#30: From Biggest Loser to Biggest Winner! with Erin Willett

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Erin Willett is an alumnus and semi-finalist of both The Voice AND The Biggest Loser, making her one of the coolest and most courageous females around – with kickass vocals AND kickass boxing skills to boot. Despite losing 87 pounds in one of the weirdest environments (The Biggest Loser ranch) Erin has an incredibly grounded, inspiring approach to weight loss and overall health. It’s actually pretty amazing to hear how balanced she is with food and how she credits exercise as not her first or even her second major factor for her tremendous transformation!

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Notes from this episode:

In 2012, Erin was on the Voice! Team Blake, yo. She was one of the final two singers on his team.

Then she was on Season 17 of The Biggest Loser! And was on the ranch for 4 months.

“You have to change the inside before you can change the outside.”

Erin had to push through her pattern of quitting her healthy weight loss efforts before she saw results. She really had to focus on doing what is right for her.

It’s all about perspective. Erin says…

“Do I want the thing that’s going to be better for me or the thing that’s going to give me instant gratification.”

Consistency is key and knowing that doing what’s right for you is going to be a lot more fulfilling than just doing it for the results.

There’s no such thing as overnight success. It’s a constant job to have to think about your choices. You have to choose wisely every step along the way to achieve your goal.

Erin learned that it’s effective to be like: “I have a feeling, let me analyze this feeling before acting on it.”

The order of the things that contributed to her 87-lb weight loss:

  1. Mindset“because if you don’t have the mindset, the diet and the movement aren’t gonna happen”
  2. Diet – “you can change your entire body with just your diet.”
  3. Movement

The biggest thing she took back from the ranch? Consistency.

Words carry weight. Indulge > cheat.

“At the end of the day, I want to know what I’m putting in my body.”

“When people ask me how I lost so much weight, one of the things that I say is that I ate so many more vegetables than I ever did in my life.”

She loves butter lettuce tacos!
She also loves buffalo cauliflower. (Literally sautéed cauliflower with some buffalo sauce.)

“I’m a top of an oven type person.”

“Running is a way for me to meditate and put myself first. My workout time is MY time.”


Take it one choice at a time!

“You have to lose the first pound to lose 50.”

Watch her Biggest Loser season on Hulu!

Here’s her post-Biggest Loser single

And here’s her emotionally singing it on The Biggest Loser!

Erin’s favorite plant-party restaurant: Urban Rustic in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Her favorite plant: Brussels Sprouts, roasted

A book that’s majorly inspired her: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes 


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