions on the show these days.

Obviously "reality" shows are all set up and staged (and often multiple takes occur), but I think 19 Kids has kept up with the "documentary feel" pretty well until now. Suddenly, I'm able to notice big sweeping story lines and conversations that were clearly rehearsed. I hope that as the season goes along, it will get back to its original format, but I'm not very optimistic. It seems like once the train leaves the station, the production team has no idea how to pull it back.

Lastly, what's the deal with the All My Children intro?!

Leigh Ann said...

A bunch of people should email the producers and tell them we want to see the big girls (including JoyAnna) have a girls' night out. They'd have a great time.

Leigh Ann said...

Jim Bob was going to Weight Watchers for awhile. I wonder what ever became of that.

Special Ed Lady said...

Can you imagine the Dugger girls in the town of Springdale. They might see a movie. Go window shopping at the mall. They might even buy something new. Then there is probably a bookstore. Oh, golly they might buy a mystery book or a fashion magazine.

Olivia said...

Does it bother anyone else that the Duggars are ALWAYS eating with disposable plastic cutlery and plates, and styrofoam cups? It's SO irresponsible and terrible for the environment - they must go through hundreds a day! I bet they would save money too, in the long run, if they bought permanent things.

Patrice said...

"I would really like to see the girls go some place to eat where they have games like skiball and such.They do deserve to have a good time as well."
This would be great if it were allowed to happen the right way: The girls pile into a car,head to wherever they want to go without telling their parents. They choose a movie, a restaurant, and/or a shopping mall. JimBob, Michelle, and the rest of the kids stay home and out of their way. No Gothard church families or married couples are allowed to go spy on them. John David and Joseph do not need to chaperone. The girls are not allowed to drag along their little sisters. Unfortunately, JimBob thinks there are rapists and murderers lurking around every corner, just ready to pounce on his daughters if a bit of ankle shows under their homely denim skirts. If there ever is a show about them going out, Jim and Michelle will have "date night" and sit a couple of tables away, fawning all over each other while making sure their daughters have no fun at all.

sandi said...

LOL Patrice,that would be a hoot! I would love to see the girls have that much fun..also some rock music blaring on the radio along the way,while they bounce around to some fun tunes. :)
And once at the mall,they giggle over all the cute clothes (no I did not say frumpy denim skirts!),and even try some on and purchase what they like.Well,I guess we can dream for them.Maybe someday. :)

Willow said...

I'm afraid there is just not much chance at all for the girls to have any breathing room, even after they are married. Josh is a male and he still has to be under the Duggar umbrella. He has his own wife and house, etc., but does he really have any "freedom". I know he could choose to go his own way, but I just don't think the Duggars will ever make it that easy for any of them to do so. Keeping them busy and always having to have someone around may happen even when older children such as Josh don't even realize it.

As for Anna crawling under the table - there are just now words --except maybe "speechless" and "sad".

Michigander1969 said...

Yes, Olivia, it bothers me about the disposable stuff too. I run my dishwasher sometimes twice a day. I would love their commercial dishwasher.
Loading and unloading a dishwasher twice a day isnt that difficult especially since it is environmentally and financially more reaponisble.

Faith said...

I too am bothered by the environmental impact disposable eating supplies has on the environment. I don't think they believe they are having a negative impact on the environment though because I saw Michelle on an interview once and she commented on how they always buy used (clothes, cars, etc) and therefore they are actually using items that other people would just throw away. I think that's a valid point but buying used doesn't then justify creating a lot of waste in some other way.

Leah said...

The disposable plates are one of the things that bug me the most about this family. It is so wasteful. I get that the dishes would pile up, but there ARE 18 kids under that roof right now.. If you rotated, you'd only have dish duty about 1-2 times per week. Plus, there's an industrial dishwasher there.... There's no excuse except laziness! I guess the boys can't be asked to do such emasculating chores and the girls are too overworked.. What does Michelle DO during the day?

Anonymous said...

If I were Anna, I would have blatantly refused to crawl under the table. It was probably a producer's idea to do that, and she agreed. I also think they showed this in an effort to make viewers feel like Josh and Anna absolutely need a bigger home-- and therefore not judge them when they inevitably buy a nice, big home. I mean, she had to "crawl" under the table big and pregnant, right??

Also, the older girls seemed so doomed. Midwifery? Didn't Jill originally want to be a registered nurse? What happened to that dream? Well, I guess in order to be an RN, she would have to attend clinicals alone at a local hospital with other evil students and instructors and patients. And JB and Michelle probably think scrubs are immodest. And she might see some sad things. And she might see a patient's penis when she has to inevitably catheterization him. Oh my. How dare a patient defraud someone.

no wild child said...

I agree with you ....The Duggar Girls need time to go and and have fun. Movie and a milkshake...FREE THE DUGGAR GIRLS...or atleast let them have some fun in their lives. I think the duggars are nice people but some of the way they control their kids lives is not even healthy. What happened to Mothers being mothers *you know ...taking care of the kids you gave birth too? Im not saying that some help should be avoided...but these young ladies are the moms. I sure would not want to be a "mom" in my own life if i had to start being a Mom as young as they have had to do.....while Michelle and Jimbob continue to try and make more....come on they are almost 50years old. Not Right and not fair..take care of your own flower gardens parents.

Wampascat said...

I'm just going to throw a couple things out there. Josh working out in brown dress shoes. The toddlers playing with plastic garbage bags. I feel so sorry for Jana. She's a sacrificial lamb for her parents and siblings. No life of her own. Doomed to be a buddy forever.