Paul Marks

Name: Paul Marks
Starting Weight: 303 lbs.
Eliminated Weight: 236 lbs.
Hometown: Rockledge, FL
Favorite cheat food: Fireballs
Goal for '08: My goal for 2007 was to be off my medication. My new and improved goal is to have a defined chin and neck and a 150 lb, muscular body like Jim, the $100K winner from last season.

1.) What was your big turning point -- either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose weight?

Paul: I had been in a stroke unit already, gotten a heart catheter by age 39 and men in my family don’t make it into their 50’s. I was always in pain at the age of 43.

2.) If you could go back in time, would you go on the show with the same weight-loss buddy? Why or why not?

Paul: Yes, Kelly is, has been, and will always be a dear friend, not just an ex-wife. She is very competitive and a cute warrior. Gotta love her tough talk.

3.) Who worked harder at losing weight—you or your partner? Tell us why.

Paul:Both Kelly and I worked equally as hard. There is no “I” in team.

4.) What do you think your biggest weight-loss obstacles will be now that you're dieting on your own?

Paul:[My biggest obstacle is] being able to buy the same food used at the ranch from local grocery stores. There are now low-sodium meats anywhere in my area.

5. ) Who do you think will make it to the end of the show and why?

Paul: Well, I’d like to believe Kelly and I – every time our fate was placed in our own hands. The first time we were on different teams, our fate was in the hands of others.

6.)What advice can you give other people who are hoping to lose extra pounds?

Paul: Don't expect the results you see in us to happen so quickly because it might discourage you. Losing only 1 to 3 lbs a week is more realistic. Just take that first step and never let there be a last. Keep going! You are worth it!

7.) What strategy did you use to try and stay on the show? Why don’t you think it worked?

Paul: I believed Kelly and I worked as the yellow team through many ups and downs. It didn’t work because our fate came down to friendship of kids instead of team strategy.

8.) Do you think anyone was portrayed unfairly on the show?

Paul: Not so far

9.) Did anyone act differently when the cameras were off?

Paul: No

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