TRANSFORM Nation || Hurricane Harvey Survivor, Mary Jackson

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Meet Mary. A Hurricane Harvey survivor who lost EVERYTHING in the flood but didn?t let it stop her from transforming her life.

We were so impressed by her fight that Chris and I surprised her in her hometown to capture her heartwarming story and give her the love she deserves. A MUST WATCH and SHARE!!!!!!

Now a little more from my heart… ????

To say we?ve been blessed with a job that fills our hearts more than money ever could is an understatement. For a living, we get to CHANGE LIVES. Like…legitimate WATCH people go from HOPELESS to HOPEFUL to EXTRAORDINARILY SUCCESSFUL. ??

 

After 5 incredible seasons of Extreme Weight Loss on ABC, it was quite heartbreaking to get a call from the network notifying us that our show had been cancelled. In a world littered with television negativity and drama (that doesn?t contribute to a better life), how could something so beautiful, so pure, and so positive be taken off the air?

We asked ourselves this question repeatedly as we mourned the loss. Because it truly felt like a death to us. While yes, the paycheck was gone, that?s not what we knew we would miss. The only thing worth missing was the fulfillment that came from being a small part of saving lives?being a part of what was most definitely creating change on this earth…FINALLY. I knew we would miss the connection we were blessed to create with ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things.

We cried hard…for about 24 hours. Then we stopped ourselves and remembered that just because this chapter was over didn?t mean our book had to be closed and shelved. We turned the page, chose to find the bright spots in what seemed to be a dark situation, and started writing our next (even better) chapter.

With the success of the show, it?s safe to say we received nearly ONE MILLION emails and messages asking for help. Each and every one of them breaking our hearts to read because we knew we didn?t have the bandwidth to take on any more people. But who are WE to say no to someone?s life? The guilt rode us for years…making us wish we had more time to help all of the others in need…wishing we had TIME to create the tools THEY needed to change their lives too!

Therein lies the blessing in disguise. While we knew we wouldn?t be filming another season of EWL to inspire and motivate people to change, we DID realize that God?s plan was to get us out from in front of the camera and in to the workplace to start CREATING those tools that MILLIONS needed and were desperately asking for.

You see, it?s easy to be inspired and motivated to action after watching our show, but then what? We had nothing?no guidance?to give for YOU GUYS to actually create change.

So…for the last 2.5 years, Chris and I buckled down and hit the pavement GRINDING. We spent and do spend ENDLESS hours, days, weeks, and months giving ALL WE HAVE and MORE to creating tools that we KNOW will change lives, and they’re already proving this. ?

One of these life-changing tools is our The TRANSFORM App that was released in March 2017. The results so far have been insane, and the stories…even better. The testimonials we’ve seen and the people we?ve met through the app have been jaw-dropping and MORE inspiring than ever. And it has been an HONOR to be able to show up at the doorsteps of these hard workers and show them the love they deserve for a job well done.

My friends, Mary is one of our incredible success stories. Her commitment to change and her effort to follow through despite rough life circumstances inspires me MORE than you know!

It is our honor and pleasure to NOW be able to bring these bite-sized stories to you each month. They will make you laugh, warm your heart, and pave the way to change within your own life.

My friends…please enjoy. ??

Xoxo,

Heidi

Related reading:

TRANSFORM App FAQs + Tips to Start Your Transformation
It Really Is All About the Promise
The Picture of Perseverance: Katie Brimhall?s Incredible At-Home Transformation Story
Our Top 4 Transformation-Friendly Food Faves
Our Transformation Mantras + Top Tips for Success
Meal Prep Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

56 Responses

  1. I haven?t tried any bands but this ? could use all the help it can get ??

    Three babies later and the ? has left the building ??

  2. My favorite are squats with the band on and after reading about your kickbacks…this I?m sure will be my next favorite…

  3. I love actually anything with a band and he resistance it gives off. I can?t remember the name but I love having the band over my head a little in front arm on each and pulling down so your body looks like a T with the arms a little bent.

  4. My favorite resistant bands move is the hip thrust because it?s so beneficial! But in addition to that one I love fire hydrants because they give you that tightness firm feeling. Honestly after reading your giveaway post it made me want to go and do these workouts plus the one you shared. I?m going to change into workout gear and do them now ???

