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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Kim Stone on March 21, 2012 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Kim Stone

Question:
Thinking back to when you first arrived on the show, how different were your expectations from what the reality was?

Kim Stone:
I wasn't sure what to expect because I hadn't really seen the show. I had just heard about it and I briefly saw some parts of a few episodes. And so everything for me was a surprise. And I actually am glad that I didn't have expectations because everything that we did was like opening up a Christmas present.

I just never knew what to expect and it was fun. I loved the challenges. I didn't realize that they did that all the time. It was so much fun, I loved it.

Question:
What's been the most difficult thing about going home after being on the show?

Kim Stone:
Probably the most difficult thing has been trying to work out an exercise program that's consistent because it is a struggle. When you go back to your real life you have all the distractions that you had before you get onto the ranch. And with my schedule being as crazy as it is being a nurse working in the operating room, it is a big challenge. That's my biggest struggle. But it's also a challenge that I enjoy because I am so determined to just keep up with this that you know I'm constantly thinking okay if I can't do a workout with my trainer today, what can I do instead and still be at my job?

Question:
We got to see you spend some time with your husband. How hard was it being away from him? And what's it been like since you've been back?

Kim Stone:
I have to be perfectly honest and tell you that the hardest part of my entire experience was being separated from my husband for sure, no doubt about it. We've been together for about 27 years now and he's my best friend, he's my soul mate and not being able to have you know that constant connection with him that I've been used to for 27 years that was so difficult. And that was my biggest struggle, it really was. It just was heart wrenching for me to be away from him and wondering how he was and how things were going.

We just are very, very close and we've never been separated before. So that was extremely difficult. And now that I'm back home we still haven't gotten over the trauma so to speak of being separated the way that we were and we're constantly trying to spend time together doing things. And I think we have a new appreciation for the time that we do have together and we want to make every minute count and we just want to do all the things that we kept saying we we're going to do and never quite got to. We want to do all those things together. We've made our relationship a big priority.

Question:
Could you speak about the details of what your physical activity and what your diet is while you're home?

Kim Stone:
My diet at home is pretty close to the same diet that I was doing at the ranch. I'm very careful to try and stay within in the guidelines that Rachel Beller, the Nutritionist set up for me. She spent a lot of time with me and answered a lot of questions and really help me out. I try to keep my protein at about four ounces per meal and I try to make sure that I have a low calorie snack in between my breakfast and my lunch and between my lunch and my dinner so that I don't get that starving feeling.

One of the biggest things that I do actually is I have said this before I kind of compare this to going to war. And I want to have my artillery and my cavalry set up before I ever do anything. So what I do is I pack myself an ice chest full of food and snacks that I can take along with me no matter where I go so that I make sure that I never get to that point where I'm so hungry that I'll just reach for the first thing that comes in front of me.

I try and prevent letting myself get in a situation where I'm at the end of the day and I'm just starving and you know I'll have that urge to just pull into a fast food place or just eat anything just because I'm so hungry. And that's really been a big help for me is kind of preventing myself from even getting into that situation. And fresh fruits and vegetables for me have become absolutely crucial. I make sure that I have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables surrounding me at all times. And my whole family is picking up on this now. And it's a wonderful thing. It's brought a lot of positive changes. My husband's actually lost 45 pounds now.

Question:
One of the biggest things that the show seems to teach the contestants is to put yourself first. And yet we see so many parents like yourself who sacrifice and volunteer to go home so that their kid can stay on the ranch. Can you tell us a little bit about why you would want to do that and the conflicting feelings that might go along with it?

Kim Stone:
At that point I was already within 11 pounds of my goal and I felt like I had such a good grasp on things that I was going to be okay. I didn't feel like I would be going home to face failure. I felt like I was already a winner, that I was already successful and that I was going to be just fine.

And I felt like I wanted Megan to have more time to spend on the ranch to continue to lose weight and to continue with her fitness program. And as a parent you know you always want the best for your child. That's a natural instinct and I had the feeling that sacrificing my position on the show in order for Megan to stay was a no brainer for me. It was very easy. It was a sacrifice that I was more than willing to make. I love her; you know she's my child.

Question:
Do you think that if this had happened earlier in the season when you weren't so close to your goal weight that you would have made a different decision? Or at least a more difficult time with it?

Kim Stone:
I hadn't really thought about that and it's the honest truth. And I would have to think about that. I'm not really sure how I would feel as far as myself. I'm sure that I would want to be competitive and I really enjoyed my time on the ranch so of course I would want to stay there longer but you know the bottom line is, she's my kid. I have sacrificed many times over the years for all three of my kids and I'm sure that I will continue to do that in the years to come because they are my children and I love them. And they are you know very high up on my priority list of life.

Question:
You mentioned a couple of moments ago that you were not a regular viewer of The Biggest Loser before. So what are your thoughts on all the drama and the gameplay? Was it surprising?

Kim Stone:
Somewhat. I've never been in a situation like that before obviously. And some of the drama and some of the gameplay was a little surprising or sometimes a little disturbing. However, you know as a nurse and working in a hospital and seeing hundreds of thousands of people you know during my career and dealing with the drama of healthcare, I feel like it pretty well prepared me for facing all these different personalities and different situations.

And I just dealt with it every day. You know, whatever came along I would always just tell myself that you know it was life or death on the ranch but it wasn't real life or death like I face every day in operating room.

Question:
You really accomplished some amazing athletic feats that the rock climbing and the surfing. Can you share with us your experience with a true athlete, Bethany Hamilton, and how inspiring was she?

Kim Stone:
Bethany Hamilton is an amazing, beautiful, inspirational young woman. I feel so privileged to have been able to meet her and spend time with her. And oh my goodness, personal surfing lessons from her. You know she is truly the epitome of no excuses. Goodness gracious, here's this beautiful young woman and she loses her arm to a shark attack and she could have stopped right there and never done anything much less gone on with her life and be a competitive surfer and face her fear every day. Every time she goes into the ocean and she does it with so much grace. Amazing person.

Question:
It seemed like a lot of the show was about you conquering your fears. How did that make you feel?

Kim Stone:
I have to tell you it made me feel really great. It made me feel like a strong person and I gained a lot of self confidence in the areas where I face my fears. You know everybody has fear in some form or another regarding something.

And I've learned that as I said on the show that fear is just a feeling and you can get beyond it. You know you have to work for it, it may not be very easy at all but you can conquer your fears if you face them head on. And that's what I've been trying to do and I feel like I've been very successful at it. And I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be able to do that. And Dolvelt was a great help with that.

Question:
Obviously you and Megan supported each other throughout the show. Were you worried about how she would cope after you left?

Kim Stone:
I was worried about how she would do after I left. That's my child and I want the best for her. And she's never really lived away from home so that was going to be a first for her to be separated from the whole family. But at the same time I knew that you know she was going to try and do the best that she could do and continue with her weight loss and her exercise program.

I knew that I was leaving her there with people that I had grown to know and love over the time that we spent together and I knew that there was nobody that was going to truly be wicked towards her - that they were actually going to be supportive towards her because they loved her too. Nobody really had any problems with her. So I left her feeling that although it's difficult to leave your child behind, I did have the reassurance that I was leaving her with people that I knew would help to take care of her if she needed them.

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