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