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Name: Jessica Delfs
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Occupation: Professional Bridal Consultant
Favorite cheat food: Mashed Potatoes
Goal: 170 pounds
Starting weight: 282 pounds
What was your big turning point-either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose the weight?
There were a lot of little things that lead up to my "turning point", but it was generally watching my bridal clients getting engaged and finding these men that loved them unconditionally. I felt like I was never going to have that if I didn't lose the weight and gain the self confidence I needed to get out there and meet new people. I was literally watching my life pass me by, and at 26 I wasn't ready to accept that.
What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser?
There is no magic pill, special crazy foods, or weird exercises that being on the Biggest Loser gives you. It's as simple as counting your calories, burning significantly more calories than you're eating, and sweating, sweating, sweating! If you can align all three of those things you will be doing the exact same thing The Biggest Loser contestants are doing everyday to achieve your goals.
Did you watch the show before becoming a contestant? Were you inspired by a particular contestant? Who was it and how did they inspire you?
My top, of course is Ali Vincent, my fellow Arizonian who I felt really showed everyone that a girl can do this. What I love about Ali is that she continues to keep the weight off and show everyone it isn't always about the game, but a life change. Another would be Sione Fa. His personality and mine are very similar, and again he's from Arizona as well, and I loved his drive and his fight while he was on the show and I wanted to do the same thing while I was there. I've even been lucky enough to work out with Sione since I've been home and he's definitely a friend that I'll lean on for years down the line.
If you could have done one thing differently during the show, what would it be?
Of course you look back and there are turning points that you wonder if you would have said something differently, or not talked about situations to other people, if outcomes would have been different. But overall, I feel like I made all my actions and decisions consciously thinking about how it would affect my future in the game, as well as at home and I don't think there's too much I'd do differently.
What’s the hardest thing to adapt to while living on the ranch?
The hardest thing to adapt to is living with 15 other people who are all detoxing from sugar, carbs, and fat...missing their loved ones and are sore and tired on top of that. With all that weighing on you, you're not always the best housemates, so patience and understanding was something I had to get used to while living together with everyone at first.
What keeps you motivated when you don’t feel like working out or you want to eat junk food?
At this stage of the game it's the fact that I have a live finale coming up where America is going to see the results of my efforts. The finale is how people are going to remember me, and I want that to be sexy, confident, healthy, and ready to take on the world! So, I try to remember that when things get hard, and remember that the finale is just another day in my journey...it's not the end!
What’s your favorite workout?
My favorite workout is definitely spinning! I was always too intimidated to do it back home because I would see how sweaty everyone was when they got through and I didn't think I'd be able to keep up and would look silly trying. When we were on the ranch Bob and Jillian had us on the spin bikes a ton, and the Top 10 were given the opportunity to go to Bob's spin classes at the gym he teaches them at on the weekends, and that is where I fell madly in love with spinning!
What’s the best advice Bob or Jillian gave you?
There was so much great advice both Bob and Jillian passed on to me while I was on the ranch, and even since I've been home, but the one thing I reflect on almost every day is that the word "selfish" is not always negative. Being selfish and taking care of yourself and making sure that you get the workouts YOU want in, and you eat and prepare food the way YOU want is not being selfish in a bad way, and when you implement that healthy selfishness there is a sense of strength and confidence that comes along with it and I have definitely felt that strength by making myself and my routine my first priority in life these days!
What’s your favorite healthy meal or snack?
My favorite healthy meal would have to be Pan Sauteed Tilapia with Pico de Gallo and Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus! Its very low in calories, carbs, and sodium (the three things I watch out for when I buy prepared foods) and it doesn't taste healthy, so I don't feel deprived of any flavor when I eat it. Super simple and super yummy!
What’s something viewers at home wouldn’t know from watching the show?
I think the biggest shock to me was how long filming takes. I knew it was going to be a process, but there would be days we wouldn't be at the ranch at all while we filmed a challenge and we still had to figure out how to get a workout in, or stay up really late to do it when we got back. Everyone knows that being at the ranch is not a realistic environment or being able to work out five hours a day, but we also had filming schedules and other things that prohibited us from always being able to workout when we wanted and we had to find a way. That totally helped me when I got home as well, because it was like, "well...my routine was broken today, but I have to get the time in, so how can I change it up and still achieve what I want to achieve today?" It was a good life lesson to learn while we were there on campus!
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