Kenny O’Neal and Christy Oldenkamp are taking on Extreme Weight Loss in tonight’s episode. Read on for the facts on their EWL journey …
1. Christy Is a Caretaker for Her Sick Mother
— Christy Oldenkamp (@VegasChristyO) August 12, 2014
Christy spent most of her life being bullied and now she’s the caretaker of her ill mother. When her mother got her hip replaced, she ended up with a blood clot in her lungs. As a result her memory has suffered and she has a lot of medical needs. Another thing Christy says is that she didn’t come from a family that says, “I love you.”
When she was in school, one of her friends handed her a note from all the kids in school that said they wanted her to leave the school because of the way she looked. One day, Christy tried to kill herself by riding her bike into a car and it was actually her weight that saved her.
2. Kenny Is a Former Marine
Kenny is a former marine who actually gets up in trainer Chris Powell’s face during his journey. It’s pretty intense and reveals that Kenny has serious rage issues. The Moore Daily talks about how Kenny first gained all his weight:
Kenny weighed 410 pounds when he began his journey. He hoped to improve his life by losing up to half of his bodyweight by the final weigh-in. Kenny is a 35-year-old married father of three from Oklahoma City, OK. Formerly very fit and active, after quitting the Marines, he became depressed and quickly gained more than 150 pounds.
3. Mrs. O’Neal Is a Professional Dancer
Kenny is married to a beautiful blonde, professional dancer, but don’t dance together because of Kenny’s size. He says he knows she loves him, but doesn’t see the sparkle in her eyes that he used to. For their 15th anniversary, Kenny tries to learn how to dance so that he can surprise his wife, but trainer Chris Powell gives Kenny his own surprise by crashing her dance class. To support Kenny on his journey, his wife and family are holding a viewing party at Shekinah Fellowship Church for his big reveal to the world.
4. Christy Is a Blogger Called Las Vegas Christy
— Christy Oldenkamp (@VegasChristyO) August 13, 2014
Christy keeps a blog, documenting her life online and it’s called Las Vegas Christy. The title on her cover page reads “How Much Does Love Weight?” and has this as a tagline:
This is the sad but true date in the life experiences of a mid 30’s not size zero woman who has yet to find her mate…blog.
Christy writes about finding love, the troubles of dating, and overcoming life’s obstacles, including her weight. The really cool part about Christy living in Las Vegas is when Chris Powell made her walk a mile to the Stratosphere and up well over a hundred flights of stairs in order for him to choose her to participate in EWL. After 120 days into her transformation, Christy almost gets kicked out of the program. Four weeks after her 90 day weigh-in, Chris surprises her at her home because he hadn’t heard from her in a month. When he weighs Christy, she’s actually gained a couple pounds. Christy insists she’s been following the rules, but Chris wants her to come back to Colorado with him. Christy even ends up fighting with Chris’ wife Heidi.
When Chris takes Christy under his wing again, he finds out she’s cutting corners and actually hitch-hikes for a ride back to the dorm instead of walking like she’s supposed to … Chris and Heidi send Christy home packing and Christy doesn’t even put up a fight. Christy even admits to sabotaging her journey on purpose.
5. The Severe Tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma Inspired Kenny to Turn His Life Around
— New Day (@NewDay) May 20, 2014
After destructive tornadoes wrecked the town of Moore, Oklahoma, Kenny realized that life was too short and that he wanted to change. The Moore Daily writes:
After severe tornadoes ripped through his hometown of Moore, OK, in 2013 – destroying his children’s school and his childhood home — Kenny realized how short life really is and how quickly it can all be taken away. Vowing to turn his life around once and for all, Kenny wrote a letter to trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell asking for help.