Meet The Powell Pack – Episode 1: Beginnings

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A few years ago, Chris & I opened up our home to let cameras capture our crazy, hectic, beautiful, ?modern? family dynamic! We wanted to show that we’re real people, with real struggles, just trying to make a positive impact and help others transform their lives. Every Friday for the next 6 weeks, I’ll be doing a #FlashbackFriday, sharing a new episode of Meet The Powell Pack to give you a better glimpse into what we are, who we are, and where it all began! I hope you enjoy taking a look back as much as I do!

I can’t believe how little Cash was…or how incomplete life was without Miss Ruby! I love looking back on the beginning years of the Powell Pack – what did YOU think of the episode?! Share your thoughts in the comments below!



Episode 1?|?Episode 2?|?Episode 3?|?Episode 4?|?Episode 5?|?Episode 6


35 Responses

  1. Hi Heidi & Chris!

    I’m trying to watch your videos and their not working.
    I live in Maine so I’m assuming I can get them I’m just not having good luck..

    I’m excited to see inside your family routines! πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Stephanie: It looks like all but episode 1 are working, I’m so sorry. We’ll have to look into this – thank you for bringing it to our attention!

  2. Heidi,

    You and Chris are such an inspiration. Your show is a beautiful testament of how caring and wonderful of a couple you are. Watching your show every week gives me that little extra push to get through one more day and to keep telling myself that it is not too late.

    Today I am making a promise to myself to take control back of my life, and to not only lose the weight but to also become healthy mentally. Life is tough, and there are bad things that happen to good people but I will no longer let that stop me from being the woman that I know I can be! I have ben overweight most of my adult life, but after falling ill last November I gained more weight than I had ever imagined. I am currently Just under 5’6″ and I weigh 295 lbs. I felt overwhelmed and doomed to die fat, but after seeing this week’s show I was inspired by Mitzi to take control and not to be afraid of change or asking for help if I need it. It wasn’t to late for her, and it is not too late for me! I need to do this for me, and to insure my children will grow up with a healthy Mom.

    Thank you Heidi and Chris for showing me every week that it IS possible, and I CAN do it!

    Love you two!, and best wishes to you and your family!


    1. Hi Susan: Thank you so much for your post, and congratulations on the amazing promises you’re making to yourself! You can totally do this!

  3. Hedi, my name is Pam I am a child sexual, physical, emotional, and mental abuse survivor. I grew up being sexually abused by my mom, dad,3 brothers and grandfather and sold to my moms drug dealers at 8 years old who shot me up with heroin then molested me. I struggled with heroin addiction and alcoholism, my whole life. I have been in 3 major relationships 2 were extremely physically, emotionally, and verbally abusive, I’ve been raped 4 and have spent most my life in psych units and have struggled with suicide attempts and severe mental health issues. I grew up in foster homes and group homes my whole life. I have NEVER had anyone love me, I have food issues and eating disorders I was starved as a child I was lucky if I got fed once a week. I was severely abused everyday of my life. I have not seen my mom since I was 13 years old and my dad is in prison and has been since I was 13. I was homeless from 2003-2007 in Denver where I struggled with my heroin addiction and other addictions and alcoholism, and prostitution. I used food as a way to cope and by the time I was 24 I weighed 645 lbs and was dying. I was diabetic, sleep apnea, on O2, in a wheelchair, had blood clots, 2 heart attacks. I had gastric bypass on may 15, 2006 and now weigh 10 lbs but I struggle everyday with blaming myself for the abuse I’ve endured by my family, and by men and I struggle with many other issues on a daily basis, I feel usless, like I’m nothing will never amount to anything I was the first to graduate high school in my family, I went on to college but COULD NOT FIS BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE THE MONEY, So again I proved everyone right I’m a loser and WILL NEVER AMOUNT TO ANYTHING. So I use food but I eat and vomit or don’t eat at all. I fight with food everyday. I could use your help Hedi and Chris Powell I CAN’T do this alone. My husband is over weight and I’m afraid I’m going to lose him and he is the first nan to NEVER EVER ABUSE ME. He’s my best friend and soul mate and I’m afraid I’m going to lose him he’s 52 and overweight I need him to survive. So please please please help us. I NEED A ROLE MODEL LIKE YOU HEDI IN MY LIFE, A STRONG WOMAN TO LEAN ON TO TALK TO, SOMEONE TO ENCOURAGE ME. I’ve been clean 7 years and sober 5 1/2 years that’s the only thing I’ve suceeded at other than that I’ve FAILED AT EVERYTHING INCLUDING BEING A MOTHER, FINISHING SCHOOL, and everything else in my life. Please please please Hedi and Chris help me and my husband.

