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Interview with Biggest Loser’s Jerry Skeabeck

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Listen below for audio interview with Biggest Loser’s Jerry Skeabeck. To start the audio simply click the pink play button.

He became the victim of one of Biggest Loser: Families‘ first real twists of the season. Ali announced that only one team would fall below the yellow line, and that the elimination would have to take place between the family and send only one person home. jerry skeabeckWith Jerry Skeabeck‘s two-pound weight gain during his Week 3 weigh-in, he and daughter Coleen fell below that dreaded line. It quickly turned into one of the most emotional eliminations ever, comparable of that from season five with brothers Mark and Jay Kruger.

Jerry said it was just as difficult to go through as it was for us at home to watch, and they really did give it some serious thought as to which one of them would leave. He explained that his daughter was “hell-bent” on him staying there. Ultimately, they decided to send Jerry back to Cleveland, home of his beloved Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. After his follow-up segment at the end of Biggest Loser last night, there’s no doubt that he’s making his daughter very proud, and will likely be around to walk her down the aisle just as she’d hoped.

When he entered the ranch, Jerry weighed 380 pounds, the heaviest man in the house. He also arrived on campus taking four blood pressure medications, suffering from high blood pressure, sleep apnea and a heart arythmea, amongst a host of other health problems making him the most ill contestant in Biggest Loser history. In fact, early on he was limited to 30 minutes of exercise a day and was not allowed to participate in challenges. Today, he weighs 298, a loss of 82 pounds that has resulted in removal of all medications, and he no longer has sleep apnea or the arythmea.

Prior to Biggest Loser, Jerry credits the Incredible Hulk with being his hero. He says that person is now Dr. Huizenga, the Biggest Loser physician. They had and still have a close relationship, considering the amount of attention the two paid one another during his time at the ranch. While at home, he’s still in touch with Dr. H regularly.

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He’s working out everyday, and evening training for a 5k run before the December finale. It’s a far cry from the excuses he was looking for not to workout while camping at the Grand Canyon.  Watching what he eats is also a big part of his new lifestyle. His biggest food vice used to be pasta and he could “eat a lot of it!” He proves that you can indulge in your favorite foods when you just act smart- Jerry eats whole wheat pasta, monitors his portion sizes and doesn’t eat it all that often.

Jerry is very fond of the relationships created at the Biggest Loser ranch, namely with his daughter Coleen. They were incredibly close before and he says this only helped. He calls Jillian Michaels a “fantastic human being… who gets the point across.”

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October 1st, 2008

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