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Testimonial – Addie Backlund, March 2016
I came to Biggest Loser Resort Amelia Island in 2015 after a one-week visit to BLR Malibu and two one-week visits to BLR Utah. The Amelia Island program is significantly different—much more training with free weights—and it produced the best results for me in terms of putting on muscle and burning fat. I was thrilled, and I came back for more in 2016.
I first came to BLR Amelia Island in March 2015 for a spring “tune-up”—to lose five pounds or so and get some sun. The one-week visit was a revelation! BLR Amelia Island provides a comprehensive program of weight training, aerobic training, stretching, hydration, nutrition and nutritional tips, and life coaching that is life-changing. What an immensely worthwhile experience! I came back in 2016, and will no doubt be back again next year.
I have had many personal trainers over the years, and Betty Herberger and Ron Rodriguez are simply SUPERB, the best-of-the-best. What makes them stand out is that they truly care about the individual successes of each and every person; they meet each one of us where we’re at in the moment. In addition, each training session is unique, and they make it so much fun! The time flies by, and before you know it, the session is over and one feels a great sense of accomplishment.
When I first arrived at the Biggest Loser Resort a year ago, I got winded walking up a flight of stairs. I was slow and often got left behind. I was afraid to fall, afraid to exercise too hard, and afraid to push myself. After spending seven non-consecutive weeks spread out over the last year at the different Biggest Loser Resort locations, I have become a different person.At first, I thought of the resort as a great place to lose weight and get active. I came home from my first visit in May of 2012 and started doing some aerobics classes every week. I ate a little healthier, and I certainly understood the emotional component of my weight struggles somewhat better.Each visit thereafter, I came back for various reasons, most of them weren't about the weight. I took advantage of the fantastic services of the therapists and life coaches. I faced my fears and pushed my physical limits in the gym and out on the hikes. I made real connections with people who have become supportive friends throughout my journey.Now it is May of 2013. Three weeks from now, I will be participating in my first half ironman event-yes, voluntarily. This time I am on my way back to the resort to devote some serious time to my triathlon training.Oh, yeah, and incidentally I am no longer morbidly obese. Better than that is that I have transformed from couch potato to endurance athlete. I no longer slow people down. They work hard to keep up with me - when they can. I am immeasurably happier and more together emotionally. These days my friends and family come to me for advice with their problems.Sure, The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge is a great place to kick start or work on your weight loss. For me it has become a place where I challenge myself. Fitness Ridge is a safe, supportive place where I put in the work to accomplish daring goals—it is where I become the person I have always wanted to be.My journey is not just about weight loss anymore—it's not even my primary consideration these days. Now my focus is on being a strong, healthy person in every aspect of my life.Kimmy Rallo
Cara Garcia & Brianne Canepa
Welcome to the fit life!We are Cara & Brianne, two sisters that started this journey in November of 2011 at The Biggest Loser Resort Malibu. Prior to our 2 week stay, we were eating our way through every family gathering and rarely ever moving our bodies. Although Brianne had worked for 10 years as a paramedic, we also worked in EMS as ambulance dispatchers for over 5 years together, sitting 12 hours a day and then sleeping and lounging away our days off.In 2011, after road tripping our way to The Biggest Loser casting call in Los Angeles, we made the decision that if we did not make the show we had to make a change. We had heard about The Biggest Loser Resort and decided that maybe we should begin there. In October 2011, for Cara’s 30th birthday the opportunity came with the gift of a 2-week stay from her husband. She opened the card and her sister Brianne said, “and I am going with you!