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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Lisa Rambo on January 29, 2013 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Lisa Rambo

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

Lisa Rambo:
I was excited. I was looking forward to being on the show and getting to the ranch. And being on the ranch far exceeded any expectation or dream that I may have had. It was the most amazing incredible experience ever.

Question:
What do you think is the most important thing you've learned from being on the show?

Lisa Rambo:
The most important thing I've learned that if I put my mind to it, I can do just about anything. I gained a lot of confidence there.

Question:
What's your favorite memory from being on the Biggest Loser?

Lisa Rambo:
I have lots of amazing memories. I think there was a workout that I had with Sylvette where he kind of pulled me aside and said, "You bet I was doing an amazing job." And that I had to be confident in my being enough and I started to believe it in that moment. I have lots of really incredible experiences. Lots of great memories. It's hard to point down to one.

Question:
Talk to me a little bit about having to go into that vote. What was it like realizing that you would be the team going in there and did you have an idea that it would be you going home?

Lisa Rambo:
I think that we were all going into that week just really, really confident. The red team was strong all week. I don't think we ever imagined ourselves being there again. It was a surprise going home but it could have been any of us. We had all grown so close. It was a hard vote for every single one of us and any one of us could have went home at that time. It wasn't pre-discussed because we didn't want to talk about it. We were really confident.

Question:
One of the things that everyone said was that you have the support system at home to do well. But one of the things I was thinking as I watched the episode was like well but the younger ones didn't have to take care of anyone else as much as you would at home. How much of that as a reasoning to send you home was truth, that you think that you did have the best support system to go home out of the three and how much of it do you think is a hindrance that you do have the family to take care of?

Lisa Rambo:
I have a family to take care but I also have myself to take care of. I know that there's a timing for everything and things happen for reasons or they don't. But I went home because I'm strong and they knew that I'm strong and that I could do this. And you know what, I have. I've come home and I've had my family and we've done this together. I've done this with my home team. My husband has lost 70 pounds in the process and, you know, we're doing this together and we're strong. And it's awesome. It's amazing.

Question:
Can you give an update on your current weight loss since we've seen you?

Lisa Rambo:
Since you saw it was just a little bit ago and yeah, I'm over 80 pounds now. But the finale is coming and it's going to be awesome. I'm not finished yet.

Question:
When you first got home from the ranch, how was your mindset and you confidence different compared to when you left to go to the show?

Lisa Rambo:
Being on the Biggest Loser really empowered me. I came home stronger and more complete and more whole. I came back ready to win this. When I left the ranch, I looked at my team and I said you better work hard because I'm going to go home and work twice as hard. And I did. I got home. I got off the plane and me and my husband went for a three-mile run. The next morning we woke up and we cleaned out our kitchen, threw tons of stuff away and restocked it. And I have been working hard every day since then.

Question:
Can you take me through the fabulous way that you've really given back Lisa, with you students and their health and wellness program?

Lisa Rambo:
Just making healthier choices in our classroom and getting our students moving and finding things that they love. I mean that's the one thing so that's really from day one was fall in love with this process and what do you love about this. I remember getting on the spin bike right away and him saying, "Do you love this stuff?" And I said, "At home." And the same way with my students and my kids. I mean what do you love and let's do that.

So it's just exposing our students to more ways to move like bowling and swimming and all of these things. And them falling in love with it and then you want to do it. It's not a chore. Working out doesn't have to be a chore.

Question:
Can you talk about what you're diet and fitness are like now and whether you're trying to be the at home winner?

Lisa Rambo:
I'm definitely trying to be the at home winner. I've got my eye on the prize. But I've really already won at home. I have changed my lifestyle. I've had a total complete lifestyle change. My kitchen looks totally different. I have a clean kitchen and a safe house. I'm teaching my kids how to eat right and how to fall in love with fitness and health.

Question:
What is your routine now? What are you doing to work out and what are you eating?

Lisa Rambo:
I'm eating a lot of what we eat on the ranch, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein. It's just like the nutritionist taught you in school; eat you fruits and vegetables and lean proteins and cut out the junk and sugar. That's really what we do. Sticking within the calorie budget that Dr. Huizenga gave me right around 1200 calories and I'm eating that every day.

I'm working out a lot. Right now I'm in competition mode and I want to win. I'm working out in the morning and I'm working out in the evening and I'm working out at night. I am back at work full time. And I do have my four kids. But I have an amazing husband whose really stepped up during this process.

Question:
Who do you think is going to be the last person standing at the ranch? Who do you think will win?

Lisa Rambo:
The ranch is full of amazing competitors. I think it's anyone's game.

Question:
You've spoken a little bit about all that but you guys seemed really close. I was just wondering if you'd talk about your relationship with them a little bit?

