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Success Stories Extreme Weight Loss Wonder! Woman Loses 138 Pounds In One Year

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Talk about an Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition miracle!

A 45-year-old mother has drastically dropped almost 140 pounds in a year, shockinglytransforming her figure with the help of the popular show – and has all the details about her weight loss journey.

Sally Adams is a tour guide from Washington DC, who gained weight after falling down some stairs and breaking a leg and ended up consuming 10,000 calories a day. Adams topped the scales at 335 pounds before she started losing weight.

“I’m mad at myself for giving up hope. I didn’t grow up fat. I would never have guessed that I would be in this situation. I started off as a very fit and thin kid,” she revealed on the show.

Chris Powell, the show’s trainer, put her on a strict 1500-calorie a day diet and grueling fitness routine, which included long workouts at the gym combined with active lifestyle exercising such as paddle boarding and swimming.

The end result? One year later, the mother of one is a healthy and happy 197 pounds, and looks like a completely different person!

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A 45-year-old mother-of-one has told of how she lost 138lbs over the span of one year.

Sally, a tour guide from Washington, DC, weighed 335lbs before her incredible weight loss journey. She had been about 200lbs overweight and now weighs 197lbs.

Appearing on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Sally told of how she ‘didn’t grow up fat’ but put on excess weight in her 30s. The weight gain was sparked after she fell down a flight of stairs breaking one of her legs.

She said during an episode of the weight loss series that aired last week: ‘I’m mad at myself for giving up hope. I didn’t grow up fat. I would never have guessed that I would be in this situation. I started off as a very fit and thin kid.’

After signing onto the series, she committed to a strict fitness regime overseen by the show’s trainer Chris Powell, and completely overhauled her diet.


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Ashley Johnson Loses 156 Pounds on ‘Extreme Makeover’

Sunday night America was able to witness Ashely Johnson’s extreme transformation that took a year to accomplish. With the help of Chris Powell, the trainer on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” Johnson went from 323 pounds to 167 pounds on her final weigh-in.

Her journey wasn’t easy and she had to deal with challenges that included her family. They would bring junk food into the house and holiday meals were full of unhealthy entrees.

On the show she talked about trying to get her family to understand how they were making it difficult for her and they would reply that she just needed to have more willpower. Her family’s lack of support may be because Ashley was the only one in her family who struggled with weight. Arguments between Johnson and her mother also added to the stressful environment.

All of theses issues had Powell concerned when Ashley failed to reach her first weigh-in goal. A friend of Johnson’s offered her to move-in rent free. Being away from all the negative influences of her family, Johnson was able to really focus on her weight loss and succeed.

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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition – Change Comes from Within

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‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ took Ashley on a journey this week that was just as much about finding herself as it was losing the weight.

This episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition took us on a journey with Ashley, a 20-year-old cosmetology student who lives at home and weighs 323 lbs. Trainer Chris Powell surprised Ashley on her 20th birthday by whisking her away to the California Health & Longevity Institute to help get her life back on track. But it was clear that Ashley had more issues than just her over-eating.

In the two years that the show has been on the air, I’ve never seen someone have to deal with the family issues that Ashley had to deal with. When she and Chris returned from CHLI, her whole family was supportive (Chris made them sign a support contract), joining her during her workouts and even using the equipment when she wasn’t there. But by day 51, that support had evaporated, her mom complained about the exercise equipment using too much power and accused her of trying to make the family look bad by shooting video of the Thanksgiving food. She totally lost it when Ashley wanted to go for a 30-minute bike ride on Christmas. The stress of the situation was not helping Ashley lose weight — her 90 day goal was 80 lbs — and Chris was very concerned that she would not make her goal and get the reward: her own apartment (I’m curious to know who was going to pay for the apartment since Ashley had no job or really any income to even feed herself on her own). A week away from home in a hotel helped Ashley hit a double digit weight loss for the week, but she still fell short of her goal, losing only 68 lbs (still a good number though).


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Dependent on her mother, 323-pound Ashley lives at home. Without a driver’s license, the 20-year-old relies on her family for all her needs. A cosmetology student, Ashley is fascinated by fashion. But can she succeed in her chosen career at her current weight? “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” answers that question on tonight’s show, when transformation specialist Chris Powell tells her that he can serve as her guide on a journey that will change her life physically and emotionally.

