2017 NYC Marathon Training Update #4

The Girl's Got Sole - TCS NYC Marathon

74 days until the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. It’s hard to believe that we are just over two months away now. This past weekend, I ran my 20 mile training run, which means just two more long runs to go before I hit taper town!

On Saturday morning, I started at 3:30am with two of my running friends. It’s usually about the 20-miler that we start running that early. Part of me dislikes the crazy early time, but it also helps us finish before it gets too sunny outside. It’s already humid as heck even at that time in Florida, and Saturday was certainly no exception.

The three of us did 8 miles in Baldwin Park before heading back to the school where we had more runners starting at 6am. Despite hot hot and sweaty I was, I felt pretty good. Again, I was using Generation UCAN on the run. I drank a bottle on my drive to the run, and then had two other bottles mixed and ready. I filled my Fitletic belt before heading out for the 8 miles, and that more than got me through that portion of the run.

The Girl's Got Sole - With some of my group Saturday

Upon returning back to the school where we meet up, I refilled my bottle with more UCAN and then went back out for the remaining 12 miles. I also had a UCAN snack bar in my belt as well as Salt Stick capsules. Since I wasn’t sure the UCAN would last me the full 12 miles, I did have a Huma Gel packet in there as well, just in case. Though, I knew that would be at the end if I needed anything additional, since it would take away any further benefits of the UCAN in my system.

During that second portion of the run, I was feeling pretty good. We kept a pretty good pace too, averaging around 15:39 per mile. Considering the heat and all, I was happy with that since I technically should have been in the 16s per mile. Looking back later at my 2015 NYC Marathon training, I kept a much better overall pace on this 20-miler than I did with that one. This time around, my overall pace was 15:49, compared to 17:15 back in 2015.

The Girl's Got Sole - Jenny & Shannon post 20 miles

I just felt good on this run, just wet with sweat. Ha! But, I feel like the training is going well, and it’s showing in my runs this time around. It wasn’t until the last 5k or thereabouts that I felt some tightness/soreness in my quads and hamstring areas. It always becomes mental when that happens, so I just pushed myself to keep chugging along. My buddy, Jenny, who was also running 20 miles with me, seemed to feel it a bit more than I did. But, I wouldn’t let her stop, I know how hard a long training run can be, and I was so proud of her when she pushed and got it done.

When we both got back to the school where our cars were, it’s such a great feeling. We hit that big 20 miles and were rewarded with iced towels, ice-cold water and ice pops. It always feels amazing to know that you accomplish such a huge run like that. Slipping on my Oofos sandals, and mixing up my Vega Recovery Accelerator, I thought about race day.

On this training run, I avoided the horrid rash I experienced on both my 14 & 17 mile runs. This time, I put on some Gold Bond powder before my compression calf sleeves, so I think that helped. There was a couple slightly red spots, but I considered it a win after how bad my previous two long runs were with the heat rash.

The Girl's Got Sole - Vega Oofos recovery

Also, unfortunately, despite using my favorite 2Toms BlisterShield, I did get one blister on my left foot. It was in the same area that I got the blister on my 14-miler, so I think it’s now a hot spot for me. Next time, I plan to use more SportShield on that particular area before I put my socks on with the BlisterShield. Despite the one blister, I consider the BlisterShield a complete must-have. I can’t imagine how many blisters or chafing issues I might have without it.

Now, I’ve got three weekends of lower mileage runs before my 23-miler. That long run is scheduled for September 16th. I have a 6 mile run on both August 26 and September 2. Then, a 10 mile run on September 9. Here’s to some ‘shorter’ long runs! πŸ™‚

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Workout Recap: W/E 8/12/17

Last week was a good one for my workouts. I even ran some hills over the weekend in Apopka! With how flat Florida is, we try to find whatever we can locally that may have some hills we can use for training. So, in Central Florida, that’s basically Apopka and Clermont.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat long run

Some of my group after running hills in Apopka.

Sunday, August 6th – Was over on the parents side of town, but got my gym bike workout done pretty early in the day. Felt pretty good, and definitely got my sweat on.

The Girl's Got Sole - August 6th bike workout

Monday, August 7th – Got in a bike workout at the gym. Wanted to get in closer to 50 minutes, but my back was sore and so I didn’t want to push it. Ended up with 7.65mi so not a bad cross-training workout.

