The Biggest Loser’s Erik Chopin loses it all again

January 6, 2010

...only this time he’s doing it on Discovery Health as part of their ‘5 Nights of Resolution TV.’ series this week. For those of us Biggest Loser fans, we all know the Long Island, N.Y., deli owner as the season 3 winner, losing a whopping total of 214lbs off his then 407 lb frame.

It wasn’t until Chopin came appeared as a guest on Oprah, 122lb heavier than we last seen him weighing in at 315lb, to discuss the difficulties people face in keeping the pounds off.

“I’d worry about him,” said wife Michele in an interview with Oprah. “I’d look at him and think it was like he was drowning and I couldn’t do anything to help him. I could see it in his eyes, and I could see so many things happening again that we’ve been through.”

Chopin said that, although he doesn’t like gyms, he’s going to get back on track, but this time, for himself and his family.

In a recent interview with That’s Fit, Chopin stated that post-Biggest Loser, he had no income nor job and fell into depression. “I identified that on Oprah, but I didn’t address it,” but with the help of Discovery Health he will be able to do that and share his journey with the viewers.

For a look at Erik Chopin’s journey to losing his weight, Confessions of a Reality Show Loser, tune in tonight at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Health channel. For those tuning in tonight, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.


Fitness Events In Austin through the Holiday Season

December 6, 2009

We set a record here in Austin today for the lowest temperature during this time of the year since 1950. With the holidays around the corner and the cold, many of us just want to stay and home and stay under the covers. However, there are many events in Austin that will help motivate you to keep your fitness levels up throughout the season.

Ranger Stampede 5K Run

Ranger Stampede 5K

When: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 5 PM (Registration at 4 PM)
Where: Texas School for the Deaf (1102 South Congress)
Cause: Event is free for students under 21 (otherwise $2) and open to anyone at any age. Any additional contributions will go to a charity of your choice. The race itself is part of a 7-event series that will happen once a month from November to May.  

Esmeralda’s Run 5K/10K

Esmeralda's Run

When: Sunday, December 13
Time: 9 AM
Where: Austin Tennis Academy (6800 Spanish Oaks Club Blvd)
Cause: Esmeralda’s son Brent Werbeck started this annual race in honor of his mother’s loss with a long battle with cancer in 2005.  “Through Esmeralda’s Run, my mother could be remembered for her valiant fight against cancer. People would remember how cancer never held my mother back and how it didn’t dampen her spirit…[this run will] ensure that my mother’s fear never came true. It would provide an opportunity for everyone to gather in remembrance of my mother and to unite together to fight the battle against cancer,” Werbeck said. Registration and donations can be done here.  

Resolution Run 2010

Resolution Run (New Years Day 2009) from event web site

When: New Year’s Day 2010
Time: 11 AM
Where: St. Phillip’s United Methodist Church (16321 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock, Texas)
Cause: The race is a certified and chip timed, aiming to benefit Round Rock Serving Center–a non-profit corporation that carries out a community-wide mission of churches and other organizations. The organzation does many things for its city–include providing food, clothing, furniture and financial assistance for its citizens. Because it will probably be difficult for people to want to get out of bed at the start of the new year, the sponsors will be providing treats and door prizes. Register here.

Austin Marathon

When: Sunday Feb. 14, 2010
Time: 7 AM
Where: Congress Avenue and 2nd St.
Cause: Although the19th annual marathon does not have a specific cause, there is someone who is using the marathon as a way to show homage for her brother. Sarah Shary has started Running for Ryan.  In 2007, Sarah lost her younger brother Ryan while he raced in the 2007 Men’s Olympic Trials in New York. After Sarah was diagnosed with Lupus, she lost her urge to be healthy. Her brother came to her in a dream of her brother smiling at her while she was running–she became inspired to run the Austin marathon. She is not only running for her brother but also trying to raise $10, 000 for Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit that helps veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan for coping services and couseling. To help Sarah’s cause, go to her web site, and to register for the marathon please go here.

Which event will you guys try over the holidays?

Cassandra Hernandez writes about North Austin and Pop culture in fitness. If you have any suggestions, please email her at

Speech: How to eat to save the world

November 2, 2009

Just FoodTexas State University author, Dr. James E. Williams, will speak on Wednesday about his book Just Food: Where locavores get it wrong and how we can truly eat responsibly.
Many people, including myself, believe that eating local is the best way to go in terms of what we put in our stomach, so this should be an interesting talk.

When: Wednesday Nov. 4
Time: 6pm
Where: Texas Union Ballroom

*tickets are not required, but seating is limited*

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