Current media has given us the opportunity to watch so many real-life weight loss journeys in the past several years. From television shows to blogs, there are many willing to let the world watch and be inspired by their stories of weight loss. Coming soon will be a documentary about 12 individuals who lost the weight with the aid of running. Together these 12 will take on a 200 mile Ragnar Relay race in the film, “From Fat to Finish Line.”
Rik, Katie, Mary, Linda, Allison, Jennifer, Andrea, Meredith, Jen S., Lealah, John, and Ada are the members of an extra special group of runners. Everyone on the team has lost 100 pounds or more through running and healthy lifestyle changes. Together, these big losers will take on the 200 mile Ragnar Florida Keys relay in January 2013. Currently, the team is training and beginning the documentary.
Each teammate will be introduced and viewers will learn background on their weight loss journey. The runners have all been very candid prior to the film in one media form or another. Some have become blog celebrities as they have documented their weight loss, others have been on Oprah sharing their struggles, and one member, Ada Wong, was even a finalist on The Biggest Loser. The film will describe how the weight was lost and how it’s been kept off.
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By Sarah Nitta for Biggest Loser Resort.
This week I received an email including an experience of a guest that spent three weeks at Biggest Loser Resort at Malibu and it brought tears to my eyes. I am grateful she shared her story and I believe that there are so many out there who can relate. With her permission I am sharing this with you today.
My name is Karen Eaton, I’m a first grade teacher in Northern California. I joined my first weight loss group when I was 10-years old and in the 5th grade. Over the years I let my horrible choices destroy my self-esteem and my weight ballooned to 311.4 pounds. I was in my 20s and miserable. My mom convinced me to join Weight Watchers and I was motivated at first and about 90 pounds. This was about 8 years ago. I was so excited to have made that accomplishment. For some reason it didn’t stick and slowly I started going back to old habits and poor choices, the weight started creeping back on. Last year I was back to being miserable. I hated getting dressed in the morning and wasn’t motivated to do anything and really just cried a lot feeling like a failure. I was watching the Biggest Loser one day and saw an ad for Fitness Ridge. I thought “Wow, that sounds like something I could do!”
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This guest post written by James Garrison, who lost 313 pounds on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition.
This week’s episode of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition (EMWLE) we meet Staci, a wonderful mother of two and wife to her disabled husband Rodney. Staci isn’t just your average wife and mother of two; she is also the caretaker for her husband and sole provider for her family. Imagine a life so caught up in the everyday struggles every family faces, now imagine most those struggles and then some falling squarely on the shoulders of Staci. All this led to a staggering weight of 456 pounds that, in her words, is a crushing statement to even say.
During a workout a revelation is made that somewhere in life she gave up on herself and ever being thin. In seventh grade she was already over 200 pounds and being made fun of, and by high school she was too big to even fit in a desk, which ultimately led to her dropping out. It’s during this workout that Chris Powell reiterates to her that she needs to stop playing the victim and take responsibility for her own actions.
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UPDATE 5/11/11: Brenda reached out to us via our Facebook page and had this to say: “Just wanted to update that story by saying that I DID complete my first marathon on April 30th in 4:50:31! AND I have hit my initial goal weight of 150 now.” Congratulations Brenda on achieving two incredible accomplishments!
Although it’s inspiring to watch the contestants on The Biggest Loser slim down at the ranch, the show’s most important message comes from the at-home winners. They prove that you don’t need the ranch and personal trainers to lose weight. Proof of this inspiration is apparent in the stories from everyday people who have reached their weight-loss goals through The Biggest Loser Club.
Brenda Turnbaugh is one of these success stories, having lost 108 pounds. She joined The Biggest Loser Club in September of 2009, when she weighed 263 pounds. “I could barely make it up and down the stairs to get to my office at work,” Brenda says. “Every night, when I got to my car, I would be huffing and puffing from 2 flights of stairs and a 100-foot walk across a parking lot, and that was the most exercise I got some days.”
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We all know Jennifer Hudson got down to a size six on Weight Watchers, but how did she really do it? Tune in to Oprah this Thursday, February 10, to get all the details behind her weight-loss transformation.
Weight Watchers is an extremely flexible diet plan that doesn’t count out any food if you eat in moderation, but we’ve been wondering about some of the details. Did Hudson stick to veggies and fruit, or did she use her points on fattier foods? Did she try the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus program? How did she work out? Plus, Hudson has a special premiere performance in store for the audience and viewers at home.
Check your local listings for show times.