'Biggest Loser' 's Aubrey Balances Calories & Kids

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Although Aubrey Cheney, 28, was thrilled to see yellow when the contestants got their original shirts back during individual competition, the color took a less cheerful turn when she fell below that dreaded yellow line. The information and education specialist was sent home to her five kids in Gooding, Id., where she’s getting the hang of life off of the Ranch. Now 73 lbs. lighter, Aubrey spoke to PEOPLE about balancing weight loss with domestic duties, her closest friendship on the Ranch and why she chose Bob over Jillian.

When you returned home, you struggled with putting others’ needs before your own and you gained nine pounds. How did you overcome that and what advice can you give other mothers in your situation?I finally realized I had to change something. I needed to evaluate why I cannot grasp this whole concept at home. My most valuable advice would be to organize a schedule and see when your slowest times of the day are. You can always do a load of laundry simultaneously with helping your kids with homework. In combining some of that housework, I’m able to take those two hours for myself and work out, whether that’s going to the gym or going for a walk.

What did you write in that note they showed right before the elimination?I was writing Kristin a letter just to let her know I’m still rooting for her and she can do this. During that time, things were getting a little bit rough. It was down to 8 and game play was shoving its way through the door and we were all trying to keep our heads on straight. I wanted her to know Cathy and I were at home pushing for her to be honest, play as minimal games as possible and be there to be healthy. I let her know how much I appreciate everything she did and I love her to death.

There seemed to be a little tension between you and Tara. Was that just frustration on her part?I think it was. I like Tara! We didn’t connect in some of the ways that Kristin and I did. We are all there for the same reason; we all know what it’s like to be in each other’s shoes. But if there’s someone standing there between you and another week on the Ranch or between you and the $250,000 you are going to do whatever it takes to slow that person down or eliminate that person. It was survival of the fittest.

What is your favorite healthy snack?My favorite snack always has been and probably always will be cauliflower with ranch dressing. So I just changed the ranch to non-fat or low fat. It’s not the best thing in the world but at least it’s a vegetable.

You started out with Jillian and ended up with Bob. Which trainer did you prefer?Bob was the best hands down. Jillian knows her stuff and made her life around this. She’s a genius when it comes to weight loss, fitness, health and nutrition. But I think there are just different personalities that work with different personalities. Jillian and I are both really strong personality types. It’s not that we butted heads but I felt that I was doing it more for her than I was for myself. When we got flipped over to Bob’s team, it was the best thing that could have happened because Bob showed me why I was there and that was for myself.


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