  5. I don?t know where my moment went. I don?t have a fav workout using the band as I?m just learning about these. I would love to try one! I know I can?t do anything that involves kneeling!
    On another note, can anyone tell me how to change the picture that shows next to my name?

  6. I?m just learning about these bands so I don?t have a fav move yet. I know I can?t do any that involved kneeling.. I would love to try one!

  7. Weighted banded glute bridges w/open clam ( <- ?open clam? ??????? idk if that the official term but you know what I mean ?) are my quick go-to move! ?

  8. I have used the band to do side walking, squat walking backwards and forwards to a song for 4 min. Clam shells …..Sallywalkers…I could go on and on. Would LOVE to have a band??????

  9. Can’t beat a good banded jump squat and banded Floor Glute Bridge combo! That’s how I got my booty show ready!!! A new set of bands would help me build even more in the off season!

  10. My favourite exercises with bands are the squat side walk, and hip thrusts. It would be amazing to have bands that do not slip or roll up.

  11. My favourite exercises with booty bands are banded reverse hyper and banded side steps … both from the at home body sculpt program on the Transform App. I am LOVING this program. I am new to weight training (have done fitness classes for years) and am so enjoying the workouts. Also love your hotel and anywhere workouts, Heidi, where a band comes in handy!

    1. I love it when I have to do banded barbell hip thrusters! I love the extra challenge it gives me! And I can really feel it in my tush after! lol

  12. Banded hip thrust are probably my favorite! But I really need this band for the banded doggie kickbacks( I am on phase 3 of the at home body sculpting with the transform app)!! The bands I have just roll up and are useless with this move!!

    I love the transform app! I have lost 48lbs after baby number3!!
    Thank you!!

    1. Hmm ? so many good exercises with the band. One of my favorites is called crab walks with the band around the thighs! Really gets the side of the buns and hips – what a burn!

  13. I do like the hip thrusts, glute kickbacks, and fire hydrants though I’ve not used a band. I haven’t had one that won’t slide.

    1. Banded hip thrusts with a barbell, it gives your glutes a little bit more work which always turns out good in the long run ?

  14. I can?t wait to have my own transform success story. With moving, new job and getting back into theatre (my true love) I?ve been distracted, but I finally found my ?why? and I?m fired up.

  15. I was saying on FB ?How does the band stay when you do these? I struggle and adjust SO much that it feels that I miss out on my workout!?-I have a lighter resistance band that I like for squatted steps with the band around my knees! BUT, I really do struggle with the band rolling. Hoping for a new band to upgrade!

  16. You are so amazing & mind set to help others improve their life , health!!!
    Love your post of encouragement, even with your busy life . Along with others .
    Sending you prayers up for recovery & lots of blessings ?

    1. I’ve never used a band for my buns, but I think I need to start! I’m on a mission to get that ?

  17. Love y?all! Love the chance to win things from you.
    I like everything with bands! Hip raises, abductor moves, stepping side to side. We use them at the gym sometimes but would love to have one at home!
    Thanks for all y?all do!

  18. Love you and your passion to help people where they to get to where they want/need to be. I love that no one is ever too far gone and that everyone is treated equally because no matter how far you?ve come, there?s always room for improvement.
    I would love to win a booty band! I?ve looked into getting one for years because my gym doesn?t have a machine to do donkey kickbacks or abductors and I know the booty band is PERFECT for both those!

  19. Yeees I?m so excited for the Transform Nation series!! I?ve been missing Extreme weight loss and was so sad when it was canceled! Heidi, you and Chris are so amazing for continuing to share and help others every day despite your busy lives. Appreciate you both ???

  20. Absolutely LOVING the Transform nation series!! It?s a beautiful thing that the two of you are doing. What?s greater than not only changing someone?s life, but proving to them just how amazing they really are as a person. Never stop pouring your hearts out to the people that need it the most Chris + Heidi!!

    P.S. ? super pumped to possibly be winning some booty bands ? my Instagram handle is @rese_till

    1. Love you and your passion to help people where they to get to where they want/need to be. I love that no one is ever too far gone and that everyone is treated equally because no matter how far you?ve come, there?s always room for improvement.

      I would love to win a booty band! I?ve looked into getting one for years because my gym doesn?t have a machine to do donkey kickbacks or abductors and I know the booty band is PERFECT for both those!

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