My journey with Biggest Loser was preceded by my signing up for BBC. I weighed myself that AM before bootcamp, 170lbs, 11 weeks postpartum. Usually I drop the baby weight fairly quick but this time, it didn’t fall off so quick. When Bethany announced BL, I KNEW I had to get on board for that! I was SO excited, I had no idea what it would include and I didn’t care….I needed to get this weight off. I started eating a little better from the moment I signed up still I was disappointed when I stepped on the scale and it said 166 at the initial weigh-in. I had NEVER in my life been this size EXCEPT when pregnant and it was a dark cloud over my head. The first week was rough. Detox was just unreal….reminded me of WHY I never stuck it out. BUT I wasn’t alone! I was NOT the ONLY one tired, headaching, moody….and I had a group full of women to talk to about it! Detox ended and it was time for the initial weigh-in:164lbs!!! I was like what?! Did I really lose two pounds while still eating but eating RIGHT??!!
The accountability was EXACTLY what I needed: what I am eating, when I am eating it, and what I am doing to be active…..I needed to report that to someone to get the weight off! More so I needed the sisterhood that it gave me: celebrating each other’s victories and carrying each other’s burdens. During the time of BL, I lost both my grandfathers. Even before that, I never said anything but my sister passed the week before Christmas and we buried her right before Christmas. It seemed that so much was coming at me at once, the women in the group gave me so much joy! Doing BL I found a new determination and it fueled my desire to run again….but to challenge my body as never before in a half marathon. I completed my first half marathon five months postpartum and the ladies in BL were so encouraging!!! At the end of the journey I lost 10 lbs, I had good weeks and bad weeks….but the knowledge that I received is far above ANY weight loss! I have learned what I NEED to feed not just me, but my family. I have learned how to read labels in stores better and how to make better choices! I’ve learned how to fuel my body and not just “feed” it. I left the contest not at my goal but CLOSER to it….