Kaleigh Blando is the wife of Jonathan Blando, another competitor in the challenge. They're working side by side, and Kaleigh says this is something not only they want for their future together, but Kaleigh wants for herself.
Kaleigh Blando was active in high school, but college life changed that. Eventually, she knew changes needed to be made in her life. "John and I tried out for the biggest loser for Season 11. We found out later we did not make it, we were close, but we didn't make it," she says, "We knew our wedding was coming up in 2011 and we had to do something."
So together, they changed their diets and worked out. Kaleigh says she bought her wedding dress two sizes too small, and was able to fit into in on the magical day. But old habits die hard. "We had the whole summer off, so we were eating whatever we wanted, because we met our goal, but it can't stop there."
And with the 2012 challenge, it hasn't.
"I'm up in the morning now, I'm not yawning during the day, I'm not saying I'm tired 24/7, I have a lot more energy. Just by eating healthier, taking vitamins, and getting that workout in."
She gets up at 5 each morning to get that workout in. We asked Kaleigh how she does it, as getting up at the crack of dawn to workout is a challenge for many people.
"The hardest part is getting out of bed. That is the hardest part. But I've learned, I just tell myself, I just get up I don't think about being tired, I get up and go.
In addition to planning out meals, Kaleigh offers this advice to those looking to get fit.
"Walk the mall, something, you're going to find someone there in the same position as you and they're going to need to do it with too. So definitely having someone to do it with helps but I've learned to become independent on my own without having John with me."
Kaleigh has a goal weight, and is determined the meet that goal, for herself, and for john and their future family