April 07, 2011 09:00 AM by Lisa Princ
Fans of The Biggest Loser on NBC said goodbye this week to one of the hardest workers and most upbeat personalities on the ranch when Courtney Crozier just could not get past the plateau she was facing. Courtney, who started her weight loss journey at home is continuing a healthy lifestyle there now. In a post elimination interview Courtney Crozier shares her thoughts on the show and her future. Keep reading for more details!
The Biggest Loser said goodbye to Courtney Crozier this week as as she could not seem to get past the plateau that has been taunting her each week despite all the help from Brett Hoebel. After her elimination, Courtney shared her thoughts in a press conference about the show, her life and Brett’s elimination. Here is some of what Courtney wanted to share with everyone.
Question: Can you tell us about the emotions when you look at yourself now compared to when you were over 400 lbs?
Courtney Crozier: It’s so crazy because I think back on who and what I used to be, and I really don’t even remember that person. There are still times that I look in mirror and still feel I am fat and I have to take a step back and remember that I lost 225 lbs and I am proud of that. I am so proud and so lucky to be where I am.
Question: How do you think the show helped you since you already lost so much on your own?
Courtney Crozier: One thing I’ve always wanted to spread is that I never needed the show to do this. I love The Biggest Loser and appreciate what they have given me, but I wanted to tell America that you don’t need the show, you have to want to do this. The Biggest Loser helped me to accelerate that and I am going to finish at home, I am going to do this and I don’t need ranch to do this.
Question: Can you tell us the story of how you ended up at the season finale with Bob Harper?
Courtney Crozier: I got really lucky….that was the season seven finale. One of the contestants reached out to me on Facebook and said they looked at my pictures, thought I was beautiful and had a great personality and they wanted me to be seen. I was asked to come out to LA and be a part of the experience. I was hesitant at first but I ended up going and I sat in the audience and was completely inspired. Then I met Bob and he said “This girl right here will be on The Biggest Loser someday and she will win The Biggest Loser” and that’s really when stuff started to click for me.
Question: What do you think that Bob Harper saw in you?
Courtney Crozier: I think that what makes me stand out is that number one, I’ve always – no matter what size or what I was going through, have had a positive attitude. Even when I am down it’s not like everyone else’s down. My mental strength, Bob has always said that about my mental strength. When I changed my mind to change my life I haven’t looked back. It has it’s up and downs, and I get down too, but I try to find the good in every situation I am in and I believe that is what Bob saw.
Question: What was it like to take the first steps at home?
Courtney Crozier: The first thing I had to do was change my mind. I thought I’d never get out of the hole I was in and once I thought “I have to try” I didn’t look back. I didn’t even work out for the first 30 lbs I lost, it was a complete diet change. After that I cut out soda for my diet and I lost another 20 lbs from that. Slowly and surely I weaned off of other things like fast food, which I was eating 3 times a day with my friends. It wasn’t that hard, the moment I changed my mind I was fine. Anyone can do it, I promise you that.
Question: What is the hardest part for you now?
Courtney Crozier: I think the hardest part for me is now we have the finale to look forward to and I should be so motivated but feel like I have been going so hard for so long and I would love a break, but I am keeping myself going. It’s all about a lifestyle change not cutting everything out. If I want a slice of pizza, I’ll have it and work it off. It’s all about balance and finding the balance as well as knowing you will not be perfect everyday, I have to remind myself of that.
Question: How do you feel knowing that you have touched so many lives with your inspiration?
Courtney Crozier: Honestly, that is the best part of the whole thing. Changing my life was amazing and I am so proud of myself. Part of me getting on the show was to change someone else’s life, I mean if I could change one person that would be perfect. It gives me a feeling inside that is unexplainable. My mom told me that God was getting me to spread a message. Seeing how people react and seeing people changing because they see me change and have hope because of that is just unexplainable and I feel so blessed to be able to spread that message.
Question: What was the most important milestone for you?
Courtney Crozier: That’s difficult but honestly the biggest one for me was when I got under 300 lbs. At home I got under 300 lbs and kept looking back, I don’t know why. Within 2 weeks of being on The Biggest Loser I was thinking I am going to get under 300 and do this. It was a great feeling, I look at it like ‘have I really lost 200 lbs?’. Sometimes I don’t believe it, because I really don’t remember being that big and who I used to be.
Question: Can you tell us if there have been any changes to the menu at Dairy Queen since you asked about it?
Courtney Crozier: I haven’t really heard much from them yet, but I am definitely going to be in touch with them. I really want to get fat free and sugar free yogurt into the menu, I think that would be huge for people. It’s in the works – I promise.
Question: What’s different about your weight loss at home now?
Courtney Crozier: I am not going to lie, it’s difficult, it’s hard everyday, but it’s part of life. When you are going through this process of weight loss and finding yourself, it’s difficult. I made it so much a part of my life now, it’s never going to be different for me. I am still going to go to the gym everyday and eat what I need to eat. Even with the down moments when I feel defeated, I know I have to get through them.
Question: You were stuck on a plateau for weeks, did you ever figure it out?
Courtney Crozier: Yeah. I knew what was going on at the ranch. My body was in starvation mode, I wasn’t eating enough – It was my own fault I thought I was eating enough but I wasn’t. I also think I was sort of over training as I was getting the same burn from the time I walked on to the ranch and when I left. It had nothing to do with Brett…it was me. I would just go, go, go all day long which was not what I needed. When I got home and started to eat what I needed it went back to normal weight loss for me.
Question: We’ve never seen such at outpouring of love at an elimination before..how did that make you feel?
Courtney Crozier: I love every single one of those people standing in that room, they are my family – every single one of them. I had a connection with every single person in there. I did take the time to get to know everyone, and took the time to spread the love with everyone. That’s why they were upset because that love wasn’t going to be there anymore. I felt so blessed and so lucky just walking out of that gym, because I knew everyone of them genuinely care about me and I genuinely care about every one of them.
Question: Were you surprised that Brett Hoebel was eliminated with you?
Courtney Crozier: I was surprised, I thought if I was eliminated that it might happen. I put a lot of pressure on myself about that. He’s a great man, he helped me so much. He is so helpful, a true trainer, and a genuinely great person. I appreciate everything he has done, he is going to do great things with his life.
Question: What can you do now that you couldn’t do before?
Courtney Crozier: My entire life is completely different. Before I would do things and always worry about whether that place or activity would be able to accommodate me in my 400+ lb body. It sucked to have to worry about that. Now I can go to a restaurant and not worry about sitting a booth. The other day I went on my first roller coaster ride – can you imagine being a 20 year old and never going on a roller coaster? I literally can do anything I want to do now and it’s so awesome.
Question: What’s the most important thing you have learned about yourself?
Courtney Crozier: I’ve always tried to be the strongest person. I realized I don’t always have to be that person, I need to be able to ask for help and reach out to other people. I really do count on my support system that I have now.
Question: What would you do with the money if you win the at home prize?
Courtney Crozier: It’s weird, I haven’t even thought about the money part of it because I feel like I have already won. I guess I would probably do something for children and pay off my school loans and stuff. It’s never, ever been about the money for me. I am going stand up on that scale at the end of this and be a winner.
Best of luck to Courtney Crozier, we look forward to seeing you at the finale! Be sure to tune in Tuesday for a brand new episode of The Biggest Loser on NBC!
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