“ Brianne started at 361 lbs. and Cara at 280 lbs. Brianne was pursuing advancement in her healthcare career and Cara was busy with two small sons both under the age of 3, we took a break from all of it to focus on ourselves.In just two weeks we learned the importance of accountability, to ourselves, our family, friends, and to complete strangers. We were losing weight and never going to find it again. Brianne lost 21-pounds in two-weeks at BLR Malibu, and Cara lost 9-pounds and 7-inches! And we both had gained a HUGE perspective. Our lives were going to change forever; and they sure did! Daily we are reminded of lessons we learned during our two-weeks. Whenever we need a reset, we go back to our BLR basics. The healthy food options, easy delish recipes, the cardio interval workout routines, stretches, music we heard during the workouts, the lectures, and most importantly, the relationships we cherished along the way with our fellow Resort guests and staff. It’s a process, and we trust the process.We are celebrating 18 months of health, fitness, and accountability. We are making our way on this journey that is not a race and is never going to end. It has had its rough spots and we have learned how important those are to working our way through the emotional tie we have had with our weight in the past. Luckily we have each other, our family is 100% committed to our change. The first week back from the Resort our mother lost 3-pounds because of the changes in our basic diet. Cara’s husband Ryan has lost 60-pounds, and we all found new ways to workout and new recipes to try. Our family meals are healthier and sometimes involve a pre-meal walk or some fun with X-Box Kinect. We also try to meet once a week at boot camp and are looking for a class that we can do together, just so that we can maintain our connection of going through this journey together.In the last 18-months since our stay at the Resort, Brianne has lost 128-pounds and 8 dress sizes. Cara has lost 86-pounds and has fulfilled her longtime dream of running. She completed 3 half marathons in 6 months’ time. There are friends, trainers and tools that we have cherished and use every single day since we were at the Resort. Those things will never change and will forever be a part of this journey. We hope to return to the Resort someday. It is not just a place to get in shape it is a place to challenge yourself and find deep down who you are and who you hope to be. We still have work to do, pounds to lose, muscle to tone, and mud runs, marathons, Spartan Races, spin classes, and goals to accomplish. We are committed to keeping this lifestyle and hope that in the process of inspiring ourselves we can inspire just one other person to find the fit side! Check out our number one source for details about our Biggest Loser Resort experience, and what life is like now at www.phatchances.blogspot.comSisters, Cara Garcia & Brianne CanepaSan Francisco, California
Six months ago I couldn't get up on a jestki. I just walked a half marathon that's all the result I need.
My sister and I came to The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge so we could support each other in a weight loss program to change our lives. After learning more about the program, I knew this would not be an easy task and was thankful my sister came with me. I have a background of several neck surgeries and other medical issues that have limited my physical abilities. I had pretty much given up and thrown in the towel on any kind of physical activity because I would get instantly sore and have a lot of inflammation from my previous injuries.During the first week the fitness schedule was very difficult for me. Each day is packed with a variety of fitness activities that keep you on the move but also expose you to a variety of things so you can find the workouts that work for you when you return home. Physically, I was sore and had inflammation from past injuries. By applying the trainer’s advice in addition to icing my sore areas, I was able to break through the pain and move on.After the first week of the program and seeing all ages of men and women, I realized I can do this; they definitely inspired me to work hard. In about a week, I started noticing my body changing. My waist and gut started getting smaller and I was feeling healthier. I really couldn’t believe the difficult workouts that I had completed and by the end of the week the workouts started getting easier. By week two, I was still doing the same intense workout schedule but my endurance and stamina had improved dramatically.Every class has professional trainers and the trainers will modify your workout so you don’t have to use that shoulder that won’t move or the knee that has been replaced. With the trainers encouraging words and motivational talks, I really did find I was able to do more than I ever thought I could. Before I came I was unable to work out for 45 minutes and here I would work out for most of the day. This week taught me, “You can always do more than what you think you can!”The meals at Fitness Ridge are amazing. Being a big guy and going from an unlimited diet to 1500 calories a day wasn’t as big of a shock to the system as I thought it would be. The professional chef and nutritionist design and make every meal to meet the nutritional values you need, to have endurance and strength throughout the day and the best part was I never felt hungry.The highlight of my stay was having my sister go through the program with me. Even though the majority of guests do the program on their own, it was comforting