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