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'Extreme Weight Loss': Widow Melissa's amazing transformation

'Extreme Weight Loss': Widowed Army Wife's Shocking Story & Transformation

On 'Extreme Weight Loss,' Heidi and Chris Powell chose 46-year-old widowed army wife Melissa for the transformation of a lifetime.

As ET notes, the mother of three who almost quit the whole thing after her very first workout, was convinced to stick around by trainer Heidi Powell, and her decision to stay paid off big time.

When announcing Melissa's transformation shot, Heidi said, "Dang ... you are hot." Melissa dropped a total of 142 pounds and Heidi said her late husband would be proud of her for the transformation and for getting her life back on track.

The reason Melissa almost quit was because she was dealing with the loss of her husband, Mike, who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and committed suicide when he jumped into a trash compactor at work.

For a long time, Heidi blamed herself and turned to food to deal with the pain, but it wasn't until her son was also diagnosed with PTSD after his father's passing, that she realized she needed to make a change.

As Heavy.com notes, Melissa not only succeeded losing the weight, but continues to do whatever she can to raise more awareness for PTSD.

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botcheditagain000 July 02 2014 at 11:37 AM

I don't get it...she still looks like a cow.

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The Canoli King July 02 2014 at 10:57 AM

Inspirational.....She is smokin....

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dexrmerritt July 02 2014 at 11:05 AM

Good Job...

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ginderat July 02 2014 at 12:23 PM

Wow! This lady is a true inspiration! May she and her son continue on a positive path in life.

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Mickey July 02 2014 at 12:28 PM

Awesome Melissa!!! Don't even know you but am very proud of you!!! Weight loss is NOT easy.

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dickn2000b July 02 2014 at 12:31 PM

First, Lauren Solomon is the most grating commentator on the AOL/Fluffpost videos. The nasty mouthful of teeth and cheshire cat smile make me want to puke. Second, the video failed to give the viewer a decent look at this miracle weight loss cow. Just more lousy reporting from the AOL/Fluffpost Flakes.

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Velocity105 July 02 2014 at 8:28 PM

Grotesque, she looked better before.

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lgvxl42 Velocity105 July 02 2014 at 8:35 PM

Velocity......are you a little chubby?

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jewel July 02 2014 at 1:42 PM

you look good keep up the good work----- yo ma-ma..

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lgvxl42 July 02 2014 at 8:38 PM

I was wondering why this was news?.........Bingo! Its not Friday & Obama hasn't passed some new immigration law..................

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boyle1034 July 02 2014 at 9:40 PM

Remarkable. The way we get to a new life in so many categories.

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