August 05, 2012 11:15 PM by Gina Hall
At age 30, Jonathan is a very overweight father and husband. You would never know that he’s a former athlete. If he doesn’t lose the weight he fears he’ll only have a couple more years to live. Can Chris Powell help Jonathan lose the weight for the sake of his wife and children on this edition of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition?
Tonight on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, Chris Powell challenges Jonathan to lose 250 pounds over the next year. Jonathan can’t even play with his own children. He can’t go to the movies with his family because he can’t fit in the seats. He doesn’t sleep with his wife because he’ll crush her if they sleep in the same bed. That’s pretty scary for both of them.
Chris Powell takes Jonathan to boot camp at the California Health and Longevity Institute. Jonathan weighs in at 543 pounds. He discovers that his high school weight, 250 pounds, is how much fat he’s has on his body. He learns that with his sleep apnea he is not breathing for a whole 26 seconds at a time at night when he sleeps.
Jonathan starts boot camp with biking and lifting. His home gets a fitness makeover and Chris give him his first goal, to lose 135 pounds. If Jonathan loses the weight, Chris will buy Jonathan, and his family, mountain bikes. Jonathan will also get a new bed and mattress where he can sleep with his wife.
On day 43, Jonathan has lost 75 pounds. Chris meets Jonathan at an airport runway with a small 2-ton airplane behind them. Chris challenges Jonathan to pull the plane across the runway. His wife and kids are there to cheer for him as he crosses the finish line. Yay!
Time for his weigh-in. In three months, Jon has lost 135 pounds! He meets his goal! The Phase 2 goal is to lose 80 pounds.
Chris has a special surprise for Jonathan at the gym. The Harlem Globetrotters! Two years ago, Jon went to go see the Harlem Globetrotters, but couldn’t fit in the seat. Now, he’s training with them!
After 180 days Chris sees Jonathan’s radical transformation. Jonathan says that he hasn’t been putting in the recommended 4 hours a day of exercise. And at the end of Phase 2, Jonathan only has 55 pounds of weight loss. But Chris has a gift for Jonathan to motivate him, a trip to California with his family to visit Disneyland!
The first roller coaster ride, the whole family hopes Jonathan can squeeze into the seat. He does! Back in Seattle, Jonathan and his wife compete in their first 5K race. Jonathan Phase 3 goal is to come in at 299 pounds and he comes in at 298 pounds! He’s lost 245 pounds!
Finally the moment of truth rolls around. It’s day 365, Jonathan’s final weigh-in. Jonathan steps on the scale and comes it at 277 pounds! He’s lost 266 pounds! Congratulations Jonathan! Stay tuned next week as Chris Powell continues on his winning streak.
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