Pocket rocket Sharon to motivate others

ARARAT - Pocket-rocket Sharon Basset is looking to motivate others following her third place finish on The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia.

Sharon said her life has completely changed since taking part in the program and she is now hoping that she can share what she has learnt with others.

"It is like a whole new life now, to me it is not about being on a diet anymore, I'm no longer exercising just to lose weight, to me it is my life I live it now," she told The Ararat Advertiser this week.

"Now I want to show other people that you can change your habits, mine are totally different and I want to get others to make that change too.

"I want to get out there and do motivational talking. I have already got things booked and I want to go to schools and get the kids starting young.

"I have changed my kids' habits now and they are so happy and I want to get out there and show other kids and other parents that they can do it too."

Sharon started The Biggest Loser weighing 109.8kgs, but through hard work and determination she left 40.2kgs lighter.

She said when she first auditioned for the show she wasn't prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that it would be.

"I had no idea how hard that was going to be, I thought I would just go away, lose some weight and come back," she said.

"I was really missing the kids, I couldn't talk to them because you are not allowed to have any contact at all, so that was hard.

"The trainers want to get down to the nitty-gritty of why you are like the way you are and that to me I found really difficult.

"Commando and I had a bit of a love-hate relationship I think. He always got stuck into me and there was a lot of stuff that wasn't shown on the telly, which I don't know if that's good or bad.

"We are pretty close now, we are always talking and in the end we bonded really well."

Sharon was a ball of energy for the entire ninth season of The Biggest Loser and she said making new friends was the highlight for her.

The mother of two denied she was part of an 'all-girl alliance' with Katrina, Toni and Jane Jantzen that was portrayed as being out to pick off the other contestants.

"It was not an alliance, people need to not believe everything they see on TV seriously just relax people!" she said

"It was just a really close friendship. You live with these people 24/7 and it is just how it is.

"We still have lunch all the time and hang out, Jane and I are pretty close and I just think it is pretty cool to see the support for each other has continued."

Sharon thanked her family, friends and all of Ararat for getting behind the 14 contestants, while she also made special mention of her boss Paul Ruthven for allowing her the opportunity to take three months leave from work.

"I thought I would be the first eliminated and that would be it, but it was good to get so far," she said.

"I loved every minute of it. Yes it was really hard, but I would definitely do it again because all of the positives outweigh the negatives."

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