Miss Extreme Weight Loss: Brandi Mallory!


How lucky were we to have our very own beauty queen grace our EWL stage?! Witnessing the transformation of the spunky, energetic Miss Brandi was an absolute blessing, and I am beyond thrilled with the opportunities that lie ahead for her. Our year with Brandi (much of it in AZ with the Powell Pack!) was never boring as she kept us all entertained with that hilarious and adorable personality of hers…even going so far as to refer to us as the “Obamas of weight loss” over the year! Silly Brandi.  🙂

When Brandi started gaining weight as a young child, she became self conscious and quit doing one of the things she loved most – pageants. For those of you who watched (and can see these pics), you can see how DROP DEAD GORGEOUS this girl is. Not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. Sadly, the numbers on the scale kept rising while her self esteem kept falling. Brandi masked her insecurities with food and hid behind makeup, hoping people would focus on that and not her weight. Her dreams were all but forgotten as she gave up and quit trying. With our help, though, this sweet Georgia Peach shed her unwanted pounds, and was able to morph into the person we knew she could be all along.

I love and miss Miss Brandi, and am excited to hear what she has to say about the past year and where she is headed!

Heidi: The Half Ironman…OMG…I will remember that day FOREVER. Such a huge accomplishment for you. Tell us all how it feels, AND (sorry can’t resist) if there is a full Ironman in your future!!

Brandi: After completing the Half Ironman I felt like I was floating on a cloud. There is nothing I can’t do if I just push myself to the limit, continue believing in myself all the way through to the end, and weather any storm that may come my way. I’d love to attempt a full now that I’ve completed a half!

Behind the scenes – During the last leg of the triathlon in New Zealand, Heidi came out of nowhere asking Chris, “Is she walking? There is no time for walking!”  She kicked off her sandals and ran over to me to push me along. I was tired in every way imaginable but Heidi reminded me why I was there and how important this milestone was not only to me, but also to my journey, and that I get to write the ending. We laugh about it now, and I’ve dubbed her “The pit bull in a skirt”! We all need the fight of a Heidi Powell pumpin’ in our veins! This woman is a beast at everything she does!

H: Brandi – I hope you know how much I stinkin’ love you. 🙂 Like I said…a day I will never forget. Watching you cross that finish line was emotional in so many wonderful ways. I am beyond proud, and hope you remain proud of yourself.


H: After the finale, you paid us a visit in Arizona to get something pretty special inked on you. How does it feel to have your own version of Chris’ vision tattoo on your wrist?

B: It is always an honor being around the Powell Pack! I feel like I just put on the biggest shoes ever, by getting this tattoo; however, I don’t back down from challenges and these are some shoes that I feel blessed to try and fill! I believe in the theme of transformation (keeping promises and maintaining your integrity), and those are the two things that keep me going. The way I see it, as long as I have this tattoo and I am motivating and inspiring others, I will continue to motivate and inspire myself! It’s a win/win situation!



H: Before your journey started, you said “When you stop dreaming, you give up, and I stopped dreaming a long time ago.” Have you started dreaming again since your transformation?

B: I dream EVERYDAY now! There is something about pushing far past the limits that you place on yourself! It shows you that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to, and if there is something in this life that you want to do and it’s not quite working out for you, don’t quit…write the ending the way YOU want to see it! It’s your life, you write the story.

H: For anyone reading this that only dreams of doing a half Ironman, what tips or advice do you have to share?

B: It’s never enough to just “dream.” At some point you have to start doing the work it takes to get to where you want to go. I can’t say, “I wish I could complete an Ironman,” and then everyday I wake up, go to work, come home, and go to bed. I have to train like every other athlete does. Reminder: Dreams + Work = Actions conquering fears!

H: Training with Thad Beaty from Sugarland, and Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, must have been quite the experience! Did you have any idea that they would be a regular part of your life? 

B: NO! I feel so very blessed! I was blessed to have the experience of Chris and Heidi being in my life, and I knew this was a life long friendship from day one, but to add Thad and Nina to the mix is surreal! We text and check on one another, and hold one another accountable for whatever goals we’ve set for ourselves! These are amazing people and I feel so honored, lucky, blessed, and humble at the opportunity to just say “hello” when I want to! God is Good!


