For one man, stepping on the scales is more than a mere weight matter. Tipping the scales at a staggering 900 pounds, Ricky Naputi is embroiled in a desperate battle to shed weight in order to save his life, and OKMagazine.com has a video clip of his battle of the bulge. For the past five years, the 39-year-old has been a prisoner in his own home, trapped in his bed, unable to even to raise himself up to walk around. PHOTOS: BIGGEST CELEBRITY WEIGHT LOSS STORIES IN PICTURES Ricky and his wife, Cheryl, live on the island of Guam where there is no access to the type of weight loss surgery he needs if he has any hopes of surviving into old age. In a last ditch effort to get help, Ricky finds Angie Flores on the internet—a former weight loss surgery patient herself, Angie now campaigns for patients like Ricky to get treatment. Flores agrees to help Ricky find a way of getting to America to have the operation, but in order to qualify he must lose weight first. OK! NEWS: PAULA DEEN RESPONDS TO ANTHONY BOURDAIN'S CRITICISM TLC has followed Ricky during his nearly three-year-long battle to find a surgeon willing to take on his case and a way off the island of Guam to get the potentially lifesaving surgery he desperately needs—and the results air in a special program, 900 Pound Man, Race Against Time. In a preview clip, Ricky is seen meeting with Dr. Vong to access how his weight loss is going (he has been ordered to slim down to 600 pounds in order to undergo surgery) but the weigh in does not go well. KHLOE KARDASHIAN REVEALS WHAT SHE'S BEEN DOING TO GER HER NEW SEXY, SLIMMED DOWN BODY "I'm feeling nervous about seeing [the doctor] today," Ricky says. "Because I actually should have been losing some weight." Ricky is not the only nervous person in the house, Cheryl is also apprehensive about her husband's weigh in. "I'm going to get scolded," Cheryl says. "No matter how much I try I tend to always give in to my husband—and it's really hard because my husband wears the pants in this relationship." POPULAR WEIGHT LOSS DIETS FOR 2013 Meanwhile Ricky shares what he hopes the outcome of the meeting will be. "My hope for today, for this meeting, is to hear the doctor say we can go through with this," he says. "That we can do the surgery. And we can prepare me for the journey to come. "I'm going to try my best and my one goal, and my one goal only, is to get my life back." HEALTHY EATS! PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS Unfortunately though, Ricky suffers a setback when his trip onto the scales reveals he has not lost anywhere near the 100 pounds he was ordered to shed—in fact he appears to have not drop a single pound. Tune in to TLC on Wednesday May 22 at 10/9 central to watch the first installment of 900 Pound Man, Race Against Time. Do you have any diet advice for Ricky to help shed the weight he needs to lose in order to undergo surgery? Sound off in comments below and tweet us @OKMagazine Photo credit: TLC
Octavia Spencer is in the midst of a figure transformation. The celeb, who has been spotted at the Cannes Film Festival promoting Fruitvale Station, has dropped a considerable amount of weight—and it shows! Any celeb weight loss regimen grabs our undivided attention. We'll bet that they aren't doing, like 3,000 crunches a day. So what have you been doing, Octavia? You look fabulous! Watch: Get Nina Dobrev's Abs OK! News: The Secrets of Alison Sweeney's Sweet Tooth In a recent Shape interview, Octavia revealed her advocacy for the Sensa Weight-Loss System. Octavia told Shape that she sprinkles the product on her food and that it changes the amount that she consumes. Wondering how many lbs she's dropped? That's the big question we wanted to know. When she consulted the scale back in February, Octavia says she weighed in 20 pounds lighter, but isn't sure of the exact number now. Seriously, that's impressive! Click here to read the Shape interview and to learn more about Octavia's weight loss journey! Photos: Celebs We Want to See on Arrested Development What are you doing to get in shape for summer? Tweet @OKMagazine and leave a comment below. Photo credit: Splash News
Newbie distributor Vertical Entertainment has snapped up US rights to the Russian 3D animated pic produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The Snow Queen tells the tale of a little girl who embarks on a journey to save her brother from the evil witch who’s covered the world in ice. Maxim Sveshnikov and Vlad Barbe directed the pic from a script by Barbe and Vadim Sveshnikov. Yuri Moskvin, Vladimir Nikolaev,? Olga Sinelshchikova, Sergey Rapoport, Alexander Ligay and Bekmambetov are producers. Already released in Ukraine, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, Turkey, UAE, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, The Snow Queen has a sequel in the works for Winter 2014. Peter Jarowey negotiated the deal with WME’s Deb McIntosh. Wizart Distribution’s is handling international sales at Cannes, where last week Vertical acquired rights to Josh Duhamel’s SXSW film Scenic Route.
What if writer’s block or the moments between creative inspirations didn’t bother us? What if they could be considered welcome moments or even essential to the game of creation? Most people don’t experience writing in one fluid bout of perfection, anyway, writes Leni Zumas in the Spring 2013 issue of Good magazine. In an essay titled “Working the Hole,” she investigates how to overcome those moments when “[t]he aversion to sitting down to write, or to staying at the desk, is fierce and physical, almost as if magnets were at work, rejecting each other.”
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