When Melissa’s military husband, Mike, returned from Afghanistan, he seemed to have become a different person. Later diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he committed suicide in 2009, leaving behind Melissa and their two sons, one of whom has also been diagnosed with PTSD.
In the years following Mike’s death, Melissa turned to food for comfort, eventually reaching 301 pounds. Her poor eating habits served as an escape to avoid dealing with the pain of her loss. Five years later, Melissa decided it was time to take action before her bad habits made her children orphans. Feeling a kinship with Heidi, also a working mother, Melissa reached out to ask for help. Her request is answered and she even learns proper nutrition from celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito.
Melissa quickly realizes that Heidi means business. Though Chris is known as an affable encourager, Heidi is much more of a “bulldog” calling Melissa out on all of her excuses during their year together. She forces her to confront her demons. With encouragement from Heidi, Melissa figures out how to celebrate her husband’s life, rather than mourn his death.
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