H: What’s next for Brandi?

B: I am working on getting more makeup jobs in television/film! That has been my dream job for years and instead of talking about it, I’m doing the footwork to get there now. It may take some time, but I won’t ever quit on this dream! I’m also coming out with a blog “BEaUty Mark” where the underlying theme is the beauty of transformation. I think we tell ourselves during the year that we have to fix everything in one year or else… But as humans, we have so many things to work on mentally, physically, and emotionally that we could never change that in one year. You can throw a huge dent in it, but there is still work to be done, and I’m sharing that part of me with the world! I’m imperfectly perfect and that’s ok! Who’s perfect anyway?

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Brandi – I have no doubt that you are destined for great things. Keep dreaming and don’t ever give up on the things you want most! I love you SO much!!!!!!



Want more Brandi? You can find her on……Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. hannah - June 6, 2015

    i’m guessing contracts won’t let them answer some of these questions…but 2 things I (and others it seems) want to know

    1. is there a place to get Rocco’s salisbury steak recipe?
    2. Any pics of brandi after skin removal?

  2. Amy - July 20, 2014

    I was so inspired by Brandi, to see the reality of how the “addict” still can take over. I realized you have to be true to yourself as well as the people in your life that are coaching you. I really would love to write to Brandi if she has an e-mail or Facebook. I was very inspired by her. I am watching the show right now on my DVR, so I am noy sure how it turns out but she is beautiful. I wish I could do the things she has!

  3. Ashley - July 20, 2014

    Did she get the surgery? Would love to see pictures after her surgery if she did it! Please post a follow up on Brandi!! 🙂

  4. Angie - July 18, 2014

    If they don’t qualify for the skin removal at the end of phase 3 I wish they would do a follow up reveal after the finale so we can see what they look like after the skin removal…she was so beautiful I best she looked tiny after all that skin was taken off!

  5. Nina Berenboym - July 18, 2014

    Hi Heidi, I’m writing you again. My name is Nina Berenboym, Founder & Designer of Nina.B.Roze apparel. heres the link http://www.ninabroze.com I was really moved by Brandi’s episode and could not hold back the tears pretty much the entire hour. As the Designer of the Feminine Activewear, inspired by Victorian era , I would Just to let you let you know I would love to send one of my Best selling leggings to Brandi. For being a strong beautiful woman who reached her most epic fitness goal! Truly touched and would love to be a part of this. Thank you Heidi and Chris for creating such a rockstar show!! Please email me at [email protected] would love to speak with you. Thank you so much, Nina

  6. Wendy - July 18, 2014

    Brandi, You are Thebomb.com! I am truly proud of you. You are beautiful and have an even more beautiful personality, which is what matters most. Keep on keepin’ on!

  7. Tai - July 17, 2014

    By far one of the best shows I have seen on TV for a while. Congratulations Brandi, you looked wonderful at every stage. Keep it up and continue to be an inspiration!

  8. Nicole - July 17, 2014

    is the recipe posted or available that Rocco made on her episode? It looked delicious and I’d love to give it a try!

  9. Trina - July 16, 2014

    I want so much to keep up with Brandi and see her after photo’s, post surgery. Will you be keeping us informed, Heidi?


  10. Jackie - July 16, 2014

    I love this girl. Can’t wait to see her after her skin removal surgery.

  11. Tracee - July 16, 2014

    What I LOVEd about Brandi is that even though she didn’t make her weight loss goals, she didn’t let that set her back. She kept moving forward, despite disappointments and succeeded in the end! Plus she completed the Half Ironman. I’ve done 3 Tri’s and would never think of doing a Half! Go Brandi!

  12. Lori matthews - July 16, 2014

    Wow Brandi way to go girl you look amazing. I’m very proud of you. I wish I could do what you did but I’m getting old and have bad knees .
    Keep up the good work stay healthy and beautiful.
    Chris and Heidi thank you for doing what you do to help people .

  13. Kathleen Dacey - July 16, 2014

    Amazing beautiful story. Congratulations to Brandi. Such admiration for Chris and Heidi for all they do. Your stories are inspiring.

