‘The Biggest Loser’ – Lugo has been there

When it comes to exercise, ‘Biggest Loser’ coach Lugo just does it

Erica Lugo of ‘The Biggest Loser’ Tuesday on USA Network

Q: You lost 160 pounds. Did you have a moment where you said, “That’s it”?

A: Oh yeah. I tell everyone it’s my lightbulb moment … . I’ve been a single mom for six years and when my son was around 3, I got home after working all day and I’m sitting on the couch eating Cheez-Its or Goldfish, whatever it was, and he looks up at me on the floor and asks me to play with him, and I looked at him and I tell him, “No!” And something in me just thought … “Wow, I brought this kid into the world. He did not ask to be here. And I can’t even do something as simple as have energy to get up off the couch.”

But I mean, I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life. Ever since I was a preteen I started struggling at that point, so when you have your own child or when you have a moment that kind of makes you feel like you just hit rock bottom, that was my rock bottom.

Q: Was the exercise difficult to incorporate into your lifestyle?

A: Yeah. I mean for me, I just started getting on the treadmill. You know, I tell everyone: Even though I’ve lost all this weight and I’ve kept it off for over five years now, it’s still a decision I have to make every single morning when I wake up. Just because I lost all this weight doesn’t mean I magically got better. It’s something I have to make the choice of doing every day and it’s still a challenge on days.

Like today, it’s cold and gloomy … and I was like, “Man, I’m just so busy now and I have so much to catch up on, I don’t need to work out.” And I had to honestly talk to myself laying in bed this morning and I had to make the decision and force myself to go to the gym. So I don’t ever say count on motivation or count on inspiration. You’ve just got to count on habits and discipline, is what you have to count on.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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