Welcome to WABC TV's "Reset Your Life: A Healthier You." It's written by WABC-TV News Producer Carmin Marie Biggs and includes meal plans, workout routines and music playlists to get you started!

09/03/2013

Extreme Weight Loss: Mike

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

This week on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss," we met 49-year-old Mike from Vorhees, New Jersey.  Below is a look at Mike when he started his journey.  He said, "I do a lot of night eating.  When everyone goes to bed, that's when I really turn it on."

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Mike said, "The worst is when I see other Dads do stuff and I have to sit on the sidelines.  That kills me." MIke was in incredible shape when he met his wife.  He enjoyed working out and was a college athlete. Mike has his positive attitude on his side as he begins the journey that will define the rest of his life.  Chris said, "He is such a good guy.  He is so optimistic and he believes in this process."

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When MIke was checked out by the doctors to make sure he was healthy enough for the process ahead, they found he had some blockage, a sign of heart disease.  It was also discovered 45% of his body tissue was fatty.  Mike had to prove he could handle it.  Chris said, "Now he wants it more than ever."  Mike said, "I can't imagine not being around for my family."  Below is a look at Mike's "fight or flight" workout.  Chris saw that Mike was really motivated to succeed and the signs of the athlete he was before came through.

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 Chris said, "The gym is a metaphor for life.  What are you going to do with life struggles?"

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Mike said, "You are getting a second chance and don't wanna blow it now because this is it and you better make the most of it."  He added, "It's either do or die and I don't wanna die."

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Mike said food comforts him.  After the lessons learned with Chris at the beginning of his journey and seeing a great start, Mike began to fall off the wagon a bit.  He fell into the trap many of us do when we get on track, but then get derailed during a celebration or milestone in life. Mike went on a cruise to celebrate his success of his first phase and fell into the temptation of the foods all around him.  Chris said, "I've seen this before.  When there's a 'special event,' the food addict inside uses that event as an excuse to go nuts."  Has this happened to you? I've found it gets more difficult around the holidays.  There is constant food at work and parties to attend.  We don't want to be the one not eating or bringing attention to ourselves, but we have to love ourselves enough to worry about what others think.  I've told a co-worker before who wanted me to eat birthday cookies that I can't do it.  There is always gonna be a reason to eat cookies or cakes if we look for it.  This week, it could be to celebrate a birthday and next week, it's to celebrate someone's retirement.  As a food addict, I have to avoid it all completely to find success.  I find if I eat a piece of cake or cookie, I feel like I've blown it for the day and feel I may as well eat a donut, too. Some people can have "just one bite," but that method does not work for me.  I've now decided to begin eating gum when the cookies and cakes begin to show up at work.

Mike was successful through every phase.  After his six-month weigh-in, Mike got a quick boxing lesson from the legendary boxer Evander Holyfield!  Mike then had to get in the ring for an entire regulation-length fight with a real boxer!  After just the first round, Mike said, "That was the longest two minutes of my life!"  We didn't realize it for a few weeks, but Mike actually broke ribs during the fight and kept working out and pushing through it.  He said he had to slow down a bit, but was happy to finally realize the reason for his pain.  Even after all of that, Mike met his final phase goal.  Chris said after Mike's nine-month weigh-in, "I didn't expect to see Mike like that.  It's ridiculous...I could not believe my eyes."  Chris' amazement continued when he said, "In my history of tranformations, I've never seen a greater physical change in nine months than Mike."  Doctors actually removed six square feet of skin before Mike's final weigh-in.  Below is a look at Mike 365 days into his new life.

 

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Mike said, "I don't feel like I'm 50 years old.  I don't feel like I'm 30!"  He said he felt better than he did 20 years ago.  As a bonus, Mike renewed his wedding vows on the night of his final weigh-in.  He only has 10% body fat.  Chris said that's lower than his own body fat percentage!  

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Mike said, "It's been the most amazing year of my life."

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**This program is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your doctor for treatment of any medical condition and before beginning any diet or exercise regimen.** 

 

08/11/2013

Extreme Weight Loss: Alyssa

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

This week on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss," we met 22-year-old Alyssa from Michigan.  She gained 300 pounds over a ten-year period after the death of her mother.  Alyssa's mom was involved in a car accident when a deer ran into the road.  Alyssa was in the car with her mother and saw her mother after she was ejected.  She says, "I've never been the same since."  This is a look at Alyssa at the beginning of her 365-day journey.

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Extreme Weight Loss: Chantell

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

This week on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss," we met 25-year-old Chantell.  She says in the third grade, she first noticed she was taller and wider than everyone else.  She lost weight as a teenager going into high school and kept it off until college.  In college, Chantell says she had bad eating habits and gained a lot of weight.  Below is what Chantell looked like when she met Chris.  She said, "I literally can't stand to be around myself."  

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07/22/2013

Extreme Weight Loss: Jami

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

This week on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss," we met 28-year-old Jami. Her birth mother in Chile gave Jami up when she was two-years-old.  Jami is looking forward to meeting her birth mother.  She has been in communication with her for four years, but says, "I want her to be able to wrap her arms all the way around me." Jami said, "I don't want to meet her this way."  Jami does not have a great relationship with her adopted mother.  Jami said, "My adopted Mom told me the only reason she adopted me was so she had someone to take care of her when she got older and I don't want to. I want someone to take care of me."

