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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Pamela Geil on January 22, 2013 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Pamela Geil

Question:
Can you talk a bit about this journey and how hard it was to overcome the mental aspect of how and why Jillian was pushing you so hard in the gym?

Pamela Geil:
I think when you start on the show you forget that it's more than just a weight loss journey, it's an emotional journey as well because of the emotion it's how we get to where to where we are. I don't think I was ready for it, I mean obviously I'm glad for the process and I'm glad I got to break through those walls because as you see, you know, I am doing this at home.

I think at the time I didn't understand why Jillian was pushing me so hard but I'm grateful that she did. I think that I'm much more successful today because I had her in my seat pushing me so hard and making me realize that I can do it. We don't have a lot of time so I think she needs to push that hard to get you to be where you need to be as quick as possible.

Question:
Can you help me understand who you were before compared to who you are now?

Pamela Geil:
I had lost my mom in March of last year and I was just the heaviest I've ever been in my life, I was terribly depressed. I'd lost my mother and my best friend and I was just in a really sad place.

I was just going through the motions of life and this show has really given me my life back. I almost begin to wonder if I ever really lived before this show because I had never been an athletic, I had never challenged myself physically. And I'm amazed every day how much further and further and stronger I get, I meant this process just absolutely saved my life.

Question:
No regrets?

Pamela Geil:
No regrets, none whatsoever, even with Jullian, no regrets.

Question:
Thinking back to when you first arrived at the ranch, how different were your expectations from what the reality was?

Pamela Geil:
I didn't think, and this is going to sound so ridiculous because I was a fan of the show, but I didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was. I mean not just the emotional aspect, the physical aspect. I didn't think that the workouts were going to be as bad as they were. They were tough.

Question:
What's your favorite memory from being on The Biggest Loser?

Pamela Geil:
I really think my favorite memory other than my complete meltdown on the scale during my scale down was the 5K. I never, ever thought I could of run it, let alone come in third and when I reached that finish line and Danny is just coming across to meet me, it was an amazing moment for me, it was an amazing moment for her and I as a team and it's probably one of my favorite moments on the ranch.

Question:
What's next for you?

Pamela Geil:
I am determined to become a runner, I actually would like to try a Tough Mudder. I can't believe I'd ever say that running is fun but they look like fun, so I just really look forward to really pushing myself physically and becoming the best person I can be.

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