Name: Mark Kruger
Starting Weight: 285 lbs.
Eliminated Weight: 201 lbs.
Hometown: New Bedford, MA
Favorite cheat food: Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Goal for '08: Weigh less than Bob Harper
1.) What was your big turning point -- either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose weight?
Mark:[My turning point was] the week where it was all vs. one when Paul told me he was going to send me home to see my kids. A switch turned; I lost 14lbs. that week and that really kick started my weight loss.
2.) If you could go back in time, would you go on the show with the same weight-loss buddy? Why or why not?
Mark: Jay is the only one that I would want to do this with and I would always want to go with him.
3.) Who worked harder at losing weight—you or your partner? Tell us why.
Mark: We both work equally hard in our weight loss and that has helped to keep us both here for so long.
4.) What do you think your biggest weight-loss obstacles will be now that you're dieting on your own?
Mark:[My biggest obstacle is] fitting in my workouts while still being able to do my job and spend time with my family
5. ) Who do you think will make it to the end of the show and why?
Mark: Jay, myself, Roger, and Ali [will make it to the end] because of hard work and alliances.
6.)What advice can you give other people who are hoping to lose extra pounds?
Mark: Taking the first step is the hardest . Once you do it everyday, it gets a little bit easier. Also, change will not come without pain.
7.) What strategy did you use to try and stay on the show? Why don’t you think it worked?
Mark: It is not over for me and I hope my plans work.
8.) Do you think anyone was portrayed unfairly on the show?Myself
9.) Did anyone act differently when the cameras were off? Roger definitely has an “I am better than you” complex.