“Extreme Weight Loss” video blog from the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center: Mitzi’s transformation requires her to tear down her walls and get vulnerable

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Dr. Holly says that while Mitzi felt she needed her walls to protect her from feeling pain, they were also shielding her from the good things in life. Getting vulnerable and letting people in helped Mitzi connect with family and joy and happiness.

Mitzi's journey to transfrom her life begins with breaking down her barriers at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

Dr. Holly points to Mitzi’s decision to tear down her physical and emotional barriers and allow herself to be vulnerable as the foundation of her transformation success.

The latest edition of “Extreme Weight Loss” Season 5 was different from all the others before it. In this episode, Mitzi (Dallas, TX) had to overcome two addictions--over-eating and hoarding. She turned to both after suffering the death of her mother and betrayal by the love of her life in a span of just two months. For nearly nine years, the only time Mitzi left the house was to go to work or to eat fast food.

In her weekly video blog, the TV show’s medical director Holly Wyatt, MD, says this episode is one of the most powerful she’s been part of at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and describes it as thought-provoking. Mitzi had built both physical and emotional walls to protect herself from getting hurt again. Wyatt points to Mitzi’s decision to tear down those barriers and allow herself to be vulnerable as the foundation of her transformation success.

Every episode of the hit ABC series “Extreme Weight Loss” Season 5 begins at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo. where Wyatt is associate director. She is affectionately known as “Dr. Holly” to the show’s cast members and her patients.

Dr. Holly’s weekly video blogs offer fans her insight about that week’s show plus advice on how to begin, or continue, their own weight loss transformation journeys.

Reflecting on this episode, Dr. Holly says that while Mitzi felt she needed her walls to protect her from feeling pain, they were also shielding her from the good things in life. Mitzi was disconnected from family and joy and happiness. Getting vulnerable and letting people in made all the difference.

“We all want to protect ourselves,” said Dr. Holly, “we all build walls. But, what Mitzi shows us is the power of getting rid of the barriers and allowing ourselves to take chances even if that means we might get hurt. Once she did that, Mitzi started experiencing life rather than just existing.”

Watch Dr. Holly as she challenges us to tear down our own walls and, in Mitzi’s words, live a new, transformed “super fantastic” life.

Dr. Holly’s advice:

  •     Walls and barriers get in the way of our successful transformations
  •     Look deep inside and identify your own walls and barriers
  •     Tear them down, be vulnerable, take chances
  •     Let people in, experience life
  •     This week I encourage you to go public with your vulnerability. Go to my Facebook page and tell me about the barriers you’ve built and how you will tear them down. You may get hurt and you may feel pain but by living life fully you will be prepared for a successful transformation.

Dr. Holly’s participation in the TV show inspired her to create the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s first destination weight loss program. The weeklong Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp is designed to provide participants with the tools they need to complete their own successful weight loss transformations— without the TV cameras! Limited space is available in upcoming boot camps and weight loss seekers are encouraged to learn more and register now.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center offers some of the country’s most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services. Follow AnschutzWell on Facebook and Twitter.

“Extreme Weight Loss” is produced by 3 Ball Entertainment. JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic are the executive producers.

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Marcia Neville
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