Melissa Rorick

True Red - White Team

My name is Melissa Rorick and I am a mother of 2 children ages 3 and 10 months. I work for SCAN(Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) as a supervisor in the Be SomeOne Now Program. In my spare time I  enjoy playing with my children, crafts, being outside and listening to music.


My Blogging Journey:


What a week! Monday night was good with another 3.8 pounds lost! I am truly excited to see myself loose weight each week and know that I am working hard to accomplish my goals! Tuesday with CeCe, EJ, Emilee, Shae, and Josh was tough. Emilee came up with a ridiculous workout that had us going to 3 different stations for a minute each and once we did each station 3 times, we did it again but with different exercises. I think that was one of the toughest workouts yet!(but I really liked it at the same time). Wednesday with Amber was once again tough. We did kickboxing and I had a hard time with it, but I completed the class with sweat running down my face! Thursday, pool day, again was another tough workout. Shea did an amazing job leading our group. I did miss CeCe though as her voice keeps me going! Today was tough as well(notice a pattern of tough workouts)!! I really enjoy doing stations during workouts as it keeps things moving and we get to work different parts of our bodies for a complete workout. I am ready for our six mile run on Saturday! I am also going to try and get my 125 floors done this weekend. I am working the hardest I ever have and can feel and see the results. I am looking forward to another good weigh in on Monday and maybe, just maybe reach the 30 pound total loss mark. That means I would need to loose over 4 pounds! I know I can do it! Thank you to all the trainers, nutritionist, behaviorist, alumni, photographers, everyone involved with FWSW. I want to especially thank Rick and Tina for all the encouragement you give all of us to keep going. I truly feel that I have a family beyond my immediately family! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!  


This week was a pretty good week. I lost 4 more pounds for a grand total of 22 pounds. I am so proud of myself for getting over the 20 pound mark. Workouts were great this week, tough but great. Rick had me try Jacobs ladder and I wasn't able to finish due to slightly twisting my knee. Everything is fine, I am glad I didn't hurt it bad. Amber's workouts are going well and I am pushing myself harder and harder each week. I am enjoying working out with all of the contestants and getting to know them better. I think I worked my hardest in the pool this week than I ever have before. I really enjoyed the pool this week. I also enjoyed the Yoga that we did in Amber's class today. I was still sweating and working hard even thought it might not have looked like it. I am truly blessed to have been chosen for this program and opportunity. I am going to give it my all and even after the 15 weeks, I am going to work hard at maintaining and possibly loosing more weight. My goals is to get under 200 pounds! I have not been under 200 pounds for as long as I can remember. Looking forward to next week!



This has been another tough week for me emotionally. I have a small injury in which I am not allowed to run, jump or do anything high impact. So, I have felt as if I am not working as hard this week. I get emotional thinking about how I might not loose as much weight and how it is hindering my workouts. I am still working hard at what I can do (bike, gravity, pool) but can not seem to stop thinking about the things that I can not do. For the first time in my life, I want to run and this week I can not. I am hoping that next week I will be able to get back to my normal workouts and kick some butt. Reflecting on the past 4 weeks and being able to see the results that I have is an incredible feeling. My clothes are big on me and my co-workers are noticing. They keep saying"Melissa, you need smaller clothes." (that always makes me feel good). I also think about how far I have come emotionally and not just physically. I used to think that I would never be able to loose weight and that I would always be the "fat" girl in the group. Now that I look at what I have accomplished in just 4 weeks, I know I am not the "fat" girl anymore but just Melissa working hard to improve her life and health. I am looking forward to the next 11 weeks and then the rest of my life. I am looking forward to all of the knowledge that I will continue to gain from this program and be able to spread it to others in my family, social group and beyond. Thank you FWSW for all you have done for me and my family!


Last night's weigh in was good for me. I lost another 3.6 pounds. That is a total of 18.8 pounds lost since the start of FWSW. I am so proud of myself! I am feeling so much better about myself lately too. I am not looking in the mirror anymore and feeling disgusted. I am looking in the mirror and seeing improvement in my body and also my mind set. Before I would tell myself that I have to just live with what God had given me, but now I know that I can improve on anything and WANT to make the improvement for myself and for my family. My support group and people at work have noticed my weight lost and have taken it upon themselves to start healthy things for themselves. I am proud of them as well! Last week I hurt my foot and so this week I have to take it a little easier than I would like. No running, jumping or high impact exercising. I am going to actually miss that this week. I am hoping that next week I will be able to do everything again. I am looking forward to what this week is going to bring for me. I am going to work hard at anything and everything the trainers throw at me. Rick and Tina you are both amazing people and I want to THANK YOU  for all the advise you have given me and to all of the contestants. Thank you for choosing me to be apart of this wonderful FWSW program.



