Friday, November 18, 2011

Two overweight sisters. Two weeks. Chance of a lifetime. {Part One}

This is a blog for me, for you, for anyone who struggles with their weight. This is a blog about 2 sisters, Brianne (aka Betty) and Cara. This is about our journey from being overweight to being HEALTHY. Not skinny, but fit and healthy. Most of this blog will be written by Cara, but the stories are from the both of us. Together we are on an adventure that will make this life even more exciting.

How it all started: Part One.

In October, I turned 30, overweight and 30! I was not always this weight. After 2 kids and the challenge of loving a job that required I sit for 12 hour shifts, I gained and gained and did little to change that. My weight became an issue when I started college in 2000 and was no longer playing a team sport. I gained about 90 lbs since then, lost about 30 when I got married in 2005, and then I did nothing to keep that weight or the additional 15 that came back with it off. This last year I said I would lose weight before my birthday. I had tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, and Couch 2 5K. I watched myself lose a few pounds here and a few pounds there, but nothing impressive. I decided there must be something wrong with me. Nope. Nothing. Not one thing...I just like food and I don't move my body enough. OK so that's two things right there. My biggest problem is that I don't stick to anything and I really want a quick fix, that even I know doesn't exist.

Then ENTER Biggest Loser Sister Team Olivia and Hannah from Season 11. What an amazing transformation. They are beautiful and committed to each other. They became an inspiration to Betty. She got on this kick that she and I could be Season 13's Sister Team. So Betty and I blasted the BLCastingTeam on Twitter, got V.I.P passes to the Season 13 casting call in L.A. We drove all night, gussied up, and the casting interview was over in 10 minutes flat. Such a disappointment. We said that if we don't get called to the show we would do it on our own. That was 3 months ago. As I started getting harder and harder on myself and yet trying to give Betty tips on getting motivated, I told my husband (Ryan) I needed to focus on getting healthy in my 30th year.

And so I give him the credit, on my 30th birthday, which was hands-down the BEST birthday EVER, he wrote me a card (actually two) and told me that he was my biggest support and that "he will be here to help me usher in this new decade and together we will actualize our goals for a healthier journey." I know BEST hubby ever and a really good writer. In my second card of the day, there was a small printed certificate that indicated I had a down payment for a stay at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Malibu.

FREAK OUT. Calm down. Betty is going with you!


  1. Whaaa!! So awesome. Can't wait to follow and support and learn. What an inspiration!

  2. Cara,

    I'm so excited for you and Brianne. I look up to you as well, not cuz you're also taller than me :), but because you put so much heart into everything. You and Brianne inspire me to be better, and I will definitely be using your tales from the Ranch as motivation that anything is possible. I am amazed by you


  3. Good luck to you both!! I am so proud of you for taking on this goal. We all (women) struggle with weight issues on some level. The key word is healthy. I notice I have not been eating healthy as I started class...lots of sitting little moving. And I am too damn lazy to take the stairs 5 flights. (o:
    I can't wait to hear about your adventure! What an awesome support team you both have! ((HUGS))

  4. Nicole (Nooci, Auntie McCool, the tallest sister)November 22, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    just read part 1 and part 2. crying. but so excited. i love you both and I am beyond proud of you.

  5. This is totally awesome!! What a fantastic thing to do. Your family is just so supportive it is great to see. Good luck can't wait to read the next installment!

  6. I am very happy, and excited for you both, I'm sure your success will be great. Gigi and I will be sending our thoughts and encouragement your way! Have fun and enjoy your transformation.

  7. I just caught up on the blog, you two have started a journey that you will remember for the rest of your lives. You are both beautiful people (big tx to ur parents)...and more important than being skinny is being healthy for yourselves and your family. Life will change as you know it and when you know better you do better. Hang in there and take a deep breath. Irm