Secrets from The Biggest Loser
Next: Kristin, the first woman to lose over 100 pounds on the show
Hometown: Greenville, WI
Starting weight: 360 lbs.
Lost so far: 109 pounds
It was when she and her husband began to talk about having a baby that Kristin realized she'd been in denial about her weight. "I just didn't feel safe about carrying a child," she says. Kristin started at the ranch with her mom, Cathy Skell, and since Cathy's elimination, she's missed being with family. "But it's been therapeutic. I can focus on how I got to be that person who weighed 360 pounds," which she still grapples with, says Kristin. Recently, she passed a milestone, becoming the first woman on the show to lose more than 100 pounds. "I can run now!" she says. "It started raining the other night, and I could literally run in out of the rain. Just to get out of bed in the morning and have a hundred fewer pounds crashing down on my ankles — everything's easier."
Next: See Kristin's transformation
At-Home Challenge: Stress eating. "I have my own mortgage company," Kristin says. Given these tough financial times, she may well be tempted to turn to food when tension runs high. "My weakness is chocolate. Candy, cake, ice cream, cookies...anything chocolate."
GH Strategies: "Kristin got heavy because she didn't pay attention to herself," says Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia. "Now she's going to have to make time for grocery shopping, for preparing meals and snacks to bring to work, and for exercise. She'll need to schedule each of these things in her planner until the behavior becomes automatic." Still, Beck adds, something may have to give if Kristin's schedule is crazy-busy. One strategy Beck uses with time-pressed clients is to have them think about what they could delegate, do less thoroughly, or drop altogether if they absolutely had to — say, if they had to go to the hospital every day for a blood transfusion. "That's when they realize they can find time for themselves," she says. As for Kristin's chocolate cravings, Cassetty suggests these low-cal options: No Sugar Added Fudgsicle (40 calories), Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds Dark Chocolate Flavor 100 calorie pack, South Beach Living Snack Bar Delights in Chocolate Mint (100 calories). "The key is to set a limit of one treat a day," says Cassetty.
Next: Ron, The Biggest Loser "Dad"
Hometown: South Lyon, MI
Starting weight: 430 lbs.
Lost so far: 110 pounds
If Helen is "Ma," then Ron is the dad on the show. His support and tenderness are most apparent when he's relating to his 18-year-old son Mike, who came with him to the ranch and who's still on the show. Ron is also the kitchen "officer," always tidying up after the others. "They get annoyed because I wash a glass or knife as soon as someone sets it down," he admits.