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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is a transcript of an interview with eliminated contestant Courtney Crozier on April 6, 2011 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Courtney Crozier

Question:
When we see photos of you at your heaviest you are really quite unrecognizable. Can you talk about the emotions you feel when you look at yourself now as compared to then?

Courtney Crozier:
You know, it's so crazy because I think back on who I used to be and what I used to be and I really don't even remember that person. It's so crazy how far I've come and I feel so proud every day. There are still times where I look in the mirror and I still feel like I'm fat. And then I just have to really take a step back and be like Courtney, you've lost 225 pounds and you just have to be proud of that. And seeing the pictures and the videos from when I was 435 pounds, it's just absolutely amazing and I just feel so proud and I feel so blessed and so lucky to be where I am today.

Question:
Since you did lose so much weight before you came to the Biggest Loser, how do you think the show helped given that you had made so much progress on your own?

Courtney Crozier:
I appreciate the show and I love the Biggest Loser for everything it has given me, but really what it did was accelerate my weight loss because I was going to do this one way or the other. And I want to spread that to America you don't need a show, you don't need that to actually change your life. You have to want it bad enough for you and you have to change your mind and if you have the self-accountability and the self-responsibility you'll do it. Biggest Loser definitely helped me accelerate that, but I'm at home and I'm going to finish this out strong at home, you know. I don't need that ranch to finish this.

Question:
We saw a picture last night of you and Bob at a the past Biggest Loser finale. Can you tell us the story of that? How did that experience sort of influence you in your journey?

Courtney Crozier:
I got really lucky. That was the Season 7 finale. One of the contestants reached out to me through Facebook and she was like, "I've looked at your pictures and I think that you're absolutely beautiful and you just seem like your personality is absolutely amazing and I want you to be seen by casting directors and I have an extra family and friend ticket for the finale and I want to give it to you so you can come out to LA and be a part of this experience."

And I was very hesitant at first because I'm like is this a joke? You know, like what's going on? But I ended up going. I just - I went to LA alone and I went to the finale and I sat in the audience and I was completely inspired by it. And I went to the after party and that's where I met Bob and he said to me, he's like, "Courtney, this girl right here," he points to me, he's like looking around a bit, like everyone is around and he goes, "This girl right here will be on the Biggest Loser someday. She will be on the Biggest Loser someday and she will win the Biggest Loser."

That's really when stuff started to click for me. And I feel like I'm so blessed in that since I don't think many people could say the same. You know, like there's not a lot of people who can say, "Yes, I went to the Biggest Loser finale." I actually went to two finales before I ever made the show. It was about staying connected and just really following what I wanted. And that's what I've done this whole time is follow my dreams and here I am today.

Question:
What do you think Bob saw in you that made him stand there without even knowing you at all and tell the whole room that you were going to be on the show?

Courtney Crozier:
I think that what makes me stand out from other people is that, number one, I've always no matter what size I was, no matter what I was going through, I've always had a positive attitude. And even when I get down, like my down is not like someone else's down. I always try to make the best of the situation I'm in. And I think my mental strength is something that Bob saw in me. Like he has told me that time and time again "Courtney, mentally you are the strongest person here. Mentally, mentally, mentally."

And it's true. When I changed my mind, when I changed my mind to change my life, I haven't looked back a days since then, you know. It's definitely has its ups and downs. And I get down too. I'm not Miss Sunshine every single day, but I definitely try to find the good in every situation I'm in and I just try to mentally stay in the right place. And I think that's what Bob saw. I really do believe that because he's told me that.

Question:
Could you tell me a little bit about what it was like taking the first steps to start losing the weight before you were on the ranch and what you did while you were at home to lose that weight and start that process?

Courtney Crozier:
Well the first thing I had to do was change my mind and that's for sure because I had definitely felt like I was never going to be able to get of the hole I was in. And once I said, you know what, I'm going to at least try, I have to change my mind, I have to do this, like I said, I've never looked back a day since then.

At first a lot of it, I didn't even work out for the first 30 pounds that I lost. There was a complete diet change. And I actually did the 30 Day Jump Start book by the Biggest Loser and that's how I lost my first 30 pounds. I just followed that and I I did the little exercises that they had in there, but it wasn't anything intense at all. I mean, it was really just about changing my diet.

