Another amazing transformation last night on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss with Chris and Heidi Powell. Last night the show was about the one year journey of Pearls, a twice divorced, 36 year old mom of an autistic son who along with her second divorce, lost the rights to see her step son several years prior.
Pearls was a broken soul, who dined on bags of cheeze puffs and weighed in at almost 300 pounds at the beginning of her transformation. By the end she lost a little more than half her weight. What she gained was almost….everything.
Pearl had two fitness goals. One was to run a high heel race, which Chris Powell humbled himself and did with her. The second was to fly (with silks) like Pink and Cirque performers. After losing her first big chunk of weight she took some lessons and after making her second (half year) weight loss goal, Heidi and Chris brought her to a Cirque show and she got some private training and was able to both fly and do a 30 foot drop. She looked amaaaaaaazing and her pride was shining from the inside out.
What Pearls wanted more than anything, however, was a chance to see her step son again, but was sadly denied this wish by her ex who felt it was not in the best interest of his son. With all the strength and self-esteem Pearls gained along her journey, she was able to come to terms with this. She decided to focus on what she DID have; her birth son, Mason. Together, they committed to a healthy life moving forward and by the end of the show Mason had lost 25 pounds and gained a beautiful mom who continued her all-out efforts as an advocate for autistic children.
Thank you, Pearls, for driving home the message that WE AREN’T WHO WE WERE! Every day there is a chance to start over. With a positive attitude, a clear goal and a lot of strength and determination, great things really do happen!
I am unable to find before and after photos of this transformation, this morning, but trust me, she was a whole new person!
This morning I would also like to acknowledge all that were at the 7pm yoga/Pilates “stretch” reduction class. It was a “sea of calm” as you all looked so amazingly relaxed during final mediation. Namaste!