At Home Transformation: Alannah

While we don’t have a new episode to share with you all tonight, I still wanted to share one of my favorite transformations with you! Especially since it’s Transformation Tuesday :).  I get downright excited to share success stories like these!!! I can’t help but get pumped up and passionate as I talk about her because she is the perfect example that anyone can create success in transformation…not just those chosen for the show. So many people think that Chris and I are the magic, but in fact this isn’t the case. Yes, we may provide them with information and tools needed to transform, but THEY are the ones who do all the work at the end of the day. THEY choose what foods to put in their mouths, THEY choose how hard to push themselves in their workouts when nobody is watching. We can’t force anyone to lift a bar bell or physically stop them from eating a candy bar. The drive, determination, and willpower needs to come from them.

I am honored to have the opportunity to hold up the mirror for the contestants we work with and show them they DO have the power within, but I am in complete awe when I see them discover that ability and drive all on their own! It gives me goosebumps and sets a strong example for myself. Alannah is one of those amazing people who has just impressed us all with her determination and discipline.

Alannah Before

Let me tell you about Alannah. She tried out to be on EWL and unfortunately was cut. She was such a hard worker, and I was heart broken that we weren’t going to get to spend the year with her. As part of the casting process, Chris and I got to spend nearly two weeks with Alannah; working out with her, teaching her nutrition, and guiding her through some of her emotional barriers to jumpstart her transformation. Considering the time we got to spend with Alannah (and all of those that got to experience this but didn’t get chosen), I can imagine the news was difficult to accept when she found out she didn’t get to continue along the journey with us. The reality of this situation is that most use the rejection as the perfect excuse to belly flop into a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream. Not Alannah though, no way! She didn’t let the disappointment slow down her momentum…she didn’t use it as an excuse to give up. I LOVE that! If only we all could allow our disappointments to be the thing that pushes us even harder, the thing that fuels to our fire and created the center of our target! We would set the world on fire! I am telling you, Alannah is awesome and I am so happy to have met her just over a year ago now!

We were lucky enough to have a surprise visit from Alannah on the EWL finale set. Much to our surprise (but not really, because we always knew she was something amazing) she was over 100lbs lighter! I was jumping up and down inside over her success and how happy she looked! She sent us an email after seeing her on the set and I wanted to share it with you guys.

Heidi and Chris,

Hello. It was great to see you guys at the EWL set the other day. You guys have amazing people for this season and I look forward to watching each story unfold. I want to thank you guys again (and everyone else involved) for giving me the opportunity to experience bootcamp last summer. It helped jump start my weight loss and mini-transformation. Even though I’m down 104 lbs and am still working on it, the other changes that have taken place have been the key to not going back to old habits in all areas of my life. I didn’t realize the difference 100 lbs would make. 

Take care,
Alannah

 

Alannah After
She might thank us for helping her, but I just wanted to take this time to thank her for just being amazing and for letting me share her story so you can learn from her example that the change you want to see already exists in YOU! The secret weapon to losing the weight is NOT me and Chris showing up on your doorstep. It is YOU! YOU are the magic. If you can tap into that thing that makes you awesome like Alannah did, you can over come any challenge and reach any goal. What did I tell you about getting overly excited? I can’t help but practically yell it out in writing when I talk about what inspires me. Thanks Alannah for inspiring me!

If any of you want to check out more about Alannah you can find her on Facebook.  Thanks for taking the time to read this story I care so much about. XOXO!


32 Comments

  1. Andrea Bugg - July 20, 2014

    So awesome to see someone the same size as me turn out so beautiful. This is what I needed. I will be doing it on my own as well as I believe I don’t need to lose 50% of my body weight. Close but not close enough and I want to get started now instead of later.
    I am trying to figure out how it will work for me though since I am awake 22 hours a day 5 days a week. I am assuming add more water and more veggie snacks into my day or an extra meal since my metabolism will still be going because I will still be awake. Any thoughts?