August 7th  bike workout

Tuesday, August 8th – Run day! Boy was this a soupy morning with the humidity! On the positive side, ran a pretty good pace for the 3 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - August 8th run

Wednesday, August 10th – REST DAY!

Thursday, August 10th – Run day! Had mile repeats on the schedule. We did 2.5 miles of run/walk. So, two full mile repeats and then a half mile repeat. Cooled down by walking back the half mile. Splits: 1- 11:45 , 2- 11:19 .5- 5:37mm. Pretty good considering the brutal humidity of the morning.

The Girl's Got Sole - August 10th run

Friday, August 11th – REST DAY!

Saturday, August 12th – Long run Saturday. Some of my group went out to run hills in Apopka for 7 miles. I felt pretty good for the most part, so will be doing another hill run soon.

The Girl's Got Sole - August 12th Sat run

How were your workouts last week?

Life is a Roller Coaster

Life, it truly can be like a roller coaster. One moment, you are riding high, the next, you’ve dropped and your stomach feels like it’s twisted up in knots inside.

The Girl's Got Sole - Life is like a roller coaster

2017 has been just that for me. Because of so much unknown in the area of where I will be living, it’s affected me in many ways. The biggest way is in my eating and how well I can control my health. It’s an emotional thing, there’s just something about food that can be comforting.

When I found out back in March that I would be running the NYC Marathon again, I set a plan for myself to get back to the weight I was when I trained for, and ran the 2015 NYC Marathon. That plan has proved to be quite the challenge. It may even be more challenging than training for the marathon itself is.

This year’s life struggles have proved to be hard on me emotionally. That unfortunately has led to a lot of ups and downs with my nutrition. I have done well for a few weeks, then fallen off the wagon and had a day where I ate too much. Of course, I always felt bad after the fact. I always feel guilty when I can’t keep on my allotted calorie count for the day.

The Girl's Got Sole - life isn't meant to be easy

The one good thing is, my fitness has remained right on target. I have never wavered on my 5-6 days a week of workouts. I run three days a week, and do cross-training two to three other days. Because of that commitment, I have been able to maintain the weight. No weight gain, just no weight loss happening unfortunately.

I really do want to get back down to the weight I was in 2015. I strive to reach that goal at some point. But, at the same time, I’m doing my best not to beat myself up over my hard time with losing it right now. I tell myself, I may not be where I want to be, but I’m not where I once was. Never will I go back to the weight I was before I got healthier and fit before mid-2009. Will NEVER happen, I am determined to never return to that.

The Girl's Got Sole - Don't let the scale define you

Another thing I’ve started to do lately is separate myself from my scale. I used to weigh myself religiously every week, if not twice a week. Now, I weigh myself like twice a month. While I still want to see a lower number on the scale, it’s not all that matters for a healthy, fit life. How I feel and fit into my clothes is also a big factor. Some days, I feel good, and other days I don’t. That’s how I know that it’s still a work in progress, I’m still a work in progress. But, in the end, we always kind of are. The journey never really ends.

I’m striving to use the remaining time between now and the marathon to remember that big goal is what I’m aiming for. There are 84 days until the big dance in NYC. While I can’t promise I won’t have my slip ups (no such thing as perfect), I’m putting my eyes on the prize. I want to be the strongest, healthiest and fittest me when I stand upon that Verrazzano Bridge. There is time to better myself.

The Girl's Got Sole - mirror, mirror

To accomplish this, I am putting it out there that I’m an emotional eater, and this year has tested that for me. It’s important to know both your strengths and weaknesses. I know what I need to do to reach my best, and that’s a part of the battle of losing weight and a healthy life. I know that I need to track my calories every single day to succeed. It’s been a method that helped me lose 80lbs, and it will work again.

What has also helped me is a support group. I’m re-discovering that in the From Fat to Finish Line community. Having just seen this awesome documentary last week, I feel inspired. Knowing they have such a great community online on Facebook had me joining yesterday. We all need support, and I can’t wait to get to know the community of amazing folks!

9 Marathon Training Must-Haves

The Girl's Got Sole - Marathon Training Must-Haves

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As I train for my 6th marathon, I’ve learned a great deal about gear and things that I find to be “must-haves” during my training. Some things have changed since I trained for marathon number one back in 2012, but others have surprisingly remained the same.

