Behind the Scenes with EWL Josh and Kathie + A Walk Down Memory Lane

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These two. OMG. Can I just say we had the time of our lives together? I have never met a more hilarious and hard-working mother and son in my life. Chris and I could laugh for days at some of our conversations and experiences with Josh and Kathie. And…oh yeah…they have two of the the most incredible transformations we’ve ever worked on!!! I can only imagine all of you that watched last night thought so too. Now, we get some of our questions answered from America’s favorite mother and son transformation duo ever. Starting with Kathie…

Q. Kathie, tell me what your favorite memory or experience on EWL is. 

A. My favorite memory had to be our whitewater rafting trip in Colorado and the 38 mile bike race in Tahiti (which got cut during final editing!).

Q. What was the most challenging part of being on EWL?

A. Definitely being away from friends and family.

Q. I’m not sure I even have to ask, but what is your least favorite exercise and why?

A. Burpees because they suck. LOL

Q. What is your most favorite exercise and why?

A. CrossFit, rowing, running and yoga. I love all of this because I feel so good afterwards.

Q. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chris?

A. Respect.

Q. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Heidi?

A. Loving.

Q. What is one thing that you think people would be surprised to learn about Heidi or Chris?

A. How truly compassionate they both are. They are the real deal. No fluff…

Q. What was the hardest part of “kicking out” Josh to start his new life on his own?

A. Having him possibly feel as though I didn’t care or love him.

Q. What tips could you give to other moms to help them help their children be successful when moving out?

A. Don’t feel guilty it is the way it’s suppose to be. I overcompensated and babied him too much because of his absent father.

Q. You started to date during your episode. How did the first date come about? How did you two meet?

A. We met on FB. He and I went to the same high school together. He was a year older. I told him he had aged well on an inbox message on FB and he said “your not so bad yourself ” and the rest is history.

Q. What was the hardest thing about starting to date again?

A. Feeling confident.

Q. What tips could you give to others who need to put themselves back out there to find love?

A. Know your worth it and that you matter. You never know until you try. Be real and do you Boo Boo…

Q. If you have a favorite healthy recipe or snack that you’ve discovered since becoming part of the show that you’d like to share, let’s hear it 🙂

A. I love to take plain fage Greek yogurt and add a raspberry lemonade crystal light to it. So simple and good.

Thanks, Kathie!! You were an absolute dream to work with. I’ve never laughed harder than I did with you!! We love you! Now on to Joshy Boy…


Q. Josh, don’t hate me for this pic :). I promised you I would post this after your show aired…and you know me…I take my promises seriously!!! Haha!! Okay, what is your favorite memory or experience on EWL?

A. My favorite memory of the past year has to be being chosen by Chris on The View. It was such an exciting moment knowing that my life was about to change forever & that we were about to embrace on a journey of a lifetime together.

Q. What was the most challenging part of being on EWL?

A. I would say the most challenging part for me was getting comfortable, being uncomfortable… if that makes sense. I was taken out of my norm, my comfort zone, knowing the outcome was the reward is was honestly kept waking me up in the morning.

Q. What is your least favorite exercise? why?

A. I am so in love with fitness now, that i don’t have a least favorite exercise! though, burpees SUCK!

Q. What is your most favorite exercise? why?

I have fallen in love with hiking! knowing that there is a view waiting for me at the top is my reward!

Q. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chris?

A. “Big Bro” Chris is the most genuine kind hearted man I have ever met in my life. I am so grateful to have had him as such a positive role model. We are family for life!

Q. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Heidi?

A. “Pit Bull” haha I love my Heids! She is the sister that I never had who would never put up with my crap & i love her for that!

Q. If you had it to do over, would you still pick Chris again for that very first workout? 🙂

A. Oh yes! I wouldn’t change anything I did throughout this whole journey.

Q. What is one thing that you think people would be surprised to learn about Heidi or Chris?

A. Heidi and Chris are as real as it gets. There is not an ounce of “Hollywood” their bodies. Two of the most genuine, loving people in this world. If there were more “Heidis &Chris’s” the world would be such a better place!

