S1 E01 Episode 1: Rachel

05/29/11 | TV-PG | CC

Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: Rachel

Rachel is an elementary P.E. teacher who let her own weight get out of control. At 21-years-old, she was ready to give up. But that's not something trainer Chris Powell was willing to do. Let's see what happens when these two join forces over the course of the year to take off that weight.

Rachel began her adventure 221 pounds overweight. She feels like a disappointment even though she was a homecoming queen, valedictorian and has a room full of trophies. Rachel wrote a letter asking for help. Well, help is on the way!

Chris Powell surprises Rachel at her school. They hop a plane to L.A. to begin boot camp. Rachel weighs in at 369 pounds. She never wants to see that number again. She gets a crash course in nutrition. Later, Rachel stumbles on the bike machine during her first workout, but doesn't quit. Both trainer and trainee are brought to tears after Rachel's inspiring comeback.

After boot camp, Chris takes Rachel to a school track in her hometown of Jenkinsburg, Georgia. Chris weighs down her family members with sandbags to show them what it's like to walk around with all that weight. Back home, Rachel's house has been transformed to include a home gym. Chris wants her to lose 80 pounds over the next three months. If she hits that mark, he'll reward her with a trip to Greece.

Chris moves in with Rachel and her family to supervise three daily workouts. By Day 29, Rachel has lost 39 pounds. She's dropped nearly 60 pounds about two months into the mission. When it comes time for the 90-day weigh-in, Rachel's at 289 pounds. She lost 80 pounds on the dot. Looks like Rachel's going to Greece!

Rachel's doing great, but Chris worries because her family is still dining on pizza and tacos. They also don't like the noise that's being made during all the early morning workouts. Rachel's mom freaks when Chris and Rachel start tossing all the bad food out of the fridge. She actually gets in the car and drives away.

Chris leaves Rachel with the challenge of losing 55 pounds over the next three months. When she reaches this goal, they are going to go out and climb Mount Whitney. Of course, she gets to spend a little vacation time in Greece with her brother first. It's hard for them to resist the complimentary desserts offered at the restaurants.

At the six-month weigh-in, A doctor's analysis forces them to trade in the Mount Whitney climb for a hike up to the Bridge to Nowhere were some 40-story bungee-jumping will take place. Rachel comes up five pounds shy of her 55-pound weight loss goal. But her weight is perfectly fine for jumping off a bridge. Woo hoo!

Geronimo!! Rachel takes the plunge over the bridge. There's no way she could have done this six months ago. Now it's onto Phase Three. Rachel needs to lose between 50-60 pounds to be a candidate for skin removal surgery. Rachel works out 4-5 hours a day as the nine-month weigh-in draws near. She looks great, but only lost three pounds.

Rachel admits she got overwhelmed. Still, the doctor says she's a good candidate to remove the skin that's getting in her way. She still has a long way to go, but Rachel has to be inspired by the fact that her mom says she's proud of her. Rachel vows that she will become that thin girl that she's always been on the inside.

It's been one year. A cheering crowd gathers at the Southern Belle Farm in Jenkinsburg, Georgia. A car pulls up and out steps a brand new Rachel. Her transformation is amazing. Rachel looks fantastic as she strikes a pose and flashes a killer smile. She finally beat the one thing she's battled her whole life.

At the final weigh-in, Rachel has gone from 369 pounds to an incredible 161. Unbelievable! Rachel had always wondered what it would be like to be skinny. Well, she's wondering no more. Way to go, Rachel! You're a true inspiration!

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