After that I cut out soda from my diet and - because I used to drink that all the time. And I literally lost another 20 pounds just from that. And then slowly but surely I weaned off of other things that weren't good in my life like fast food. I mean, I was easting fast food two or three times a day with my friends in college. Like we would go out all the time. And so instead of having it three times a day I cut it down to two times a day. And then the next day I would cut it down to one time a day. And I just kept I tried to make a conscious choice every single choice I made.

But really it's like looking back on it, it wasn't that hard because the moment that I changed my mind, I was fine. Anyone can do it. I promise you that.Well I'm so happy that you're such a positive person. You mentioned though that not every day is sunny. What is the hardest part? Like what is the food that you crave and the exercise that you hate but that you just persevere through that?

Courtney Crozier:
I think the hardest part for me is just now like we have the finale to look forward to and it's just hard to be motivated, but it's like I feel like I've been going so hard for so long and I feel like I want a break. So the hardest part for me right now is just wanting to rest but I can't and I'm not it's like I'm not allowing myself to do that and it's hard, you know.

And the diet, there's so many temptations out here in this world, but this really is about a lifestyle change, you know. This isn't about completely cutting all bad things out of your life. You know, if I want to have a slice of pizza, I'm going to have a slice of pizza, but I'm going to make sure that I work that slice of pizza off, you know. I've tried to find the balance in my life about certain things and I think that that's the most important part of this entire journey for anyone is that it really is about balance and you have to find that balance and you're not going to be perfect every day. And I have to remind myself of that every single day.

Question:
I remember speaking to your mom when she was voted off about what a positive and motivational person you are. And she was just so inspired by you as well as all of America was. How does that make you feel that you have really touched so many people's lives?

Courtney Crozier:
You know, that's honestly probably the best part of this whole thing. I mean, changing my own life has been so amazing and I'm so proud of myself, but one of the biggest reasons that I did want to do it through a show is to be able to at least change one other person's life. And if I could do that just make that other 450 pound girl out there get off the couch and start doing something, that's one thing that I really wanted from this. And I've had numerous 400-plus pound girls and men come up to me and say I have lost 100 pounds, I have lost 50 pounds and that to me, I mean, that gives me a feeling inside that really is unexplainable.

And my mom has always told me my whole life, she goes, "Courtney God has given you a gift to spread a message to people, you know. You touch people in a way that you just don't understand." And I really didn't understand it before. I really didn't. I'll keep being me I guess and if you think that then that's great. But looking at it now and seeing how people react and seeing that people are actually changing because they've seen me change and they have hope because of that it's a feeling that's like I said, it's just unexplainable and I feel so blessed to be in the position that I'm in to be able to spread that message to people.

Question:
On the show you had a lot of milestones, which one sticks out in your mind as being the most important to you?

Courtney Crozier:
That's difficult. I think honestly the biggest one for me was when I got under 300 pounds because when I was at home I I got pretty close to being under 300 pounds and I just kept looking back. I don't know why I kept doing it and I never really gained too much weight, but it was just like I'm never going to be under 300 pounds. I couldn't remember the last time I had been under 300 pounds. And within two weeks of being at the Biggest Loser I finally believed, you know what, I'm going to be under 300 pounds and I'm going to do this, you know. And it's just that was a great feeling. And to have all the support that I had was from the girls and from everyone that was on my team and it was a great feeling.

I mean, the 200 pounds lost, that was huge too. And honestly it was I look at it and I'm like, "Have I really lost 200 pounds?" Sometimes I don't even believe it because I really don't remember who I used to be. You know, like being that big, I don't even remember it. It's crazy. But both of those two are definitely two that stick out to me the most. But getting under 300 was a huge moment for me.

Question:
Is there any progress with Dairy Queen? I love the conversation you had with them last night and I'm very curious to see if there's any new menu items we can expect to see.

