Monday, July 6, 2015

Ruben Studdard on his type 2 diabetes diagnosis: ‘I felt like I had failed myself’

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Ruben Studdard on "The Biggest Loser."  (Photo: 2013 NBCUniversal Media, LLC)
Ruben Studdard on "The Biggest Loser." (Photo: 2013 NBCUniversal Media, LLC)
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Audiences first fell in love with Ruben Studdard when he rose to fame as the second-season winner of American Idol. Now, he’s documenting his weight loss journey on another reality series: NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

Every week this season, Studdard is blogging for Parade.com about his insider’s take on the experience. Read his blog every week at Parade.com/biggestloser

You can also follow him on Twitter @rubenstuddard.

My, my, my, week two was full of revelations. Oh, and let’s not forget one hard freaking challenge! Watching this episode brought back some really intense memories. I can remember talking with my roommate Craig about the save he got the week before and how hard he was going to work.

As Dolvett and I walked into Dr. H’s office, I knew by the look on his face that he had some bad news for me. I had no idea that it would be as bad as it was. He told me that I have type 2 diabetes, and I was in shock. I felt like I had failed myself, and I was really sad. Then he gave me some encouraging news: My diagnosis was completely reversible with diet and exercise. I felt the burden of the news I’d received suddenly lifted from my shoulders.

This week, we had our first challenge, and it was a tough one. Going up and down those hills was crazy hard, and it was made even harder because we were all tied together. The red team almost won, but we were one second too late. We were really bummed out because Dolvett always tells us that we are champions. Lord, that Week 2 Last-Chance Workout was sent from the devil himself! Dolvett kicked our butt for hours, but it paid off.

That dice with all our faces on it was not what we wanted to see. I secretly don’t think anybody wanted their face to be on the dice, but we all said we did! It was so much pressure on one person.

I lost 10 pounds, but my weight doesn’t count for the team. It’s all on Tanya’s shoulders, and I know she can do it. Tanya pulled us through, but that meant that Fernanda had to go home. I really hated to see her go, but it’s a part of the game and she’s a fighter. I’m sure Fernanda will shock us all at the finale.

Ruben Studdard
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