TULSA - It has been almost a year since I started Choose 2 Lose, my campaign to lose weight and get healthier.
Starting in January of this year, I weighed 254 pounds. Today, I'm 36 pounds lighter at 218.
My weight loss has leveled off as I have also been lifting weights and adding muscle. The journey has been a challenge but very rewarding, and I look forward to continued improvement in my fitness levels.
That is exactly what a new group of contestants is striving for as Season 15 of The Biggest Loser begins -- to lose weight and to get healthier.
I recently talked to Season 8 winner Danny Cahill and asked him what is going through the minds of the new contestants as they arrive at the ranch for the first time. His answer?
"I think that there's a mix of feelings," he said. "I mean they're grateful they made it and they're excited, but at the same time they're scared to death because they're like, 'What did they get myself into?'"
Cahill knows exactly what they've got themselves into and understands the importance of the Biggest Loser trainers. "Trainers have an effect on you the first three to four weeks that you don't even realize," he said, admitting he likely would have given up without their encouragement.
But Cahill's well aware only a select few have the luxury that the show provides, and has advice for those out there struggling to get fit.
"It takes one step at a time," he said. "Don't worry about next week or next year or getting all the weight off right now, worry about the next right thing to do."