Q. What was the most challenging part of being “forced” to move out of the house and away from your mom?

A. The most challenging part was getting out of my comfort zone. Like I said, I had to learn to get comfortable while being uncomfortable. Once I learned that, life became so much easier!

Q. What are a couple of tips that you could give to other young adults that are preparing to move out (maybe to college or just on their own) to make the transition easier?

A. Action Conquers Fear! I was terrified to branch out on my own, but I put my fear into action & powered through. It’s scary to start your own life after living at home for so long, but once you get on your own it’s so worth it & you will never want to move back in!

Q. What was your favorite part traveling to Tahiti?

A. My favorite part was the 38 mile bike ride that we did with Chris & Heidi that was cut out of the episode last night! That was one of the best days of my life, because I conquered something I never thought I could accomplish!

Q. If you have a favorite healthy recipe or snack that you’ve discovered since becoming part of the show, we’d love to hear what it is.

A. I know this is horrible, but now that I have been through EWL I am such a boring eater! I eat the same 5 meals almost every day! Nothing exciting going on when it comes to food! Though I do love Tuna! Is that weird?! haha it’s just quick and easy!




  1. Andrew Emerson - July 14, 2014

    A “pit bull” comes to mind? Why, because she licks your face and is really friendly? The analogy makes no sense. Don’t use the word if you’re unfamiliar with pit bulls, please.

  2. Elizabeth - July 1, 2014

    Thanks for sharing these interviews! I usually eat Greek yogurt, but the plain stuff is not very good! I loved the tip about the Crystal Light mixed in! YUM!!!!!

  3. Melissa M - June 11, 2014

    You guys are amazing !!! Truly inspirational ! Kathy and Josh seem like such wonderful people, I’m so glad you were able to help them change their lives for the better !
    Oh and I’m in AZ too, hoping to run into you sometime…maybe at whole foods 🙂

  4. Tracee - June 5, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this interview Heidi! Loved reading their after thoughts and hearing how REAL you and Chris are. Can’t wait to meet you someday!

  5. Jilly - June 5, 2014

    It was thrilling to see how fabulous Kathie and Josh looked at the end. Where did Kathie get the beautiful necklace she was wearing? I hope Josh will love college, and Kathie’s relationship with Ray endures.

  6. Jilly - June 5, 2014

    Where can I buy the beautiful necklace Kathi was wearing at her final weigh-in?

  7. Jilly - June 5, 2014

    Where can I buy the gorgeous necklace Kathie was wearing at her final weigh-in? Kathie and Josh both looked fabulous.

  8. Megan - June 5, 2014

    This episode is the one of best far I’ve seen on EWL. You both are so inspirational people.. Welcomed these two into your home with open arms and become their family.. We need more people like you and Chris. Kathie and Josh are so hilarious. I’m from NC, I wish I knew them 😉

  9. LeeAnn - June 4, 2014

    Love the show immensely, Chris and Heidi are very inspiring!!! Kathie & Josh are my favorite contestants so far!

  10. Bobbie Jo Gardella - June 4, 2014

    Last night’s show broke my heart.

    Both for trying to do it as a single mom, and abandonment issues. I hoped by the end Josh’s dad would show up. 🙁

    Regardless of this, you both handled each situation with empathy and care.

    What you helped each of them do was wonderful.

    As always, we love your show and look forward to next week.

    Much love to the Powell Pack

  11. kourtney - June 4, 2014

    This is so amazing! I just finished the newest book Chris has out yesterday and really want to try it! I am still really confused about the carbs though and if I am supposed to look at the carbs on things or just eat a carb that size and what about bread? And if the meals are suppose to be meat all the time and when to switch in the shakes? Anyway I’ll look into it more. Keep up the good work it’s very inspiring for someone who has a long way to go!

