By Dani M. Stone
Christine Pickler, 42, is quick to admit she’s an “emotional eater who uses food for comfort.” As a busy mother to four children and now three adult step-children, Christine knows she can always find an excuse not to exercise or eat the way she should. She recently married a man 20 years her senior and looks forward to creating a life with him. At 240 pounds, she’s excited to be on Biggest Loser 13 this year with her new husband Roy Pickler. They are the only husband and wife team this season.
Growing up in South Bend, Indiana with a large blended family, Christine is comfortable with an extended family and now has one of her own. With seven children between she and her Santa Claus look-a-like husband, she knows she needs to get healthy to juggle her new demanding life.
Weight loss has never been easy for Christine and she recalls being overweight all her life. Now the physical ailments of an unhealthy lifestyle are starting to take their toll. She is now experiencing high triglycerides, high cholesterol and also has mild arthritis, making it difficult to get on and off the floor without assistance.
As a newlywed, married to a man who also has a significant amount of weight to lose, Christine says “I’m afraid in our current physical state, if a lot of our habits don’t drastically change, that our time with each other is short and we want to have as much time with each other as possible.”
In addition to being a role model for her children and shopping in regular-size clothes stores, Christine wants to learn how to dance. Someone probably ought to warn new hubby Roy so he can keep up.
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