Courtney Crozier:
You know, I haven't really heard much from them yet, but I definitely am going to be in contact with Lee who is who I talked to last night on the episode. I really want to get fat-free, sugar-free yogurt implemented into the menu at Dairy Queen. I think that that would be huge for people. And I love yogurt. I'm just saying it's delicious. And to have it at Dairy Queen and being able to have that healthy option, I think that it would be awesome. But as of right now, I haven't heard from Dairy Queen yet, but that's in the works, I promise.

Question:
What's different about your weight loss on this side of Biggest Loser? Obviously you lost 120 pounds on your own at home, went to Biggest Loser, what's it like this time and how is it different?

Courtney Crozier:
I'm not going to lie, it's difficult. It's hard every day. But that's part of life going through this process of weight loss and finding yourself and all of that, I mean, it's a huge process and there's so many ups and downs. It's difficult. But I've made it so much a part of my life now that it's like it's never going to be anything different.

Even when it is hard, I'm still going to make sure that I get my stuff done. You know what I mean? I'm still take it to the gym, I'm still going to eat what I need to eat, and even if I make mistakes along the way, I'm never going to go back to where I used to be. So even with the down moments and the times where I feel defeated, I just - I have to get through them. I know that I have to get through them and become better because of them.

Question:
One of the things that you vowed when you were on the scale last night is that you were going to figure out what had gone wrong and why. Did you ever have a chance to figure that out or talk to Brett or any of the other trainers?

Courtney Crozier:
I knew what was going on when I was at the ranch and that was that my body was just in starvation mode. I wasn't eating enough. And that was my own fault because I made my own choices. I thought that I was eating enough, but I wasn't. And so when I was eating my body was hanging onto all of that. I wouldn't say I was over training, but I definitely was, I mean, I was at the same burn from the moment I walked onto the ranch and the moment I walked off the ranch, you know. So and that was like 100 pound difference, so it probably wasn't the greatest thing. But it had nothing to do with Brett, it was just me I would just go, go, go all day long and think that that was going to be what I needed, but that's not what I needed.

And when I got home and I actually took a breather and I started eating a little bit more, I realized that's exactly what my body needed. I was just too scared to do it on the ranch because I just wasn't going to go home, but ultimately that's what sent me home. So I have no regrets though. I'm glad that I figured it out and I'm glad that I'm taking it on at home and I'm just fine.

Question:
When we did see your weight and that it was obvious that you were going home, there was such an outpouring of love from not just your girls but from the other trainers. How did that make you feel?

Courtney Crozier:
You know, I love every single one of those people that were standing in that room. I mean, they are my family, every single one of them. And so I, I mean, I know how I felt every time someone would leave, but I I did have a connection with pretty much every single person there. And I tried to have a a special friendship with everyone and I think that's what was really shown on the episode is that I did take time to get to know everyone and I did take time to just kind of spread the love with everyone and that's why they were upset is that love wasn't going to be there anymore.

But the thing is I look at it, you know what, we have the rest of our lives together. And I think that they realized that too. You know, we have the rest of our lives, this has only made us all so much better. I really felt so blessed and so lucky just walking out of that gym because I knew that every single one of those people genuinely cared about me and I genuinely cared about them, you know. So it was a really good feeling. It's an amazing feeling.

Question:
Were you surprised after you got eliminated that Brett got eliminated?

Courtney Crozier:
Yes. I was surprised that Brett got eliminated. You know, I thought that if I got eliminated that might happen, just because I had seen when it happened in past seasons with like Kim Lyons and stuff. And I was really nervous about that and I put a lot of pressure on myself about that, which I shouldn't have done. But I did because I truly care for Brett. But he's a great man. He helped me much. I still talk to him to until this day and he's just so helpful and he's a true trainer, but not only that he's a true genuinely good person and I just appreciate everything he's done. And he's going to do great things in his life.

Question:
Are you working more at your parents' fitness center or at the Dairy Queen.

Courtney Crozier:
You know, I'm not working at Dairy Queen anymore. And I never really worked at the health club, but I am working out at the health club so I'm probably there more than I'm at Dairy Queen. But for the most part I just spend, yes, I just spend my time in the gym and just trying to stay focused and do my thing. But yes, Dairy Queen, not that it's a bad thing. I mean, I lost 112 pounds working at Dairy Queen every day, so it's not like I couldn't lose weight there. But just right now I'm taking time to focus on myself and I haven't been there much.

