But Can Love Really Weight for Marissa & Shane?

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I know, I know…this wasn’t quite the ending you envisioned, right?! I’ve read a bazillion opinions and comments on Shane and Marissa’s situation post-episode, and I’ve gotta say that the ending to this story wasn’t quite what Chris or I had expected either. I’ve also gotta’ say that we love BOTH of them, and we are firm believers that NEITHER of them are in the wrong, and they did what was ultimately best for each of them. Keep in mind, break-ups are HARD!! And they aren’t always mutually desired from both parties. While this could be considered a sad ending to a love story, Chris and I both think it could have been even more difficult for the both of them if the break up happened after the wedding…even tougher if they waited until kids were in the equation! I’ve been there, and divorce with kids is no easy thing. And let’s not forget their incredible transformations!!

Besides all of this (and my totally unsolicited opinion), who are we to judge anyway?! While Chris and I got to know them really well, we didn’t know all of the ins and outs of their relationship, nor did we feel it was our place to tell them what to do. We let them know that we love them unconditionally…no matter what they choose.

Now don’t stop reading yet. I have TWO surprises for you: 1. Some questions and answers straight from the mouths of Shane and Marissa! And 2. A TOP SECRET surprise from them both that you WILL NOT want to miss. You’ll have to head to their blog to get the secret though…link is below the questions!

Now on to the questions (we tried to steer them away from the lack-of-a-wedding and keep the focus on their incredible transformations!!!):

Question: What was the most difficult part of your transformation?

Marissa: The most difficult part of my transformation was definitely the emotional aspect. On top of all of the physical changes, I was dealing with so much emotionally, and then having to plan a wedding on top of all that, it got quite overwhelming.
Shane: Believing in myself. I was down on myself. Frustrated with life and sick. I’d pretty much given up. Chris and Heidi believe in their clients. That belief inspired me to achieve more than I ever thought I could.

Q: What advice would you give to others just starting out?

M: I would definitely recommend what Chris and Heidi told us in the beginning: Start by making a small promise to yourself. Keep that promise. The more you keep promises to yourself, the more you begin to trust yourself again, and then you can add to the current promise, or create and keep bigger ones!
S: Go see your doctor, get checked out, then hammer down! Knowing I was medically cleared was amazing! That’s confidence! I knew I wasn’t going to die, that I wasn’t going to break into pieces, that I could do this… It is amazing what we can accomplish when we push ourselves past our comfort zone.

Q: What did you learn about yourself during this journey?

M: What didn’t I learn about myself would be a better question! This year has been quite an eye opener to all the deep-seeded issues that I didn’t realize I really had. I am still working through them all to try to reach ultimate happiness and contentment with myself.
S: Geez, how much time do you have… I needed to love myself before I could truly love anyone else.

Q: What was the best part of your transformation?

M: Feeling how I do about myself now, learning so much about myself, and having the ability to pay it forward to other people in need of a healthy transformation!
S: Having my health back and the chance to have the best second half of my life ever!

Q: What is your favorite way to work out?

M: I love sprint intervals on the treadmill for some un-God-known reason!!
S: Strength! Cardio is important, and I still put in about 30-45 minutes a day, 5 days a week, but nothing beats lifting.

Q: Tell us your favorite healthy snack!

M: I really enjoy making tortilla chips out of corn tortillas (in the microwave) and dipping them in homemade salsa and guacamole.
S: Almonds, strawberries, and black grapes.

Q: Do you guys have a favorite guilty pleasure or cheat day food?

M: I am a big fan of donuts, and anything sweet and carb-filled!!
S: Bacon cheeseburger with too many sweet potato fries.

Q: What was your most embarrassing EWL moment?! Anything you’re willing to share?

M: All the people asking me how much weight I had in my “weighted” vest… it was a cooling vest, and I could never just own it.. I always had to disclose the truth!!
S: We shot some workouts with fireworks going off in the back ground, amazing footage…I was farting the whole time!

Q: Please tell everyone…what is one thing viewers might not know about Chris and Heidi?

M: They have an absolutely amazing sense of humor!!
S: I can’t speak on what they might not know, but I can assure y’all they are 100% the real deal. Without a moment of hesitation, they opened their home, hearts, and minds up to me. They are caring, compassionate, and giving. I’ll tell this story till the day I die, Little Cash Powell came to me and asked “Shane, are you my Uncle Shane?” I told him no, Cash, I’m not your uncle. Later, I asked Chris if he had a brother or in-law named Shane, I explained how Cash had asked if I was his Uncle. Chris looked at me and said “no, but you know Shane, I do consider you my brother though.” They are the best!

