“That’s kind of a trick question,” Vincent said with a laugh. “I don’t know how my life hasn’t changed.”
It has been a whirlwind couple of years for Vincent, who was on season five of the popular reality show. The NBC show pairs weightloss hopefuls with celebrity trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. The contestants are pitted against one another to see who can lose the most weight.
Vincent lost a total of 112 pounds to win the competition — and its $250,000 grand prize.
“This journey has just rejuvenated me,” Vincent said. “People always ask me, ‘Do you feel different?’ and I have to say, ‘This feels right. That, before, felt different.’ ”
Since claiming her title in 2008, Vincent has been touring the country as a motivational speaker. She’ll make a stop here May 13 for Affinity Medical Center’s Healthy Woman Kickoff event and Women’s Health Expo at the University Center at Kent State University Stark Campus.
The message she hopes to bring is simple: “Believe it. Be it.” It’s a motto that she began saying almost in jest with her mother when she first started on the “Biggest Loser” ranch. Soon, she began to repeat it — and came to truly believe it.
“I never quit believing I was going to be the Biggest Loser,” Vincent said, noting that didn’t change even when she was kicked off the show.
A twist allowed her to return to the show weeks later.
“I created my destiny.”
It’s hard not to catch Vincent’s enthusiasm. Her energy is nearly palpable.
“I love people and am inspired by the people I meet,” she said. “I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. I live a blessed life.”
ALI VINCENT ON …
“I do make the choices. Sometimes I make good choices, sometimes I make bad choices. I know that no matter what, in the next moment, I have a chance to make a different choice.”
“I had to wean myself from working out so much (after “The Biggest Loser”). Now, I never go more than three days between workouts.”
“Our bodies will do it. You just have to grasp that you will do it. You just do it. You find the strength. It is incredible how powerful you really are.”
“It’s just the normal story. I’m a normal girl. I believe that this was my destiny.”
“I slowly but surely forgot what I had to offer — for the good part of 10 years … I was living really small, if you know what I mean, and it sucked.”