to me to have my sister there. I also enjoyed getting to meet so many good friends during my stay. The camaraderie at Fitness Ridge really helps you through the hard times as you hear everyone’s stories and understand that everyone struggles.The staff members are very accessible and even give you their contact information in case you have questions, want to share your success stories or if you need some encouraging words after you leave. If you are worried about going home and creating a health and fitness plan, the resort dietician, physical trainers, and social worker provide information and classes for you throughout your stay. You can also meet individually with staff members to make a plan specifically for you when you go home.I lost 15 pounds in my first week, and an additional 5 pounds during the second week for a total loss of 20 pounds in 14 days. My body fat percentage also went down by 5%. As I prepared to go home, I had to purchase new clothes to wear while traveling due to the several inches I lost.My advice if you are thinking of booking at Fitness Ridge, “DO IT!” you have nothing to lose, but weight, and you will gain a whole lot of confidence that will change your life. If you want to change your health and fitness, then this is the place for you!J.T. Walsh
The Biggest Loser Resort Malibu gave me the push I needed to hit a large goal of mine, which was to have lost 50% of my starting weight. I have now lost 50.3% (254 pounds)!! Looking forward to continuing what I learned now that I am back home. Dave Evans
Just got my official race photo, I can't express the feelings I had crossing the finish line in CO! Running in L.A. this Sunday, signed up for the Vegas run in Nov, AZ run in Jan. Thank you Biggest Loser Resort and Spa Chicago Staff!!John Zobolas
I wanted to thank everyone at The Biggest Loser Resort Utah for helping me achieve my goals! I made it to the top of the 5th highest mountain in Africa, Mt Meru (15,000) on 7-9-13, to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro (19,340) on 7-15-13 and Pt Lenana (16,340), the 2nd highest mountain in Africa, on 7-22-13. I really enjoyed working with Sharon, Kelly and the rest of the group. The hiking helped me to get ready for the hikes in Africa.Linda Spaulding
This week at Biggest Loser Resort Niagara has been hard, but worth it. I’ve had 4 surgeries on my right knee and one surgery on my left knee, so the hike just about killed me on Monday. On Wednesday I was crying after it hurt so bad! But today I was determined, and ended up running up ‘Betty’s Hill’ 5 times! I had my cry, but I had my achievement too. I stepped outside my comfort zone like the trainers say, and I did not pass out I made it to the top.
I spent a total of three consecutive weeks at the Biggest Loser Resort in Ivins, Utah. The fitness program at the resort helped me in so many ways. I not only lost weight at the resort, I also connected with life-long friends who will continue to support me along my journey.Of all the things that helped me, the educational lectures helped me the most. The helpful tools and rules I learned from the lectures, such as the 90/10 rule, are things I will use for the rest of my life. I also learned I need to go easy on myself because I am only human and weight-loss is a process or journey. Another one of my favorite aspects of the program is of course the daily hiking trips.In the month since I returned home I've lost an additional 10 pounds and look forward to the future on my weight-loss journey.
When I first got here I could only walk 100 feet, now I'm up to 15 miles. I was very apprehensive, but the people here are very supportive and I was able to break through the plateau.I've learned my limits and learned how to push them even further. The results have been wonderful!
I met a lot of amazing people that encouraged and supported me the whole time I was here. I never ran before coming to Biggest Loser Resort Niagara, and now I’m up to 7.0 on a treadmill! Some days were tough and I was really sore, but after 5 weeks I feel better, stronger and I’m so happy that I decided to stay an extra week!
I was really nervous first coming here because I thought I would be ostracized for not being that heavy, but everyone here has the same goal and was really supportive. The hardest part was booking my flight! I even made a deal with trainer Betty that by the end of 4 weeks I would carry her up ‘Betty’s Hill.’Come graduation, we couldn’t decide what was more amazing me running up ‘Betty’s Hill’ with Betty on my back or seeing her in a dress!
The first two days were very difficult for me, but I was able to push through and by the third day I had tons of energy. I was so surprised that I was able to work out for six hours every day and even more surprised that I was never hungry! Starting is the hardest part, and it wasn't easy putting myself, but this program helped me develop the habits and the confidence to make the changes I've been wanting to make.
