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Interview with Renee Wilson, Eliminated Biggest Loser Week 11

Ask Renee Wilson what her tip is for working out and she has one word for you, “cardio, cardio, cardio!” She says it’s what works for her and that you must keep your body moving and stay active. Like many of us, since returning home she works a job eight to ten hours a day and has to fit in time to hit the gym. She reminds herself of the goal constantly to stay motivated to workout two to four hours every day.

Renee came on to Biggest Loser: Families with daughter Michelle, who she’d been estranged from for five years prior to being chosen for the show. Renee says she’d just given up on her self and kept gaining weight little-by-little after her divorce from Michelle’s dad. She also used “getting older” as an excuse until one day she realized she’d gained 50 pounds and couldn’t figure out how she’d gotten there. She was seriously considering gastric bypass surgery and had made the decision to do so, when the phone rang. It was Michelle, inviting her to be her teammate on Biggest Loser.

She said it was time to “put action to my words. Wishing wouldn’t get me anywhere.”

The relationship she has now with Michelle is “a complete 360 degree change from day one.” Having not spoken for five years, they rebuilt a relationship at the ranch, where Renee says they did everything together 23 hours a day, and learned to trust one another again. Today, Michelle and Renee call and text each other daily and she says “our lives are richer for having each other.”

Renee points out another major turning point for her on the show, the challenge during week 6. The contestants had to walk on a circular balance beam over a pool of water without falling in. As a viewer, Renee seemed to look more shocked with herself with every completed rotation, and she confirms. “That was a turning point in my experience at the ranch,” says Renee, and that she was the most terrified of everyone to do it. But she prevailed, and won the challenge for her team nearly single-handedly. After that challenge she realized “the fear wasn’t so big after all,” and she was able to face future challenges head-on.

Her challenges now are staying motivated and getting ready for the finale that is just two weeks away. She wouldn’t reveal her current weight, but did say she had to replace her entire closet when she returned home. None of her clothes fit anymore, including her shoes. Renee says even her feet got smaller! Something that actually grew was her sense of pride. She used to think pride was bad, now she knows it’s OK to be proud of her accomplishments. She has a new senese of self-confidence and feels she has a lot to share with the world.

December 3rd, 2008

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