Former UCLA Cheerleader Who Got Fat When Boyfriend Cheated On Her Loses 145 Lbs, Wins At Life
As a rule I can't stand reality TV -- unless it's An Idiot Abroad or Wildest Police Videos. Those shows rule hard. But I may add another to the list.
There's a program called Extreme Weight Loss, which is normally something I'd look at like a wolf considers a salad. But when actual good is being accomplished among members of the human race, what's the harm? Rachel Paul is a 35-year-old dance teacher and cheerleading coach from Santa Monica, who back in the day was a UCLA cheerleader. When she found out that her boyfriend at the time was cheating on her, she went into a downward spiral that included food addiction, and eventually got up to 305 pounds.
But with the help of the ABC show, she made a vow to get back into her old cheerleading uniform -- and lost 145 pounds. So far.
"Any cheerleader can come back, as long as they live, and wear their uniform, and cheer at homecoming,' Rachel said. "So, if I can get this to fit again, then I would be able to dance, and cheer at the Rose Bowl."
Rachel had one of her first weigh-ins at the high school where she teaches cheerleading (Notre Dame High), and has made a lot of progress with the help of a personal workout coach. At one point during the show she tried to contact the former boyfriend, but found that he had been killed in a skydiving accident. Yep, for real.
A year after she started her journey, Rachel went from 309lbs to 164lbs, losing a total of 145lbs. And while she looked amazing, Rachel explained that the most important part of the process was getting to know herself and realizing that she likes the person she is. "You've got to love your flaws," she said.
And yes, she was able to fit into her old cheerleading uniform and perform at the Rose Bowl.