Meet ITN Student, Logan Cigrang
At ITN, we ADORE our students!
We take pride in the versatility of our “ITN family,” and are inspired by our students and graduates daily! Our family is made up of students across the globe from all different walks of life.
We are amazed at how our students take their life experiences and put them towards a life of service, helping others, and making an impact in this world.
We’d like to introduce you all to a very special student who is currently going through our CTNC program! Meet Logan Cigrang! He’s another one of students who said “YES!” to his dreams and creating a future that looks so bright. He’s going to have to wear shades!
We have teamed up with Logan to share his journey through the ITN program and give you all a sneak peek into what it looks like to be an ITN student and part of the #transformationgeneration!
Take it away Logan!
MEET ITN STUDENT, LOGAN CIGRANG!
Hello all! My name is Logan Cigrang, a 24-year-old from Los Angeles, CA. And I’m super excited to be able to share my story with all of you!
I have had an incredible journey through my lifestyle transformation and have lost a total of 100 pounds!! My dream is to help others through my experiences and life lessons!
My story really begins back in high school. I had started focusing more on my friends and having fun, rather than school and my studies. Shocker, right?
TOUGH HIGH SCHOOL DAYS
I let it get the best of me. I completely stopped caring about school, started skipping classes, and got into bad crowds. I bounced from high school to high school over the years.
At the end of 11th grade, I found myself partying in my friend’s backyard every day. After making some bad life choices, I ended up getting arrested for stealing.
I went to juvenile hall and then a military-style probation camp. While in the probation camp, I thrived off the structure. I ended up being the top kid in there in multiple ways — schooling, jobs, sports, you name it.
I participated in a little roughhousing with some guys in the field. I tackled a guy, and we both landed on my head with our bodies using my neck as a spring.
After x-rays, cat scans, and MRI’s, the doctors finally learned that I had a compression fracture going down my C-3, C-4, and C-5 vertebrae.
I had broken my neck! After getting a Halo Apparatus installed onto my body, I was sent home.
THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL CONTINUES
This is where my early stages of depression set in, and I eventually started gaining a lot of weight. Over the next couple of years, I had moved away from home, gotten a girlfriend, and felt like I started living a normal life.
You see, I had these holed indentations left over from the halo apparatus on my head, and this left me extremely self-conscious about how people looked at me.
Long story short, I ended up getting a settlement check from the county for a very hefty amount of money — the kind of money that could change somebody’s life.
That’s exactly what the money did and in the worst way for me. I blew through all that money within a year or two. I ruined my relationships, my mental health, my credit, and what felt like everything.
I had continued to gain weight during all of this. I gained a total of 100 pounds since breaking my neck. I was sitting at 285 pounds, which was the heaviest I have ever been.
“The Week” consisted of three consecutive days of loss for me.
- Day 1: My longterm girlfriend broke up with me and broke my heart.
- Day 2: I found out one of my jobs had plans of laying me off. With this news, I confronted them and ended up quitting while I was getting fired.
- Day 3: My parents got evicted out of their house after living there for over 20 years — this is where I had been living.
So, within three days, I lost love, financial security, and shelter. It was scary, hard, emotional, and brought depressing times.
I moved to Hollywood in light of all this so I could be close to my other job, which felt like the only thing I had left in life.
Over my first year living in L.A., I dealt with deep depression. I was missing my old life in every way.
One day, I overdid it. I drank too much and the next day had a severe panic attack, which left me eager to change my ways.
After that experience, I started to take better care of myself. I was eating a little better, not drinking or doing drugs as much, and felt like I had a clearer head.
TIME FOR CHANGE
One day, I gained the confidence to audition for a job I had wanted for years — a position on the La Kings Ice Crew under the La Kings Organization.
It was a very sought-after position. I never thought, in a million years, that I would make the team. Let alone passed the first round of cuts, or the first day! I ended up making the team!
I had put myself out there and gotten myself my dream job! I am a hockey guy and a die-hard Kings fan. Having this “win” gave me so much confidence.
THE BIG OPPORTUNITY
I was then given an opportunity to audition for a Reality TV Fitness Lifestyle Transformation program. With my new-found confidence I auditioned, and well, I got that too!
They understood my story and wanted to help me move forward. This was the most incredible experience I have ever had!!
After three months in the program I lost 30 pounds and went from 225 pounds down to 195. I finished a few weeks ago (as of early February 2018) and am now down to 186 pounds!
I am 1 pound away from my 100-pound mark — the most incredible feeling ever!
Being a part of this program was a full lifestyle transformation! I loved every part of the show!
Cynthia Pasquella-Garcia (Founder of ITN) was my nutritionist on the show. I loved our conversations, and she made me finally interested in my health.
THE INSTITUTE OF TRANSFORMATIONAL NUTRITION
Cynthia so generously enrolled me as a student at ITN, so I could continue learning! ITN and becoming a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach has become everything to me.
After all that I’ve been through, I feel I’ve been given a fresh start in my life, and I know that ITN is going to give me the tools to help others do the same!
FOLLOW LOGAN’S JOURNEY
Want to find out more about Logan and follow his journey on the Reality TV Show and as an ITN Student? You’re in luck!