Photo Credit: Trae Patton/NBC
Hometown:Rohnert Park, CA
Favorite cheat food: Anything my Grandma makes
Goal for 2010: to weigh 200 pounds
Starting weight: 403 pounds
iVillage: What was your big turning point-either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose the weight?
I had known for a very long time that I needed to lose weight. I tried many diets and was always getting free week passes at different gyms. But it wasn’t until I saw the makeover episode of Season 7, and saw Filipe and his wife and knew I wanted to feel just like that, to have someone special in my life. I knew the first step to achieving that was to fix myself physically and mentally.
iVillage: What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser?
The one thing I wish I would have known before the show is nothing.
iVillage: Did you think it’s harder or easier to be on the show with a family member as a teammate as opposed to competing by yourself?
The show would have more difficult by myself. My cousin Sam provided a great deal of support throughout the whole process.
iVillage: If you could have done one thing differently during the show, what would it be?
Nothing. Everything that I did, good or bad, has been a learning experience that I needed.
iVillage: What's the hardest thing to adapt to while living on the ranch?
There are several things that were difficult for me. First was being cut off for my family and friends and second was getting used to all the cameras always being around.
iVillage: What is one thing that keeps you motivated when you don't feel like working out or you want to eat junk food?
Remembering how I felt when I looked in the mirror and wasn’t happy with way I looked or the way clothes would fit on me. Remembering the sleepless nights I had, mad at myself for being so overweight.
iVillage: What is your favorite workout?
Anything outside. Mother Nature is the best gym.
iVillage: What's the best advice Bob or Jillian has given you?
To believe and love myself.
iVillage: What is your favorite meal or snack?
Right now it would be Fage yogurt with fresh fruit and one pack of Truvia.
iVillage: What's something viewers at home wouldn't know from watching the show?
My sense of humor, I was always joking around on the show but they never showed that side of me.
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