Lifestyle Health Biggest Loser's Erica Lugo 'Can't Wait' for Her Skin Removal Surgery: 'There's Lots Under There!' The trainer, who has lost over 160 lbs., said she's "staying on point" with her exercise and nutrition to prep her body for the grueling surgery By Julie Mazziotta Julie Mazziotta Twitter Julie Mazziotta is the Sports Editor at PEOPLE, covering everything from the NFL to tennis to Simone Biles and Tom Brady. She was previously an Associate Editor for the Health vertical for six years, and prior to joining PEOPLE worked at Health Magazine. When not covering professional athletes, Julie spends her time as a (very) amateur athlete, training for marathons, long bike trips and hikes. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 8, 2020 11:46 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Erica Lugo/Instagram Erica Lugo is counting down the days until her skin removal surgery. The Biggest Loser trainer, who has lost over 160 lbs., announced on Friday that after going “back and forth for years,” she decided to get her loose skin removed. Now, Lugo, 34, is excitedly prepping for the grueling surgery coming up on Sept. 22. “Staying on point until my 360 tummy tuck to remove my loose skin (yes — there’s lots under there! Can’t wait to see the full effect of what’s under this loose skin! I’ve worked hard!),” she posted on Instagram Monday. Biggest Loser Trainer Erica Lugo Slams Comments About Her Loose Skin: ‘Let People Be Proud’ Lugo said she booked her surgery with Athenix Body Sculpting, and since that day she’s “been insanely on point with nutrition, fitness and recovery.” “That means sleep, mindfulness and listening to my body,” she said. “I want to go into surgery healthy, happy and ready!” Lugo said on Friday that she was “terrified” to share the “raw” photos of her loose skin but wanted to be transparent as she prepared for her surgery. “Loose skin has been a part of my journey for five years,” she said. “I’ve always been okay with it. It’s been my battle scar, but the more I begin to build muscle and get leaner I get the more loose skin builds up. No amount of exercise or nutrition will help the loose skin pockets on my hips and stomach.” Biggest Loser Trainer Erica Lugo Says Her Loose Skin ‘Has Zero Impact on My Worth’ That’s why, Lugo said, she opted for a tummy tuck. “It wasn’t an easy decision. It’s been something I’ve researched for years. I’ve been back and forth for years and I’m finally scheduled Sept 22nd with @athenixbody and I couldn’t be more nervous, scared but excited!” she said. Lugo, who once weighed 322 lbs., was one of the two trainers on this year’s USA reboot of The Biggest Loser, and helped Jim DiBattista to victory. Lugo previously told PEOPLE that after undergoing her own health journey, she was able to relate to the contestants and often talked to them about dealing with loose skin. “So many people always ask, and I tell them, ‘Don’t let that be the thing that stops you,’ ” she said. “If you scroll through my Instagram, I’m like, yeah, here’s my stretch marks and here’s my loose skin. This is who I am and that’s my story, so I just own it."