In February 2012 I was in van 2 at BLR Malibu and a low 2 at that. Now, I just came back from a once in a lifetime vacation to Alaska. During the trip I hiked up a trail on the side of a glacier, 4 miles and almost 4000' up. I honestly did not think I would make it to the top but my FR friends believed in me. Guess what, I did it! And in well less than the suggested time. THANK YOU FR for restarting my life and giving me the support of great friends! Here's a view from my top. If I can reach it, so can you, whatever your top may be... Believe it!!
Kim & Melody
It's taught me to not focus on the number but focus on changing my entire life
Everyone cares about you here so much, it's not like any other place I've ever been to
Every aspect of it has been special to me. I succeeded with more weight loss than I imagined.
My belt has shrunk two notches...I've really just found my way again and that is priceless.
I feel like I am a completely different person than I was before I came here.
In 2009 I got into a relationship and completely let myself go both emotionally and physically. This was unlike any other relationship I had ever been in. I completely lost the person I used to be and several people would ask me how I let myself get to the point where I just didn't care anymore. I never had an answer for them because I never had an answer for myself. Three years later and a handsome little boy I gained more than 60 lbs. 60 extra pounds on a girl barely 5 feet is a huge difference. But still I could not explain to people what happened. I used the excuse of my pregnancy but soon realized that it was just that, an excuse. None of this made me change my ways.Finally my career was on the line. I am a proud active duty member of the United States Coast Guard and although it took work to make the push I couldn't have been more pleased. If I didn't lose the weight I was out, 9 years of active duty service would have been flushed down the drain all because I refused to be healthy. I am only 27 so almost my entire career so far has been the military. I thought about my son and I thought about what all of this meant for him and our future and I had to make a change. I needed to kick this habit and get healthy not just for myself but for my son and our future.I attended The Biggest Loser Resort in Utah and completely changed my life. My stay was for 3 weeks and I left the resort with friendships, lessons, and memories that only a select group of people will ever understand. I was so nervous before my arrival and I wasn't sure I would ever survive. I am a person who is very set in her ways and likes things a certain way. I had to let all of that go and trust in the program completely. I was absolutely amazed at how my entire world changed in such a short amount of time. What I took away from the resort are things that will never leave my side. I left 11 lbs lighter and with a new attitude on life.When I came back from the resort I did fall back into my old habits for a few days. I went out quite a few times but I used information provided to me in one of the many amazing classes and allowed myself to be okay with this. I refused to feel guilty about my choices and I just told myself tomorrow is a new day. I am now back on track and very fortunate to have attended the resort. Without it I truly don't think it would have been so easy to get back on track. I still have my days but everyone does and I allow myself those days and I never feel guilty anymore.I would recommend the Biggest Loser Resort to everyone. It is one of the single best experiences I have ever had. While at the resort I focused on a saying that got me through each and every day.The saying is:"Death is a promise so live while you can, because we all become stories in the end and it's up to us to determine if we want that story to reach #1 on the Best Sellers list"You can look at the saying several different ways but it gave me the courage to keep on moving. I wanted to quit several times throughout my stay but every time I had that thought I read the quote over in my head and it erased any doubts or negativity. I want to leave this world with a great story and that story starts now!Fitness Ridge will be a place in my heart for the rest of my life and I can't wait to go back!!!!Amy Bondy
Growing up as the youngest and only girl with two older brothers set me on a path of a “can do” attitude. From a young age, I was determined to prove to others that I could do anything I set my mind to. I grew up as a confident, happy person and my circle of friends and family never made me feel as if I didn’t fit in or wasn’t like everyone else. I lived an amazing life and I thought I was satisfied in all aspects of it, except for the fact that I could not manage my weight.I really didn’t know how out of control my weight truly was until my yearly physical exam in December 2011. I found myself at my top weight of 330lbs, 5’ 7”and wearing a size 28-30W. When I stepped on the scale, I knew things were totally out of control. That Christmas, after a discussion with a close friend about changing some things in my