S4 E08 Georgeanna

07/22/14 | TV-PG | CC

For the past 20 years, 44 year-old Georgeanna has devoted her life to her husband, who is a local pastor, and their two daughters. Often referred to as “Martha Stewart” by her family and friends, for whom Georgeanna bakes, decorates, sews and crafts, she neglected taking care of herself and is now more than 150 pounds overweight.

Georgeanna was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader in high school who vowed to do a back handspring every year on her birthday until she turned 60. At her current weight of 315 pounds, however, that feat is impossible. Georgeanna is also a perfectionist who is terrified of being judged and falling short, no matter what the task or challenge. Now, with her grown daughters having moved out of the house, she wants to set a better example for herself and the people she counsels at church. So she wrote a letter to Chris Powell asking for help.

Chris spends 365 days helping Georgeanna get fit and regain her identity. For the past 20 years, she’s been either “mom” or “the pastor’s wife,” but she’s determined to figure out what it means to be “Georgeanna” again.

Chris’ wife, Heidi, a former gymnast herself, also steps in to help Georgeanna revive her gymnastic dreams and nail that back handspring. Chris and Heidi also enlist former Olympic champions Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton to train Georgeanna for a huge challenge: performing a balance beam and floor routine in front of dozens of people, judged by Olympic greats Dominique Dawes, Bart Conner and Shannon Miller. Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito also appears in the episode to teach Georgeanna how to satisfy her sweet tooth with healthy ice cream.

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