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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Moses Kinikini

This is an interview with eliminated contestant Moses Kinikini on April 13, 2011 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Question:
How do you stay motivated now that you're home?

Moses Kinikini:
My whole motivation while I was at the ranch has always been my wife and my girls and now I'm actually home with my wife and they keep me going and that's what I work so hard for.

Question:
Your daughter Kaylee has done such a wonderful job on the ranch. How proud are you of her?

Moses Kinikini:
You know, I was always been proud of Kaylee from the time she was born and had this opportunity to go through with her has just given me every more reason to be so proud of her. And to watch her grow, especially from within, has been my greatest joy of this whole journey.

Question:
Last night on the show, we saw Ken confront Cara about her training methods. And I know that you've expressed that you really responded to Brett and Cara's training methods. I'm sure you've watched the episode now or maybe you even witnessed what was going on at the time. What was your take on what Ken said to Cara?

Moses Kinikini:
You know, I guess everybody responds to that - well, we all respond to each other differently and I didn't agree with Ken, at least for me, because I appreciated being able to work out with all four trainers and I love them all to death. My favorites are obviously going to be Brett and Cara because they've been there with me from the very beginning and if I had to choose one trainer that really was most responsible for my weight loss, it'd be Cara. So to hear Ken say that, I was a little disappointed, but I understand what he meant with his injuries and the experience of Bob and Jillian and what he could get from them. But I really wish he would have probably handled that a little different. But Cara is truly the very best for me.

Question:
I think viewers were shocked to see Kaylee put up a 4 last night. At the time that you left the game,was she still expressing to you a desire to go home or had she kind of put that behind her and turned a corner?

Moses Kinikini:
Kaylee has definitely put that behind her. Her plus 4, because if you notice, that was my lowest ever, I had a zero. I believe that every single one of our individuals, all the contestants, we all dealt with, and I don't know how much traveling you've ever done, but we tend to retain a lot of water and they have taught us how to test our retaining water through our legs and we both knew we retained quite a bit. And I, to be honest, I was relieved that I got a zero because I knew I had so much in me that I was able to get it all out, and for Kaylee unfortunately she still had it in her and she worked hard, but she just unfortunately wasn't unable to get it all out.

Question:
I'm curious about your diet in New Zealand. Obviously you weren't at the ranch and we saw Bob shopping with some of the contestants, picking out foods. What were you eating and what was truly a kiwi-style food that you might have eaten?

Moses Kinikini:
You know, thank goodness it's a tropical island. We had a lot of fish available which is very healthy and I was able to eat that. It was kind of - shopping at their stores because everything there they don't deal with calories, I can't even remember what it's called, but we had to deal with learning their conversion. Maybe we weren't the greatest at it, but trying to find the right fruits - I was amazed, fruits are a little different, just not finding all the berries that we wanted to have, but for the most part, it was eating wasn't so bad. It was just, I think with Kaylee, she just found herself eating a little more than normal and as a father, I didn't really stop her, but it wasn't outrageous amount, but still, not as well followed in our diets as it was if we were on the ranch.

Question:
You and Kaylee had a really special experience to take the helicopter ride around Auckland. Can you tell us about that?

Moses Kinikini:
Yes, I've always wanted to go on a helicopter ride and imagine to be able to do it in New Zealand was huge, and especially to be able to do it with Kaylee. I was so grateful for Olivia and Irene to give up their spots to allow me to have that special day with Kaylee and especially in the land where it was so special for my father and getting his education and that whole day was something I'll remember forever.

Question:
I know that you mentioned that you were hoping to bring your whole family to New Zealand at some point. Is that still a plan of yours and have you taken any steps towards that?

Moses Kinikini:
Well, I haven't taken any steps towards it, but I would love to do it because my home country is Tonga, which, when you go to Tonga, you go by way of Auckland and then you fly to Tonga. So in the process of going to Tonga I would love to spend a week with my family in Auckland, New Zealand and to enjoy such a beautiful country. I was so impressed with it and I'd actually love to take all my family and either bungee jump or jump off that Sky Tower.

Question:
Do you think all of them would do it?

Moses Kinikini:
I know that Kaylee would. I believe my wife would. It's just my youngest daughter. First of all, it might have to be a few years before she could be even allowed to even do it, but she's a go-getter, so she probably would if she could.

Question:
When you got to go home earlier in the season, it proved to be a little difficult for you as far as your weight loss was concerned. But you definitely have been losing, you've been home. How has that process been there for you, being home?

Moses Kinikini:
My support at home has been absolutely wonderful and obviously from that first two weeks that we went earlier, the only reason that my weight loss was minimal was because I truly took a break from what I did there. I really wanted to just enjoy my family. I did learn that I really need to stay focused on me so I can continue this journey, but I really didn't push as hard as I should have. But now I'm home and everything is working well and so I've got the support at home and I've got a goal all the way to the finale to give as much as I can.

Question:
Can you talk about how the trip to Auckland impacted your life in ways you never thought possible?

Moses Kinikini:
I guess I look back at this whole experience, for me to be able to be back in that land where really where my father was able to receive the main part of his education, and he - after he left there, he went back to Tonga and able to change the life of our family, the Kinikini family and bring us to the United States and get us to where we are now. And I feel like what a parallel this is where I have just gone through my education of The Biggest Loser experience and I ended it there. And now I left New Zealand just like my father to go back to my family and to move forward and to make our life better. And I'm so grateful that I had this opportunity to go through The Biggest Loser and experience what I did and to get my life back so I can improve the life of my family.

