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Courtney Crozier Loses More than 120 Pounds Despite Not Being Cast for Biggest Loser

Courtney is a contestant on Biggest Loser 11! See her profile: Biggest Loser Courtney Crozier

Courtney Crozier says she’s never been thin, but for the first time in her life, she’s on her way there. Just nine months ago Courtney, a 21-year-old psychology student from Valparaiso, Indiana, weighed 422 pounds. Today, she proudly shares that she’s lost 121 pounds, for a current weight of about 301. “I’m not sure where I want to be,” says Courtney in regards to a final weight loss goal. “I know I want to feel good. I don’t want to put a number on it.” The passion, drive and commitment she has for her health, it’s certain she’ll get there.

“I have always been the happy, fun loving girl, no matter what size I was. But after losing over 100 pounds, I am SOOOO much happier and more confident than I have ever been in my whole life. I can’t even imagine how I’m going to feel or how amazing life is going to be when I get to my goal weight!”

Her story is somewhat different than others. “I was so out of touch with my body and myself,” says Courtney, admitting that it was a bad place to be, especially at such a young age. She says the irony of her situation is that her father runs, and she works at full-time, a Dairy Queen, while her mother is the general manager of a health club. There used to be a lot of DQ food in her diet, but not anymore.

The big change came for Courtney, an avid Biggest Loser fan, when she reached out to a season seven contestant via Facebook. The contestant offered her a ticket to the live finale, and Courtney was “overjoyed” at the opportunity.

“She said she wanted me to be seen by casting people because she felt I had the look and personality for the show,” says Courtney. “Needless to say, I was at the season seven finale in May 2009. I met everyone on that season and I also met Bob Harper!!! It was amazing.”

That trip was a turning point, because after returning home the Biggest Loser casting director contacted her with a VIP pass for the open casting call in Chicago last June. She attended with her mom, and embarked on what she calls an emotional roller coaster. They didn’t make it to the final cut, which was an extreme letdown for her. She knew then that something had to change.

Courtney was then invited to attend the Biggest Loser season eight finale, where she sat on the front row. This trip was followed by another contact by casting directors, but this time for a new weight loss show on ABC, airing in February 2011. Against it at first because she either wanted to lose the weight herself or do it on Biggest Loser, she let him convince her and she tried out. The show ended up choosing eight people, and she was number nine on the list. Another letdown for Courtney, but this time it only fueled her fire.

“The eight people who are on the show are honestly my biggest inspiration to keep on going because I want to be at my goals by the time they are at theirs.”

What do you say to people who try for Biggest Loser and don’t get it? How can they have the same perspective as you?

Whether on the show or not, if you’re not ready physically and mentally, no show will be the fix. You have to be ready for yourself. I can give all the advice in the world, but if you’re not ready, it’s not going to work. It has to come from within you.

What were the first changes you made?

It was all diet in the beginning. I used the 30-Day Jumpstart book [from Biggest Loser]. It has a lot of clean foods like vegetables and protein. I didn’t go out of my way to workout the first two months. It’s all about baby steps and slowly getting there.

I lost 20.2 pounds in 30 days and was so happy!

How does your diet differ today?

When I started college, the first three years, I ate out with my friends twice a day. It was ridiculous. I was so unconscious about it. That was a huge problem for me. I never cooked. Now, I cook, and use the George Foreman a lot. I rarely go out. [My family] owns a Dairy Queen, but I bring my own food to work, like salads or turkey taco meat.

I don’t miss anything because I don’t feel good when I eat that stuff. Pizza was my favorite, but there are replacements for everything. Now I eat English muffin pizzas with turkey sausage for about 300 calories.

What does your fitness regimen look like?

I’m at a place physically that I’ve never been in my life! I started by swimming at the gym. A couple weeks ago I did a 5K in Chicago. Never thought I’d do this. What else can I do?

I use the BodyBugg and I’m so conscious of my calories, I’ll pace around the house to increase my steps! It sounds weird, but it works.

I workout every single morning with my dad at the gym at six. It has been amazing. I feel like a completely new person!

How do you or will you reward yourself?

Sundays are my rest/reward day. That’s when I’ll satisfy a craving, but do so in moderation. Or if I hit a monthly goal, I’ll get a pedicure. You have to have something to look forward to. Doing it on your own, you have to have incentives to keep going.

“I am the girl who has been to two Biggest Loser finales. You can say that was a huge part of my inspiration as well,” remarks Courtney. And it’s true, instead of walking away from the opportunity, she embraced it and made it her own, at home. Proving you don’t need a TV show to change your life if you want it badly enough.

Courtney continues her weight loss journey, saying “I have now found a happy medium between food, exercise, and just BALANCING life in general. I know I will reach all of my goals and live out all of my dreams if I just keep putting in the hard work and effort. It’s all about a mind change and I’ve DEFINITELY changed my mind!”

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July 15th, 2010

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Staceyann Dolenti

I am so Courtney made it on the Biggest Loser finally. She seems to be the most grounded player in the show's history. It appears that she is so focused on her goal of losing weight and changing her life that she doesn't even care that it's also a game.


Staceyann C. Dolenti

posted Feb 22nd, 2011 4:36 pm


Steve & Mandi Rosenbaum

Courtney & Marci we are so proud of you.We are all pulling for you so much.YOU ROCK!!!!

posted Dec 24th, 2010 1:48 am


Demesha Wright

So proud of you Crozier.

posted Dec 15th, 2010 6:19 pm



Barb Lynn Miller Rocha

I was so excited to see you on the BL tonight. Counting down the days till the new season begins. I know that your determination will take you along way. Hold on tight Courtney and Marcie. This is going to be one awesome journey for the both of you. Keep up the great work. Marcie, remember the sign you made me and Gabe for Christmas "This Home Believes" I'm looking at it right now and .... Well we believe in the both of you. Its team MARCIE AND COURTNEY AT THE ROCHA HOUSE
Hugs and kisses
Luv ya guys
The Rocha Family.

posted Dec 15th, 2010 9:23 am


Andy Simpson

Courtney..keep the faith. You'll be tested by not only the trainers but by yourself. Believe in yourself and keep on loosen that weight.

Andy and Barbara

posted Dec 14th, 2010 4:14 am


Team Jillian Michaels

Courtney, we are all so proud of you and will be cheering for you and Marci..

Nanci

posted Dec 13th, 2010 11:47 pm


Brianna

Good Luck Court. We're all cheering for you back home. We love you!!!

Thompson Family :)

posted Dec 1st, 2010 4:08 am


Staceyann C. Dolenti

Best of luck to you. You look like you are a very happy person so I'm sure you find a way to obtain your goal.

Staceyann C. Dolenti

posted Aug 3rd, 2010 5:40 pm


DONELLA

Again, I am very happy for you. I too lost 120 lbs and it is a great accomplishment and a rewarding feeling. Good luck in your efforts.

posted Jul 23rd, 2010 10:30 pm


spo

Great inspiration Courtney! I think everyone can use this as an example of how important that "balance" truly is. I'm marveled at your motivation & persistence. Keep up the good work :) You deserve all of the rewards you reap!

posted Jul 16th, 2010 12:28 am



thatsnotfab

Great story! Good for you, Courtney! I started watching TBL a few years ago at my heaviest weight of 250 and even though I knew I wasn't going to be on the show, I was still inspired and finally ready to begin my journey to a healthier, happier life. And it's stories like these that kept me going (and still do!), 80 pounds later. Keep up the amazing work, woman!

posted Jul 15th, 2010 11:00 am



   
 

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