The Girl's Got Sole - Skirt Sports

1. Skirt Sports. I have found that Skirt Sports never lets me down. I always wear their skirts for my runs, no exception. 95% of my training and races are in the Gym Girl Ultra skirt. It’s super comfortable with it’s shorties, comes in many cute styles, and is simply reliable. The other short percentage of runs are in Skirt Sports capris and/or pants. No chafing issues with my skirts! If you’d like to check them out, use code FWC20 to save 20% off your purchase!

The Girl's Got Sole - Vega protein

2. Vega Protein & Supplements. I LOVE my Vega! I have a protein drink after every run or workout, and usually a smoothie for breakfast most mornings. Also, really like the Electrolyte Hydrator for my water. Comes in two flavors, but the berry is definitely my favorite. The Recovery Accelerator is my go-to during long runs during marathon training. I bring a packet with me and mix it up in my shaker bottle with 12oz of cold water and drink it immediately after. It helps replenish muscle glycogen that you lost during your workout by restoring the carbohydrates burned. And, Vega protein bars are AMAZINGLY yummy!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2Toms BlisterShield

3. 2Toms BlisterShield. This stuff is awesome, and prevents blisters and chafing on your feet. You put some of the BlisterShield powder into each sock, then shake it up a bit before putting it on your foot. The powder attaches to your feet providing a barrier of protection. I use it on every run of 13 miles or longer. Usually, I roll some 2Toms SportsShield on my feet beforehand as well. I rarely get a blister now (like once every few runs maybe).

The Girl's Got Sole - Mission cooling towel

4. Mission Cooling Towel. In this brutal Florida heat, a cold towel is a must. I was using another company’s product, but found Mission to be as good, and easier to get a hold of in local stores. You soak the towel to get it wet, wring it out to get rid of the excess water and snap it three times to active. The towel gets very cold, and it’s heaven during a hot run. It has kept me so much cooler, and makes running in the humidity more bearable.

The Girl's Got Sole - Oofos

5. Oofos sandals. I don’t know about you, but as soon as I finish a hard, long run, all I want to do is get out of my running shoes. All my feet want is to be freed, and Oofos are like clouds for my sore and tired feet. They are always in my car, waiting for me to return and slide them on after a run. Forget cheap sandals or flip flops, you’ve got to treat your feet right after a hard run.

The Girl's Got Sole - NightRunner shoe lights

6. NightRunner shoe lights. NEVER run in the dark without illumination. Drives me crazy when I see other runners out on the roads without some kind of lights and/or reflective gear. You are invisible to cars, other runners, to everyone when you don’t take this into account. I learned about NightRunner 270 shoe lights in 2015 and have been wearing them ever since. They keep me visible to others and help me see the path in front of me. NightRunner lights truly are headlights for your shoes! I no longer have to deal with heavy or bulky head lamps when I’ve got my NightRunners on.

The Girl's Got Sole - Zensah compression sleeves

7. Compression Sleeves. And, socks too! I’m big into being able to wear the socks I want on a run, so I wear compression calf sleeves for my training to help with circulation and muscle recovery. I honestly have tried a lot of the brands out there. My favorite for calf sleeves leans toward Zensah. For me, they are the most comfortable. For post-run recovery, I wear the compression socks. Usually, PRO Compression is my go-to in the sock department. Another I like is Crazy Compression, because they have some fun designs.

The Girl's Got Sole - SaltStick caps

8. Salt Stick caps. These little capsules are great. Salt Stick caps help replace the electrolytes and salt we lose when we are running. Helps prevent muscle cramping as well as heat stress and doesn’t affect your stomach causing upset since they are easily absorbed by the body. I take a cap about every hour or so during a long run. That equates to one about every 4-5 miles typically. I also carry extras when I can, as it’s been helpful to my fellow runners out there with me who haven’t gotten into carrying these great little capsules yet.

Girl's Got Sole - SQoosh

Sqoosh Bands

9. SQoosh band. It’s a wiper-blade for your face! Well, kind of. With one swoosh, you can wipe sweat, water, snot (gross but true), off of your face. And, your hand looks fashionable all the while. πŸ™‚ A SQoosh is more than a sweatband, it is made from moisture-wick fabric and serves as not only a wipe, but can be used to keep your hands warm during the cold months and has a pocket pouch for accessories. They are custom made as well, so you can have just about any design on yours. So much to a SQoosh, I’ve got about half a dozen of them I think by now.