To hear the latest and the greatest from Shane and Marissa, and to hear some pretty ground-breaking news, head to their blog: shaneandmarissaewl.wordpress.com

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23 Comments

  1. Ruth - July 15, 2015

    Hi Heidi! I love you and Chris both! I have always struggled with my weight. After I had my third miscarriage I gave up for a short. Your show inspired me to keep going. I’m hoping one day I too will have the chance for the transformation of a lifetime! I plane to apply for season 7 when the site allows me yo. I just wanted to say god bless you two. You are both selfless people who believe in other people. It is a dream of mine to one day meet you both.

  2. Ashley - July 7, 2015

    I love this show. I have MS and am exercising a lot outside in the heat. I am interested in what type cooling vest Marrisa used. I really want to get one. Thanks

  3. Sarika - July 6, 2015

    Hi Chris and Heidi, I am from India and I follow your show closely on facebook and youtube and I am inspired so much by the show that I am on my weight loss journey and must tell you doing a preety good job 🙂 I really wish to meet you guys someday….. I dont know if that would be possible at all… please keep inspiring people to be healthy. All the best!

    About Shane and Marissa, I did read their blog and I am so glad they are giving each other another chance… I wish them all the best!

  4. Marsha - July 4, 2015

    Hi Chris and Heidi
    I love your show! My husband has MS and it is true that the heat is their worst enemy. I am interested in learning more about the cooling vest used in this episode and where one can find them and how they work. Thank you

  5. Sue - July 3, 2015

    Great show Chris and Heidi, it really inspires me to keep going, I lost 47 pound at 40 and put it all back by 47, ( I was always the chubby twin) relocated from the UK in 2007 to Denver Colorado and with the stress more weight gain., more muffins, until I saw a Dress in a store I loved that was way too small….. so I bought it anyway, and low and behold with a lot of determination it finally fitted.
    My neighbors talked me into joining the local gym in Castle Rock so at 51, as I had NEVER been in a Gym let alone joined one. ( None of my friends in the UK went to a gym) coupled with a trainer for a Christmas present and that really put me on track. so all you 50+’s out there never say never.
    Having lost weight l can totally relate to Melissa as you do gain more confidence the more weight you loose. I am please they are giving it another go, it will be worth it.

    I’m 56 coming love Kettle bells as I have a set , confess to having put on a few ponds when we moved house and all that brings but back on track now.

    Foot note to producers a little more on the food you recommend would be nice.

  6. Amelie - July 2, 2015

    Silly question… Where did Heidi get that crazy beautiful ombré sweater in this episode… I know, I know, not the point, but she always looks gorgeous and that sweater was beautiful!

  7. Courtney - July 2, 2015

    I know it’s a little off topic, but one of the things I really loved about this episode is when they were taste testing and Heidi told marissa that the cake was healthier. .. but still not healthy. I think so many get those two words confused.

  8. Kathryn Meyers - July 1, 2015

    I admit the twist really did surprise me especially after hearing how much time the two of them were together. I am thrilled to hear that they are both are on a better road to health and happiness. I do have a question about Shane though, seeing how he has lost all this weight does he no longer need to use his CPAP machine? Again thank you and Shane and Marissa for sharing their transformation story with us out there in TV land. Keep up the great work!

  9. Michele McMinn - July 1, 2015

    God Bless all of you! I loved the show. I was sad for Shane but felt Marissa had real reasons for the breakup. I came from a divorced family and swore I would never do that to my children. My parents were not nice to each other. Thankfully I have been blessed with a wonderful husband of 29 years. Marriage is not easy and takes alot of work. I am glad you are working on your relationship and may you all be richly blessed.

  10. Audra - July 1, 2015

    So glad I read their blog. I, too, was disappointed with the way things were left on the show, although I know from personal experience that they did the right thing. However, I can’t help but wonder if, with this in mind, perhaps the show should eliminate the “3 months apart” immediately before their wedding part. 3 months is a long time to go without your “partner in crime”. 😉
    I see in the pictures Marissa in the short hair and her wedding dress. Has this “wedding in the future” happened?

    • Courtney - July 2, 2015

      I actually like the idea… in a marriage you have to have an identity of your own before becoming one. If not… she would have married and later down the road probably wonder who she is. In the show she said she thought she was happy those past 7 years. She forgot what happiness felt like until she really felt it.