Question:
When you came to The Biggest Loser with significant health issues you were given a shocking death date of 2025e. Can you share how you felt, receiving that dire information and how is your health now?

Moses Kinikini:
Wow. Boy, you know I always cry on camera and you're going to make me cry on the phone. Yes, when I received that, that was an eye-opener and if you remember back in that episode it brought a lot of tears in my eyes and it just reminded me that I was living the same life of my uncles. I've had many uncles who have died from their early 40's to their early 50's, because of the size they are and they're all very powerful, strong men and I'm living the same life, very loving family men.

And they left their families early and so it really hit me to realize that I'm exactly in the same spot where they are. But again, I'm indebted to The Biggest Loser because my health is so much better. My blood pressure is down, I'm far from being diabetic and the - as you saw from 10 weeks into it. In just 10 weeks, I gained 19 years of my life back and it's been some time since then, so I can only assume that I've got another maybe five, six more years added onto that. So my future and my family future is looking very bright.

Question:
When you going home at that particular moment you just said that you've given it completely different meaning, that you're following in your father's footsteps. I'm wondering if you can elaborate on that just a little more?

Moses Kinikini:
You know, for me, it was obvious last night was - you saw my father, he is the greatest father figure, male figure, I know and to realize that what I had just gone through, I liken my life to what he went through and even my look, I mean I look - I see myself and I see my dad. And it just makes me feel like if there was one thing I wanted the world to ever look back at me and remember is that for them to think that I was just like my dad. And that nothing would make me more proud to - for my children to look to me like how I looked to my father. And it's just - makes me so - so pleased of what has happened because I think I've definitely gotten much closer to that goal of mine.

Question:
You had the potential to continue to move forward in this game and to make it into the finale, but it seems like you didn't even think about that for a single second last night.

Moses Kinikini:
Yes first of all, the money, to me, does not mean anything to me. I have always believed, yes, there are two monetary winners, but the real winners are those who really have been able to take off the weight and figure out the right lifestyle that they can live for the rest of their lives and so reaching the end wasn't my goal. I knew the reason why Olivia came to the show, so before she even said that, and I wish the rest of the country would understand this, I felt all along that I got everything what I needed to get out of this - the show.

And maybe Olivia might be light enough that she can get pregnant now. I don't know, but I wanted to give her every reason every way possible that dream of hers, which is one of the greatest blessings in the world, to have a child, and I wanted her to have that and she didn't make me feel guilty whatsoever because I already thought of it way before she even said it. So for me, it was a no-brainer, I wanted her to have that and I was ready to come home and figure out how to do this at home. And I was at peace with everything.

Question:
What would you say is the single most important thing you learned from your time on The Biggest Loser?

Moses Kinikini:
Well, there's a lot of things I've learned. But I would probably say, because it's all about health, this whole experience is about really getting our life to where it needs to be so we can be here with our families and it comes down to nutrition and exercising, but if I had to choose one thing, it would be nutrition. It is what we put in our mouths, it's what we feed this body and if we feed it correctly, it will take care of itself. Obviously, when we work out, that'll help the - it'll improve it faster and it's great for you, but some people in this country is physically not able to do some of that. So if I were to tell them one thing that they need to do, and we can all do this, is be responsible on what you eat and that in itself can change your life.

Question:
Thinking back, way back, to when you first got to the ranch, how would you say your expectations at that moment were different from what the reality actually was?

Moses Kinikini:
We - I guess the difference is, I didn't realize how the difference that I would feel, how much more I would cherish life itself and my family. I have always loved my wife. This particular experience has brought me so much closer to her and yes, I'm grateful for everything, but I'm extremely grateful for my relationship with my wife.

Question:
How much weight have you lost since leaving New Zealand and how much more do you want to lose?

Moses Kinikini:
That's a very interesting question. I guess before I answer that, I've got to tell you that because I don't care about the money, and I actually told the other contestants throughout the season that my whole goal is to get to the body I want to have the rest of my life, and so I plan to come back to it not only lighter, but I want to come back ripped with a lot of muscles. When I came home, my wife made a comment, "Honey, you look great. You look so thin, except you just don't look as strong." And I've been a very powerful man my whole life and I do not want to bulk up or anything, I want to be strong. And so my whole goal here is too become a very, very, lean and very strong and unfortunately, muscle puts on weight and right now I'm at the exact same weight that when I left, at 286. I feel I've actually thinned out and leaned out, but I've put on muscle, also.

Question:
Can you give us some details about your workout and the diet routine that you're undergoing today?

Moses Kinikini:
Yes, as for workouts, right now I actually train with seven different trainers at three different gyms. In one of the gyms, as you've seen this whole season boxing has been my most favorite thing to do. I work out at an MMA gym doing a lot of boxing, kickboxing, that is my most favorite thing. But I do have other trainers that do help me with my cardio, which is the one thing that I don't like but I know it's necessary for me to continue to keep losing weight and so I do that along with lifting weights. And with the help of all of them, I'm really getting to the body that - that I want. And so that's where it is in my workout.

My diet, I'm following very much exactly what I learned on the ranch as in I calorie-wise and how much I eat. I eat about 1600 calories a day, which seemed to work out great while I was even on the ranch and I'm just - watching the carbs, the proteins, just everything about it, all my nutrition. And it works, it truly does work and I'm grateful that I learned how this all works because it's truly changing my life.

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