Question:
Do you see your career going towards motivating and speaking?

Courtney Crozier:
Yes. I I feel like my whole life I felt like I'm supposed to work with children and I was going to school for that. I was going to school to be a counselor for kids in some way and I just wasn't sure what path I wanted to take in that. But now it's very clear to me, I'm supposed to help overweight and obese children in some way and I'm definitely going to act on that, you know.

I know that that's my calling in my life. I'm supposed to motivate and inspire children that have they're in my position or I was an obese child, so I know how they feel. I know that there's kids out there that just feel so alone like they have no one and I know that I'm supposed to touch them in a way and help them change their lives early on, you know. So I will definitely be doing that.

Question:
You just mentioned working out and going to the gym. Could give me more detail on what your daily regime is like now in terms of working out?

Courtney Crozier:
I do a lot of cardio. It's mostly cardio. I love running. Running has always kind of been my thing. So I'll usually do at least an hour of running, jogging, sprinting, stuff like that in the morning just to get my metabolism going and to get my burn started. And then I'll do some kind of class whether it will be spinning or Zumba, something like that. And then I'll do Stairmaster or a rowing machine or just something to continue to sweat.

For me sweat is very crucial. You know, I just sweat, sweat, sweat, burn, burn, burn and then to finish out my burn for the day I'll usually just walk. I'll I'll walk around my neighborhood and I'll talk on the phone and just keep moving. I think that that's a huge part of it. You know, you don't always have to be doing high intensity to lose weight. If you just continue to move and you really focus on that, it's huge. I mean, I think I was kind of at the beginning of the show and before when I was losing weight, I was kind of known for the Courtney pace. Like I would never sit down. I would always be pacing. And it it really helps me. It's just like keep moving. That's what this is all about.

Question:
Now that you have lost so much weight, s there anything that you can do now that you maybe couldn't do before?

Courtney Crozier:
I mean, yes, my entire life is completely different. Everything I do before it's like I would do things and I would always have to worry about whether or not that place or that activity or whatever it was, was, going to be able to accommodate me and my 435 pound body. And to live your life like that, thinking about all of these daily struggles that other people don't have to think about, it really sucked. And I didn't even realize at the time that life could be so much different.

And now I look back on it and I can go to a restaurant and not have to worry about sitting in a booth. And I know it sounds so cliche, but it's true. You know, and the other day I went on my first roller coaster since I've been able to. You know, I wasn't able to go on roller coasters. Can you imagine like being 21 years old and not being able to get on a roller coaster because you're too fat? Like it's just - it's not a good feeling. And now it's like I literally can do anything I want to do and it's so awesome.

Question:
What's the most important thing you've learned about yourself through this whole process?

Courtney Crozier:
I think that for me I've always tried to be the strongest person, I've always tried to be strong for everyone else around me and I've realized that I don't have to always be that person. I need to ask for help and I need to be able to reach out to other people. And it's really hard for me because I really have always tried to be a strong person, but that got me to where I was. That got me to be fat.

And now I really do count on my support system that I have. And yes, it comes down to me at the end of the day, but to have support and to have people in my life who understand and to be able to ask those people for help, it's huge. And I really have started doing that and I think that that's going to be very crucial for the rest of my life.

Question:
What will you do with the At Home money if you win the prize?

Courtney Crozier:
Oh my gosh. Honestly it's weird because I haven't even thought about the money part of it because I really, truly feel like I have already won, you know. I would love to win the money and I would I would probably do something for children. I definitely like I said, I want to be able to help as many children as possible. And I would probably pay off my school loans and stuff because I am a college student so that would be nice to have. But I really don't know. I haven't thought about the money. This has never, ever been about money for me. Literally it was about changing my life and I've done that and I'm going to stand up on that scale at the end of this and be a winner.

Question:
What's the most difficult part about being off the ranch now in your efforts to continue to lose the weight?

Courtney Crozier:
Really it's just staying focused. Because it's crazy because I get pulled in like 500 different directions, you know. And it's like everyone wants to know everything. You know, all the tips that I have, how far I've come, how much I've lost, they want to work out with me, they want to help me, they want to do this, they want to do that, and I appreciate that love and support more than anything, but it does kind of hinder my focus a little bit.

