Hometown: New Lothrop, Michigan
Occupation: Nursing Student
Starting Weight: 280 pounds
Current Weight: 221 pounds
Team: White Team
Rondalee Beardslee says the day she had to shop in the plus-size department because nothing in regular sizes fit her anymore was the day she knew she needed to change her life. Beardslee was born in Saginaw, Michigan, grew up with two older brothers in Chesaning, Michigan and now resides in New Lothrop, Michigan. Struggling with weight her whole life, Beardslee was athletic in high school but still overweight. She was a three-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball and softball) and was all state in volleyball and a two-time state volleyball champion. She says, "The day athletics ended in my life, I went from being active every day to doing nothing." She got her associates degree in applied science from Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan and is currently in nursing school. Now 28 years old, Beardslee weighs 280 pounds and is ready to get fit. She wants to be a healthy role model to her patients when she becomes a nurse, and she also hopes to fall in love and get married someday. She looks forward to being able to wear a bikini and a little black dress and, one day, to participate in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.