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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.
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The Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout DVD Review

biggest loser last chance workoutThe Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout DVD hit the stores along with the 30-Day Jump Start workout DVD  just following Biggest Loser Season 8 finale.

The Last Chance Workout is the follow-up to the 30-Day Jump Start workout DVD. Once you have mastered all the routines and exercises in the 30-Day Jump Start, you graduate to the Last Chance Workout where you ring out every last drop of sweat you have alongside Jillian Michaels’ no-nonsense and motivating encouragement. Or if you are super confident in your fitness ability, you can jump right to the Last Chance Workout and just like the Biggest Loser contestants who give it their all in the final days leading to the Biggest Loser finale, you too will endure the workout of your life.
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The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start Workout DVD Review

biggest loser 30 day jumpstart dvdSo perhaps you’re gearing up for tonight’s The Biggest Loser Season 8 finale, and as you pop your popcorn (air-popped, sans butter, of course) you’re wondering just how you can transform your body just like your favorite Biggest Loser contestants without all the cameras, media blitz and weeks away from your family.

Just in time for the holidays and those New Years dreams of finally losing weight, released on December 1, 2009 are two new pound-scorching and fat-melting Biggest Loser workout DVDs.


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My exercise plan- week 1

Remember that first episode of Biggest Loser- and all the contestants were puking? That’s how I feel right now. I just wrapped my first session with my personal trainer. The part that hurts the most- my elbows. Explain that to me.

We’re going to meet two days a week- weights and core strengthening. Three days a week I’ll do an hour of cardio on my own. My goal? Tone up, look as healthy as my age should be and as healthy as my mind thinks I am. I’d like to lose about 10-15 pounds. Ultimately, I want a weight that is healthy for me, and a body shape that I’m comfortable with.

I’ve never bought in to the mega-thin super model, Hollywood definition of thin, or even body image. Jenny Craig’s new spokeswoman Queen Latifah says it best in the diet program’s ad campaign- why should myself or anyone else care what “size” I am. “Size Healthier” is what the Queen’s goal is and I think that sounds pretty good.

I want to share my progress with you, as well as my experience in the gym. That means boldly going where I’ve never gone before- telling the world what I weigh. I’ve shared a lot of personal stuff on the Internet- but never this.
Starting Weight: 143
Starting BMI: 24.5
Starting Inches at waist: 33

There, I said it. Those numbers are also written on my bathroom mirror. Staring me down, mocking me as if to say “Every time you think about skipping the gym- is a chance missed to erase these numbers and replace them with something better.”

Unlike a lot of people losing weight- be it 10 pounds or 100 pounds- I’m not changing my eating habits and introducing a gym routine all at the same time. My husband and I have spent the better part of the past year “making over” our kitchen. I’m pretty happy with our diet, the new healthier finds we’ve made, things we’ve cut out that I don’t particularly miss. I plan on sharing this with you too, because it’s possible you have a pantry that could use a makeover.

Long introduction for today. My first training session was tough, but here’s a look at what we did today, and I imagine continuing to do. To be honest, I don’t know what the “official” name is for this stuff, but I’ll get back to you on that.
- Warm up with 3 minutes on treadmill, cool down 3 minutes on treadmill
- 2 sets of 30 squats
- 2 sets of 30 step ups, each leg (raise self on one leg, while standing 1′ off ground)
- 2 sets of 30 crunches, lying on bench
- 2 sets of 40 leg lifts, each leg (lying on side, raising leg)
- 2 sets of 30 – lying on back lifting 5 pd weights
- 2 sets of 30 shoulder presses
- 2, 5 minute sets on elliptical
- 2 sets of 20 each of the following crunches, lying flat on floor:
- 20 regular crunches
- 20 criss-cross crunches (rest left leg on right knee, right elbow touches left knee)
- 20 bicycle crunches (moving legs as if peddling, elbows touch opposite knees)

He told me to be sure to eat something small before I head to the gym- banana, apple, cheese stick. I learned that I did not bring enough water with me and will definitely get a bigger bottle next time. He also told me to eat a small snack, ideally protein, when I finish and to continue drinking plenty of water. Good thing that’s all I drink anyway!

It’s 24 hours later and oh man am I sore! I’ve had two abdominal surgeries- and I would place the pain I’m feeling up there with post-surgery. Just achy, achy muscles. You never realize how much you use those until they don’t want to be used.

I did my cardio tonight. I was supposed to do an hour, I got through 45 minutes. The trainer will be back tomorrow afternoon- and all I have to say is- it’s gonna hurt.