Great Email from a Member

Another truly inspiring story! Thank you for sharing..xoxo Bob.

Bob, I would like to share my weight loss story with you. I watch the show every season, this season has been different for me. I used to sit in my recliner with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s (Ben&Jerry’s Everything But..) and a 20oz bottle of coke and watch The Biggest Loser. I would laugh and crack jokes about the people on the show, what kind of mess they are, I would call them names and laugh when they tried to give up. One night while watching eating the ice cream and drinking coke, my 10 year old daughter turned to me and said “Dad, it’s not funny! You are just as big as some of the people on the show!” I laughed it off and sent her to bed. Well, the look on her face when she told this to me stuck with me. The first few days after I was a little angry, because I didn’t see it. One morning shortly after Christmas 2009 I pulled out the scale and stepped onto it, the dial kept turning and I was over 300lbs. In fact I had a physical a few days later and realized I was 318lbs. This news hit me like a ton of bricks!! I heard my daughters voice, I saw her face. I realized it was time to change!

On January 8, 2010 I quit smoking! On January 11, 2010 I joined Global Fitness in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and on that day I changed my life. To date I have lost just about 120 lbs! I ran my first 5K (30 minutes 03seconds) on 10/24 and my first 5 Mile race (47minutes 53 seconds) on 11/21! I will not stop. This season of the Biggest Loser I watched the show with a different outlook, I realized that I was laughing to hide my pain and to cover up who I was, now I feel their pain and know how they feel. I want to help others make a change in themselves.

Thank You for the inspiration, I am attaching my “Before and After” photos. The first picture is of me with the Boston Red Sox 2 World Series Trophies when I weighed 318lbs. The second photo is of me and my 3 year old son right before going to one of my kick boxing classes at the gym.

Thank You


Suz December 1, 2010 at 11:44 am

Fabulous story. You look fanfreakingtastic!!!!!!!

Heather Whited December 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

Marvin …..
Your story has hit me like a ton of bricks. What an inspiration you are! There are so many people that have done the same – sit on the couch and bad mouth the contestants. But you did something about it.
Would love to know more about your nutrition and training schedule. I’m a single mom anf I often find it hard to work in me time. No excuse, I know – just makes it moore challenging.
Happy Holidays to you and your family !! Any advice and information would be much appreciated !!
Peace and love,

Sandy December 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

What an awesome story Marvin! And what a great example you are setting for your children! Thank YOU for being an inspiration and for sharing your story! Wishing you continued success and good health! :)

Candice December 1, 2010 at 11:53 am

Great Motivational Story!! Thanks for sharing! He looks Great!

Nikki December 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

OMG!!! What an AMAZING story. Marvin, you look GREAT!

Susan December 1, 2010 at 11:57 am

That’s awesome! What an inspiration! Way to go! I too need to lose weight, but I just can’t seem to find the desire the go at it head on. Just about five years ago I was doing well on a weight loss journey, but then my husband got diagnosed with Cancer and battled it for 3 years before passing away in January of 2009, since then I have gained around 70 lbs…30 of it being in the last 2 years since his death. At the beginning of this season my 3 children were watching with me and my 8 yr old daughter looked at me and said “I don’t want you to die, Mommy” I don’t want to go either, I am all they have, but for some reason I just can’t get myself going. Congrats again on your success!

Jessica December 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

That is awesome. Way to go!I will be starting the gym this weekend. I have to loose about 70 lbs.

suzy38 December 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

You look great. Awesome story really inspirering. Keep up the good work!!

Kaneta December 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Marvin, you are an Inspiration! Not only to others, but to your children, especially your daughter! She will remember and look back on this and use it! You took action and that’s what health is – ACTION! Life is ever changing; and if you want change, you have to ACT! Very empowering!

Best of Health!

Arleen Bernard December 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Congrats Marvin!

I too have struggled with weight since the age of nine and my Mom would always say things (much like what your daughter said to you) and I would be angry as well. When I became an adult, I confronted her about the things she used to say to me as a teen and her response as stuck with me to this day. “SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BE CRUEL TO BE KIND”. It is not the way I would have handled things but I know know that she was doing exactly what your daughter was doing to you, trying to get you motivated.


kelly December 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Oh snap!! You ran that 5k in just over 30min? Good for you!!! I am a fan of the show too and just started running so I could lose weight (I WAS about 50lbs overweight) and I just ran my fastest 5k in 36:33. So happy for you that you were able to regain your life and look at what your teaching your children too!! Way to go!