Amber Day!! Today was a great workout. I feel I pushed myself today to finish each thing she has us do. I worked hard with the planks along with many other things. Planks are going to be the death of me I think! I am really looking forward to the pool tomorrow as my muscles hurt today. I am not sure if it is from the 3 miles I jogged/walked last night or from today's workout, but I am sore today. All of it is a good sore, but is still is not comfortable. Looking forward to the rest of the week. God Bless



Last night was another weigh in. I lost 2.4 this past week. Not what I wanted to see, but it was still a loss. Today's workout was good. We did another set of stations with the trainers. I really enjoyed today's workout. We got to push sleds today which I think I did really well. I was more focused today and could feel that I worked myself hard. The stairs still give me trouble, but I completed them today and was proud of myself for accomplishing that goal. My attitude is SO much better this week. I am more determined to focus on what I can do instead of what others are doing. I am realizing that if I put in all of my effort in what I am doing then there will be success. I am looking forward to a great week and hopefully a good weigh in next week.



Another tough day for me. This week has shown me that I can be vulnerable during this program and still be successful. I am thinking WAY to much about disappointing people when I have been working my hardest. I had a good talk with Tina today who told me to remember that when we work out there is a NO JUDGEMENT workout. For some reason, I feel that everyone is watching everyone else and trying to be better than others. I need to get that out of my head and work MY hardest and not everyone else's. I am the only one that knows my body and what I can and can't do and I feel that I am letting myself down by trying to compare myself to everyone else. My goal for next week is to focus on myself and not what I think everyone wants from me. I am going to work HARD in workouts and do a better job with meal planning.  

As I think more about my struggles this week, I reflect on the many words of ALL  of my supporters. They keep telling me that I can do it, that I am already doing it and that I will succeed if keep doing what I have been doing and just push myself a little bit harder each day. I think that I have to start believing in myself more. I have never had very good self-confidence and now that I am actually doing something for me, I hope my self-confidence will come and continue to grow as I continue to shrink.

Thought for the day: Dare to soar-how successful you are is determined by your attitude. (My attitude about this program is amazing, I just have to get out of my own head)


Today was by far the toughest day for me. I had a really bad day at workout today. I felt as if I wasn't good enough to be there and that I should give up. With todays interval sessions, it was more apparent to me for some reason that I am not as strong as I thought I was(at least that is what I was thinking). When it was time for our 4 session, I just broke down. I was to the point that I didn't want to finish, but then Tina noticed that I was having trouble and pulled me aside and I just started crying. I think everything has finally caught up to me and I just had a break down. After taking some time for myself this morning, I realize that I CAN AND WILL put all my effort into FWSW and become a better person because of the training. I am taking this time to reflect on how I am feeling and want to put everything on the table at this point. I believe that every trainer, nutritionist, behaviorist, Rick & Tina and everyone else involved in this terrific program give 100% all the time so that is what I am going to do. I don't want to let anyone down especially myself. Thank you to my Red teammates who made sure I was ok today and encouraged me through my difficulty today. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Tomorrow is a new day and I am going to embrace this opportunity to the fullest and NOT give in to my mind telling me that I need to stop. I CAN do this program and will succeed. God Bless



Second weigh in was last night. I was very nervous that I wouldn't lose anything. Watching everyone before me getting good numbers I really thought, I would be the first one to not lose any weight. When I got on the scale the number displayed was 250.0.  4 pounds lost!! WHOOO!! That brings my total so far to 12.8 pounds lost. I am so happy and excited that the weight is coming off. Let week 3 begin!

Today's workout with E.J, CeCe, Emily, Josh, and Mari was INTENSE to say the least. There were 5 stations and we all rotated(except for Mari's group they were doing Gravity). We did boxing, stairs, and medicine ball workouts and let me tell you, I was sweating and wishing it was over. It was a great workout though, but I feel I need to push myself a little harder especially when I feel I want to quit. Everything in my body hurts this morning and we get to do it all over again tomorrow! I am going to push myself harder tomorrow.

