July 08, 2012 11:15 PM by Gina Hall
Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition is back with Chris Powell helping out a young cosmetology student, Ashley, who wants lose half her weight by her big 21st birthday. Ashley’s about 200 pounds overweight. She’s the only big person in her family and she’s kind of the black sheep. Can Chris help Ashley reach her goal?
Chris Powell waits behind some bushes to surprise Ashley at her 20th birthday party. A little creepy, but whatever. Ashley is thrilled. At Ashely’s first weigh-in she tops out at 323 pounds. Time to get losin’. Ashley’s has 60% body fat and Dr. Schaack tells her that’s equivalent to five water-cooler jugs of water.
Ashley’s home has been made over to help her make weight. Chris Powell challenges her to lose 80 pounds. If she does, Chris promises her an apartment with her own gym. Chris has Ashley on a 2-mile hike up to the Hollywood sign.
In addition to adding exercise, Chris makes Ashley to deal with emotional portion of what made her gain weight. Chris sets up a meeting between Ashely and her estranged father to download all her emotional issues regarding him leaving the family. The conversation doesn’t really get anywhere but Ashley seems satisfied to get it off her chest.
Ashely is also facing some issues with her immediate family during Thanksgiving. Ashley’s mom constantly snarks about the exercise equipment consuming electricity and her sisters are bringing junk food back into her life. No one seems to care if she succeeds.
Ashely goes apartment hunting but so far she hasn’t been meeting her goals. If she doesn’t make weight, she won’t get the new apartment. It doesn’t seem like her mom wants her to succeed, in fact her mom’s a real bitch. She screams and unplugs her treadmill while Ashley working out. Ashley moves into a hotel and is actually able to lose weight.
Chris sets a meeting between Ashley and her mom. But mom is still being the villain. Chris says if they can’t come to a truce, Ashley will not be able to lose the weight.
At Ashley’s first weigh-in and Ashley weighs 255. She is 12 pounds shy of her goal so she will not get the apartment AND Chris will be moving out, much to the mother’s delight.
Ashley now has to lose 50 pounds. Chris sets up a meeting with a therapist and Ashley needs it. She has to adapt to her family but not compromise herself. Her mom doesn’t improve, and maybe she’s the one that really needs therapy. Surveillance footage shows Ashley’s mother becoming more verbally abusive.
At Ashley’s 6-month weigh-in and she’s at 217 pounds 12 pounds short of her goal. But no matter, now they’re off to Hawaii. Chris and Ashly take a helicopter to hike up a volcano. But Chris is not joining Ashley. Often called a “walkabout” in Australia , this kind of challenge is meant as a rite of passage. Ashley has just a map to finish the hike. She succeeds and meets with Chris at the top. BUT, the only way to get back down is to zipline!
Ashley flips. She doesn’t think the wire will hold her weight. She’s screams the whole way down.
Back in L.A., Ashley gets some braces and finds she can actually fit her sister’s small sized clothes.
She’s still has some daddy issues to resolve and her dad barely recognizes the new her. Her father says he’s going to change. Ashley’s heard this all before, but maybe this time it’ll stick.
It’s time for a weigh in, 179 pounds! And the doctor tells her she’s an excellent candidate for skin surgery that will make her look more normal after a huge weight loss.
Finally at day 365, everyone meets in Las Vegas for Ashley’s 21st birthday. The goal after was to hit 164 pounds. The final tally is 167 pounds! After one year she’s lost a 156 pounds, a few pounds short of goal but another remarkable transformation!
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