Lisa Rambo:
Sylvette is an amazing trainer. Hands down I got the best trainer on the ranch. I can't say enough wonderful things about him. He's magic at what he does. He's passionate about people and training them and empower you to become the person that you need to become.

Sylvette has a special place in my heart. It's hard to put into words. He's truly amazing at what he does. It's an honor and a privilege to be trained by somebody who is as passionate about what they do as he is. It's fun to watch someone who's passionate about their job and what they do. And I was blessed to be the recipient of that.

Question:
I also wanted to ask you about the challenge because you were so close to winning. Was that frustrating?

Lisa Rambo:
Danni is a tough one to beat. So to almost beat her feels good. Never feels too good to not win. But we had to swim hard. She's a tough, tough competitor. She's a water polo player. She was swimming tough. And it was a fun challenge and it was fun to be in the heat of it.

Question:
You were one of the contestants who's most positive, positive attitudes throughout the show. Were there ever any moments when you felt down or like beat? Do you know what I mean that it was hard to get through or you wanted to leave?

Lisa Rambo:
Never ever wanted to leave. I would have done anything for another day at the ranch. I didn't have one single negative experience there. I went there knowing that I had a job to do. Before I left somebody told me don't lean on a shovel and pray for a hole. So I went there to dig. I knew that it was going to be hard work and I knew that there was going to be painful times. I knew that it wasn't going to be easy. But I knew that I was going to do it to the best of my ability all of the time giving 110% every step of the way. And I enjoyed every minute of it.

Question:
On the show you stated that your husband has never seen you under the 200 pounds. And when you returned home, what was his first impressions of when he saw you after losing that weight?

Lisa Rambo:
He was very supportive. I went home at 209 pounds. So he had seen me there before. But I was smaller than when I left home. And he was very proud of me. He knew that I had given my all on the ranch. And the cool part was I got picked up by a husband who had lost 40 pounds when he picked me up. So he said, "Hey skinny" and I said, "Hey skinny" right back.

Question:
Being a mother and teacher while it's at the same time you're trying to continue your journey of losing more weight and trying to win that home challenge, how do you find the time and balance to continue your workouts and losing the weight?

Lisa Rambo:
I am blessed by having an amazing husband who has stepped up in huge ways and a community and a family that really has helped. My mom and my sister and my aunts, close friends have really stepped up to help me take care of my children the way they need to be taken care of.

I remember it was just day two or three home from the ranch and I was picking up laundry and my husband took it out of my hand a he looked at me and said, "You are still on this me mission. This is not over. You know what. You are supposed to still be on the ranch. So we're going to take what we can get as you walk by but we want you to stay focused and finish this as strong as you started." So I'm a lucky lady.

Question:
Can you give me a few tips on what you learned on last night's episode about eating healthy on a budget?

Lisa Rambo:
Eating healthy on a budget is important. I think you just need to make sure that you plan out your meals. Know what you're going to buy before you get there. Stick to the outside or your grocery store; your fruits and vegetables, your lean protein and cut the junk. You don't need it and it kills your budget.

Question:
This season's theme of childhood obesity, can you talk a little bit about what you felt when you heard that theme and also just how it sort of hits home for you?

Lisa Rambo:
I was a overweight high schooler. I've always been on the bigger side of life. I was a cheerleader when I was in high school. And I remember getting our uniforms and the high school not having a skirt that fit me and my aunt having to make mine.

And at that time talking about childhood obesity was taboo and you just didn't do it. I believe that you can't take care of or fix something you're not talking about. So I comment the Biggest Loser for taking on taboo issues so that we can deal with them and empower our high schoolers and our children to take their health and their fitness as a priority.

I wish people would have talked about it before. If we can take care of it when our kids are young, we won't have 30-year-olds on the Biggest Loser because we've taught them before that.

Question:
Because of the emphasis on childhood obesity this season, what takeaways did you bring back to your family that you learned from being on the ranch in seeing the team participants?

Lisa Rambo:
What I learned is eating right a choice and you have to make time for it. We make sure that we're only keeping healthy snacks and food in our house right now. What I learned, which is really cool, we went to our kitchen and we literally threw everything that wasn't good away. Bags of food. And my kids didn't scream or complain. And they like the walnuts and apricots and apples and cheese sticks. And we don't get complaints. Your kids won't freak out if you change your kitchen. They'll actually enjoy it and feel better in the process.

Question:
I know last night when you did the update you said, "I'm Lisa Rambo and I am the athlete." When did you start thinking that, because I know that you always mentioned that you're raising athletes as far as your kids go. But when did you start thinking that you yourself were one too?

Lisa Rambo:
It was a couple weeks into being on the ranch. I knew that I had to start seeing myself the way I wanted to be and stepping up and stepping out. And I've never played sports ever in my life. And I've never worked out ever in my life. But you know what. I'm doing it now. And I became an athlete on that ranch. And I am going to continue and to develop these skills that I'm learning. It's fun.

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