There are many other things that I have carried with me on my runs or things that have been a part of my training. These 9 were just a few of my favorite must-haves.

What do you consider to be a must-have during your training?

Workout Recap: W/E 8/5/17

I haven’t been good at getting these up the last few weeks, so I’m going to get back on the bandwagon. It’s a new month, so no time better than now to get them started again!

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat 6 mile group

Group after our 6 mile run on Saturday morning.

My workouts have been going well. Tends to be the food side of things that I have to work harder on keeping on point. Like they say, you can workout for an hour, but it’s the other 23 hours of the day that you have to keep track of. Way too easy to have an extra snack when your daily caloric count doesn’t allow for it.

That being said, while I’m not excited about what that scale deal has been telling me, there’s more to health and fitness than weight. It’s been something I’m learning to see beyond the numbers on the scale. Sure, there is such a thing as a healthy weight, but you also can’t let it define your life.

Sunday, July 30th – This was the day after my 17 mile training run. I wasn’t really too sore, but I was exhausted. Just didn’t feel like doing much of anything besides laying around watching TV. That said, I got myself dressed and out of the house for a CT workout at the gym anyway.

The Girl's Got Sole - July 30th bike

Monday, July 31st – Unplanned rest day. I found myself deciding that I needed a rest day, so I slept in and skipped the gym that morning before work.

Tuesday, August 1st – First run post-long run. I think taking the rest day on Monday helped, because I felt great on this run. My legs seemed to be pretty well recovered and I kept a good pace for our 3-miler.

The Girl's Got Sole - August 1st run

Wednesday, August 2nd – Since I took Monday off, I felt guilty not getting in a second CT day, so I hit the gym for a bike workout that morning. Got in a good 42 minutes and felt pretty good.

The Girl's Got Sole - August 2nd bike

Thursday, August 3rd – Track Thursday! We had 800s at 10k pace on the schedule for the workout. Found myself keeping the 10k pace with some push. Love having my co-group leader Melissa out there with me, we sort of challenge each other on track days. πŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday track run

Friday, August 4th – Rest day!

Saturday, August 5th – 6 mile run with my group. We all felt pretty darn good, because wow was our pace great. Honestly though, we should have slowed down in this crazy heat. And, Saturdays should be about a minute slower than the pace we kept.

The Girl's Got Sole - Aug 5th Sat run

How were your workouts last week?

261 Fearless Challenge!

Do you like challenges? I do. I think there’s a part of each one of us that has that inner love to be challenged in some way. I know I do. πŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - 261 Fearless

Now until the end of the month, August 31st, I am issuing a challenge to all of my friends, family and blog readers. Can you donate just $5 to my fundraising efforts for the 2017 NYC Marathon? Skip that second latte one day, and throw that money into supporting 261 Fearless. Then, pass on the challenge to a friend, asking them to do the same and on down the line.

If 200 people donated just $5, I can raise $1,000 toward my fundraising goals for 261 Fearless. How cool would that be? I believe that this can be done, but I NEED YOUR HELP!

261 Fearless helps empower women through running and walking. The non-profit organization was created by running pioneer Kathrine Switzer. 261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to unite women globally through training opportunities, clubs, events and more. It’s mission is to bring active women together, allowing them to fearlessly pass strength gained from running and walking to spark a revolution of empowerment to women facing challenges. 261 is the symbol bringing us all together.

The Girl's Got Sole - Kathrine Switzer quote

So, what do you think, are you with me? Can you help out with a small donation (or more if you are financially able), and then ask a friend to continue the support?

Thank you, friends!

** DONATE TO 261 FEARLESS FOR 2017 NYC MARATHON **

The BibRave 100

The Girl's Got Sole - The BibRave 100

Have a favorite race that you think should be recognized as a top event? Here’s your chance to make your opinions known!

BibRave just launched a new initiative, The BibRave 100! This list will be a definitive and authoritative list of the best 100 races in the U.S. Nominate your favorite Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k by heading over to www.thebibrave100.com.

The BibRave 100 list will feature the top 20 Marathons, top 20 Half Marathons, top 15 10ks, and the top 15 5ks, as well as three top 10 lists of runner nominated categories. These will consist of the Best Medal, Best Scenery, Best Post-Race and more.

Ready to nominate your favorites? You’ve got until August 20th, so head over to thebibrave100.com and get your elections in today!