  12. Laura Kowalsky - June 4, 2014

    I truly commend you both on what you did for this Mother and Son. You opened your home and lives up to them. You provided true and complete support. You are both gifts! God bless you and your family! I was so inspired by last night’s episode. I’m going to try and find a trainer that can really work with me and support me. Looking forward to the next episode!!

  13. Kristi - June 4, 2014

    Showing the struggles along with the victories shows the true journey. The commitment it takes to start and finish the journey comes with the good the bad and the ugly. The relationship between the client and Chris and Heidi is so healthy , caring enough to not enable, letting them face the consequences of poor choices then picking them up to get back on track with confidence to grow from mistakes and finish the race!! They truly own who they are and can continue to be after the experience with the Powell Pack

  14. JackieH - June 4, 2014

    So inspirational! Loved watching your story and seeing all that you have accomplished. Stay with it and keep on inspiring others. Also, I MUST know the brand and where Kathie got her pink shoes she is wearing in the reveal! They are so cute!

  15. Coreen Baumann - June 4, 2014

    L O V E these interviews. another awesome episode with amazing people who inspire!
    @ Josh…I know it doesn’t mean AS much….but there are a WHOLE LOT of people who you don’t even know that are proud of you and your accomplishments.
    @ Kathie…at 41, it is wonderful to see a woman take back her life after devoting it to her child(ren). Great inspiration!!
    Once again, thank you Heidi & Chris for being the people you are <3

  16. Marie - June 4, 2014

    Heidi. U guys r great. U help people in a fantastic way. But I have been excerising for a year and a half and cannot lose my belly fat or the lower saging fat. I do t know what to do next can u give me so e good advice on what to do

  17. Andi - June 4, 2014

    I love how Josh said “I had to learn to get comfortable while being uncomfortable.” It’s so true…way to go Josh and Kathie!

  18. heather wiggins - June 4, 2014

    I love the show and the way you both go about helping people like us, the ones who need a boost. I would love to get help like that soon from someone. Thanks for the positive feedback and y’alls awesomeness.

  19. Kathleen - June 4, 2014

    Such wonderful transformations!

  20. Amber - June 4, 2014

    I loved them both!!! If they could do I can do it!!!! Thanks all Of you for bring awesome!!!

  21. Gary - June 4, 2014

    Amazing episode, I am pretty new to the show, only have been watching for 2 seasons now – Absolutly love Chris, and Heidi’s approach to it all. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

  22. Naomi Scott - June 4, 2014

    Watched last night and you guys are amazing! All of you! I felt every emotion during the show and was so proud of Kathie and Josh. And yes – I can see that Chris and Heidi are the real deal. It is pretty obvious they do this out of love, and that they are truly dedicated to their mission. Congratulations to ALL!

  23. annette - June 4, 2014

    Heidi, there is a typo at the end of your page….just saying, Josh’s beg. weight was 345 lbs., not 335, that’s a whole 10 more lbs. that he worked to get off……his total weight being lost was 162 lbs., not 152, which is what the difference would be with that stat…..:)

  24. Mario - June 4, 2014

    Amazing as always – One day i hope to get the chance to meet you both!

  25. Dina Carlson - June 4, 2014

    I love it..Josh could never be upset with you lol

  26. Rita Paulsen - June 4, 2014

    They were both so great! Josh was handsome prior to the weight loss however he was even more so at the reveal. It was great that he was able to struggle during phase 3, but manage to find his own way back to being on track by himself. So happy for him. It was sad that his dad wasn’t there for him in the end however. Regarding Kathie, she had that positive attitude throughout the entire year and looked so fantastic at the reveal. So happy for her that she found love during the process. They both deserve all the happiness life brings their way.

  27. Amber Meade - June 4, 2014

    I cannot say enough good things about this show. Best on TV, hands down. I could watch all day long. What an absolutely amazing gift you’re giving these people. I am sure it’s tough being a mom and juggling this show with motherhood, but you seem to be doing an amazing job. Love you and Chris!

    -Amber Nicole. Cocoa, Florida.

  28. Michele - June 4, 2014

    What did you think of Charlotte’s humidity?:)

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