  11. Christine - July 1, 2015

    This was one of thr best episodes. Not all relationships end in a fairytale……and then you follow it up with an awesome blog. Love it.

    Keep up the amazing work. So enjoy watching the transformations.

    Blessings.

  12. Tracy - July 1, 2015

    Hi Heidi! It his episode hit so close to home for me. I think Marissa was very brave. I called my wedding off Eight days before. After a two year relationship and living together I realized that I was not able to fully be myself and that the person I was about to marry depended on me for his happiness. It was one of the hardest conversations I have ever had in my life. He was a great guy but we were not meant for eachother. I hope that this episode helped people who really are questioning their relationships. I have been happily married for 12 years and have two amazing daughters!!!
    Tracy

  13. June Scott - July 1, 2015

    I am very pleased Shane and Melissa found themselves as individuals. It would have been tragic for them to marry and find our their relationship had been built on their mutual dependency and not as individuals in love.
    I wish you would do a show with elderly people trying to get healthy and live longer. I struggle with exercise and weight loss daily and fail daily because I hurt physically and just give up because my journey is so lonely and isolated. I always wanted to run and swim. I did swim for a few years but that stopped when the access to a pool ended. I have one artificial knee and arthritis so the exercises are very painful now. I do water aerobics at least twice a week and that helps a little.
    Keep up your show…I plan my week around it.
    Thank you for the exercise the stories but also for the insight you have in dealing with the emotional problems the contestants have that got them to that place in the first place. Most diet doctors/gurus omit that part of a person’s journey.

    • Team Powell - July 1, 2015

      Hi June: It sounds like you’re on the right track to achieving your transformation goals! If you’re interested, you could discuss Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life,” with your healthcare team and see if it would work for you and your goals. The book contains Chris and Heidi’s complete nutrition and exercise program, and it’s the same one they use on the show. It will teach you everything you need to know and do to achieve your own transformation! Learn all about it here: http://heidipowell.net/9060/how-to-begin-your-transformation-journey-step-by-step/. You can do this!

  14. Jessica - July 1, 2015

    I think their blog crashed!

    • Team Powell - July 1, 2015

      I just checked it, and it’s okay now. 🙂

  15. Jeff Austin - July 1, 2015

    I loved the show and y’all are a perfect example of not only listening but seeing your loves “love language.” Not speaking the right language is like going for a run in waders. You may get a workout but it is not going to be comfortable. I battle with staying in shape with economies of working out consistently just like I battle with my wife. What?! yes you saw that right, sometimes love is a battle worth fighting and striving for each day. Sometimes my wife does not feel like loving me or visa versa but we could not imagine being married to anyone else. Keep striving! Keep loving each other!

  16. April - July 1, 2015

    I applaud people who make the right decisions even tho sometimes they are the hardest!!! The couple are inspirational as well as you, Heidi & Chris! Thanks for being real & genuinely caring.

  17. Kim - July 1, 2015

    God bless Shane & Marissa!! They have come so far, both physically & emotionally. I wish the two of them a life filled with joy & happiness. It’s not always easy, but open communication & taking time for each other to just “listen” are so important. Best wishes to you both! 🙂

  18. Danielle - July 1, 2015

    Wow…just wow! I read their blog and I am sooooo happy to see the changes they have made as individuals and together. It takes a lot for a person to admit to the world how self-centered they are and to recognize it in themselves but Melissa proudly did that and owned it…shows she paid attention to all aspects of the transformation process! Good Job Heidi and Chris!!

  19. Mary - July 1, 2015

    I was so proud of you for being able to have the strength to call off the wedding. 2 weeks before my wedding I KNEW I shouldn’t marry him but all was planned and I didn’t have the guts to do it. I thought things would eventually work out. He had a drinking and partying problem. Well it was a nightmare and we lasted 6 years. I do not know how many times I said I knew I shouldn’t have. Well bless you both and thank God you had the strength to say not now. Maybe now you have a great chance for a wonderful relationship.

  20. Kerri Silvers - July 1, 2015

    Omg. I just read their blog and I am so happy that they are giving it another go. I was so bothered by how they left things last night but knew that they had to do what was best for them. I am glad they are taking it one day at a time and getting to know the new person that they have each become. I wish them nothing but happiness and joy! They both deserve it so much. Best of luck ! I am rooting for you!

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