Workout Wrap-up: July 2017

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Wrap-up

Where did the month of July go? Today is the last day, and it’s inching closer and closer to the big dance in New York City on November 5th.

I’m happy to report that I have remained consistent with my training all month long. I have run three days a week and done my cross-training twice a week. While I would have liked to workout again 6 days a week, my energy levels are just not good for it right now. Hoping this thyroid stuff can eventually balance back out again so I can add Wednesdays back into the mix.

My track workouts are going pretty well, and while I still don’t love the track, it’s become a better relationship. LOL! In order to improve my performance at the NYC Marathon the speed workouts are important. I’m nowhere near fast, but I want to do my best at the marathon, and especially better than in 2015.

This past weekend, I did my 17 mile training run for the marathon. Overall, I am happy with how it went. We took the pace easy, because boy was it hot and humid outside! The heat is the worst right now, and when you’ve got a Fall marathon on the schedule, you’ve got to push through the swampy conditions.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running on faith

Staring at 4am, it does help us avoid the sun up until the end of the mileage, but it’s still quite thick humidity-wise. I’m thankful that I’ve got some great friends to run with, because we help each other push through it all. Besides the heat, and my feet being ready for my Oofos sandals, the only issue I had on this run was a heat rash. It seems that I got quite a bad one in a few areas because of my compression sleeves. Unfortunately, I think this is something I’m going to have to deal with for the remainder of my training, since I always wear calf sleeves on long runs, usually anything 10 miles or more.

I’m pretty happy with how the month went with my training and workouts. While I am looking forward to that big 20-miler in August, I admit that I’m glad that the first two Saturday runs of the month are shorter distances. Will be a nice break before that long run.

Five on Friday: 7/28/17

The Girl's Got Sole - Five On Friday

Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s the last Friday of July? This month has seemed to fly by. Of course, when you’re in the midst of marathon training, I suppose it can get that way. πŸ™‚

1. 100 Days Until NYC Marathon! Speaking of marathon training, today marks the 100 day mark until the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. Just over three months and I will be running those beautiful streets of New York! I can’t wait to do it again.

The Girl's Got Sole - 100 days until NYC

2. Team 261 Fearless. Please consider making a donation of any amount this weekend to my fundraising goal of $2,261 for NYC. I need all the donations I can get to reach my goal before race day. It means a lot to me that you can help me out. 261 Fearless, Inc helps empower women through running and walking. You can read more about it here. Thank you!

Girl's Got Sole - 261 Fearless Team NYC

3. The BibRave 100. Nominate your favorite race for inclusion into The BibRave 100 list! Between now and 8/20, you can nominate your favorite marathons, half marathons, 10ks, 5ks, and other fun race categories like best medals, best t-shirts, best post-race and more! Everyone should vote to nominate, and then later, vote for the winners! Cast your nominations here.

4. Bloggers Reveal Tips on Maintaining Running Motivation. I’m so excited to share that I contributed to an article about Running Motivation Tips on Fittous. Along with 43 other running bloggers, I was asked for my personal tips on keeping motivated when you are a runner. Check it out, so many great fellow bloggers are included!

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

5. Long run weekend. Tomorrow, I’ve got another long training run on the schedule. 17 miles are up, and then two weeks of lower mileage again before hitting the 20 miler. It almost feels like it’s beginning to move so fast now with the mileage building up!



Have a great Friday, and weekend everyone! Anyone else have a long run on the schedule either Saturday or Sunday?

The Biggest Loser Comes To An End

It was recently announced that The Biggest Loser may have been canceled. It seems to be speculation at this point, because the only facts we know are that the show’s main physician, Dr. Huizenga is under scrutiny and that NBC has no shows currently in production nor are they planning to start anything new soon.

The Girl's Got Sole - The Biggest Loser

The Biggest Loser premiered in October 2004, with the premise that overweight contestants would compete to win money by losing the highest percentage of weight loss. This group of people were teamed up with a trainer who would push them to their fullest in the gym as well as keep them on a calorie-restrictive diet. The goal was to drop the most weight for each week’s weigh-in.

Throughout the 12 years that Biggest Loser was on, it not only challenged each season’s contestants to change their lives, but it also inspired the nation. On the other side of that television, millions of Americans watched people just like themselves work hard to change their lives. These contestants learned about nutrition, fitness and overall how to have a more balanced life while being healthier.

