I have struggled with my weight since the age of 5. I placed myself in a constant cycle of losing and gaining unwanted weight.

During the transition of leaving the 8th grade and entering my freshman year of high school I ran cross-country, and played soccer to lose 30 pounds to get to 150 pounds. For two years I was able to keep the weight off, and then the number on scale started to creep up to the point where I stopped weighing myself.

NUP_164592_4481I was in denial that I was gaining weight, and started to become depressed which just fueled me to eat even more. As I was entering my first year of college I weighed 200 pounds. After going through a stressful first year I started to tip the scale at 256 pounds. Visiting home one weekend, I sat down with my parents who told me that they were getting me weight loss surgery, (the sleeve-gastrectomy).

After I had come home from an upper endoscopy (a prerequisite for surgery) my mom came across an ad for The Biggest Loser season 16 tryouts.

Right then and there I decided I wasn’t going to go through with the surgery. I knew I had to lose the extra weight I had put on the hard way, which is usually the right way: exercise and proper nutrition.

NUP_164513_0184As scary as it seemed to have to lose 100+ pounds, the thought of getting surgery andstretching my stomach back out was much scarier. To this day I am so thankful that I decided not to get surgery. Losing the weight through changing my diet and working out taught me discipline I would have never learned through surgery.

I started out at the Biggest Loser at 251 lbs and lost 55 lbs on the show but after I was eliminated I was determined to continue the journey and lose the remaining excess weight.

The Biggest Loser - Season 16That’s when I joined So Cal Boot Camp and with their help, I managed to lose an additional 46 lbs which got me pretty close to my goal weight of 150  lbs. I love my new found energy as well as the daily dose of motivation and positive energy that I get by working out at So Cal Boot Camp. Their staff is encouraging, supportive and helped me learn so much about healthy eating and balanced nutrition that it will allow me to make a lifestyle change and keep the weight off for good.  –Blake Benge

The Biggest Loser - Season 16

Meet Blake – now maintaining her weight at a healthy 150 lbs she is always smiling ear to ear, full of energy and motivation. She is currently working at So Cal Boot Camp helping inspire clients to choose balanced nutrition and exercise. She is here to tell you that “change is possible” no matter your situation. The only thing you have to do is -“Believe that it’s possible,” then go after your dream and get started!

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