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.
Ryan said, "I've been this way my whole life. I don't remember being in shape or good looking. Weight has definitely been a big issue for me." Ryan battled with his weight even before he was in a serious car accident in 2009 and lost his arm. He said, "At 23, I should be out having a fun time and looking forward to every day and right now, I don't look forward to anything." He has a prosthetic arm, but doesn't wear it because it doesn't fit around his body properly. He said, " I have no energy to move around. To even get ready in the morning is hard." Ryan knows he's been given a second chance at life, but feels he's not taking advantage of it. Chris said, "He doesn't completely believe in himself yet, I know that he will."
Through all of this, Ryan has an amazing attitude. He never let his arm be an excuse and said, "It's hard seeing that number, but it's also exciting to know at the end of this year, when I put in the effort, that I do have hope. It will be where I've never been before."
Below is a look at Ryan's first "fight or flight" workout. Chris said, "One arm or not, I'm not going easy on him."
Ryan said, "Before I started this journey, my life really didn't have a lot of purpose. A lot of the time, I would just sleep my day away. Now, it feels so cool to get my workout."
Ryan was forced to face his fears. He had never been on a bike, even as a child before he lost his arm, due to balance issues. It was something Chris forced him to face. Chris said, "Action conquers fear." Ryan gradually learned how to ride a bike, with Chris by his side, but it didn't come without a few spills and injuries. Ryan got scraped up and hurt, but continued to literally get back on the bike. When Ryan's uncle passed away from a heart attack at the age of 43, Ryan decided to dedicate Phase 3 to his uncle and ride his bike 43 miles around a local track. And guess who joined him? Former Green Bay Packers star player Donald Driver. Ryan ended up falling down on the track at mile 33, but Donald encouraged him to get back on the bike and complete his goal. It totally brought tears to my eyes. Since Ryan is from Wisconsin, he is a HUGE Packers fan and it was almost surreal Donald was with him for this part of his journey. Someone else joined him along the way, too! Clay Matthews surprised Ryan during one his workouts.
Ryan met his Phase 1 and Phase 2 goals, but then something dangerous happened. Ryan asked Chris if it was normal for his hair to fall out. It turns out, Ryan was not eating properly. He was not getting in all the calories he needed for his body to have the proper nutrition.
Ryan knew how to eat, but was skipping meals and drinking supplement shakes only. Chris said, "Finding balance is the hardest part of all. If you eat too little, you hurt yourself. If you eat too much, you hurt yourself. You have to eat right in the middle." Ryan went on to meet his Phase 3 goal as well, but was not allowed to have surgery, because even though time had passed, he did not have the proper nutrition once again. The doctor said he was extremely malnourished. Chris made Ryan promise he would quit worrying about the scale for a time and worry instead about giving his body the proper food it needed.
Near the end of his journey, Ryan's confidence was really showing. He said, "I'm really starting to see myself as powerful. That I'm capable of doing anything I want to do. I wanted to say at the end of the year, 'I'm a man,' and I feel like I'm heading there."
This is a look at Ryan 365 days after his journey started on the day of his final weigh-in. The pictures below are from his Facebook page. He surpassed his total goal!
You'll notice he also got a new prosthetic arm. He was fitted with a highly-advanced prosthetic only given to a few other people in the world. Ryan said, "This is literally the hardest thing I've ever done." Chris said Ryan broke two records. He's the lightest male Chris has ever worked with and lost the highest percentage of body weight of any male. On the day of the final weigh-in, Ryan's lab results showed he had been giving his body what it needed and he's 100% healthy. Ryan said, "I look back through the year and there were so many times I had decisions to make. Workout or not workout, eat right or not eat right and I made the right decisions."
Since the transformation on the show, Ryan has really taken advantage of his new lifestyle. Here's a look at a video of Ryan now:
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.**