My second workout for today is going to be jogging/walking the track! I am hoping to be able to jog more than I walk, but we will see how it goes.


I did not have time to blog yesterday so I am writing this morning. Yesterday(4/12/2015) I walked/jogged my very first 5K. It was the most incredible feeling! At the beginning I was a little nervous about finishing and what my time would be. After awhile I just focused on finishing and not the time. Tina was beside me the entire way which gave me more strength then she will ever know. She was pushing me, but allowing me to push myself to do what I could do. I walked and then jogged so far and then walked again. Each time I jogged, I tried to go a little further. I will say it was hard for me and I almost was to the point that I didn't want to jog anymore. Listening to Tina gave me strength and encouragement to continue jogging/walking instead of just walking. When I saw the finish line, I had a little tear in my eye because I knew I was going to finish. I decided that I wanted to run across the finish line and not walk. So I picked a spot and started running! I finished in 44:19 and was so proud of myself. I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to Tina who helped me the entire way and encouraged me not to stop and continue going. I am looking forward to tonight's weigh in to see my results. I am not looking for a huge number just some weight loss! I know I have done my best this past week will continue to grow!



Today was a tough day for me. I was extremely tired during workout this morning and do not feel I did my best, even though there was sweat rolling down my face. I am continuing to work hard at my meal planning and after hearing what my nutritionist told me this morning I am doing a good job, which means everything to me at this point. I am continuing to push  myself to accomplish my weight loss goals along with my own personal goal of becoming a better parent, wife, friend etc. by being healthy and striving to do my best. CiCi's workout in the morning and then Formula for Life on Sunday! Going to be a good weekend!



Last night was weigh in. I lost 8.8 pounds(a true snowman)!! I am feeling so proud of myself that I accomplished some weight loss. I have never had the feeling that I felt last night that I am actually doing something to help myself for once. I am the type of person that is always putting others first and for the first time in my life, I am working on myself. Today's workout was great! I think I sweated more today than I have in the past week(something is working well). I think to myself how much support I have and there is NO reason that I cannot accomplish my goals of loosing about 65 pounds. I feel that my goal is not out of reach and that I can accomplish anything if I really put my mind in the right place! I am looking forward to the Formula for Life race this weekend!



I made it through the first week of workouts! I honestly can say that I am a little sore, but it is a good sore. I never knew how much my body could actually do until I started this program. It was touch today doing wall sits, but with the help of the alumni around me, I made it though. thank you! I am still having a trouble with the meal planning. I am going to work VERY hard at that this weekend and hopefully next week will be better. I am having trouble with coming up with new things to make and eat for all of my meals. Any suggestions would be helpful! Thank you to everyone helping me out on my journey!


Today was pool day. OMG.. I thought being in the water would make it easier. I was SO wrong. I had a great workout in the pool. I am learning so much this first week on how to workout(properly) and eat healthy. I am having trouble with meal planning and getting enough calories each day.  I am working heard on the meal planning and trying to get all meals planned on Sunday, but I am having a hard time with different ideas for meals. Any ideas would be helpful!  Quote for the day: Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up?



Today was a tough day for me. Amber's workout really pushed me hard. My arms, legs and back are all aching right now, but I know it will get better and that I will be able to do all of what she was teaching us today. I have to get out of my own head and believe in myself before anything will actually change. It is a mind game that I can not and will not let my mind win! I am going to achieve what I have set out to do. I also understand that if I am struggling with something now, in 15 weeks it will/should be easy. Everyone involved in this program are fantastic people and very encouraging. Rose really helped me today to keep me going when I thought I was going to quite. Thank you Rose and all the alumni for your encouragement!



Today was our first workout! My team had to run/walk a mile to see where we were. I ran/walked my mile in 14:03. Right now I think that is a good time for me. I know it will only get better as I continue to strengthen myself on the outside and the inside. My teammates along with all the other season 8 members worked out hard! Good job everyone! Now that the 1st weigh-in and 1st workout are both completed this journey has become reality! I am working hard at meal planning(not going very well yet) and trying to figure out how to get all my needed nutrition in without going over. I definitely will be utilizing our nutritionist!

I am struggling with what to do for my second workouts. Anyone have any suggestions? I am having a hard time figuring out when I can get my second work out in everyday. I will have to work on that so I don't fall behind. I am sure I can get it done though!!



