The Biggest Loser's Tanya on Elimination & the Highlights of Her Journey

Tanya got eliminated but feels more empowered than ever because she realizes that being the best Tanya is not a race, but a destination

Makeover week is here, and I’m so ready to be pampered. Dolvett taught me early on in this journey to submit to the process and that’s exactly what I’m doing with Tim Gunn and Ken Paves. I completely trust their vision for my new look.

The process of trying on clothes with Tim Gunn was an eye-opening yet sentimental moment. It was finally an outward display of how amazing I felt on the inside.

When I started the ranch I wore a size 22/24 and here I am, 13 weeks later, trying on dresses and skirts that are a 9/10, and I CAN FIT IN THEM! I cried in excitement and said "goodbye" to the old Tanya once and for all.

Ken Paves gave me the most face-forming hair cut I’ve ever had. No more hiding behind long dark locks, he brightened up my face and livened up my eyes with a blunt cut bob and new color. My makeover was everything I expected and more.

But seeing my children was the highlight of my week, actually it was the highlight of my journey. I missed my babies so much — their embrace was everything to me at that moment. They were visibly shaken, staring in awe, and proud of the transformation I’ve made. I added 40, 50, 60 more years to my life to spend with them so the sacrifice of missing them for the last 13 weeks was not in vain. I "introduced" them to their "new Mom" — a healthy, healed, and whole mom. I promised them the rest of my life will be the best of my life. I can’t wait to get home to enjoy my new life with them.

Evidently, I didn’t have to wait too long, because it was a double elimination tonight. My infamous "4 pound" loss was back but not only for myself but for all the girls in the house except Marie. Although we lost the same amount of weight this week, I weighed more than the girls so my percentage of weight loss dropped me below the red line and I was eliminated. But interestingly enough, I wasn’t sad. I felt proud and accomplished. I celebrated the beautiful relationships I’ve built with the red team and with my trainer Dolvett. I celebrated losing 71 pounds in 13 weeks. I celebrated losing emotional baggage and turning the pain of my past into power for my purpose. I celebrated the new woman, mother, daughter, sister and friend I had become. I celebrated Tanya, because she is so worth it and always has been! I've come to realize my journey to being the best version of myself will never end. It's not a race, it's a destination!

Read Tanya's Scoop on Weeks 1-12

Week 1 and Her Crush on Dolvett

Week 2 and Losing Her Roommate

Week 3 and Letting Go of Emotional Baggage

Week 4 and Dolvett's Workout Dungeon

Week 5 and The Beat Cancer Boot Camp

Week 6 and Getting Ruben Back

Week 7 and a Life of Thanksgiving

Week 8 and the "Real World"

Week 9 and Her Fast Food Chain

Week 10 and Going it Alone

Week 11 and Being a Mom

Week 12 and The Olympic Village

Follow Tanya on Facebook and Twitter @TanyaWinfield for behind the scene pictures, live chats, recipes and more.

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