This week on NBC’s “Biggest Loser” we are down to the final four contestants as they go home to get ready for the marathon and final weigh-in before the finale. The final four along with all the eliminated contestants come back to compete for a guaranteed spot in the finale. Ramon wins the marathon which guarantees him a spot in the finale and Becky and Vinny are sent home.
TWID: Did you feel that you utilized your time home well and were able to juggle your everyday life and incorporate eating healthy and working out?
Becky Comet: I really do think that I utilized my time at home very well. I did go back to work and showed you know, that’s just, that’s just what I needed to do. I felt a responsibility to my school and my students, but along with that I really felt like if I was going to stand on that stage and say, ‘I’m a working mom. If I can do this, you can,’ I really need to be a working mom when I lost weight when I went through the process. And so I am looking forward to standing on the stage and being able to say that and say, ‘You know, there’s always time for what you want to make time for,’ and it was difficult. I’m going to be the first to tell you it was difficult to work in all the workouts and all the workout time that I’ve done between the time that I got home and now. But, it was so worth it for me to realize that I really could do that because before that my excuse was, ‘Oh, I don’t have time. I don’t have time. It’s just not going to work because I don’t have time,’ and I kind of blew that excuse out of the water now. The eating right part, the nutrition, it was great. I learned so much good nutrition on the ranch and was able to bring that home. When I came home, my husband had already lost weight. He had already lost 50 pounds by the time I got home. So, he was, he was on board and ready to go as far as the nutrition part and as far as the exercise too because we did a lot of working out together. He’s a coach and he’s also a certified trainer so along with the trainer that I worked with, he was kind of my trainer too. So I got kind of a double whammy. So although it was difficult, it was doable and I made it work, and I used every minute.
Vinny Hickerson:I was definitely able to. My job and what I do as being a performer and an entertainer and a songwriter, so my money kind of comes in from those avenues. I have kind of a residual income that is always there. I wasn’t really allowed to go back to work because in my line of work you know you have to be photographed and take pictures and do all that stuff, so I wasn’t really able to go back to doing that. So I haven’t got to experience what it’s going to be like when I’m on the tour bus, when I am riding around, but I have prepared for that. I’ve put together some workouts and my trainer Carter has put together some workouts to help me on that as well and so has Dolvet. Dolvet has helped me put together some workouts for being on the road because obviously he has dealt with entertainers on the road many times in the past. So you know I’m looking forward to giving that a try. My nutrition has been great. You know I’ve really become a pretty good cook. I’ve been excited about that because Becky could tell you when I first got to the ranch, I never cooked but by the end of it, I would cook fish and stuff for everybody.
TWID: Do you think what you learned at the ranch was enough training for you to lose the weight at home on your own.
Becky Comet: Absolutely. I look back at the experience of the ranch and I’m amazed at the things that I learned. The learning curve was definitely straight up, so much about nutrition and we just, we learned to eat healthy – fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats and you know fish and chicken – and learned different ways to cook them and experimented a lot with different ways to cook. There’s a lot of experimenting going on let me tell you, and then you know, just workout wise, learned so much from the trainers. Anna always preached about you know, we need to do things that you can do at home. She preached, ‘Keep it simple,’ well, ‘Keep it simple, stupid.’ She preached the KISS method – keep it simple and make it things that you can do at home, and that you can do in a gym or at home or in a hotel room or wherever you need to be. And Bob’s kind of the same way. A lot of circuit training – just keep moving. It was just, it was a great experience and I think I acquired all the tools that I needed to do what I do at home.
Vinny Hickerson: Okay, for me just so you all know, Anna never taught me to kiss, but I do believe in the ‘keep it simple’ method. I definitely, I definitely learned so much there. You know for me my trainer is definitely teaching me new things all the time. But even if I just had you know, somebody there just motivating me, continuously with me, you know, that’s really all I would really need a trainer for now because I did learn so much at the ranch. They tell us everything in every scenario. You know we did a workout with (San Tibo) that we just used towels, and we were doing crunches and sit-ups and pulling each and doing all kinds of things. You know we did workouts for Dolvet that required nothing but a piece of floor. You know we did workouts with Bob when we went hiking. So if you’re out, you don’t have a gym, you don’t even have the roof over your head, you can still learn how to do those things you know, so we, definitely learned enough there. We could, you know, probably train people ourselves, you know.
TWID: Right, and my last question is from the things that you both have learned at the ranch. Do you have what it takes to win the at-home prize and why?
Becky Comet: Well I think Vinny will agree with me on this. I think we definitely learned everything we need to learn. And I think we’re both just laser focused on winning that at-home prize. I don’t think that that’s a question. And I think, I mean, I know I can do it. I know Vinny is right on my heels or I’m on his heels. I’m not too sure which. We haven’t seen each other so…
Vinny Hickerson: Yes. I know that I’ve been working my hardest, and for me the ultimate prize is the health that I’ve gained, the way I feel about myself and my body, and the way I look in my clothes. And I know Becky is the same way. You could tell by the little leopard skin dress that she has on. But yes, I think we’re both very strong contenders to win it. You know we made it all the way to the end. But you know, just because you made it all the way to the end doesn’t always mean you lost the most percentage. You know, you just have those good weeks and bad weeks and every now and then a good week, you know, lands on your teammate sometimes, and then you may have had a bad week. But you know, we were blessed to get to this and I definitely think, ‘Hey, it could be either one of us,’ and I hope it is one of us too.
The Biggest Loser has equipped these contestants with the tools they need to live a healthier life. Even though we all can’t be contestants on “The Biggest Loser”, by watching the show we are able to learn a lot of what we need to do in order to turn over to a healthier lifestyle. We need to educate ourselves and invest the time needed into incorporating healthy habits into our everyday lives. Beck and Vinny have found their way with the resources, tools, and education they received on “The Biggest Loser” and it’s time America does the same.
-Article Written by: Katalina Kaufusi
*Photos courtesy of Lewis Jacobs/NBC