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 can I say about his past week? It was an amazing week for me. I don't know how much weight I lost(hopefully I lost something), but that was not on my mind. The big thing that was on my mind was the 1/2 marathon on Saturday. I was overcoming with excitement waiting for the day and then when it actually came I was so nervous. When we started I felt so good. I ran the farthest I have ever run before. Six miles running without stopping was a personal goal of mine and I did it! CeCe ran with me the entire race and I could not have had a better running partner. She kept me going at the end when my back was really bugging me and kept me motivated to finish. When I rounded the last corner I felt a burst of energy and finished strong. I finished in a little over 3 hours which was good for me. I am beyond excited and happy that I was able to finish something that I thought would never be possible. Now with the 13.1 sticker on my car, I can see it everyday  my accomplishments and remember how good it felt to cross the finish line.

Now with this being the last week of the program, I am feeling all different types of emotions. I am so sad that this is the last week that I will see my FWSW family all together. I am happy that I have went through this journey with each and every one of them. I have made life long friends and hope to be able to continue to workout and grow with most of these people if not all of them. Saturday night will be filled with emotion that I am not sure if I can even describe at this time. I am beyond grateful to Rick and Tina along with everyone who has helped me on my journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love each and everyone of you!!


I forgot to blog last week:

This past week was a little tough for me. Only loosing .2 pounds was extremely hard. I am not sure what really happened, but I am taking it for what it is and going to work harder. I ran the Run like a Hero race on Saturday and was happy with my time. I cut almost 5 minutes off my time from the first 5K I did this year. Even though the weather was not the greatest, the cause was great and I am happy I was able to run. This coming week is our 1/2 marathon and I am extremely nervous. I want to be able to run as much as possible so I am going to push myself harder than I have before when it comes to running. I am going to have  a great person running with me as CeCe had told me she is going to run with me for the race. I am sure I will do well with her by my side. The rest of our weigh in are blind so I will not be able to know what I weigh until our finale. I have mixed emotions about not seeing my progress every week. I have been eating the same and working out harder, so I am sure I will be fine.

Only two more weeks in this amazing program and I am beyond happy with my success but also beyond sad that I will not be able to see these people everyday. I am forever grateful to each and every person that has helped me on my journey. Let week 14 begin!!


What a great start to the week. Last night I was able to go to Eddie Merlot's and have a FANTASTIC dinner. Thank you Rick and Tina! I enjoyed every part of the evening, from being able to dress up(in a dress size that I thought I would never be able to get into) to the last picture we took! I will not lie and say I wasn't worried about weigh in this week as it was on a morning instead of Monday nights. So I made sure I worked out Monday morning(did my 200 floors) and also came in early today to get a little workout in before weigh in. I wasn't expecting the loss that I had, but I had a 4.2 pound loss. I am beyond happy! As I figured my total number I am at 41 pounds only 9 away from 50 pounds. It really is hard for me to think that I am going to lose 50 pounds if not more in this program. I am the happiest I have been in years and when I say year, I mean YEARS. I am honestly say I like looking in the mirror at the person I see and being able to enjoy going places and not trying to hide behind things. I have been unbelievably blessed to be a part of this program and will continue my journey for the rest of my life!


This week has been a little challenging for me. I have been tempted a lot with foods that used to be my favorite. I have been able to turn all of it away, easily. I am at a place now that I feel I am able to say no to food and walk away it if is not a good choice. This week at work was difficult as I was involved with a housing crisis for many of our clients that SCAN serves. We were able to help a lot families who were forced to leave their homes. That sits very close to my heart and as I work out sometimes I think about them and how they are doing. It does impact my life in other says such as I was not able to get my afternoon snacks in yesterday due to the crisis.

This past week for weigh in I only lost 2.2 pounds. It is a good weight loss, but I hold myself at a higher standard than others. I am working hard to stay positive at every weigh in. I am hoping this week I will do better. Looking forward to Eddie Merlot's on Monday as well.


So, even though our challenge was to do only 2 sets of 20 fire drills with the sleds, I decided to do 3. Angie and I did sleds last night and I accomplished doing 20 fire drills in 24:01. That was a HUGE improvement from my other times. I am happy that I was able to do them with 1 other person as it kept me honest and motivated to not take to long on my breaks. This week I have had more energy and I am so happy about it. I have been dealing with some things in my personal life that have gotten me down a little bit, but knowing that I can go to the gym and workout takes my mind off of the struggles that are going on in my life. Thank you Angie for allowing me to do the sleds with you! Saturday is going to be a very busy day. We have to run 8 miles and then I have to rush home for my son's 1st birthday party! I really can not believe he is 1 years old already! Thank you to anyone and everyone that has helped me on my journey so far! I love each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart!!


What a great week!! I reached a milestone that I truly thought I would never be able to accomplish. With a loss of 3.2 pounds this week, I can proudly say I am under 230lbs for the first time in 6 years. I really can not believe that I am actually below that weight. I did cry a little on Monday night after Rick said my weight, but it was a happy cry! I have worked very hard in this program and the past two weeks have pushed myself even harder than before. Rick gave us a sled challenge this week to do 20 fire drills twice. Well I can proudly say that it is only Wednesday and I have completed the challenge already. My first time was 35 minutes and my second time was 29 minutes. I am proud of that because even though it will probably not be the fastest time, I shaved 6 minutes off my time. I am going to continue to come in at 5:30am this week to get in a little more of a workout. I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who is helping me succeed in FWSW. Rick, Tina, Michael, CeCe, EJ, Emilee, Josh, Mari, Shae, Amber, Ashley, running coaches, behaviorist, alumni, and ALL of the nutritionists for their talks on Monday nights and helping us learn to make this a lifestyle change and not just a 15 week change. Thank you to my wonderful husband who has stood beside me the entire way by going into work late so I can workout, taking care of our kids and just being there when I need him. I also want to thank my mother-in-law who has been a HUGE support by caring for my children in the mornings and also at night when I have weigh in's and running groups.

I am so happy with myself now and I do not ever want to go back to where I was before both physically and emotionally. I truly love everything this program has done for me and my family and I will never be able to repay what I have learned and gained from everyone involved. Thank you FWSW for changing my life FOREVER! 



What a great week! It started out with a 3.8 pound weight loss on Monday night which put me at a 31.8 total loss for the program. I can not believe that I have lost that much. I am actually able to look in the mirror now and see a beautiful woman instead of a "fat" woman. That to me is one of the biggest accomplishments. I want to continue to loose the weight and gain more self confidence.  I am not sure what switch I switched on this week, but I feel empowered and ready to go. Tuesday I actually got a shout out from CiCi(which I think is really hard to do). I worked really hard on Tuesday to actually prove to myself that I could take it up a notch, and believe me I did. My legs are so sore this week that I feel like I am back in the first week of training. It is a good hurt though!! Last night I did the running group, which was a little different just because we ran in Spiece parking lot due to the fact that it might storm. I enjoyed myself though getting to know Nicole and Jennifer M. better! I can not believe that we are over half way done with the program and that in a few short weeks it will be over. I keep telling myself that the program might be over, but my journey is by far over. A special thanks this week to all the trainers, nutritionists, alumni, behaviorist and everyone else in the program that is helping me in my journey!



Forgot to blog yesterday so I'm doing it today (which might get me extra credit)! This past week was tough as usual! I really liked Friday as Amber had us play a game but still we got a good workout! Not much really to say today but thatI hope I have a good weigh in today. Iwant to have at least 2 pounds so that would put me at 30 pounds lost!! 


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!!