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."
She said she's always hidden her weight by her fashion and accessories. She said, "No one in my life thinks I have a problem." She had a boyfriend and gets together with her family in Illinois (usually for meals) on a regular basis. When we were introduced to Chantell's family and she had her first weigh-in, they were surprised at what was revealed on the scale.
Chantell says her family depends on her a lot and she's given up a lot of things to help them. She dropped out of college and feels a strain by the drama that swirls around her family. Chantell says her relationship with her mother is "on thin ice." She said, "I believe my mom does not want me to succeed and it is in some ways sabotage, so she can feel okay about her life." Diabetes runs in Chantell's family, so it is dangerous for her to continue on this path. She said, "If I don't lose the weight, I will lose my life."
Chantell is ready for the challenge ahead in the next 365 days. She said, "I'm at a point in my life I want more." She said she wants to be an athlete and run. She picked running because she says, "Running has been the opposite of me."
Chantell said something on this new journey that really hit home with me and I've addressed in past blogs. She said, "I was scared to be who I know I really could be." Have you ever felt this way? It sounds strange to people who have not been in this situation, but I've seen when weight is an issue, people are almost scared to succeed. It's "skinny life" is not a life we're used to and feel we wouldn't know what to do if we accomplished something that has been on our to-do list for so long. It's almost like this weird feeling of, "then what would I do?"
Chantell jumped into the program full-force. She began running and eating right and really began to find herself. She ended up breaking up with her boyfriend. They were beginning to be in different places because she was focusing on herself and getting a new self-confidence. Chris said he's seen this happen before. Chantell said, "I'm becoming that person I knew I was and I like it."
Six months into the program, Chantell ran a marathon! It wasn't even a marathon with the streets closed and spectators cheering on the runners on the sidelines. No, she managed to run 26 miles through the streets of Paris, on a cold, dreary, wet day. She had an interesting response when she was done. Chris greeted her with the biggest smile and cheering and it was almost as if she was angry. It's like the emotions of her past life had caught up with her during the run.
This is a look at Chantell the day of her final weigh-in.
Chris said, "She had personality before, now she's dynamic. Her personality just fills the room." Chantell said it's about finding a balance in life. Her mother first promised to go on the journey with her from the beginning, but didn't find her own motivation until the last three months. The day of the final weigh-in, Chantell's mother had lost 24 pounds! She said she is motivated by Chantell.
Chantell says, "I want to take the road less traveled now. It doesn't scare me, it only excites me." What a great attitude. I have one more huge accomplishment to share. During her journey, Chantell went back to college to finish her degree. One week after the final-weigh in, Chantell graduated! She managed quite a lot in the last year. She became the self she knew she could be and got a degree!
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.**