Name: Keun Ae "KAE" Whang
Age: 27 years old
Starting Weight: 225 lbs.
Eliminated Weight: 156 lbs.
Hometown: I grew up in Holland, Michigan, but currently reside in Clark, NJ
Status: Married to Eric Whang (Wedding Date: 06-09-06)
Occupation before leaving for the show: Student (I was a Radio DJ and was working for Dr. Chinn at Rutgers Graduate School of Psychology).
1.) What was your big turning point -- either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose weight? The moments I realized that I needed to lose weight are countless, but realizing that I have prevented myself from seeing my Grandmother (and family in South Korea) for over 20 years (and many other things), because I was ashamed of what I looked like was getting ridiculous! I was having a hard time breathing when I was laying down in my bed, having a hard time tying my shoes, or just the little things (like fitting into a desk at school) was enough for me to say that I needed to make a change. You would think that I would have done something about it so much earlier, but I denial and kept putting it off to the next day and the next and the next. When I was on the ranch, my turning point was when we first got there and Bob had the Blue Team exercise for the first time and told us, "Remember how it feels to be this weight, and then later on keep reminding yourself how hard it is to be at this weight". And boy, I will NEVER forgot how hard 225 lbs for a 5'2 person feels like!
2.) What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser? I wished I knew how hard the "game" was going to be. I mean, I did know about the "game" aspect of it, but I guess, I wasn't prepared (or ready) for it as I thought I was going to be. I wish I got to not have taken things so personally (or so seriously) and became closer to the other contestants. I really feel like I missed that part of the journey, because I let the "game" really bothered me. And also, not to be so hard on myself. This was a learning experience, and I should had been more proud of myself than feeling I could have done so much better.
3.) If you could have done one thing differently during the show what would it be? I would have let myself be more proud of myself and not take things so personally. Get to really know the other contestants and enjoy the journey. I will have to admit, that the one pound that I could have lost (and kept me for another week) does bother me. I wish that even when I was hurting and tired, I should have kept telling myself, "No Excuses" and fought harder to stay.
4.) What do you think your biggest weight-loss obstacles will be now that you're dieting on your own? For me, the biggest weight loss obstacle is the transition from being isolated on the campus and working out from 6-8 hours a day to having temptations and finding your own routine in the real world. For me, I have to watch out when I am bored, because I tend to eat whatever is around. Even though I have learned everything I could while I was on the campus, I get scared that old habits start creeping up again, especially subconsciously. I have to remind myself to "wake up" and become more conscious of my decisions and actions so that I am aware of when I slip back to those old habits. For example, I was at a party, and I didn't realized that I did this until I was talking to my husband about it later that night, but I noticed that I was aware that I went back to my old "buffet" habits and took a little bit of everything that was laid out on the table so that I could try everything out. What I should have done was realized what I was doing, and picked one or two things that I thought were worth eating.
5.) What advice can you give other people who are hoping to lose extra pounds? My suggestion to people is to be focused on your goal (and the end result). Ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”. And the reason should be, because you want to be HEALTHY and feel GREAT about yourself. And remind yourself not to give up, be aware of your choices, ask yourself, "Is it worth it?", and give yourself a little slack if you make a mistake. It's okay to slip up, just as long as you are aware of what you did and work out the next day. Remember...this is a LIFESTYLE, and not a quick fix. Quick fixes are just that...quick and they don't fix much if you gain it back two folds when you get frustrated and stop. Patience, loving yourself, passion (on being true to yourself), and believing that you CAN do it is the key to success. And be honest with yourself, know yourself, and understand yourself, because everyone is different and you will have to find what works for you. And make if fun and part of your life, NOT a chore that you feel hesitant on doing. This is YOUR choice, so make it the best one for yourself, because YOU are the most important person in YOUR life, and only YOU can make the way you want your life to be. The mind and faith (in yourself) is a powerful thing!
6. ) Who do you think will make it to the end of the show and why? What do you mean? You mean, who will be "The Biggest Loser"? I hope Bill does, because he is the most hardest working person on this show. Of course, I would love to see a female or ethnic person to win, but it's all about the person who is truly passionate about it, and that's Bill. In my experience there, he has been one of the few people that I TRULY respected, because he was smart, hardworking, honest, and kind hearted. He had some difficulties while he was there, but he used that to motivate him to keep pushing further.
For the at home people, I would LOVE to say that I become the At Home Winner! I'm still motivated and loving the new healthy life style that I have chosen! I'm excited of the events that I'm going to participate in and know that this is DEFINITELY going to be part of my life now. I know everyone at home is working hard, but I know I could be THAT person. Even though being "The Biggest Loser" wasn't in the cards for me, I feel like I would love to come back stronger than ever and be that At Home Winner!
7.) What is one thing that happened behind-the-scenes that no one would know from watching the show? There are SO much behind-the-scenes that it's hard to list one! I wish the the viewers could see the fun times we had off camera with our trainers, and see how many retakes we had to do for a lot of the scenes...hahahaha. And the real scoop on what happened behind the scenes! There is sooo much more.