The first four weeks of Miggy Cancel‘s time on the Biggest Loser ranch she came across as almost cold, stoic and reserved. She and her daughter Migdalia Sebren seemed to draw in to one another and away from the process surrounding them. However, when Migdalia was eliminated in week four, a change occurred in Miggy that did not go unnoticed by fans. Miggy says her world fell apart when her daughter left the ranch, but she decided to move on and start new if she had any intentions of staying on the ranch.
The night of Migdalia’s elimination, Miggy was rushed to the hospital, where she would undergo emergency surgery for an appendectomy and removal of a cyst and mass. In the spirit of doing whatever was necessary to stay, and with Dr. Huizenga‘s orders to do nothing more than walked, she walked. Miggy walked dozens of miles each day immediately following her surgery; we also for the first time got to see her bright smile and laugh. Miggy was in it to win it.
However, week seven brought about the division of the teams into blue versus black. Miggy’s new blue team fell below the yellow line and she became its first victim. “It was the only time I was going to give them the opportunity to [vote me off],” says Miggy about the elimination and the reason she was chosen. She says her four-pound weight loss was disappointing, but it seems to have been the only disappointing weigh-in she’s had since.
Now at home, Miggy has lost more than 70 pounds to date, and works with a trainer regularly, as well as maintains the Biggest Loser diet, in an effort to continue working toward her goal – a size 5 by finale.
Miggy’s trainer has introduced her to meditation and a variety of workouts that keep things interesting for her. She also runs the eight miles to work each morning, where she has access to a neighboring gym where she can shower and get ready. Miggy also wears a 40-pound vest at work each day, which she says helps her raise her heart rate and burn more calories.
In addition to her trainer, Miggy has found a generous source of support in season seven’s Nicole Brewer; the two run together regularly and Nicole calls to check-in.
You’d think that a career as a chef would be full of temptations, but Miggy seems to have no problem avoiding them. Instead, it was soda upon her return home that proved to be the toughest temptation. She admits to giving in; she drank a half a cup and was in pain the rest of the day.
Calling herself “strong, determined and a sweetheart,” Miggy may not be at the ranch, but there is no doubt she is still in this to win it.
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March 3rd, 2010