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Name: Lisa Mosley
Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
Occupation: Currently unemployed
Favorite cheat food: Mexican Food
Goal: To weigh 170 pounds
Starting weight: 288 pounds
What was your big turning point-either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose the weight?
Everyone that needs to lose weight knows they need to but I personally lived in a fantasy world where I believed my morbid obesity only affected myself. When I realized that not only were my actions affecting me, they were also affecting my children, I knew it was time for me to step up to the plate, or step away from my plate in this case and change my life
What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser?
Honestly, as difficult as the situation was there at the Ranch, I think it's better that I went in not knowing because had I known what it was like I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to do it. I do not regret it at all, in fact I am grateful for every struggle I had because it helped me to face and overcome the exact issues that got me to 288 pounds.
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?
Yes, I did and I was and still am inspired by every person that takes on weight loss whether they are on the show or not.
If you could have done one thing differently during the show, what would it be?
Now that the show is airing, I wish I hadn't been so honest and verbal with my feelings. However, I wanted to take a good hard look at myself and be brutally honest with every emotion I felt, otherwise, I would have just been repeating my old bad habits and that was what I wanted to avoid. Unfortunately, being as honest and open as I was caused me a lot of grief but on the other hand, confronting and facing that grief is what made the biggest changes in me so maybe I really wouldn't take the honesty back!
What’s the hardest thing to adapt to while living on the ranch?
Living with a house full of strangers! All of the different personalities, not to mention cleaning habits, made for a very interesting and often times, tense household.
What keeps you motivated when you don’t feel like working out or you want to eat junk food?
I started The Biggest Loser knowing that I had to develop a logical plan that I knew I could incorporate into my life. Otherwise, I would get burned out and as soon as the show was over I would gain all my weight back. With that in mind, I allow myself one day off. I eat healthy but I do not think about the gym or weight loss on that day. If I am absolutely dying for a treat, I will allow myself to have a treat but in extreme moderation. That is real life! I personally couldn't live the rest of my life in total deprivation. It helps to keep me sane and motivated. Of course, all of that is on top of the motivation I get from my amazing kids, family, and friends and finally realizing that I owe it to myself and that I am worth it!
What’s your favorite workout?
Anything outside of the gym! The gym can be so limiting mentally. I still do my daily gym routine but I also do a lot of bike riding and other outdoor activities to keep it exciting. The more you enjoy your workouts the more likely you are to keep doing them.
What’s the best advice Bob or Jillian gave you?
Jillian told me one calorie is one unit of energy. If you don't use that unit then it is stored as fat. Bob told me to trust people and if they betray that trust it is a reflection of them as a person, not of me.
What’s your favorite healthy meal or snack?
Pizza with mushroom caps instead of crust. Delicious!
What’s something viewers at home wouldn’t know from watching the show?
That the Biggest Loser is 1 percent physical, 49 percent spiritual and 50 percent mental. The physical part is the easy stuff but breaking yourself down and apart to rebuild is excruciating!
Watch The Biggest Loser on Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.