Emiliana Brink is a 19-year-old member of our Greene County location, and one of the younger contestants in the Biggest Loser Challenge. For Emiliana, the contest isn’t about the cash prize, it’s about so much more.
For years, Emiliana has struggled with depression and Compulsive Overeating Disorder. To overcome this, she has decided to conquer the Greene County Biggest Loser Challenge, and transform her life.
“I was a statistic of childhood obesity rates,” Emiliana explained. “I was severely bullied throughout my school years because of my weight, and even now after graduating, I still get harassed about it.”
In 2014, something happened that made her say, “enough is enough.” Emiliana’s grandfather passed away. At the time, she was over 400lbs.
“My Grandpa was always concerned about my weight, and now I understand why,” said Emiliana. “I need to get healthy now while I’m still young, because in 20 years, it’s going to be extra difficult.”
While the path to health and wellness is never easy, Emiliana has come up with a plan.
“I’ve started to do beginner’s yoga,” said Emiliana. “I figure that as the poses get easier to do, without getting out of breath, I can push myself more.”
Now Emiliana has embarked on the Biggest Loser Challenge that kicked off on February 6th and runs through May 26th. The contest consists of 2 parts: a 16-week weight loss contest, followed by a 14-week weight maintenance contest.
“My friend Sara suggested we join together after I told her my New Year’s Resolution was to get down to 300lbs,” explained Emiliana. “It seemed liked a fun idea, and one way to keep me on my resolution goal.”
It’s always easier to work out with a friend and Emiliana is using that to her advantage.
“I’m open to new ideas. Sara and a few of my other friends, who support my weight loss have been trading healthy recipes with me,” said Emiliana. “I tried spaghetti squash for the first time a few weeks ago!”
Getting healthy is more than just exercise. Emiliana’s goals extend beyond the gym.
“My first goal is definitely to be more active,” Emiliana explained. “My second goal is to stop my soda addiction. It has gone on for far too long.”
As a young woman, it can be hard to stay on track.
“I’ve struggled with my self-image my entire life, and when I get impatient about my weight loss, it brings my morale down,” said Emiliana.
With her friend Sara by her side, Emiliana can tackle anything that comes her way.
Stay tuned for more updates on Emiliana’s weight loss journey. Click here to see her video