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Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition’s Staci Loses 201 Pounds in One Year

This guest post written by James Garrison, who lost 313 pounds on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition.

This week’s episode of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition (EMWLE) we meet Staci, a wonderful mother of two and wife to her disabled husband Rodney. Staci isn’t just your average wife and mother of two; she is also the caretaker for her husband and sole provider for her family. Imagine a life so caught up in the everyday struggles every family faces, now imagine most those struggles and then some falling squarely on the shoulders of Staci. All this led to a staggering weight of 456 pounds that, in her words, is a crushing statement to even say.

During a workout a revelation is made that somewhere in life she gave up on herself and ever being thin. In seventh grade she was already over 200 pounds and being made fun of, and by high school she was too big to even fit in a desk, which ultimately led to her dropping out. It’s during this workout that Chris Powell reiterates to her that she needs to stop playing the victim and take responsibility for her own actions.

Staci loses an astonishing 166 pounds in six months, and in an effort to show Staci just how far she has come she is challenged by Chris Powell to complete the recruit test at the Dallas Fire Department. It’s here that she finds out just how much fight she truly has in her. After suffering from heat exhaustion in “The Tower,” a six-story windowless concrete stairwell that reaches temperatures in excess of 130 degress, she almost begs to continue. She has reached a point in life where if she starts something, she’s going to finish and she does, exclaiming to the world “I’m a different person!”, and I for one believe her.

What makes EMWLE different than any other reality show is that the contestants fight this battle not in the comfort of a perfect ranch, but in the very same battle ground with the very same struggles that took them to what many consider the brink of death. They drive past temptation every day, and at some point the question is asked “do they ever give in?” It wasn’t a perfect journey, every goal wasn’t met and in the third three-month phase Staci gained four pounds. However, in the end, there was a transformation. They say at some point in a boxing match a fight breaks out, and this was that point.

After 365 days the new Staci revealed herself to the world at her finale, where she also revealed her husband Rodney had lost 100 pounds, too, fully embracing his wife’s new lifestyle. Standing there on the scale in her moment of truth Staci’s final weight is 255 pounds, having lost an astonishing 201 pounds in just one year. It’s not just weight loss with Staci, its transformation. She now knows she’s worth it, she’s worth every tear that comes out of her eyes, every muscle that hurts, every drop of sweat that drenches her shirt and she’s worth it for as long as it takes. Those were her words, and they should be yours too.

Learn more about the EMWLE diet in our interview with nutritionist Paulette Lambert.

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July 19th, 2011

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Laurie Faria

This was a great article, well written and informative. I haven't seen Staci's episode yet but through the article I have come to admire her, not only for her daily struggles but also her overwhelming passion and heart. I look forward to seeing it. James and Staci are both exceptional people who are changing the world with every person their stories touch. They both look great and really happy and I know they can do anything they set their minds to.

posted Jul 19th, 2011 10:13 pm


You both look fantastic. I can never get enough of these kinds of stories. I think it means a lot more knowing that the writer actually went through the experience as well. It's not something that just anyone could do. I would love to see his story on here as well. :)

posted Jul 19th, 2011 4:39 pm


Great artical! very motivational and the Extreme Weightloss Show is a life send..Please post more articals like this one!

posted Jul 19th, 2011 3:52 pm

Melissa Loiacano

Very well written!!! So often people do not understand the struggles the obese face on a daily basis. Individuals can sometimes relate to physical obsitcals, but the emotional battles one faces can not be completely comprehended unless you have walked a mile in their shoes!!! Thank God for Chris Powell, he has an amazing gift for taking on these struggling individuals with compassion and stregnth!!!

posted Jul 19th, 2011 2:34 pm


James did an amazing job on the overview of Staci's journey and adding the quote in the end was a nice touch. I loved her story and his synopses of it. The before and after pictures of the 2 of them really puts all their hard work into perspective. Great job to both of you, thank you for sharing your journeys with us.

posted Jul 19th, 2011 2:13 pm

Kristin H

Great article James. I look forward to more pieces from you!

posted Jul 19th, 2011 1:29 pm

Sara Vargas

James did a great job as a guest writer! So happy for James, Staci, & Rodney's success! It's very encouraging to many!

posted Jul 19th, 2011 1:24 pm

Jennifer Mercer

Both James and Staci are super inspirational and this article was very well written! :)

posted Jul 19th, 2011 1:08 pm


Great article James! You, Staci, and all of you guys who put your lives out there and give the rest of us hope and inspiration are awesome!! Thanks!

posted Jul 19th, 2011 12:42 pm

Tawnya Smith

James...great article! Well-written and inspiring! Thanks for being such an inspiration to all of us!! =)

posted Jul 19th, 2011 12:35 pm

Jeremiah Taijeron

James has written a great inspiring article. I have been in contact with James and he is a very genuine person willing to help as are the EMWLE people many of them can be found on Facebook I would like to see future articles by him and others to see how they maintain and continue their weight loss journey.

posted Jul 19th, 2011 12:25 pm

jodi c

Excellent. Always inspirational to see a success story, specially one I can relate to!!! :)

posted Jul 19th, 2011 12:19 pm


I haven't watched Staci's episode yet and I'm sure I'll cry like a baby when I finally do. This article makes me want to go watch it now! Staci's story, like the others, are so inspiring. It is wonderful to watch the people on EMWLE really transform their lives and hopefully we'll see more articles about these transformations.

posted Jul 19th, 2011 11:44 am

Kelly Stafford

What a great story. I love the before and after photos. You can truly see the happiness in both of their faces.

posted Jul 19th, 2011 11:37 am


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