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'Biggest Loser' Star's Biggest Regret

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Part two of the three part series: Suzy Preston on how The Biggest Loser has changed her life, not always for the better.


Mom•Logic: Does being on “The Biggest Loser” still impact your life today?

Suzy: We are now in real life—and the show and real life are far from opposite. It’s almost harder having been on the show because, unfortunately, it’s given us quite a complex. Everywhere you go, people look you up and down and evaluate your weight. People, like complete strangers, ask you how much you weigh—especially when you’re pregnant. I gained more weight than I wanted to. I am in the process of trying to get it off. It’s been two years since being on the show. Yesterday, we were in the Chicago airport—we were traveling all day with our newborn. It’s tough enough, but then people start turning and whispering about us. I don’t mind people coming up to me, but I [hate to] have to justify my weight. They don’t realize I just had a baby, and they see me heavier than I was.

ML: You had a “total body lift” - how did having plastic surgery affect your pregnancy?
Suzy: We want to have another child in the future. Our hearts aren’t closed to adoption in the future, either. I didn’t mind the birth, but I didn’t like being pregnant. It was really hard emotionally and physically because of the weight gain. In July of 2006, I had the total body lift—and then four months later I got pregnant. I had eight pounds of skin removed. It wasn’t that bad for me. At the time, I was in my peak condition—the healthiest I’d ever been. After the surgery, my body was so tight and pulled together, and after becoming pregnant, when it stretched out, it hurt. I have a hernia from the pregnancy because my skin was so tight, so I wouldn’t recommend doing it and then getting pregnant. I would wait until after you’re done having kids. When I get all this baby weight off, who’s to say I won’t have [extra] skin again? I wished I had waited. I didn’t know I was going to have kids right away—we were going to wait—but I would recommend waiting [to have the surgery].

It was pretty painful when I stretched out. I love the results, but the process was not as fun as the end result.

ML: Did you do a lot of research before going under the knife?
Suzy: I went into it blindly. I am very fortunate it all worked out. I talked with one doctor—actually, I thought about it for six months and finally, when I decided to do it, I talked to a doctor who I had been recommended to, and I just felt comfortable and went with him. In my life, I don’t put too much thought into things. He ended up being a great doctor from Bellevue, Wa. and I recommended him to others.

Coming Up: At home and in the kitchen with Suzy— we're making baby food!

Click on an image to view the Suzy Preston Family Gallery!

next: News and a Bedtime Story
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melissa December 13, 2007, 6:07 PM

Dont let people bother you…you are such an inspiration…i work out with you and matt (the biggest loser workout) and I appreciate all your efforts. you are human, you gain weight when you have children. the important thing is, you keep trying. I love your dedication. Please don’t get discouraged. You only fail when you fail to try.

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