  2. Krystal - June 16, 2014

    I love it when people find the inner strength to fight for what they deserve. Dreams are so awesome but even more so seeing the dream come true is breath taking. Congrats to you Alannah!!! I am so Happy you have the fire to fight and that Chris and Heidi where in the right place at the right time to help you light that fire. Amazingly beautiful… Thank You for sharing Angels. Now-get back to work…. lol… Hugs

  3. Christine A Tetreault - June 12, 2014

    How can I find out more about the boot camp? I need to lose around 75-80 pounds. I have cardiac, back trouble, and breathing issues so working out is difficult for me. I am desperate for help.

  4. Jamie - June 12, 2014

    Thank you for posting her story. I needed to be motivated again! In the last year I have lost 113 pounds (on my own) but I still have that much to go. I recently have hit a plateau. I am so frustrated by this that I started to have more “cheat” days than I normally would. Luckily, I have managed to get the 113 pounds off but have not lost much in the last couple of months. Do you have any suggestions for me? Any help/insight would be so appreciated!! I want to see my goal weight dream come true. <3
    Jamie

  5. Rachel - June 12, 2014

    I know it’s not just you or Chris. But I’m sure you guys are a huge inspiration to everyone. Even for me, I live in Brazil and I’m always struggling with my weight. Obrigada! (sorry about my english!)

  6. EtL'eau Bonnetdelaine - June 12, 2014

    What an amazing story! This woman’s incredible! She’s an example for most of us!
    Like her, I would like to thank you heidi and Chris because you’ve changed my vision of my life.
    Like you just wrote it, the chenge is inside each of us. The change was in me. I’ve just stared to understand it at my 32nd birthday, 4 months ago.
    Thank you for helping me, thank you for helping us.
    Thank you, really!

  7. Karyn Thomas - June 11, 2014

    Alanna, you are simply amazing! You are a true inspiration. Keep up the great work!

  8. Sue Miller-Walker - June 11, 2014

    That us amazing. I love the show and wish it were on more often. At my age I wonder if it’s worth it. I know it is but I still struggle. I keep taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Hopefully soon the steps back will be less often.

  9. Bones - June 11, 2014

    CONGRATSSSSS… Alannah!!!! You have accomplished a tremendous “Transformation”!!!! I wish you every SUCCESS on you future endeavors!!! Continue to INSPIRE!!! Well done, young lady!!! PROUD OF YA!!!

  10. Lynette - June 11, 2014

    Congratulations Alannah!

  11. Jen Ratke - June 11, 2014

    I am trying to have your motivation . I really need to because I have High Blood Pressure now and Heart Problems run in my family. Alannah you are amazing just like Chris and Heidi. Great work.

  12. lucy kojio - June 11, 2014

    Great job, Alannah! What an inspiration.

  13. Neysi - June 11, 2014

    WWWWOOOOWWW!!!! Is she the same person??? Brava Alannah, congratulation….Chris-Heidi I need you bouth here in Italy…BRAVIIIII

  14. Patricia Simon - June 11, 2014

    Congralulaions

  15. Smoochagator - June 11, 2014

    Wow! What an incredible transformation. So proud of Alannah for making her own dreams come true.

  16. Jo-Ann - June 11, 2014

    I got goosebumps when I was reading this! When I scrolled down to the picture, I thought I was going to cry! Alannah – you are amazing!

    • Stephanie - June 11, 2014

      I have to say reading this did make me cry. Congratulations on your journey.

  17. Natali - June 11, 2014

    I love that she stuck with it and did it alone. She is an inspiration! I am struggling to lose weight on my own right now. It is definatly not easy and I am trying not to give up like I always seem to do. I am 8 lbs down and have 150 more to go. Wish me luck!

  18. Kira Nelson - June 11, 2014

    What a wonderful story!! I’m so proud of her and everyone that is that determined to take the next step and change their lives!! Heidi your Bod-e line has changed so many lives and I am so lucky to be a partner in selling and promoting those products! You are wonderful!!!!

    Kira

  19. Angie In My 30s - June 11, 2014

    Wow, what a fantastic job!! Thank you for sharing such an incredible story of transformation. Way to go Alannah!!

