Bette-Sue and Ali

Name:Bette-Sue Burklund
Starting Weight: 261 lbs
Eliminated Weight: 224 lbs
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Favorite cheat food: Mexican food
Goal for '08: 170 lbs by April 5th ; 155 lbs by August and hold it

Name:Ali Vincent
Starting Weight: 234 lbs lbs
Eliminated Weight: 198 lbs
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Favorite cheat food: Cheese crisp
Goal for '08: [My goal is to ] get down to 125 lbs and pay off all my credit cards

1.) What was your big turning point -- either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose weight?

Bette-Sue: [My turning point was] seeing pictures of myself in the video we made for B.L. and then again at the ranch Awful, awful, awful!

Ali: I would say I really realized that I needed to lose weight when I saw myself in the try-out video we made.

2.) If you could go back in time, would you go on the show with the same weight-loss buddy? Why or why not?

Bette-Sue:Absolutely. Ali is a hard worker and driven.

Ali: Yes, I would still go with my mom; obviously I could have chosen someone who was younger with more of a chance to physically compete. However, mom and I did not lose because we were coming up short, we lost more over personality conflict.

3.) Who worked harder at losing weight—you or your partner? Tell us why.

Bette-Sue:Ali worked harder. I just lost the first 35 lbs easily.

Ali: I would say that I definitely worked harder to lose the same amount if not less than my mom. For whatever reason, the weight just seemed to fall off of her.

4.) What do you think your biggest weight-loss obstacles will be now that you're dieting on your own?

Bette-Sue: The hardest part is getting enough cardio in (lack of discipline!). Life is full and lots of responsibilities to fit in. I must burn more! If I was just doing this for life it would be fine, but I must lose for the finale! The public humiliation in looming and I must redeem myself from those first pictures. Ha.

Ali: I think the hardest part about dieting on my own is just finding the time to do it all, particularly preparing and journaling my food.

5. ) Who do you think will make it to the end of the show and why?

Bette-Sue: Gray team. [They’re] easy going, non-intrusive and should be big losers.

Ali: I'm not sure because I don't think it has to do with whether or not a contestant loses weight; sometimes it's just who has more "alliances". Hopefully it will be those with high possible percentages of weight loss, so I can win the "at home" weight loss.

6.) What is one thing that happened behind-the-scenes that no one would know from watching the show?

Bette-Sue:[Viewer’s wouldn’t know] how odd Paul is. Or scheming that didn’t seem possible—at least to me—the week we were eliminated.

Ali:[no answer]

7.)What advice can you give other people who are hoping to lose extra pounds?

Bette-Sue: Do more exercise! It is unbelievable what you are capable of! Do more than you think you can and [work] harder than you think you can.

Ali: Be conscious and pay attention to what you put in your mouth. You'd be surprised.

8.) What strategy did you use to try and stay on the show? Why don't you think it worked?

Bette-Sue: Our plan was to never fall below the line, to always lose more than other people— well we did! However, we didn’t do enough CYA with the smoozing of other people. We trusted that others were working as hard as we were on the week of “all against one”. Silly us!

Ali: We didn't really have a strategy which, I guess, is why we are home right now.

9.) Do you think anyone was portrayed unfairly on the show?

Bette-Sue: Not sure yet how people are portrayed.

Ali: I don't know, I haven't seen any of the episodes yet.

10.) Did anyone act differently when the cameras were off?

Bette-Sue: Not sure. I didn’t pay enough attention to others—wish I had—we might still be there!

Ali: Everyone was pretty much what you see is what you get. You might say Neill did—he didn't really do much unless people were watching.

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