'Biggest Loser' finalist speaks in Edmond

Hannah Curlee, 31, seldom stopped moving during her talk at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference for Women on Friday at the University of Central Oklahoma. She lost 120 pounds as a result of her time on “The Biggest Loser” reality show.
by Diana Baldwin Published: November 17, 2012
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“College experience was not so wonderful,” said Curlee, who said she unsuccessfully tried every diet plan out there.

Curlee calls her nine months on the show “life-altering.”

“My change was a change of mind that allowed my body to change,” Curlee said. “You have got to trust your body to do what it should do.”

Curlee said that was a hard lesson to learn. At one point during Curlee's time on the show, Jillian Michaels, personal trainer for “The Biggest Loser,” forced her to climb on top of a podium and questioned her on why she wanted to lose weight until she eventually understood the true reasons.

During the intense interrogation, Curlee said, she learned she was unhealthy and depressed. She said she learned that she had never asked for help from anyone.

“When I learned that, I cried for 51 minutes,” Curlee said. “I let it all out. I lost 9 pounds. That was the most I lost in a week.

“It was time to start changing my mind. I finally started believing in myself.

“There is no reason why you can't have everything we want.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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