Meet Rudy of The Biggest Loser

Name: Rudy
Hometown: Brooklyn, CT
Occupation: Engineer
Favorite cheat food: Chinese food
Goal for 2010: To keep off the weight
Starting weight: 442 lbs
Elimination weight: --

NSD: What was your big turning point-either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose the weight?
I had gone to the doctor for a routine physical and was diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on medication immediately. I was told that I had high cholesterol. I was borderline type 2 diabetic. I went for a sleep study and was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and was placed on a CPAP. I decided it was time for a change, so I applied to the show.

NSD: What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser?
I knew that it was going to be difficult being away from my family, but it was ten times harder than I imagined.  I have a loving wifeand two beautiful little girls.  My youngest was only 3 months old when I left for the Ranch. I missed a lot of big days in their lives, new pets, first words, crawling, soccer camp, things that I won't get back. But, with the change of my life, and better health, I will be able to share with them so many more memories.

NSD: If you could have done one thing differently during the show, what would it be?
I wouldn't change a thing.

NSD: What was the hardest thing to adapt to while being on the ranch?
The hardest thing for me was not being able share my day-to-dayexperiences with my wife. I would complete a new goal or overcome a newchallenge and I couldn't tell her about it.

NSD: What is one thing that keeps you motivated?
Knowing that I am getting healthier every day, seeing those changes in myself, and in my life.  I am becoming that person that I once was, and that I wanted to be again.

NSD: What is your favorite workout?
I really enjoy circuit training. It's something that Bob did a lot with us at the Ranch, it keeps your heart rate up while allowing you to build lean muscle. I have also learned to enjoy Yoga, something I laughed at when I was 442 pounds

NSD: What's the best advice Bob or Jillian has given you?
Bob has been a great trainer and friend, his best advice for me was to maintain focus, keep a clear head and a good attitude. Sticking to that has made the process manageable and my goals attainable.

NSD: What is your favorite meal or snack?
I am a big fan of dry roasted unsalted almonds. They help curve my hunger and fuel my body for a long workout.

NSD: What did you do for fun while you were on the ranch?
One of my favorite things to do was hiking the Ridge. It was work getting to the top, but once you got there the view was majestic. It was a great opportunity to clear your head and regain focus.

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