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From diabetes to shedding 113 lbs, Ruben Studdard is 'motivated' to lose more

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One of the biggest challenges for people who lose weight: Keeping off the pounds. Now that he's been eliminated from "The Biggest Loser," Ruben Studdard faces even bigger challenges: Continuing to lose weight on his own and dealing with the wake-up call that he has diabetes, reported The Spec on Dec. 6.

Although all the commotion over Jillian Michaels' caffeine supplement scandal has taken some of the spotlight from Ruben (read about that episode by clicking here), the singer recognizes that he needs to regard his diabetes diagnosis on the show as a wake-up call.

"Finding out that I was diabetic ... was like a real shock," he said. "I have a lot to keep me motivated to stay healthy."

Thus far, he has lost 113 pounds and hopes to shed more while keeping his professional commitments.

"I knew in the back of my mind that I still had a lot of work that was waiting on me when I left the ranch ... The album that I had to work on with David Foster and I had to continue to work on myself, admitted Ruben.

And he didn't hesitate after leaving the ranch.

"As soon as the next day started, my work started," declared Ruben.

Rather than focus on the fact that his minimal weight loss resulted in his elimination, Ruben focuses on his wins.

"We work hard, seven or eight hours a day and sometimes the scale just doesn't show the hard work that you put in," Ruben said.

He added: "You just never know what the scale is going to say and, you know, that's why it's a game ... I celebrate every pound that I lose, period."

The singer takes pride in the fact that he has participated in two reality shows, "American Idol" and "The Biggest Loser." He hopes that he will win the $100,000 at-home award.

However, before anyone thinks that he doesn't need the money, Ruben emphasizes he will use it to help others. He plans to donate his winnings to his charity, The Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts.

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