San Tan Valley residents Barby Ingle and Ken Taylor might sound more than a little crazy when you learn what they'll do to save a little time.
They will do dishes in the shower, shave in the pool, and go to other measures to save precious seconds. And you can see for yourself when the married couple is featured the pilot episode of TLC's Extreme Time Cheaters, airing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, alongside three other couples.
TLC's tagline describes the show's subjects thusly: "Some people will do anything to save time. Time cheaters go to extreme measures to shave seconds off their daily routines."
But for Ingle and Taylor, who were scouted by the show through social media, it's about more than just saving time. It's about saving energy. Living with chronic pain stemming from a bout with endometriosis in 1997, Ingle has a limited amount of time she can get things done every day until she needs to rest again. While the definition of chronic pain simply means "frequent pain," it's a daily struggle for Ingle. Taylor acts as her caretaker, and together they combine activities that need to get done day-to-day, no matter how insane it sounds to the average person.
"We tried to change around our life so we can have more positive moments, [since I'm] living with a disability," Ingle says. "A healthy person doesn't have to think about their energy. They just have energy. They can do whatever they want to do in a day, pack it in, and the next day they're not going to be bed-bound. For me, I can only do so many activities in a day, so I have to figure out a way to save my energy pennies."
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As members of the board of directors at the Power of Pain Foundation, a charitable nonprofit based out of San Tan Valley that seeks to educate and support chronic pain sufferers, the couple wants patients like Ingle to get something out of their time-saving advice on the show. Their multitasking came out of necessity, but has since become fun for the couple, and Ingle hopes it gets the average person thinking about how they can save time so they can spend those extra "energy pennies" on the things they actually want to do.
The unexpected twist of her condition came at Ingle quickly, and as a positive person, it was difficult to deal with. She grew up as a cheerleader and was a coach at a major university before she fell sick.
"I lost all of that and ended up in a wheelchair for years and bed-bound," Ingle says. "[This] was about getting my life back. These are our tools, and yeah, they might be extreme, but it was about getting my life back, which is happy and fun and positive."
If nothing else, their admittedly odd habits are a good icebreaker in social situations, Ingle says.
Catch Extreme Time Cheaters on TLC Wednesday, December 30, at 7 p.m., or drop by Mesa's R.T. O'Sullivan's from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an official launch party with the cast, including Ken and Barby.