Starting Weight: 334 lbs
Eliminated Weight: 204 lbs
Hometown: Lynbrook, NY Status: Married
Occupation before leaving for the show: Financial Services/Medical Sales
1.) What was your big turning point -- either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose weight? Being that my twin brother Jim and I were getting so large of late, we both knew that we had to do something about it, but not until a couple of my close friends died or became very ill did I decide to really decide to get started and see the doctor. I had just turned 40 and didn't really feel very well, so I made the appointment. A major turning point for me was when the doctor decided that I needed to be put on blood pressure medication for BP that was so high, I couldn't even believe it.
2.) What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser? Honestly, I wish I had known more about the right way to diet and exercise. As someone who had spent much time on fad diets AND much time in the gym, I realize now that I really didn't know very much at all. If I had, in fact, been more well-educated on these topics, I feel that I might not ever have let myself get to such an unhealthy state in the first place.
3.) If you could have done one thing differently during the show what would it be? I would have not been so trusting of others and would have "played the game" a bit more. That way, I wouldn't have felt "hoodwinked" when the gameplay and deceit became so evident. Throughout most of the taping of the show, I worried more about working out and dieting than I did about alliances and strategy, and that almost spelled the end of me. Unfortunately, it got my brother Jim eliminated.
4.) What do you think your biggest weight-loss obstacles will be now that you're dieting on your own? Now that I'm continuing this game at home, I feel the most difficult obstacle to overcome will be trying to figure out how to incorporate all of the necessary workouts into an extremely busy family life and work schedule. I'm sure that life will get in the way a bit, but I'm up for the challenge. Considering all of the time I used to waste watching television, I feel confident that I will be able to squeeze a couple of hours per day of exercise into my routine.
5.) What advice can you give other people who are hoping to lose extra pounds? My advice is that you have to be both more active, and keep a food journal. As far as daily activity goes, that could mean getting to the gym six days per week, walking in the neighborhood every day, or even just taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator. What everyone must learn is that the ability to lose weight relies on you being able to burn more calories than you consume. Period.
6. ) Who do you think will make it to the end of the show and why? I feel that the contestants that will emerge victorious at the finale will be the Germanakos twins from New York. My prediction is that Jim will win the "At-home" portion of the show, and his brother Bill will be the next BIGGEST LOSER.