Michelle December 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Wat to go Martin!!! Keep up the good work!!

Angie December 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm


Hillary December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Susan – sorry to hear of your loss – you have gone through SO much, so have your kids. Pick up a weight & move your arms, stretch your body – legs, waist, back. Be done for the night! Tomorrow – do the same – add a different stretch, a walk around the block w/your kids, during lunch hour, You will get there!!! Lets see your story next year. Bob is awesome – BL is awesome, we are all here for you!

Laura December 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Marvin is now HOT and WISE!!!! And his daughter played a huge role in keeping her daddy around for many years to come.

Genevieve December 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Hey Marvin,
Thanks Bob for sharing Marvin’s story! I woke up with some awesome tunes on my iPod. Dispite the terrible weather, after reading this story, I’m off to the gym! I had lost 30# on weight watchers and was feeling amazing. I’m not sure what happened. I gained 20# back! Eeks! No boo hooing. Just cardio! :) And weights of couse! and Zumba!!!! Good luck everyone!

Nurse Vieve :)

Katherine December 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Thanks for sharing!!
That is an awesome and inspirational story. The honesty of children, they say exactly what they see. Keep up the good work!

Diane December 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

What an amazing story!! GREAT JOB MARVIN, I wish I had the motivation; I need to loose 120lbs I have joined the gym and tried many diets and failed.. If you have any motivation tips I am open for suggestions. you look fantastic.

Evelyn December 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Great story and congratulations on your accomplishment!

Stacy December 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Wow, congrats! You are a totally different person, you look amazing!

myrtle December 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

so proud of you!!! i am on a diet now and nee to lose about 80 pound. the doc says i now have liver disease from the way i eat!. i always thought u got that from drinking!
thanks for such an inspiring story!

Marianne December 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Wow. What a story. Congratulations to you and keep up the good work. Next up is a marathon, right?

JustinMichael1988 December 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm

great job marvin! quick question, how can i share my story? i don’t know where to type it out! i lost about 140 pounds and would like to share the before and afters! :)

Maricela December 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm

You are a true inspiration Marvin! I have been on this journey for over 5 years now. I’ve been overweight all my life, but it wasn’t until after I got married and tried to have children that I realized just how bad I am. I still keep loosing and gaining the same 10 lbs but I’m learning along the way and that’s gotta count for something. I will do everything in my power to loose those 10lbs and then another and another and another until I loose as many ten pound groups as I need to to be healthy and maybe one day have a son as adorable as yours! =) You are awesome!!!

gingervista December 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

So MANY of us watched TBL while pigging out……..I don’t know why; fortunately, now I usually do my weights.
You are SO blessed your daughter was young & innocent enough to just ‘say it like it is’ & great that you actually listened to her.
Amazing job. Keep it up.

poorlilrchgrl December 1, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Ditto to JM1988! I would LOVE to share my story and some fabulous pics, but I can’t figure out where!

Rada Mitev December 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Hi, Marvin! You look great! But most importantly you feel great, don’t you? Having a child has opened my mind about the weight I have been carrying around for about 12 years now. I watch the show all the time, mostly for inspiration. I try not to compare myself to the contestants, as the weekly double digits seem impossible at home. But I am happy to have lost almost 20 of my 75 lb that I have to lose. Life is beautiful!

Cac2484 December 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Wow this is fantastic.. Keep up the great work and how wonderful for your children as well. Such a gift that will kep on giving! WTG!!

Nancy December 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

What an amazing story, fantastic job!! I also sit and watch the biggest loser every week. I don’t make fun of them but I usually end up crying before its over. I know everything to do its just getting started and following through. Thank you for sharing your story!! Keep up the great work!!! Way to go Marvin….

MiMa December 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm

OMG! That is so fabulous! I have to admit my husband and I did the same thing. However, we have stopped eatting all the junk while watching BL. If we have any kind of treat it’s a Skinny Cow ice Cream sandwhich, 100 Cal.(Moderation!) In a month, by just changing our eatting habits, My husband is down 15 lbs and I am down 12 lbs. What we didn’t expect was for our 13 yr old daughter to go from 151 and to 140 lbs. With Soccer 4 nights a week for the past 1-1/2 years she runs about 25 miles a week. She didn’t really lose weight until we changed what she eats. We use to have to by plus size clothes for her. Now she can go to the girls department and get the skinny jeans kids love these days! My husband and I are looking forward to passing the plus size department in the future! Stay Fit! Stay Healty! Stay Fabulous!

