Peoria's Biggest Loser: from dancer to depression

By Anna Yee

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM CDT

January 24, 2012

PEORIA, Ill. -- Meet Heather Bean.

This Steel team competitor is no stranger to exercise.

She was a dancer since age 2, but when college ended, so did her active lifestyle.

"Just kind of gave up," said Bean. "I didn't want to go to the gym and see myself in the mirrors or the classrooms or go to ballet classes and see myself in the mirrors. I had some body image issues, so I really was just kind of afraid."

Bean says she fell into depression.

Proctor Hospital's Mental Health Services Manager Edna Ng says it's easy for *anyone to get off track.

"It's very common, you know, with any kind of lifestyle change whether it's you were once physically active and not as active, changing lifestyles, changing occupations, things of that nature, moving to a different location," said Ng. "Any kind of major life changes can get one of their kilter."

What's helping Bean, rather, who's helping her to find her balance again is her fiance.

Ng says exercising can help ease the symptoms of depression and having a support system can help keep you going.

"It's scary to do things by ourselves," said Ng, "so if we have someone in our corner, someone to help keep us along the right path, that's going to help significantly."

Not to mention, Bean has her trainers and teammates to help keep her motivated, even after the competition ends.

"I just really want to dance again," said Bean, "and I really want to look great for my wedding"

They're tying the knot this May.

Be sure to check in on Peoria's Biggest Loser contestants and watch NBC's Biggest Loser Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

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