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Pamela "Pam" Geil: I was terribly depressed before going on 'The Biggest Loser'

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/25/2013 

Pamela "Pam" Geil was eliminated from The Biggest Loser during Monday night's NBC broadcast of the reality weight-loss competition's fourth fourteenth-season episode.

Pam, a 43-year-old executive assistant from New York, NY, was automatically ousted after her White Team posted the lowest weight-loss percentage at the season's fourth weekly elimination weigh-in and she had posted a lower weight-loss percentage that her only other remaining team member -- eliminating the possibility of a vote determining who goes home.

During a Tuesday conference call with reporters, Pam talked about her short-lived experience on The Biggest Loser.

How hard was it to overcome the mental aspect of why your trainer Jillian Michaels was pushing you so hard in the gym?

Pamela "Pam" Geil: I think when you start the show, you forget it's more than just a weight-loss journey. It's an emotional journey as well, and you know, because of the emotions, it's how we get to where we are. I don't think I was ready for it. I mean, obviously I'm [thankful] for the process and I'm glad I got to break through those walls.

Because as you see, I am doing this at home. I think at the time, I didn't understand why Jillian was pushing me so hard, but I'm grateful that she did. I think that I'm much more successful today because I had her in my [corner], pushing me so hard and making me realize that I can do it. We don't have a lot of time, so I think she needs to push that hard to get you to be where you need to be as quick as possible.

Can you compare who you were before appearing on The Biggest Loser and who you are now?

Pamela "Pam" Geil: Sure, I had lost my mom in March of last year, and I was just the heaviest I've ever been in my life. I was terribly depressed. I lost my mother and my best friend, and I was just in a really sad place. I was just sort of going through the motions of life.

And this show has really given me my life back. I mean, I almost begin to wonder if I ever really lived before this show, because I have never been an athlete. I've never challenged myself physically. I'm amazed every day how much further and further and stronger I get. This process just absolutely saved my life.

So it sounds like you have no regrets?

Pamela "Pam" Geil: No regrets, none whatsoever! -- not even with Jillian.

Thinking back to when you first arrived on the ranch, how different were your expectations from what the reality was?

Pamela "Pam" Geil: I didn't think -- and this is going to sound so ridiculous, because I'm a fan of the show -- I didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was. I mean, not just the emotional aspect but the physical aspect. I didn't think that the workouts were going to be as bad as they were. They were tough.

What's your favorite memory from being on The Biggest Loser?

Pamela "Pam" Geil: I really think my favorite memory, other than my complete meltdown on the scale -- doing my scale dance -- was the 5K.

I never, ever thought I could run it, let alone come in third. And when I reached that finish line and [Dannielle "Danni" Allen] is just coming across to meet me, that was just an amazing moment for me. It was an amazing moment for her and I as a team, and it's probably one of my most favorite moments on the ranch.

What's next for you?

Pamela "Pam" Geil: I am determined to become a runner. I actually would like to try a Tough Mudder. I can't believe I'd ever say that running is fun, but it looked like fun! So I just really look forward to really pushing myself physically and becoming the best person I can be.

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