Sara December 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Marvin, thank you so much for your story. You brought me to tears. I don’t know what else to say, except THANK You!

MARY December 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm



Rachelle December 2, 2010 at 12:48 am

Absolutely fantastic! WTG WTG WTG!!!

Janice December 2, 2010 at 2:41 am

Wow, what an inspiring story, Bob. Thanks so much for sharing Marvin’s letter and pictures.

Marvin, you are an inspiration! You should be so proud of your accomplishments. I bet your daughter is so proud of you and happy to have her dad out of the recliner. Congrats!

Thanks again for sharing the story of Marvin and his amazing accomplishment, Bob. You inspire me, Bob. You really love what you do, and you really love helping people.

Sam Wortley December 2, 2010 at 4:52 am

Wow Marvin and Bob you are both amazing people It’s people like you that give us all inspiration. Love Sam – Nottingham, England x

Marvin Carey December 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Wow! Thank you all very much!! I am clearing the tears as I type. A few easy, easy steps to a better life that I have found is 1)smaller plate size at home. Get rid of the large dinner plates, bigger plate=bigger portions. 2)when you are in the grocery store check out line and that candy bar is starring at you just say no and if it helps… say “I win” as you walk by it. Finally #3… There is no magic pill, no magic diet fad. Just hard work and dedication. It only takes 1 thing to get going for me, it was my daughter. Thank You Anna!!!!!

Dottie Di Liddo December 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Congrats, you look great, and I’m sure feel 100% better, keep up the good work. :)

Wendy December 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Marvin! My youngest daughter and I have watched BL for many seasons now! Bob, Jillian and ALL the Losers inspire us to stay fit and now you are an inspiration as well! Be very proud!

PeggyRN December 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm

You gave up smoking AND lost 120 pounds in less than 1 year – truely amazing what the mind can do when its made up and motivated. You look fantastic!

Samantha December 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Marvin CONGRATS! Wow, what an incredible inspiration you are.

Thank you for reminding me that I can do this! I quit smoking 4 weeks ago and even though I’m exercising every day I gained a pound. One of my BS justifications for smoking was the fear of weight gain. I am only 8lbs from goal and reading your story reaffirms I can do it!

ash083079 December 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

that great gd job marvin and go red sox im from boston moved to florida i have loss 74 pounds 30 to goo

Mare Erwin December 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Marvin…your story brought tears to my eyes. There is nothing quite like the honesty of a child. And they are wonderful reason to find your motivation.

tcarter385 December 7, 2010 at 3:17 am

What an accomplishment. Congratulations!! You look great! Pretty crazy how the little ones speak to us, huh?

BarbFike December 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Amazing job Marvin. I am so proud of you. Keep it up. Thanks Bob for sharing

Jessica December 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

That is a truely amazing story! I am so excited for you! I was 236 in Jan. December 09 I decided that I wanted to join the military and needed to lose weight. To date, I am down to 194. I know it wasn’t a great accomplishment like yours but hey its a wonderful accomplishment for me! I am still about 30 pounds over weight for my height percentage and trying to get my motivation back. Somehow I had stopped eating so healthy and “allowed” some of the icky stuff I ate before. Thankfully I have still stayed going to the gym and spending about 3 to 4 hours there each time at least 1 x a week. I walk a lot with my family and boyfrind too! But I need to get me motivation back! Hope everything works out for you! And good work!

MFJ December 9, 2010 at 3:52 am

Hi Bob,

I have so little hope that you will ever see this post or even if you do that you will be able to answer it. But I’m going to try.

I used to be in great shape. 5 years ago I was 40 pounds thinner than I am. I ran 4 miles a day and felt so healthy in body and mind. I’m now 40-50 pounds overweight. Part of it is due to having been unemployed for 7 months and part of it is due to a mental block that is probably caused by depression which I am struggling with for a few reasons. I don’t know if you can help or if you have time to help me. I can’t pay you. But I’m also so sad and repulsed by my body these days. I’m so incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin but feel like I’m in the middle of a catch 22 – happiness comes and increases incrementally the more in shape I get but in order to get in shape, I have to be happy and in the mental space where I can really commit to doing this. To make me feel even worse, there is a gym in my own building and I don’t take advantage of it.

