It wasn't so long ago that Hannah Curlee was turning down wedding invites from close friends because she did not want to wear a dress. One year …
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It wasn't so long ago that Hannah Curlee was turning down
wedding invites from close friends because she did not want to wear
One year later, she was finding fun ways to celebrate the small
milestones, like snapping a photo on the airplane seatbelt fitting
loosely around her waist.
Curlee, a runner-up on season 11 of "The Biggest Loser," admits
that she hated herself and her appearance for most of her life. She
reached her turning point when she went to the doctor and weighed
in at 285 pounds. With 300 approaching, she knew she needed a
Although she initially refused to go, Curlee now says that the
casting call for the hit reality show was "the first day of the
rest of my life."
Curlee brought her success story to nurses, doctors and visitors
at Sky Ridge Medical Center Aug. 2, sharing how she went from
loneliness and despair to confidence and pride. Curlee, who serves
as director of health engagement for HCA, the parent company of Sky
Ridge, dropped 120 pounds within seven months on "The Biggest
Loser." She did it with the help of trainers and a support system
that boosted her every step of the way.
"I never thought I could have this life," she said.
Sherry Davis, who attended the presentation in the cafe of Sky
Ridge, said she was inspired by "The Biggest Loser" to lose 40
pounds in the last 14 months.
"It's just such a great show to watch and learn from," she said.
"They make it look difficult on there and it definitely is."
Curlee's advice to work hard and stay positive continues to
motivate those who want to drop some weight and feel good about
themselves. She remembers encouraging others to participate in
work-sponsored 5K races, but says she was always the one at the
finish line with donuts in her hand. Now, she takes on her role as
director of health engagement with more gusto than ever.
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