    1. Hi Pam: Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We’re all so, so sorry to hear about all the trials you’ve lived through and survived in your life. Fortunately, Heidi has provided all the tools she and Chris use on the show for everyone to use: YouTube videos, her website (, and the book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life,” which she co-wrote with Chris. In “Choose More, Lose More for Life,” Chris and Heidi lay out a plan for helping you lose weight by working with the mind, food, and body. Everything they use in their popular TV show is in their book. You can transform your life by following this plan! Get a peek into the nutrition basics here: With your health issues, I’d suggest discussing this program with your healthcare team to see if any modifications need to be made for you. We want to keep you safe and healthy! πŸ™‚ Another tool Chris and Heidi use with every client is to make and keep a small, simple promise to yourself every day. This is truly a key to achieving any transformation! Learn about the process here: What will your first promise be today? We sincerely wish you and your husband the best of luck as you begin your own transformations – you can totally do this! πŸ™‚

  4. Hello I’m a very big fan from British Columbia Canada. I would like to ask if there is a way we Canadians can watch your Powell Pack videos?? I would be most grateful.

    Thank you we up in Canada love you guys

  5. I am a family member of Josh and Kathie’s and I was a fan before they were chosen as I also struggle with weight..( its winning right now) but after watching these I have fallen more in love with our family! πŸ™‚

  6. So disappointed that I cannot watch this in Canada. Hope you guys can make it accessible for Canadians πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks for being versatile in the methods you use to help people. The episodes that I have found the most beneficial is where you had the person focus on restored health instead of lost pounds and the weight still came off!

    Having been let down by the medical community, even having been a weight loss consultant for 3 companies (Jenny Craig, Prism, Heathy and whole) and working with teens at my church, at 63 I find myself over 300 lbs. swollen up like an elephant and wondering what happened? I tell my church teens I am over 60 going on 30. They say I am going on 16 πŸ˜‰ ,

    So, seeing your show and methods give me some other options to think about. I can see it does not always have to be so scary and intense… it can be at a more gentle yet progressive pace. Do you ever work with people my age?

    God bless and protect you and your family.

  8. Good evening I am writing you Chris and Heidi, I am on a wt loss program with my natural path Dr. She has put me on a 1000 cal diet and doing some exercise.Since June 8 of this year I have loss 29.6 lbs. I am walking arrowhead mall, some swimming but would like to get an exercise program for my arms and poss my legs. i can’t run never have liked it but will power walk the mall. The mall is 2/3 of an mile and today I did 21/2 laps in 17 mins. On Sunday I walked for endurance and did 41/2 laps in 60 mins. I looking for some help on my exercises and some eating tips and would love to met with you both if poss. I know you are both busy with your work but I would live to sit down and picked your brains if the is OK with you guys.
    Blessings Kathy Bridges

  9. Heidi, I am writing to you to tell you and Chris we enjoy what you do and try to emulate your healthy habits. Just wanted to say thank you for everything you do. I am on the board of directors of the Gilbert boys and Girls Club if you ever wanted to help in the community I am in Gilbert AZ and we would love to have you guys maybe come teach something to the kids regarding Exercise and health. Most of the kids there come from an environment which lacks structure and direction. We would love to have you. Again thx for everything.

  10. You both have such a wonderful family!!! So great to have the love and support for each other!!!!

  11. I really love that Heidi has been brought on and there’s a team of resources. Please keep inspiring and motivating! You are changing lives!!!

  12. I’m a teen struggling with weight and I just want you and Chris to know how much you inspire me. You two are truly blessings placed on earth to help people change their lives. What you do is incredible and I can’t thank you enough for being such amazing role models to me! I would LOVE a copy of Chris’s book! I enjoy reading and I’m sure I will be able to learn so much more from this book! It’s so great that Chris is willin to share his knowledge through this book! I hope I win! Thanks!!

  13. Wow! Beautiful family. wish your show was on more often really enjoy watching and learning from you two.

  14. OMGosh, I need to watch this! I had no idea. I really love that you are becoming more of a figure on the EWL epesides. I enjoy getting to know you a bit more! better watch out Chris!! Lol

  15. I felt the same way, my husband has two kids and I fell in love with him to a different level when I saw him with his two kids. I knew right away I had to have children with this mean. 7 years later we have two of our own and our “pack” is complete.

  16. Great to be able to follow your family as it grows. Have watch Chris for many years and you before and after the wedding and now following the family.

  17. This is my favorite blog post because it shows how a blended family can work and mesh together. I loved hearing how honest Chris was about taking on kids. My husband was the same way when he not only got me but also my five year old daughter. I loved seeing the kids involved in workouts!

  18. Bonjour !
    J’aime beaucoup tout ce que vous faites vous et votre mari, mais c’est dommage de ne pas avoir acc?s ? vos ?pisodes Powell pack et le programme de chris…
    A quand la disponibilit? de tout ce que vous faites au Canada ?
    Merci ! Bon succ?s ! Vous ?tes magnifique !

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