life, I made a decision to start living a healthier lifestyle by making better food choices. In March 2012 I started to add fitness to my routine and joined a Zumba Studio. I fell in love with it! From December to July I lost 18lbs; but felt something was missing. I felt like I needed more education on nutrition and fitness because I wasn’t achieving the results I wanted fast enough.I have always been a fan of The Biggest Loser show and would watch ordinary people achieve extraordinary things; transforming not only their bodies but also their minds with the help of trainers and a clean meal plan. After noticing commercials about The Biggest Loser Resort, I decided to research to see if it was a place where I could succeed.I began my 3-week journey at BLR Fitness Ridge Malibu on July 15, 2012 at 311lbs. I was nervous, excited and eager to learn as much as possible during my stay. First impressions go a long way and BLR Malibu certainly made a good one on me. From the moment I arrived at Fitness Ridge, I was not disappointed. The Resort truly exceeded my expectations! The staff was exceptional. The trainers at the Resort were fantastic and offered encouragement every step of the way. Chef Reyes, his culinary team, housekeeping, the front desk, hike guides, spa professionals; pretty much the entire staff were incredibly friendly and encouraging. I noticed immediately that BLR was a safe environment and the other guests there were such an inspiration. We may have all had different starting points in our journey, but we were all there for a common reason – to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.I’ll be honest, the whole experience wasn't easy, but the people (guests, trainers, and staff) made every day a memorable experience. The positive energy and compassion from everyone was nothing like anything I’ve ever experienced before. Not one day would pass when I didn’t learn something new about fitness, nutrition or myself. I found myself even pushing harder than I've ever pushed before, physically and emotionally. I found strength at BLR Malibu that I didn’t know I had. The life coaching sessions were incredible and the nutrition lectures were invaluable. I learned a lot about nutrition and emotional eating. It was during these sessions at the BLR that I had my epiphany about myself. I had never been a victim of an abusive relationship or an unhappy life causing me to be obese. I realized that I WAS AN ABUSER! I had an abusive relationship with food and I was able to identify triggers for why and how I abused food. I learned about portion size based on body type, and quality of food; all of which helps me properly fuel my body.Attending BLR Malibu was by far the best decision of my life and the best investment in myself I could ever have made. My 3 weeks were AMAZING and I left the BLR 13lbs lighter and armed with a plan for the next chapter in my life.I adopted a personal mantra of “KEEP ON MOVING” and I set solid goals for myself upon my return home. I now live an active lifestyle and continue to push my limits by staying focused on cardio and core and strength training. I exercise five to six times a week by scheduling my workouts into my professional and personal life. I’ve joined my local gym, worked with a personal trainer, and stayed true to the exercises that keep me motivated. I’m grateful for my BLR cookbook which I use regularly as I plan my meals for the week. I’m proud to say, since my return home, I have lost a total of 70lbs (33+ total inches lost from my chest, waist and hips)! I still have a long road ahead but have come to realize that it’s all about the journey and the changes I’ve made in my life, not the number on the scale. The support from BLR is constant in my life. I’m fortunate to stay in touch with the trainers, hike guides and guests through social media, which helps me to stay focused, motivated, and inspired. Attending The Biggest Loser Resort was the most significant life change I have ever experienced. I often tell people that my next vacation destination will be at BLR again. It will be the reminder of why living a healthy lifestyle is so important. I can’t wait to go back!Treasure D. Ledgister; Kitchener Ontario, Canada
In 2007 I thought my life was over. I woke up from an 11-day coma not knowing what had happened to me. Turns out it was a near death phenomena. Even worse than my lengthy 64-day hospital stay was finding out my true weight of 674 pounds. I was knew I was overweight, but I thought in my mind I was roughly 400 pounds, so it was truly an eye opener for me and my family when we learned my true weight.They sent me home in a wheelchair with nothing more they could do for me. I felt like I was sent home to die. After a few sedentary months in my wheel chair, feeling sorry for myself, I knew I needed to change my life. But ‘How’? That was the real big question that only I could figure out.One night, while channel surfing, I clicked on an unfamiliar TV show, The Biggest Loser. I turned it off a few times, but found myself turning it back on. It felt ironic, at my 674-pound weight, to watch a