Trainer and transformation specialist, Chris Powell is back with another season of one of my favorite summer shows, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Season two returned with a special two hour broadcast. The first participant of the season, 49 year old unemployed Tony came into Powell’s care at 398 lbs. Yearning for a healthy entrance into his 50s and upcoming second marriage while worrying about one of his children hanging on for his life, Tony is in for quite a challenging year long weight loss journey.
As per usual, Powell moved in with his subject, Tony and fiance, Leslie, after renovating the house with a home gym and a healthy kitchen. Powell’s role as a live in trainer for one month in the twelve month transformation was the icing on the cake for this guy. Powell was thrilled with Tony’s ease with running. What a talent wasted all of these years. Tony could have made something with his talent for running. I believe Powell’s word to describe him was “machine.” That he is. Down 71 lbs in 52 days, Tony was doing great. No thanks to his fiance, Leslie who, overweight herself, was not on board the health train. Her lack of support for Tony (and even herself) was astonishing. As Tony said, for the first time, he was doing something for him. For his fiance to not be on board, who would want to make a commitment to that? I wonder if she is embarrassed about the way that she acted, left for all of America to see. At least we see Tony’s redemption.
Powell’s 90 day weigh in goal for Tony was 298 lbs, a 100 lb difference. Just looking at Tony, it was clear that he hit is goal. Not only did he achieve losing 100 lbs, he actually lost an additional 4 lbs and surpassed his goal! Although the reward for achieving this goal was originally a honeymoon with Leslie. But at day 119, Powell found himself helping Tony move out of the house. With this stress and tension, could Tony meet his phase two goal of 60 lbs? Not unemployed and living out of a car or couch hopping. Distracted as he was, Tony did not even come close this time to reaching his goal, bringing his weight down to 265 lbs. But in desperate need of help, Powell was able to give Tony the needed training in order to start his own bodyguard business rather than stay in the food industry. Perhaps this was the determination Tony needed to get the ball rolling again on getting in shape and being healthy. It was hard to say right away since his son, Marcus passed away around the same time. We saw once before how Tony’s emotional stress negatively affected his weight loss success but Tony was determined not to make this a setback and instead inspiration to move forward.
By day 270, Tony was a completely different man than what we had seen on day one. With a few security jobs under his belt and having taken Powell up on his offer to go to therapy, Powell looked as though he easily made his goal this time around. A simple goal of 235 lbs, Tony instead tipped the scale at 226 lbs! What a triumph! But that wasn’t the best part. With all of the trials that came his way, Tony chose not to be defeated and worked his butt off no matter what. His dedication and determination led him to his family and friends reveal, his final weigh in where he proudly showed off his healthy 198 lb figure. This brought his total weight loss to an even 200 lbs, 50% of his starting body weight! Aiding Tony as he starts over in his new healthy life was Wal-Mart, awarding him with a $50,000 gift card. He and his new fiance and successful bodyguard business must find that very handy! If Tony is any indication as to the weight loss success and life transformations we will see this summer, we have plenty to look forward to. Stay tuned and bring your Kleenex because you are going to need it this season, more than ever!
Watch Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.
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