Monday, June 1, 2015

One Person…One Year…One Amazing Transformation

I find it amazing how we as a nation are brought in by reality TV.  We watch people who get engaged to people they barely know(and usually break up weeks later), people get MARRIED to people they DON'T know( crazy) and celebrities that film themselves behaving badly and more.  We watch people fight addictions of every type and substance…and people survive in the wild "naked and afraid".

But the show that caught the world by storm (that includes me) was the Biggest Loser.  In it's original seasons, we were fixated on the incredible weight loss…the season finales and the thousands of dollars that people would win for losing weight and "playing the game".

But health, wellness and body weight is not a game…it is a journey and it wasn't until the show "Extreme Weight Loss" came to the screen that I was in awe of some of their transformations.  Don't get me wrong, I know its still a reality show but this show did have a different side: it was based on scientific research at the University of Colorado with trainers that wanted the best for their clients.  It mimicked as much of "real life" as it could to keep the producers happy and kept the weight loss and the resulting skin surgeries that followed real and honest.

Upon the season premiere of this year's installment of transformations, I found myself in a place where no weight loss surgery patient wants to find themselves: depressed, gaining weight and fearing that "this" was all there was.  My knees finally got the gel injections that they needed to continue with my training but in the time I waited for a doctor to listen to me and help me, I gained 15 pounds from my lowest Ironman Florida weight.  My clothes are tight…I feel sluggish in my general work life..and  basically…this is not the person I want to be and I must take responsibility for my lack of discipline.

At the end of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, the University of Colorado advertised a boot camp in Denver that mimicked the show without the bright lights and the cameras.  I was intrigued.  I followed the website address and found their program…and also found that it only accepted 30 participants at a time.

So I sent in some info and talked to a representative at the University of Colorado Anschutz Wellness Center.  They gave me the particulars…I gave them mine…and I thought a lot about the possibilities. The program includes a week in Colorado, a transformation coach for the entire year that checks in with me weekly while at home, extensive medical testing and a food program that should help my body get to the weight I need to be to make another attempt at Ironman. It includes an exercise program but as one of their representatives told me over the phone "I think you might have that covered "…

So my hubby and I talked about it. I consulted my trainers Ben and Hector..and I waited for a return call from the Wellness Center.  On Saturday, after a beautiful beach 5k with our friend Melissa S. and my husband, I got the call…Im going to Colorado.

So all I ask of all of you that follow my blog is: pray for me.  I was scared to tell anyone about this decision because I thought I would be judged that I failed yet again at maintaining my weight.  I have had a difficult time transitioning from Ironman training to weight loss training so I hope that this program will do the trick.  So follow along if you like…I will begin to post here again…the good, the bad and the ugly…

One year…one transformation…with the ultimate goal…a healthy body…a healthy weight…and an Ironman Finish.


  1. That's amazing. I so know how you feel. I am in the same boat. I had lost 50+ lbs over 3 years ago. I do believe I've gained them back. It SUCKS. I'm back at square 1 but feel like I'm in neutral. I wish you success on this new journey.

  2. Thanks for the kind words ! I know you can do it too…you just gotta get the fear out of your life…that is what has held me back