weight loss show. But then I recognized the host, Alison Sweeney – my favorite daytime Soap Opera star – and I was compelled to watch more! Overweight, unhealthy people crying and screaming while being pushed to exercise past their comfort zones then stepping on the scale to lose 4lbs, 10lbs, and more; it felt as though I was meant to see it. I remembered Bob Harper saying, “You don’t need a gym to workout! Go walk! Walking is free!” I was inspired!I got up out of my wheelchair and I took baby steps each day! After a few months, I was walking out the door, around the block and soon built up to walking 5+ miles a day. As I walked and walked the weight just came off each week!Then I discovered Facebook and found “Biggest Loser” contestants pages, and groups. They all inspired me and I inquired to get tickets to a Season Finale of the show. Within a week my phone was ringing and The Biggest Loser show wanted me to participate in a live weigh-in! They flew me to California where I weighed in on The Biggest Loser scale on National TV in front of America – where I weighed in at 256 pounds (418 pounds lost!)! As a thank-you, Biggest Loser production gave me a free two-week visit to The Biggest Loser Resort Utah so I could continue my weight loss journey.I arrived at Fitness Ridge feeling overwhelmed with excitement. I met the most amazing staff, and made friends to last a lifetime. In the safe environment created at BLR you bond as friends in the short time you are there. You cry happy tears for other people’s victories and laugh when things just don't go right. I had never exercised in a gym before, and they taught me how to use machines and equipment to further my journey at home. The trainers were incredible and knowledgeable; they showed me personally what I needed to do to keep moving forward. The food was really good considering I am the pickiest eater! It definitely took me a few days to get used to the routine, but as the days went on it got easier, for which I was thankful for.The worst part of my experience at BLR was saying goodbye. Going home and trying to incorporate what I had learned was tricky. I joined a local gym and practiced cooking different ‘healthy’ meals. Since returning home from Fitness Ridge I feel the gym has become a second home to me. I now know it is possible to get healthy and live the life I had dreamed of living for the past 30-years. I now weigh 203 pounds, which means I have lost a total of 471 pounds (68% body fat loss). The best part is I am doing everything I have always wanted to do in life, basically LIVING IT!!! This past April I underwent skin removal surgery and I’m happy to say my recovery is going remarkably! Thank you Jerry Steabeck (Biggest Loser Season 6) for inspiring me to make that first move and thank you Fitness Ridge!Wayne VandenlangenbergNeenah, Wisconsin
In the summer of 2010 I started losing weight on my own, through diet only. I was motivated for a while but that quickly waned once I hit a plateau and started gaining weight. In late November I heard about The Biggest Loser Resort and on a whim booked a one-week stay in December 2010. My life has never been the same. What I took away in that one week was more than just an education. For the first time I had believed in myself. The environment fostered at BLR is more like a really fun Camp than anything else. Your counselors are the trainers, the staff, and especially the hike guides.I went home after my one-week motivated like I had never been before, while also determined to get back to the Resort for as long as possible ASAP. When I went home I made some immediate changes. Once opening my eyes to the fact that I lived ONE block from central park, I started going on walks (and later runs) around the reservoir a few mornings a week to replicate the amazing feeling I had while on hikes at BLR. Over the next few months I exercised, ate well, and found the time to take 3-weeks off of work to go to BLR in June of 2011. I was convinced that this is what I absolutely NEEDED in order to lose the rest of the weight.Those three weeks in June at BLR Malibu is when I finally realized how much I had changed. Over the past six months at home I had lost about 30-pounds, and I had gained a spark for life. Being back at the Resort showed me how much I had changed. My first visit to BLR, I was in one of the lower fitness level hiking vans. When I returned six months later, I was in the fastest hiking van. My increased fitness ability on the hikes is where I truly saw the change in myself. Upon my first week return in June, I found myself hiking a familiar trail that I had hiked back in December – ‘Castro Crest’. I remembered my experience hiking that same trail in December and how difficult it was, and now it was like a new hike! I was now able to hike 7-8 miles in the same 2-hour duration that in December I could only walk 4-miles. It was through that hike that I finally realized how far I had come in 6 months. All of the hikes were challenging, eye opening, soul-searching, and healing. The hike guides are some of the most amazing people with so much heart, and