Gerald 'Jerry' Hayes

Our hearts broke when we saw how upset Jerry was on the scale after his weigh-in, only losing one pound this week (even Allison was crying and did we see a tear from Jillian?). Our favorite, lovable grandpa was sent home. It seemed like one of the toughest decisions for the contestants, since both 19-year-old Dan and 63-year-old Jerry needed to be there most. Read on to find out what Jerry had to say after the show...

  Jerry Hayes
Hometown:  Wheaton, IL
Occupation: Retired enginner; part-time tax preparer
Goal for 2009: Run a 5K with my eleven year old granddaughter and other member of our family.
Starting weight: 369 lbs
Elimination weight:
343 lbs

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

Before the show was the concern of the family for my health and longevity. Also, I want to see my grandchildren graduate from college. At the start of the show, it was watching Jerry in the first show of Season Six.

2. What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser?

Before The Biggest Loser, I did not know how strong my body [was] and how much it can do if I would have pushed it.

3. If you could have done one thing differently during the show, what would it be?

I would have talked to Dr. H and Sandy about my feet and inner sole in my shoe. I believe all my foot problems would not have occurred [if I had talked to them].

4. What was the hardest thing to adapt to while being on the ranch?

Exercising six hours a day and the TV cameras.

5. What's the most helpful thing your partner did or said to motivate you?

Estella motivated me on the first day at the ranch and I watched [her] push herself through Jillian's exercises.

6. What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout changes over time.  Right now, it is power walking.

7.What's your favorite healthy meal or snack? 

Flat bread wrap with lean turkey, feta cheese, Tabouli and salsa. [And,] hummus and carrots.

9.What do you think your weight-loss obstacles will be now that you're off the ranch and how do you plan to overcome them?

Keeping a high level of exercise and increasing intensity as my weight drops. Also, changing exercise routines to strengthen and burn more fat... maintaining the exercise level and food input control.

10.What's the best advice Bob or Jillian has given you?

It was statement on the wall of the gym: believe in yourself, trust in the process, change your life forever.

11. What happens behind the scenes of the show that no one would know from watching it?

Jillian was always watching out for her team members and tries to do the best for each of them.

12 . What did you do for fun while you were on the ranch?

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