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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition “Ashley” Season 2 Episode 4

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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition “Ashley” Season 2 Episode 4 airs SUNDAY, July 8 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Episode Synopsis: On her 20th birthday, Ashley, a fashion conscious, Hollywood-adoring cosmetology student, receives the ultimate gift when trainer Chris Powell tells her that he will guide her through a body transformation process that will change her life forever. It is Ashley’s goal that, by the final weigh-in on her 21st birthday, she will have lost one-half of her 323 pounds. However the weight loss journey is not without its challenges for this Rancho Cucamonga, California resident.

Living at home and without a driver’s license, Ashley is dependent on her mother and seeks much-needed support from her and from her sisters. As Ashley transforms her body, Chris encourages her to take great emotional steps to change her relationship with her estranged father. Along the way, she goes to Hawaii where she takes a leap of faith, on “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” SUNDAY, JULY 8 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Show Summary: The hit series “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” returns for Season 2 as Chris Powell documents the amazing makeover of eight courageous, “super obese” people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. In each of the eight stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants, whose ages range from 19 to 50 years, undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals.

The upcoming season is filled with remarkable and eye-opening changes, including one participant who loses a staggering 142 pounds in the first 90 days, while still another will lose a grand total of 281 pounds over the year. In a show of support, one participant’s family challenge themselves to lose 500 pounds together. In 2012 Chris Powell became a bestselling author when his Hyperion book, Choose to Lose, hit No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list.


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Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition Recap: Ashley Loses It On Her 21st

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Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition is back with Chris Powell helping out a young cosmetology student, Ashley, who wants lose half her weight by her big 21st birthday. Ashley’s about 200 pounds overweight. She’s the only big person in her family and she’s kind of the black sheep. Can Chris help Ashley reach her goal?

Chris Powell waits behind some bushes to surprise Ashley at her 20th birthday party. A little creepy, but whatever. Ashley is thrilled. At Ashely’s first weigh-in she tops out at 323 pounds. Time to get losin’. Ashley’s has 60% body fat and Dr. Schaack tells her that’s equivalent to five water-cooler jugs of water.


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Mike Giannulis weighed close to 500 pounds at the age of 28. His weight made him depressed, insecure, and too embarrassed to talk to women. But now, after working out and eating right for over a year on the Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Giannulis has shed 255 pounds and is ready to find love.

Giannulis said that he ignored his weight problem for a long time.

“I don’t have a full-length mirror anywhere in the whole entire house, and if I can just avoid seeing myself … out of sight out of mind… I want to share who I am with somebody else, but I mean, who would want to see this? I just feel like no girl deserves this.”

ABC reports that Extreme Makeover trainer Chris Powell worked with Giannulis over the course of a year to achieve his goal of losing half of his body weight. By the 90-day mark, Giannulis had lost 129 pounds. By the six month mark, he had found a new girlfriend.

Giannulis even competed in a triathlon, something that he once thought was impossible.

Giannulis’ girlfriend, Meghan, said:

“I know how hard Michael has worked at this triathlon. You don’t find many people like him. I love him so much. I’m just so proud of everything he’s done.”

Mike Giannulis was 493 pounds at the age of 28. Giannulis shed 255 pounds on Extreme Makeover and now weighs 238 pounds.

Giannulis said:

“In all the 29 years I have lived. this has been the best year of my life.”


Comments Off Michael Giannulis, 493-Pound Man, Drops 255 Pounds On ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’

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Michael Giannulis

Michael Giannulis was 28-years-old and weighed 493 pounds and on the verge of danger from obesity. That’s when he tried his luck as a participant on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.” With the prodding from his brother and trainer Chris Powell, Giannulis embarked on a year-long journey with a goal to lose half of his body weight. Giannulis is celebrating his success today, at 238 pounds, half of his original weight. View the slideshow to see before and after photos of Mike Giannulis.


Comments Off ‘I’m 28 and had never kissed a girl… until now': Man who weighed 439lbs loses half his body weight (and finds love for first time)

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Michael Giannulis was 28 years old, and had never had a girlfriend or kissed a girl when he embarked on his one year weight-loss challenge on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.
Weighing in at 493lbs, the Tarpon Springs, Florida native was depressed, insecure and embarrassed to meet or even talk to women.
Now boasting a trim 238lb body, Michael wowed viewers on last night’s episode having shed over 245lbs from start to finish, with a girlfriend by his side.











The small business consultant couldn’t remember a time when he wasn’t obese, and more than anything wanted to be able to share his life with someone special and eventually raise a family.

His weight destroyed his self-confidence about his romantic prospects so he reached out to Extreme Makeover’s trainer Chris Powell for help.




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