  20. Nancy Jensen - June 11, 2014

    Wow! Amazing what can be accomplished when we decide we are worth the time and effort to take care of ourselves. I bet she feels fantastic, inside and out! Great work!

  21. Jennifer - June 11, 2014

    I loved this post! Way to go girl! Heidi you are awesome. You care about people and their health not just promoting yourself! Both of you are so inspiring!

  22. Maxine - June 11, 2014

    I’m sitting here crying, having just read your story on Heidi Powell’s blog. Thank you so much for sharing with the world! Along with Chris & Heidi, YOU have inspired me because you were in my position. I will constantly look upon Heidi’s blog for your story as a reminder that there is something Awesome inside me! And that is Magic! Much Love and Happiness to you and yours… Maxine

  23. Kelly - June 11, 2014

    Just the fact that you cared enough to share her story shows how much you guys care about people and their struggles. You, Chris, your blog AND the show is such an inspiration to me. Thanks so much for sharing Alannahs story when I was really missing EWL, Great job Alannah you must be so proud of yourself !!!

  24. Melynda Stock - June 11, 2014

    I love this post!! Especially the emphasis on HER doing the work. My husband used to be a trainer and after we got married I got into really great shape because of the lifestyle we created and I would get so bugged when people would say “must be nice living with your trainer” or “I could do it if I lived with my trainer” because he wasn’t the one making my meals and feeding me or lifting the weights for me. You and Chris are wonderful and we are HUGE fans of thr show! As we expand our family we are really striving for a “Powell Pack” kind of life!

  25. Dawn Aldridge - June 11, 2014

    Wow! Congratulations Alannah!!! So happy for you. Thanks Heidi for sharing and inspiring so many, including myself. I have been eating clean since March 30th and by May 8th I was down 50lbs! That was the day I joined the gym and I have not looked back. Working out is now one of my favorite parts of the day. I have a long way to go, but I already feel Fabulous and still losing! . I even have a few friends who have joined me on this journey and all together over 117lbs lost! This story will motivate me to press on!!! Thank you and Alannah for the motivation for today!!

  26. Maggie - June 10, 2014

    Alannah,
    You are a TRUE inspiration! You make me wanna work harder to make my goals too! I hope you know the impact you have, by loving yourself more, you are inadvertently touching hundreds and thousands of us struggling for a healthy and active lifestyle. You are the proof it CAN be done, even if it seems it can’t.

    “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

    You are rising and you are shining Sweetheart! I am so proud and inspired by you! Keep up the AMAZING job! You look AMAZING (Healthy, Glowing, Happy, Beauty from within that shines!!~!) YOU ARE SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!

    Keep on Keepin’ on!

    Kindest Regards,
    Maggie =)

  27. Lisa Downer - June 10, 2014

    So excited and proud for her. Today is my first day eating clean and exercising. I’m so excited for this journey. I have exactly 100 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight. So excited about the meal plan and very happy to be back eating clean. I lost 154 lbs before but in this last year and a half-2 yrs have gained at least 60lbs when I was put on steroids and a wide range of other meds to treat Systemic Lupus. I have rheumatoid arthritis in all my joints and to be perfectly honest I just stopped exercising and ate what I wanted. NOW because of stories like Alannah I decided there are no excuses. The weight just complicates everything. I’m limited as to the type if exercise I can do but I moved into a house with a pool and I amusing it. 1 hr a day. No impact and burns a ton of calories. I’m gonna do it. I’m going to get my health and happiness back!!! So excited! Congratulations Alannah!!!! So so so proud of you.

  28. Brandi - June 10, 2014

    AHHHMAZING’ y’all are ao inspiring!

  29. Aileenhimesama - June 10, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this transformation with us! Truly inspirational. Congrats on your success Alannah! :)

    • Julie Webb - June 11, 2014

      Way to go Alannah!!! 100+ pounds lost is no easy feat but you did it! I completely agree with Heidi, not making the final cut to be on the show would’ve been a PERFECT excuse to quit, but your determination didn’t let that slow you down. To me that speaks volumes about your character. Wishing you all the best! ~ Julie

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