I’m just very sad and don’t quite know how to pull myself out of this darkness but I know that sometimes one just has to fake it before they make it. Unfortunately, with this depression and unemployment, it feels impossible to fake it anymore and nothing seems worthwhile, esp since I have no extra funds to spend to get a persona trainer to hold me accountable. I dont have parents or siblings anymore for a few reasons (I’m 43 now) and never created my own family so I am feeling really really lost and unmotivated.

Do you have any words of wisdom you could impart to help me here? I KNOW that getting in shape and losing weight is a mental game and you need to dig deep to get thru grueling workouts. But I’m more like Ada. With no family to support me or to spur me on and with friends that I adore but who dont have time for me really bc of their own busy lives, I just dont know how to get started on this journey. Hard to imagine ever coming out of this dark place and being the strong motivated person I was 5 years ago.

Sosrry for the length of this post.

Any suggestions, Roberto?

Thanks for all that you do. You really do make a difference in people’s lives and that’s such a gift. You really have so much value on this planet. Even if you cant help me, I’m genuinely glad you and Jillian are around and able to help others with these important journeys.

Thanks a lot.


Tree December 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm


Very inspiring story as I am ready to decide now about lunch (we know how that goes trying to pick something healthy). Thank you for sharing and great job! Enjoy your new life!!

Danielle December 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your story. What a powerful experience this must have been for you!

Victoria December 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Wow…amazing story!! You look like a total babe now. Congratulations on the weight loss. I know how difficult it is, I have lost 130 pounds and still have another 30 to go! We will never give up!

pam5 December 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm

You look awesome Marvin! Thank You for sharing your story. God bless you.

Marvin Carey December 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Thank You Victoria! Keep up the good work!!!

Laurakicks December 13, 2010 at 7:10 am

I’m so glad you have shared this story. What an amazing accomplishment indeed! You are a great role model for your children (and many others) and know that, not only do they speak the truth, they are like little sponges and quietly take in everything. Hope to see your little guy in Group Kick class in a few years :)

kimberly December 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm

so proud of you and the change that you made…Keep going and remember that day your daughter said that to you and never go back!

Letrell December 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm


Your story is indeed an inspiration. Is probably why I am sitting here literally with tears. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone.

I am 5’5″ and a very comfy 136lbs. In Oct 2008, I found myself sitting before my doc in tears as I said to her…I need a little help. At 320 lbs, I needed more than just a little help, I needed a miracle.

Literally dozens of tests later my life expectancy was gauged to be 5 years. With all that was wrong with me, my body was shutting down and I didn’t have what I needed to even diet to get it off. Months of doctor visits, psych evals, and nutritionist visits later, I had gastric bypass surgery.

Long story short, I got my life back and now have the inexplicable joy of attempting to get the balance back. I say that jokingly, but it is so true. I would not give up the challenges of trying to balance everything and get back normal that I have now for what I was a year and a half ago.

Your story is one of pure inspiration. Even though I could not go the exercise and diet route, I am doing it now. Attempting to bring my body up to where it needs to be. But now I have the time. I can work on achieving what you have already achieved. I see each and every person on here doing so much to get into shape, to live again, and my heart aches for each one.

What a joy it is to know that no matter what we may do to ourselves, there are people like you, like Bob, that care enough to work with us, to share stories of achievement as well as failure, to help us achieve our very best and to be our very best.

Thank you, Marvin, so very much. And thank you, Bob, for the hope you have given so many of us.

Life is good.


Souette December 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Incredible!! You look like a different person…really! Blessings to your family Marvin as time passes so quickly. You are now healthy and active to participate in your children’s lives to create the memories they will reflect on as they grow older. Quitting smoking AND dropping 120 lbs. That’s just crazy incredible!! :)

vampire289 December 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm


Your an inspiration!

