Extreme Makeover features a celebrity trainer helping
very overweight individuals reach their weight loss
goals. Sometimes, their attitudes aren’t great, but
other times, the people on the show are truly amazing,
like Sara. Sara is a little person, standing at only
4’5″. She was a nutrition speaker on local television
shows at the start of her journey, but ashamed of
herself. Not only had she spent her life dealing with
her short stature, but she had suffered greatly at the
hands of her sister. She turned to eating and by the
time she was 37 years old, weighed over 200 pounds.
When she began her time on Extreme Makeover, her first
challenge was to climb the stairs of an amphitheater
holding an 80 pound weight. The stairs came up past her
knees. But she didn’t complain once. She kept going.
Slowly, all the people in the theater started to watch
her. By the time she reached the last step, the crowd
cheered for her.
Her trainer gave her the goal to run a half marathon 6
months after starting her diet and exercise program.
Sara said no. She wouldn’t run the half. Instead she
would run a full marathon. Her trainer advised against
it because it would be extra hard on her body. She’d
have to take many extra strides due to her short stature.
Sara didn’t care. She ran the whole marathon.
She succeeded in loosing more than half her body weight
and becoming a runner, like she had always dreamed.