  14. Monica - July 16, 2014

    Heidi, this was awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing. I watched the show and cried my eyes out the entire time! I really connected with Brandi, the makeup, the pageants..it was as if it was me. It just touched my heart, you and Chris just amaze and exhaust me with how giving you guys are, Lol! Please keep doing what you do! Xoxo

  15. Barbara - July 16, 2014

    Brandy you are a beautiful kind person keep up the good work

  16. Sonja - July 16, 2014

    Congrats on the amazing transformation!!

    Chris I absolutely love your show! I have always been athletic and your show and you inspire me to push myself to try new things. Last year my husband and I did Tough Mudder here in Houston, after I saw it on your show!!

    It was amazing! In the future I would love to do my first triathlon! Can you give any advice on how to start training for it?

    Keep up the amazing work, you are amazing at what you do!!



    • Team Powell - July 16, 2014

      What an awesome goal! Training depends on what type of triathlon you’re going to do, as there are several different ones. The internet has some great training programs, so begin there. And make sure your nutrition is top notch too. Good luck! 🙂

  17. Tammy Adams - July 16, 2014

    You done a wonderful job. You look great and you feel great to I beat cha
    anyway GREAT JOB.

  18. saglinda - July 16, 2014

    I would really like to nominate my best friend and her 13 year old daughter. PLEASE HELP
    We live in Colorado! 😉

  19. Fabíola Vieira - July 16, 2014

    Ola Heidi, como pode ver sou brasileira, adoro vcs!!!!! Na minha tv só assisto o programa pela Discovery Home Healty, porém o programa tem muitos cortes, mas assisto assim mesmo. Eu sei que vcs viajam por todos os lados, e bem que poderiam vir aqui no Brasil também, fariam muito sucesso. Eu mesma não preciso emagrecer vários kilos, mas ver o programa todos os sabados me motivou a voltar para academia. Insisto em escrever pelo meu irmão, ele deve estar com uns 160 kgs, fico muito triste pois ele só piora a cada ano, e ninguém consegue ajudá-lo. Com o apoio de vcs acho que ele conseguiria. Por favor pensem no assunto, vcs são minha única esperança. Um grande abraço, Fabíola.

    • Maria - July 18, 2014

      Hello Heidi, as you can see I am Brazilian, I love you guys!! In my tv just watch the program for the Discovery Home Healty, but the program has many cuts, but I watch anyway. I know you guys traveling everywhere, and might well come here in Brazil too, would much success. I myself do not need to lose weight several kilos, but watch the program every Saturday motivated me to return to academia. Insist on writing for my brother, he should be with a 160 kgs, am very sad because it only gets worse every year, and nobody can help you. With the support of you guys think he could. Please think about it, you guys are my only hope. A big hug, Fabiola.

    • Team Powell - July 18, 2014

      Introduce your brother to Heidi and Chris’ carb cycling program in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” It’s a complete nutrition and exercise program, and it’s the same one they use on the show. Here are the nutrition basics: https://heidipowell.net/2713/carb-cycling-101/. He can totally do this with these tools Heidi and Chris have provided for him to use to begin and achieve his own transformation!

  20. Maresa - July 16, 2014

    Another awesome episode!! Brandi you are very inspiring. I am working on my own transformation. Unfortunately I hit a slump but I am getting back on track. Can you please tell me what those noodles are called that the chef cooked for you for the beef stroganoff. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  21. Susie - July 16, 2014

    Great show! Congratulations Brandi!!! I love the show !!!

  22. Katriel - July 16, 2014

    Thanks for letting us share in your transformation journey! Beautiful inside and out and I’m excited to hear what things come up for you in the future!

  23. Karen - July 16, 2014

    Brandi I am so proud of the work that you have done to lose all that weight…something I have been scared to do most of my adult life…
    Good luck…

  24. Azalea - July 16, 2014

    Awesome! !!!!! I love my Brandi! Thanks for helping her through this journey Chris and Heidi!

  25. Michelle - July 16, 2014

    Is there any way to get the steak recipe from Brandi’s transformation?

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