One question I have that I forgot to ask during orientation. Do we have to wear shorts to weigh in or can we wear exercise pants(yoga). I am having a hard time finding shorts right now that will fit me. I know we want light clothing for our weigh in, but if we can not find shorts it is ok to wear yoga/work out pants?

Sitting here on a Friday afternoon, I can't seem to get out of my mind that Monday the 30th will be here soon! I am nervous, excited, anxious along with many other feelings. I sometimes doubt myself on whether I can accomplish what I have set out to do, but the more and more I think about it I know I can do it with all the support, love and friendships I will make throughout my journey. Let Season 8 Begin!!



I am so excited to start my journey with FWSW!! I had my blood work done today and Thursday is my day to get my shoes!! I am beyond grateful to all of the FWSW alumni, Rick & Tina, trainers, nutritionists, sponsors and everyone else that is involved with helping all of us on our journey!! Let's all get excited!!


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  • Guest - Richard Dickerman

    Melissa yes last week definitely was a tough week of workouts. They really worked us hard but you fought through it and did everything they handed you. Can you imagine trying to do last week 8 weeks ago. You have come a long way and are so strong. I hope your weight loss didn't drag you down too much this week. Just keep focused on the goal and showing everyone including yourself what is inside of you and what you are made of.

  • Guest - Emilee

    Glad you enjoyed the workouts last week, Melissa! I love your positive attitude. Keep up the great work!! :)

  • Melissa-
    We are so proud of you! You are working so hard and love you had a great weight loss this past Monday! We were so happy for you! We love seeing you run and push to the next level. You did 6 miles Saturday!! Can you believe 6 miles??? Yep, almost half of the half marathon! You continue to get stronger each and every week.
    We appreciate your great attitude during the workouts. You can tell you want to be here and want to excel!
    We being Week 8 which is the half way point of FWSW! Time is going by way to fast, make sure to take advantage of all the resources and enjoy the ride!
    Tina & Rick FWSW

  • Thanks for sticking with me on our run Saturday morning. You could have easily taken off on you own and tried to finish with one of the groups ahead of us but instead you stayed with me and helped me finish quicker than I would have on my own. You are truly a good person and I am glad that I got to know you better.

  • Guest - Richard Dickerman

    Melissa you keep up the dedication and work you are doing and you will get under the 200 mark. You are right in thinking beyond the program. The 15 weeks is to just be the beginning. We have come into the program to change our lives forever. Thinking past the program not as the point we can go back but rather as the point we continue and change into maintaining when we get to our weights is the way to think. It is that type of thinking that makes a winner.

  • Melissa-
    You are doing a great job and love you are setting goals after the program! You continue to push forward and we have no doubt you can do anything you set your mind to. We love you show up early ready to work hard. We appreciate you always letting us know if you feel like something does not feel right. We are always able to change up the workout. Super cool you had a great pool workout!! Like we always say-everyone will find the workout they love for them!
    Week 7 begins tomorrow, time is going by way too fast!!!
    Make it a great week!
    Tina & Rick FWSW

  • Guest - Julie Pedraza

    Melissa- I really enjoyed running/walking with you on Saturday and getting to know you better! I loved that you were always willing to try and you pushed yourself several times during that 5 miles! 5 miles is no joke and not an easy distance to go :) You did so great! If you continue to try and are willing do so you will go far! Stay positive :)

  • Nice to read your blog. Yes you can do this, you are doing this! It is kinda magical seeing at weigh in the losses and the realization that it is working. You have come a long way, just think where you will be at week 15. Injuries are just bumps in the road, just find a different way to move, you will be suprised this week with a loss again. We did say this was mind body and sole. Great job. Rick and Tina

  • Guest - Richard Dickerman

    It must be frustrating not to be able to do all of the exercising but the key part of the program is the nutrition. Having a strong handle on that will help you in removing the weight. You are doing great in pushing yourself in what the trainers are telling you to do. You are still getting good results. Remember the journey is in for the long haul. Need to heal your body and not make it worse so that you can continue the program for the next 10 weeks and beyond. Remember the trainers know what they are doing and are thinking through what will do best for you and help you lose the most weight possible.

  • Guest - Rose Murphy

    Melissa, So many contestants and alums have lost weight while injured and had to change their workouts and the weight still came off. Frank and Dian and myself (tho I was Public Division) and Kim, all went thru that.
    You are doing great! Keep concentrating on what you can do instead of what you can't and trust the trainers, Andreas, Rick and Tina, ....they got you!

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