I'll be honest and admit that I have lots of reservations about weight-loss competitions, televised or otherwise.
And yet, I was impressed by Johnston's dramatic success.
" That Palu purposefully put on some muscle after the show doesn't hurt.
If you're a fan of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," you know Ashley Johnston lost more weight than any female contestant in the history of the reality weight-loss show.
Even if you're no fan of reality TV, you have to admit that losing 183 pounds as Johnston did is nothing short of remarkable.
In fact, Johnston told Michaels in no uncertain terms to back off. Johnston never felt happier, but she's learning there's no such thing as happily (or slimly) ever after.
"Yelling at me doesn't work," she told the trainer, "it breaks me down." Michael's winning ways eventually won out and Johnston realized: "She's not trying to be hurtful, she really wants to help. She may have gone from 374 to 191 in seven months, but Johnston fully expected to keep going to her goal weight of 150 pounds.
"I have to love myself the way I am right now, the weight I am right now." 10. "I've had boyfriends who were smaller than me, and it made me really uncomfortable," recalls the southern belle.
"But the beautiful thing about Koli is that he never judged me.
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That's just her way of getting stuff out that you've been stuffing inside for so long ... So she was more than a little dismayed to start doing what so many contestants do -- regain what they worked so hard to lose.
"I was traveling, I lost focus and I gained a little weight back," she says of her 20-pound regain, "I never got to my goal weight. But I'm committed to staying committed to my commitments." 9. " But rather than cutting herself down hundreds of times a day like she did for 28 years, the 29-year-old is learning to cultivate self-compassion.
"He was sick and in a lot of pain," she explains in the sweetest southern drawl, "and I didn't know how to cope.