Bob is amazing…he even got my little 22 month old daughter to start working out

see photo


Laquita December 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our government subsidized healthy foods like kale and carrots instead of milk and cheese? And instead of tax breaks to the uber rich, tax breaks for gym memberships and training programs. You have to think there would be serious benefits to helping people get healthy. These stories are heartbreaking. It is wonderful each time we see someone succeed but there are countless others that don’t conquer the odds. I truly wished that the financial incentives were in support of keeping people active and healthy instead of subsidizing diets that are very literally killing them. Kale subsidies for all.

bob gerro December 21, 2010 at 11:38 pm

thanks bob

tim December 22, 2010 at 2:19 am

Wow,Great job!!!!! I’m a central Mass guy myself. Dude good for you!!!!Thanks for sharing,keep it up…Go Sox

local33tech December 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm

That’s what it’s all about….many more years with your kids.

Jenn December 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

Wow! You look great! You’re an inspiration. Congratulations on your amazing success!

Maralee December 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Congratulations you look great after all your hard work and it was great that your son was your inspiration for change.

ciecie December 31, 2010 at 11:45 pm

marvin, thank you for sharing your wonderful story. thank you also to your daughter for giving you the wake up call.

lisethenry January 2, 2011 at 12:35 am

All I can say is WOW thank you for your storie. I’m 27 years old and I weigh 230 pounds this is the biggest that I have ever been in my life. I know that I have to lose the pounds because of my health but it’s so hard. This year I have a goal to lose 20 pounds in 6 months and as soon as i meet that Which I know that I will sooner than 6 months I will lose another 20 pounds. thank you for your story.

marvinc318 January 5, 2011 at 9:25 am

lisethenry, YOU CAN DO IT!! The HARDEST PART is getting in the door of the gym, but once you are in it’s gets easier from there. Best of Luck to you!

Elesha Albert January 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm

There Bob I pray that you get this message…my name is Elesha and I’m a personal trainer.I have a client name Michelle and she is about 450lbs, she use to be 520lbs. She around 5″10 inches and I’ve been training her off and on for the past year and a half. It’s very hard for me to get her to be consistent with her workouts and eating healthy. She has a 1 year old daughter..almost two and a 13 year old son. She’s 36 years old and is unemployed at the moment.
She has back pains, and hips pain, can’t really walk up 7 steps, she gets out of breath easily and everyone within her circle are obese or morbidly obese.
She seems motivated to loose the weight but there are times we would workout for a few weeks and then the excuses would start… one of her favorites is her cell phone wasn’t working so she wasnt able to get my call or that her apartment is dirty so I can’t come by to train her..the list goes on and on…I also feel that her family is not supportive and that they sabotaged her progress as well especially since she’s dependent on the mom and grandmother to pay her bills and support her and they are also unhealthy as well

She needs the biggest loser to help her with the weight loss. She needs you and Jillian’s help. It hurts me to see her not even being able to run or play with her one year old daughter, or walk up stairs or a few blocks and she’s such and young and beautiful person and she’s killing herself slowly or fast however you want to look at it…

Can you help me Bob? How can I help Michelle change her life and become healthier and make it a lifestyle change?

KGraham52 January 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

How awesome Marvin!!!! As they say, “out of the mouths of babes!!” Sometimes I wish my kids would say something to me to help me to be strong and determined to lose the weight.

SO proud of you (even though you don’t know me). I think your success is great and you are an inspiration!!!!

Congrats!!! Kim

sandymolina January 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

you look great!! Keep up the good work!! :]

KaseyF January 11, 2011 at 12:10 am

This is an amazing story! I think it takes a lot of courage and true determination to admit that laughing at previous contestants hid your pain and covered up who you were because so many of us make jokes to cover up how we really feel or what we really want to say, but never do. I find your story truly inspiring and I hope many others follow in your footsteps and find new discoveries within their own hearts and use it as you have to continue to achieve their goals. I know I will!

carlos05 January 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

MARVIN, congrats sir your daughter must be so proud of her DADDY. we never know our own strenght. Thank–you for the story, Have a good life!!!!

Pina January 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

You look fantastic!! WTG!!! I had lost 50 lbs a couple of years ago and had kept it off.. I quit smoking 19 months ago and the weight crept back on. I’m back at the gym to get back to where I was! Great inspirational story!

gator62 January 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Marvin, that’s an awesome testimony. My story is similar, except I had co-workers motivate me. Had one co-worker give me a Bob Harper Yoga Weight Loss DVD for a Christmas present. Since 1 Jan, I have been working out and have radically changed the way I eat. The weight is coming off and I’m already feeling much better physically and mentally. :-)

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