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Interview with Coleen Skeabeck, Eliminated Biggest Loser Week 9

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Coleen is easily one of the most down-to-Earth, genuine individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of talking with. Not only do I follow Biggest Loser to keep all of you fans updated, but I’m an avid fan of the show and each week get even more emotionally involved than is healthy for one to have with a TV program. So last night as Coleen’s name was revealed on Amy C.‘s tray, I cried like a big baby. Coleen is still at home working hard and says she has not stepped on the scale in a couple of weeks. Down from a size 22 and XXXL shirts that she wore at the start of Biggest Loser: Families, Coleen is ecstatic to share that she’s now wearing size medium tops and size 10 pants and dresses.

The biggest change in her daily routine has been that she’s very active. She used to just lounge around, but now she hits the ground running everyday. Part of that busy schedule is a lot of gym time, and she concentrates pretty heavily on cardio. She’s even staying on top of dad, Jerry, to make sure he’s active at the gym as well.

Coleen shares two misconceptions that she had as a viewer and thinks most of at home probably don’t understand either. She said watching from home you can’t know how “hard it really is,” that they spend “hours and hours” in the gym everyday, and that “as a viewer you can’t know how painful it is.”

This Thanksgiving, Coleen revealed that she’d prefer to just hide from everyone. Instead, she and Jerry are going to participate in Cleveland’s Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving day race, and she’s saving her calories to enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie. “Jillian taught me that you don’t have to give it up, you just have to factor in the calories.” She reminded us of the old adage “calories in, calories out.”

These days, Coleen is no longer “just existing and letting life pass [her] by.” She believes she deserves to be happy and will never “settle for less again.”

November 19th, 2008