November 09, 2010 03:25 PM

After her 3-year-old son lost a battle with cancer, Anna Wright started gaining weight. When she joined The Biggest Loser, she was up to 330 lbs., but lost 49 lbs. on the Ranch, where she learned to eat healthy foods and to exercise.

The show, Wright says, also helped her learn to cope with the loss of a child.

“I did learn that crying is healthy,” says the Atlanta-based songwriter, whose elimination aired last week. “Being on The Biggest Loser helped me tear down this wall and start rebuilding myself.”

When her son died, Wright, 39, says she was forced to be a “superwoman,” which took its own toll. But tough-as-nails trainer Jillian Michaels helped the contestant “to turn my loss into something special that can help someone else out there.”

“Her sitting there, telling me it wasn’t my fault … really stuck with me,” Wright says. “To have somebody say it’s okay, it wasn’t your fault – nobody’s ever really told me that.”

Wright now works out at the gym twice a day and even incorporates workouts at her office. “I literally take my breaks and go do the stairs,” she says. “I make sure I go up and down, counting five times.”

As the pounds continue to come off, Wright keeps her sights set on her weight-loss goals. “When I’m on the stair stepper or the treadmill and I’m just dying, I start envisioning myself in this really short and hot strapless white dress,” she says. “I don’t know where it’s going to come from, but I want one and I want to look fabulous in it.”

Until then, she already has something to be thankful for – and proud of. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” she says. “Going through this experience and standing strong and fighting to achieve what I wanted is going to help somebody else. And that’s what I gained from The Biggest Loser.”

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