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06/26/2013

Extreme Weight Loss: Ryan

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

This week on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss," we met 23-year-old Ryan from Wisconsin. Here is a look at Ryan on the first day of his journey.

Ryanbefore

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06/05/2013

Extreme Weight Loss: Meredith

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

The 3rd season of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" kicked off last week.  This week, we met Meredith from Rochester, New York. Her story had me in tears pretty much through the entire episode.  She is a delightful woman with a lot of hope and joy.  She was adopted as a baby and that part of her life has been her burden.  That pain in her life led to her seeking food for comfort and love, even though she had great parents and younger sister.  She said, "They're small and I'm not.  I never felt like I fit into my own family."

Meredith has lost weight and gained weight many, many times in her life.  She was so determined to get her weight off for good even before she met Chris, she actually had her goal weight tattooed on her stomach!  At her highest weight, she was more than 400 pounds.  This is Meredith at her first weigh-in with Chris.

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05/29/2013

Extreme Weight Loss: David and Rebecca

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

The 3rd season of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" kicked off tonight on ABC.  This week, we met 23-year-old twins David and Rebecca. This is the first time Chris Powell has worked with a brother and sister at the same time, so twins were definitely a challenge!  This is a look at the twins the day they started their journeys. 

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Exercise and Snacking Tips from Chris Powell of "Extreme Weight Loss"

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host/trainer Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

The 3rd season of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" kicked off Tuesday night on ABC with a bang! It definitely served as a kick-start to my routine following my not-so-low calorie birthday celebrations.  Another reason to celebrate the season??  CHRIS POWELL!!  I am thrilled the host, trainer and transformation specialist on "Extreme Weight Loss" wanted to share with us some exercise and snacking tips. I interviewed him in the videos below.

The first episode of the new season was pretty emotional! 

  

What are the best snacks to keep handy throughout the day?

 

   

People are very busy these days and easily get overwhelmed with the idea of long workouts.  What is your advice to jump-start an exercise routine and get moving?

 

Tell us about your new book and the foundations for a successful transformation!

 

You've mentioned before it's important to get moving, even if it's just during commercial breaks of our favorite tv shows.

 

Any other advice for us?

   

Note: This interview was provided by the Almond Board of California

Chris holds a degree in Exercise Science, with concentrations in biomechanics and physiology and the training accreditation: The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  

Adding best-selling author to his list of accolades, Chris’s first book Choose to Lose, was released by Hyperion in December 2011 and has soared to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list multiple times.  The book provides motivation, nutrition, exercise, tips, and tricks to help anyone lose those last twenty pounds.  His second book, Choose More Lose More, For Life, is out now!

Happy journeys to healthier living! 

Follow me on Twitter and share you story with me! @carminmarie

I'll see you here soon with more encouraging weight loss stories and health news.

**This program is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your doctor for treatment of any medical condition and before beginning any diet or exercise regimen.** 

05/26/2013

Gearing Up: Third Season of "Extreme Weight Loss"

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Weight Loss" (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

The 3rd season of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" debuts Tuesday, May 28th.  Are you ready? May is my birthday month and I've definitely been taking it all in...treats, cakes, lunches and dinners included.  The debut couldn't be at a better time!  Here's a look at the trainer, Chris Powell as we get motivated to get back on track to healthier living.

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I'm going to talk to Chris the day after the season premiere and he's going to share with us some healthy eating and exercise tips!  Check back in later this week to check it out! I'll also follow the stories Chris brings us each week on the people he helps lose major amounts of weight within one year.  You can find updates right here!  Please join me in this journey of resetting our lives.

Follow me on Twitter and share you story with me! @carminmarie

I'll see you here soon with more encouraging weight loss stories and health news.

**This program is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your doctor for treatment of any medical condition and before beginning any diet or exercise regimen.** 

 

05/12/2013

Governor Chris Christie's Weight Loss Surgery

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: A Healthier You blog! It follows the popular show "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" with host Chris Powell on ABC as well as other timely health issues as they come up in the headlines. As a bonus, you will also find meal plans, exercise routines and music playlists throughout the different posts to help get you motivated to reset your life! I wanted to start this blog, because like thousands of women in the tri-state, I too have struggles and triumphs with weight.

I have had major weight losses and gains in the last 12 years. The highs and lows on the scale correspond with the highs and lows I've experienced through school and college, work and the challenges of adult life. I am on my own new journey once again to get healthy. :)

The big news on weight journeys across the tri-state comes from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this week with word he had Lap-Band surgery.  His weight is a regular topic of conversation on daytime talk shows and even front-and-center on late-night talk shows and comedy programs.  I've posted the story from Eyewitness News political reporter Dave Evans below, followed by more information on Lap-Band surgery from Eyewitness News medical reporter Dr. Sapna Parikh.  What are your thoughts on turning to surgery for help?  We've discussed in this space the pros and cons, so please leave your comments and thoughts below.

 

 

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