On last night’s episode of The Biggest Loser, Coleen Skeabeck was eliminated from the competition. It was a week full of ups and downs for Coleen – things got started with a competition involving 80s trivia except that in the 1980s, she was only in kindergarten! Back at the house, she reached a milestone when she realized that she was able to fit into her goal shirt. Then, at the weigh-in, she and Vicky fell below the yellow line. Despite the fact that Vicky has been viewed as this season’s villain, her alliance pulled in enough votes to keep her in the competition and instead, sent Coleen home. Today, she spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview.
Coleen had to go through much of her experience on The Biggest Loser without her father, Jerry. After their yellow team fell below the yellow line, they had to choose one team member to send home and Jerry decided to leave so that Coleen could stay. “Although my Dad wasn’t able to compete alongside me for the 9 weeks I was there, I made a lot of changes in my life,” she told BuddyTV today. “I changed my entire thought process of weigh loss and being healthy. I learned to believe in myself and that I am important. I am so lucky to have been a part of this process.”
She leaves the show having formed close friendships with her fellow contestants, especially Michelle and Renee. Though she may not be close with Vicky, who Bob called the biggest gameplayer to ever be on The Biggest Loser, she refused to say one negative word about her. “Vicky is a smart woman. She came into this game with a plan and it’s what works for her week by week,” she said. “My opinion of her tactics is that she’s doing what she needs to do to play the game. I do wish people would stop focusing on the negativity surrounding Vicky and move onto focusing on other aspects of the show!”
Now that she’s been eliminated, Coleen spends her time focusing on the finale, where the player who lost the most at home will walk away with $100,000. “I keep in touch with the at home contestants and we all help each other stay motivated for the finale,” she told BuddyTV. “I’m just being a slave to the gym and making sure I’m getting all my ‘homework’ done!” Since leave the show, Coleen says that she has learned a lot about herself. The biggest lesson, she said, was: “that if you believe in yourself you are capable of achieving anything.”
– Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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