Our Sparkly Soul Teacher of the Month for January 2014 is …
Olivia Ward (@BL11Olivia)
We are so excited to kick off 2014 with a true inspiration!
Olivia Ward’s biggest motivation for going on NBC’s The Biggest Loser was being 261 pounds, 35 years old, diagnosed with PCOS and being told she would likely never have children if she didn’t lose weight. As an opera singer, she was also tired of losing coveted roles to people who looked healthier – it wasn’t enough to just have a great voice. She received a degree in vocal performance at the University of Alabama, and master’s degrees in vocal performance and opera performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. A poor diet and no exercise led to her obesity, and the weight gain continued as she was diagnosed with PCOS when says she “completely gave up.”
After spending 22 weeks on the Biggest Loser Ranch, Olivia lost 129 pounds and gained a new happier and healthier life.
She is now an instructor at boutique cycling studio SoulCycle in NYC and hosts a popular blog (http://myfitspiration.com) and YouTube Channel (http://youtube.com/myfitspiration) with her sister Hannah. She also travels the country often speaking and encouraging people to live a healthy lifestyle. Olivia and Hannah are both Elite Sparkly Soul Ambassadors too – We heart them!
We love following the sparkly adventures of Olivia and Hannah on social media! These sisters surely sparkle inside and out – and love rocking their Sparkly Soul nonslip headbands. If you live in NYC and haven’t checked out Olivia’s Soul Cycle NYC class – do so immediately. Check out and follow them on social media too. Way to sparkle ladies!
Facebook – www.facebook.com/oliviaward
Instagram – @theobird