they make the hikes fun. I now look back at some of the pictures of the hikes and just remember feeling so inspired to continue exercising, moving, and changing forever.During my 3 weeks in June I truly realized how little I actually needed the BLR. Though I did meet some incredible people there who keep me inspired every day while at home, I had all the tools at home. When wrapping up my 3 weeks, I realized it was time to change my focus from losing weight to living a healthy life. I started working with Kettlebells at the resort and found an amazing hidden gem of a gym only a few blocks from my apartment in NY. Through strength training at this gym I continued to find myself.During my weight loss journey, as much as I talked about it, I was very careful to never preach to anyone. But talking about my experience inspired my mom to visit the Resort a couple times. Another big change was in April 2012 when my cousin approached me about visiting BLR. She isn’t overweight, but she’s always struggled with exercise. So in May 2012 I went back to BLR with my cousin, one of my sisters and my brother! It was so fun to be able to experience this with them, so they could see and feel where I had changed my life. It was a week that brought us all closer together. My sister loved it so much she extended her stay to a second week!Life now is totally different from before I went to The Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu. I continue to run in Central Park and started focusing on strength training. I do a lot of Kettlebell workouts, metabolic workouts, and Olympic lifts. I am always hitting new PRs (personal records) in the gym. My group of friends has expanded. I now look forward to tough workouts and my eating habits are completely different. I have a whole new attitude towards life, ‘I will try anything once’. This includes taking a surfset class, anti-gravity yoga, and aqua spin – among many other fitness adventures available to us in NYC. Mentally I am in just a much different place in my life. I feel confident, happy, and believe I can handle anything that comes my way.In total I have lost around 70-pounds, have dropped many clothing sizes, and now enjoy shopping with friends! I am always cooking, searching for healthy recipes, and purchase the majority of my produce at my local farmers market. What works for me is prepping my food for the week every Sunday. I accept that eating clean is NOT a punishment but rather the best way to reward myself. I’ve learned how to go out for ‘happy hour’ and not overindulge, and how to effectively implement the 90/10 rule. I have moved away from stepping on a scale, and judging myself by how my clothes fit. I work out 4-5x’s a week, and fit my workouts into my professional and social life.I will always think of The Biggest Loser Resort as the special place where my life truly started.
Last year, while packing for a business trip, I tried on my dress clothes that I needed to wear for an important meeting. I realized that the size 38 pants I had were too small, and that I would need to go out and purchase a size 40; at that time I weighed myself in at 238 pounds. It was then, that I realized I needed to make a change before it was too late; that’s when I decided to visit The Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu.My first visit to BLR was the first week of March 2012. I arrived weighing in at 232 pounds. The lessons I learned about what ‘working out’ was actually supposed to entail, and the invaluable nutrition knowledge, changed me forever. When I completed my week at BLR I lost a total of 9 pounds and left realizing I could do it myself, at home - and I did! Over the course of the last year I have lost an additional 37 pounds at home on my own! I recently spent another week at BLR Malibu, in March 2013, losing another 10 pounds and departed the Resort weighing in at 175 pounds. Since making the decision to attend The Biggest Loser Resort last year I have lost a total of 62 pounds!One thing that I couldn’t do before, that I can do now, is go through life without taking any medications - at all! Prior to vising BLR and losing weight I was taking meds for acid reflux and now I do not have to. I also no longer snore, which is very pleasing to my family. I am lucky to have very supportive family and friends who have motivated me throughout my journey. I also use my connections with former BLR guests online (via Facebook, etc.) to stay focused, motivated, and inspired!To anyone reading this at home struggling to lose weight or get healthy, I say to you, remember that it takes time and dedication; if you expect too much too soon you might give up on yourself. Enjoy and celebrate small accomplishments and don't badger yourself if you slip a little - We all do.Attending the Biggest Loser Resort was the most significant life change I have ever experienced. I will be forever changed in a positive way. I now know I will live the healthiest and happiest life that I can. I do plan to return to BLR in the future for another week, to learn more and to become freshly motivated!Paul SalcidoPhoenix, AZ