There is a lot to take away from Kristin Steede‘s experience on The Biggest Loser. Not only has her weight loss journey from 360 pounds to her elimination weight of 244 pounds been an inspiration, it’s a reminder that we should rely on ourselves to get there. Kristin reminds that she is one of about 122 people who’ve been selected as a Biggest Loser contestant, and it is a position she does not take lightly. Kristin says she got more out of this experience than she ever thought she would, but clarifies that “Biggest Loser will not define who I am.” It’s a cautious declaration that many fans should take to heart. It is the few, not the many, who earn a place at the coveted weight loss ranch, but the will, desire and ability to lose the weight and change your life for the better does not come from the show.
Kristin said “I will never forget what it feels like to live life at 360 pounds,” and she is taking her new body, new motivation and the memory of what life used to be like and inspiring a nation. Kristin has developed quite a following and she’s offering them her pearls of wisdom through speaking engagements.
We received some of those pearls from Kristin today in our interview. Listen now as Kristin discusses her ongoing relationship with Bob Harper, how she kept her head out of the game play and how she defines a healthy weight for herself.
Kristin is a cardio junkie! She completes two hours of cardio each morning before work, as often as possible attends a cardio kickboxing class during her lunch break, and hits another cardio session in the evenings.
She rarely works out with her mother, fellow contestant Cathy Skell, and says the times that they do hit the gym together it’s a treat. “My philosophy is ‘do it for yourself, by yourself,’” says Kristin. She shared that she and her mom and tried many weight loss plans together and it never seemed to work, as soon as one would decide she wasn’t interested, the other had an excuse to bow out. Now Kristin is focused on regaining her health for herself. She lets her mom know when and where she’ll be when working out, but doesn’t depend or need her mom to do what needs done.
Now at home and preparing for the finale, she says her diet is the most challenging part. Kristin follows a diet of low-sodium, clean foods, and eats three meals and two snacks each day. Her breakfast consists of egg whites, toast and a banana; lunch is a lean protein source with vegetables; dinner includes her new-found favorites like orange roughy and vegetables.
Always the positive good sport, Kristin doesn’t appear to hold any ill feelings toward Ron and Mike, who conspired to have her eliminated. “I always knew aligning myself with them would be risky,” she says, and knows that the weight she stood to lose would have given Mike “a run for his money.” Kristin has good things to say about her fellow contestants, reminding us that what happens at the ranch really does stay at the ranch, “TV will never do justice for the relationships you have with these people.”
April 22nd, 2009