DALLAS—Renee Wilson was all smiles during her 2008 appearance on the television reality show The Biggest Loser-- and why not? During the six month process she lost 106 pounds and finished in 4th place.
"It was very successful," Renee recalled but added. "It was a lot of work."
By the time she was eliminated she weighed 160 pounds--then she went from reality show to real life.
"Coming back home and going to a regular 9 to 5 job and work and working out," Renee admitted. "It was a little difficult."
Renee said she did fine when she returned home--until she hurt her back while exercising.
"I've yo-yoed from 40 to 20 to 20 more and 20 less but when you can't move it's hard to work out or do anything like that."
So to lose her rediscovered weight she decided to have weight loss surgery--a gastric sleeve will reduce her stomach by about 75%.
She hopes the lost weight will allow her to exercise with less pain.
Forest Park Medical Center Dr. Clayton Frenzel said Renee's situation isn't uncommon.
"Renee is a very typical patient," Dr. Frenzel said. "The majority of my patients before they come to see me have spent 5 to 10 years or longer either through dieting or exercising--getting personal trainers and even using prescription weight loss medication."
Dr. Frenzel said obesity can make exercise difficult and often even painful.
"It's very typical of many patients after they lose about 30 to 50 pounds their exercise capability goes up significantly and that of course helps with the weight loss," Dr. Frenzel said. Renee's husband Roderick said her back injury was a major setback but simply finding time to exercise in ordinary life is difficult.
"You have a regiment, you have a routine and now to make the transition to come back home and to be able to fit that into your everyday life," Roderick said. "I think that was one of the challenges."
Three years removed from The Biggest Loser--Renee hopes surgery will turn finally turn TV reality into a storybook ending.
"I feel like this is a new chapter in my life," Renee said. "Hopefully it will just help me keep my weight at a manageable place."