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“Loser” recounts experience on show

Before becoming a contestant on The Biggest Loser, Becky Comet said she spent a couple of years watching the show from her couch with a bowl of ice cream.

She was 51-years-old and weighed 238 pounds.

“I’ve struggled with my weight all my life,” Comet told listeners at last week’s TEA Coalition meeting.

Comet said she was motivated to try out for the show because she wanted to be active in retirement, not sitting in a rocking chair doing nothing. That, she said, was her “why,” something she said is a must to spur action. “It has to be your ‘why,’ not anyone else’s.”

Comet of Benton was one of the four Loser finalists last year. She is the third contestant on the show to hail from Arkansas.

She told the group that the keys to success in losing weight include being open to change; take action — know that it’s time to do something and do it; and keep the faith, “You are not alone.”

There was nothing easy about living at the ranch for almost four months while she was a contestant. She said a typical day included up to 10 hours of exercise.

The experience was all about “eating, exercising and sleeping,” she said.

In the end, it was worth all the hard work, Comet said, noting that she lost 88 pounds and wore a size 4 gown for the finale.

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