Tony Mims was featured in the season 2 premiere episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. In a riveting two-hour episode, his 200 pound weight loss journey was chronicled. With the guidance of trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell, he achieved what he had set out to do in his 49th year of life, approaching 50. The former fast food industry manager succeeded with inspiring determination and perseverance despite a year of what could have been devastating setbacks; among them a breakup with his fiance, homelessness, the loss of a son, Marcus, with cerebral palsy, who had lived despite odds to be in his late 20s. In fact, he was inspired by his son to continue to persevere.
Tony Mims made a live appearance alongside Chris Powell on Good Morning America on June 7, 2012 after his journey was briefly chronicled on the show in a profile video. Outside the studio in the midst of Times Square he revealed himself to be still trim — his final weight on the show was 198 pounds, down 200 pounds from his starting weight of 398 pounds. He and Powell held up the huge pair of the jeans he wore when he was the heaviest.
Asked by ABC’s Lara Spencer how he did it, he said that he had to learn to love himself first. He said he was determined to do this before he was 50. Speaking of the son he lost, and the challenges he had faced with lifelong cerebral palsy, he noted that Marcus had “the biggest smile on his face.” He added, “All I had to do was lose some weight to be healthy.”
Chris Powell echoed, saying. “If you can’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of anybody else.” His new book Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution; gives full details on the diet plan that Tony Mims’ and other participants have used to great success on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.
Watch a clip from the show plus the full video of the live appearance on GMA below.
Read more of his story, here.
If you missed this season premiere episode, you can watch it free on demand at the official Web site, which is here; the direct link to the video here. Tony Mims biography and before and after weight loss photos here.
Please share your thoughts on Tony Mims’ 200 pound weight loss as well as the example he has set with his unswerving determination and perseverance.
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