So it's like I'll go to the gym and say I need to be in the gym for two hours in the morning, well I need to give myself three hours just so I can talk to people. So it's difficult in that sense, but at the same time it comes down to your mind and it comes down to, again, asking people for help and for what I need.

So if I need to say I'm sorry I can't talk right now, this is my time, then I have to say that. And I have said that. And it's hard to do that. I hate doing that to people, but sometimes you just have to do that for you and that's what I've been doing. But that's definitely the hardest part is getting pulled in 500 different ways pretty much every single day.

Question:
Now that you're so far along with your weight loss have you had opportunity where you can give yourself some like a cheat, do you allow yourself like a cheat day or little cheat items ormaybe working out less or anything like that?.

Courtney Crozier:
Oh absolutely. Even when we were on the ranch we have a high calorie day. Because life really is about balance. You can't completely cut things out of your life because that's not going to help the situation. At some point if you want something bad enough you're going to have it and then that could possibly sabotage you if you just continue on that pattern. But if you know that there's going to be a certain day of the week that you can have that one food that you want or that you want to not workout for that extra hour or whatever, that's fine because everything in balance and everything in moderation really is okay. So yes, I definitely do that. If I want to have that slice of pizza, I'm going to have a slice of pizza and it's going to be one time, it's going to be my one cheat, and then I'm going to work it off. You know, so it's like I really have really tried to learn how to live my life in balance.

Question:
Absolutely. And what is your goal weight?

Courtney Crozier:
Well I've thought a lot about this and for me the bottom line is that it's not really about numbers anymore at this point, for me it really is about a feeling. And the feeling that I have on the inside today, right now is it's like so amazing I can't even explain it because I know where I was before and I thought I was happy before, but I've never been as happy as I am today and I also believe that tomorrow is going to be even better than today. So for me it's more about a feeling. And I'm going to know when I'm where I'm supposed to be.

Now for the show, I mean, I would love to get to 50% of lost. I would be at 160 pounds. If I get to 180 pounds I would have lost over 250 pounds on this journey, so it's like there's just so many different ways for me to look at it. But at the end of the day it's not going to be about a number, it's going to be about a feeling that I have and I'm really proud of that.

Question:
You said before that people are pulling you in a million different directions. Can you tell me what it is like when you walk into the gym?

Courtney Crozier:
Oh I mean, I get attacked and manhandled and I'm not kidding. People are crazy. And, I mean, I love it. I love that they're so sweet and supportive, but sometimes it's like whoa, I just need to get to the treadmill, people, you know what I mean. It's kind of a little creepy though because I've gotten like followed home and I've gotten followed into a dressing room and just like weird things and I'm like, hey, I'm not that cool, people I'm a former fat girl that lost weight, you know what I mean. I look at it and I'm like, you know what, these people have been touched by, not only me, the entire show. And it's just an awesome feeling to know that myself and everyone on the show can touch that many people.

Question:
Are your parents freaking out about the fact they let you go on this show and now you're getting stalked? How do they feel about all of this fallout from you being America's sweetheart?

Courtney Crozier:
Oh, I mean, they're like freaked out. They're like what is going on? What is happening? Because they knew me and loved me before. It wasn't like it was never because of the show. And like now they're like these people they're coming out of the woodworks, what's happening?

I'm like, I know, it's stupid. But at the same time it's not because if I'm able to touch those people and make them change their lives it's really cool. But it's just so funny to see you walk into a place and they're freaking out because of you because of me. And it's like whoa, it's just bizarre really. I never thought it would happen, but it does every day.

Question:
When was the last time that you were actually at the weight you're at now?

Courtney Crozier:
To be honest with you, I really have no idea. I mean, it was probably like early middle school. Or like even elementary school. I mean, I really don't know. And that's kind of scary too that I really don't know because that's how much I just didn't care before. I was so unconscious about it. But I don't know, it's crazy to think that I could have been this weight in fifth grade. And it's like I've come so far from where I was and it's an amazing feeling.

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