Shane & Marissa call off wedding after successful weight loss

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“Extreme Weight Loss” video blog: Shane and Marissa called off the wedding after their successful transformations that began at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

AURORA, Colo. (July 1, 2015) – Every episode of the hit ABC series “Extreme Weight Loss” Season 5 begins at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Holly Wyatt, MD is associate director of the center and medical director for the TV show. She is affectionately known as “Dr. Holly” to the show’s cast members and her patients.

For three weeks this summer, “Extreme Weight Loss” Season 5 offers a new twist on the series with three special companion piece editions — “Love Can’t Weight” — in which three obese couples get in shape, both physically and emotionally, for each of their weddings. Like the cast members on “Extreme Weight Loss”, the couples spend the first part of their transformation journey at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center getting guidance from Dr. Holly.

Each week, Dr. Holly watches the show then records a video blog about the episode offering fans her insight plus advice on how to begin, or continue, their own weight loss transformation journeys.

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In this episode, Shane and Marissa work to break free of their sedentary lifestyles with the goal of actually being able to wrap their arms around each other for the first dance at their wedding. But, the wedding never happened.

Dr. Holly and the others involved with the show were completely surprised when the wedding was called off. She says this was a difficult episode for her to watch because it’s always hard to see people you know go through something painful. And, she struggled with what to say in this video blog.

The pain of transformation is something Dr. Holly often sees in her clients at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. As the transformation process continues, things change outside of the individual which can bring pain along with it. She says it’s a pain that must be faced in order for the individual to attain the fully energized life of their dreams.

Watch Dr. Holly as she reflects on this painful episode.

Dr. Holly’s advice:

  • Learn from the lessons in this episode and don’t be afraid to change.
  • Look at your life and identify the changes you’ve been hesitating to make.
  • Be courageous. Be prepared to experience pain.
  • Take off your armor and go through the negative feelings.
  • The payoff will be your new positive feelings of joy and happiness as you begin living the life you’ve always wanted to live.

Dr. Holly’s participation in the TV show inspired her to create the CU 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.

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


About the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative, state-of-the art research, education and patient care facility located on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Center’s mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through science-based wellness strategies. Our research is translated into customized programs and offerings, delivered through our Wellness Clinic and Fitness Center. We provide programs, in partnership with schools, worksites and community organizations throughout Colorado. Our vision is a world where wellness is the norm.

About the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Faculty at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine work to advance science and improve care. These faculty members include physicians, educators and scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Degrees offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine include doctor of medicine, doctor of physical therapy, and masters of physician assistant studies. The School is located on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, part of the University of Colorado Denver. For additional news and information, please visit the School of Medicine’s newsroom.

“Extreme Weight Loss,” “Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp” and “Destination Boot Camp” are each a trademark of 3 Ball Entertainment LLC and are used under license. All rights reserved.