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Name: Anna Wright
Hometown: I currently live in Atlanta, GA, but I'm from Cleveland, OH and Detroit, MI.
Occupation: Songwriter/Administrative Assistant
Favorite cheat food: A slice of cake and french fries
Goal: To weigh 180 pounds.
Starting weight: 330 pounds
What was your big turning point-either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose the weight?
I had been wanting to lose weight for a while, but I would have to say that the actual breaking or turning point would be the first challenge this season. My son watching me struggle to race a mile and then losing the race. That tore my heart into pieces. Watching the disappointment on his face for how overweight and unhappy I was. I knew then, I had to beat obesity once and for all!
What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser?
That everyone's not in it for the greater cause, but for the money and/or title only. Too much game play! I wanted the show for all sincere purposes only. Sure winning the title and money would be awesome, but having someone give you a jump start on a new life, teaching you how to push yourself, with tons of knowledge and support beats five minutes of fame any day!
Did you watch the show before becoming a contestant? Were you inspired by a particular contestant? Who was it and how did they inspire you?
I've watched every season of the BL (1 through 10) and I auditioned a total of four times. Both Abby and Daris inspired me. Abby, because she lost her entire family and was able to pick up the pieces of her life and keep fighting. I lost my baby boy to cancer, and I could relate to the pain and struggle. Daris, because although he's young (much younger than me), he was so overweight, and he became such a strong runner. I have a phobia of running outdoors and I would love to be able to run a marathon one day like he did.
If you could have done one thing differently during the show, what would it be?
Not let the "game play" get to me. I lost focus on my workout routine because I was caught up in watching my back and trying to make allies. Had I just concentrated on me, I think I would have put up bigger numbers and been exempt from elimination(s).
What’s the hardest thing to adapt to while living on the ranch?
Not being able to make phone calls when you want to. Or maybe having to share living space with strangers... messy strangers.
What keeps you motivated when you don’t feel like working out or you want to eat junk food?
Well, at first it was my sons but now it's America more than anyone. There are so many viewers that are looking at us, being inspired by us, being motivated by us, and vicariously living through us. When we fought to be a contestant on the BL, we also gained a responsibility to the viewers (America).
What’s your favorite workout?
I would say that my one-hour Zumba class would be my favorite.
What’s the best advice Bob or Jillian gave you?
Jillian told me to stop blaming myself for losing my son and to stand strong against depression so that others can be encouraged by my accomplishments.
What’s your favorite healthy meal or snack?
Sweet potato chips and jalapeno hummus are my favorite snack. Asparagus and grilled shrimp is my favorite meal.
What’s something viewers at home wouldn’t know from watching the show?
That I'm a professional songwriter who has written songs for several well known artist or that I can do the splits.
Watch The Biggest Loser on Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.