The Girl's Got Sole - Biggest Loser

I began watching the show in 2005 during season two. Watching these people slowly motivated me. These folks were just like me, overweight and just not in control of their lives. Like most, I watched for a few seasons, wanting to change, but not truly doing anything about it.

It was in late 2008, during season five that I knew I had to do something. Like most of the contestants, it took a life-changing moment for me to officially commit. That moment came after seeing a candid photo of myself and no longer wanting to be that girl. You always know that you are overweight, that you are fat and unhealthy, but it’s not easy to truly admit that. The photo and Biggest Loser inspired and motivated me to change my life. From that moment forward, I committed to better myself.

No longer was I that girl just watching from the sidelines each week, but I was getting in the game. I wanted to be like those contestants. I wanted to eat better, work out and no longer be ‘the fat girl.’ I went from someone who hated to get off the couch, to someone who went to the gym 3-4 days a week willingly. I began to learn about calories and what I needed to do to lose weight. The Biggest Loser was a big part of my learning curve.

The Girl's Got Sole - Biggest Loser

By the latter half of 2009, I managed to drop 80lbs and get healthy. I was the healthiest and fittest that I had ever been. While I may not have been on Biggest Loser, I sort of felt like I was there with these people each week, and I understood some of their struggles because they were mine.

Through the years, The Biggest Loser had it’s ups and downs. Each season was different than the one before. At the core, it was about losing weight. And yes, losing the most weight percentage-wise. Because we cannot forget that the show was a game, a reality show. While I fully believe the trainers always wanted the best for these people, the show existed in the form of a reality game show. Each week, someone who didn’t lose the most weight on a team would pack their bags and go home.

As far as the gaming aspect of Biggest Loser, I have mixed feelings. I always wanted everyone to lose weight and get healthy. That would make them all winners. But, NBC created something to both inspire and entertain. I doubt simply watching a group of overweight people lose weight successfully without some kind of twist would bring in a lot of viewers and advertisers. As humans, we want competition, and not everyone can come out the ultimate winner.

Girl's Got Sole - Biggest Loser

In the end, Biggest Loser showed that most of the contestants succeeded, they lost weight and became healthier. Winning isn’t always about that Biggest Loser title and the monetary prize that came with it. Sometimes, winning is about getting your life back.

The Biggest Loser taught it’s contestants about better eating and living, and it did the same for it’s viewers. It was the diving board for all of the knowledge I came to learn. I never understood about things called calories and why you need to have a calorie depletion to drop the pounds.

I asked a number of former contestants about their experience on Biggest Loser, if they regret going onto the show and if they would do it again. I was told that “I don’t regret it one bit and I would absolutely do it again,” per Sunshine Hampton (now Cline after recently getting married). Her sentiments were echoed by more than half a dozen others I asked. Furthermore, she told me that her experience was wonderful. Another informed, “it was an extremely positive experience for me.”

What I did hear from some was that they wish they had more nutritional support and/or emotional support. That’s the thing about losing weight and getting healthy, it’s such a big thing in your life. For me, I found that my emotional and mental health took longer to catch up to my physical newfound health. My struggles with self-image lasted for well over a year after losing the weight. Visually, you still see someone different in that mirror everyday.

Girl's Got Sole - Biggest Loser

It’s anything but an easy road to getting healthier and losing weight. I don’t think it will ever be easy for those of us that lost a lot of weight. Maintaining the loss and all that comes with staying healthier and fitter is a daily journey. It is something that is worked on from the moment you wake up in the morning, to the moment your head hits the pillow at night. That’s why it’s a LIFESTYLE you are taking on, and not a diet. There is no quick way to lose weight, it just doesn’t exist. Well, if you want to maintain it anyway.

So, this long-winded post is all in response to hearing that some former contestants say that they were mistreated on Biggest Loser. While I don’t know what their experience was like, nor do I believe they are lying, I suppose it wasn’t bound to be happy for everyone. You stick a group of people in a house who are calorie-restricted and have to sweat their butts off 8-hours a day, at least one or two aren’t going to find the experience a good one. It would be quite amazing if they all did.

Should The Biggest Loser return? Personally, I would love to see it come back. Maybe give it a year or so, make sure you add more support for the contestants on the ranch, improve things. I think the positive outcomes outnumber the negative. Folks on and off the ranch learned a lot about health and fitness because of The Biggest Loser. That’s a great thing for us all.

The Girl's Got Sole - Biggest Loser