Inspired by Jennifer, Rick Ryan and Kyle: How did you deal with emotional aspects of the challenge, such as fighting food temptations at home and staying on top of your workouts?
Ali:For me, the week we were eliminated was the week I started believing I could totally do this. It wasn't about being on that campus; it was about believing in myself and actively going after my goal. My mom and I spent a lot of time talking about why we put the weight on, which was to protect ourselves. But I was young then and now I'm this strong woman and I don't need that protection anymore. As the pounds came off, I was able to free myself emotionally and physically, was free to address issues with my mother and in other relationships.
Bette-Sue: It takes a conscious effort. I can't undo 53 years [of emotional issues] in three months. But physically, I'm shocked at how fast you can lose it. An hour of cardio really makes a difference. It's just not easy. I can very easily see myself falling into old traps, which is scary.