December 14, 2011 02:11 PM by Lisa Princ
Last night on NBC‘s The Biggest Loser, John Rhode walked away with $250,000 and the title of The Biggest Loser for season twelve. John lost a total of 220 pounds, when he hit the weight loss scale for the last time. In his post win interview, John Rhode is still on cloud nine. Read on to hear what John had to say!
The Biggest Loser‘s John Rhode walked away the season twelve winner last night, after he beat out Antone and Ramon with a loss of 220 lbs while at home. In his post win interview, John couldn’t be happier. Check out his interview below!
Question: You had an amazing transformation on the outside, can you tell us about your transformation inside as well?
John Rhode: You know, before I was someone who had given up. I lost hope and turned to food instead of sharing my emotions. I basically just became someone who existed. Now I am someone empowered, and I cam do anything that I put my mind to.
Question: Can you share what it was like for you with Dolvett Quince focusing on your trust issues?
John Rhode: Dolvett was willing to share private, personal things with me, for me, and that was my absolute marquee moment with Dolvett. I was taking all the risks, and in that moment he took the risks. I knew right then and there that he cared about me. Trust is not something you can turn on and off. It’s actually funny because through it all, I found out that the person I trusted the least was myself.
Question: Can you elaborate on your trust issues with yourself?
John Rhode: I never thought that I had trust issues until the show. When you get in that pressure cooker of being at the ranch, you are stripped down to the core. If you want to take the opportunity to look within yourself, and I looked within, you may be amazed. I didn’t trust myself because of food issues, and so many failures. I am not perfect, I am gong to slip up, but I need to be able to pick myself up and get back at it.
Question: What do you think about both Bob and Dolvett feeling that you are at risk to gain all the weight back?
John Rhode: Yes, I am at risk. They need to be honest, and I need to be honest with myself. Yes, I am frightened of that, but I need to be aware of that. What do from this point on, I do to prevent. Part of my solution is running in the L.A. marathon. Then I will take it day by day. I don’t have the answers, but I will never be done learning, especially about myself. If I am open and honest with myself, it will help. I apprecate them and their honesty. I truly love both of those gentlemen.
Question: What are you planning to do with the prize money?
John Rhode: I plan to be responsible with it. First, I am buying my wife a new car…well, not a brand new car, but a new to her car. I plan to spoil my wife, responsibly of course. Then we will put the rest away for a rainy day.
Question: Can you talk about your food addiction?
John Rhode: It is hard for me to admit my food addiction, which is a tell tale sign that I have one. There are not any good reasons why a person would get to 445 lbs. I need to renegotiate my relationship with food – unlike a drug addict, food addicts have to eat. I am going to continue to try and make good choices. I need balance in my life. I know I need to be forgiving when I make mistakes, and that food is no reward. When I start eating out of boredom or stress, I need to come up with an alternative, because I cant go back to that lifestyle.
Question: What was the toughest challenge about being at the ranch?
John Rhode: the toughest part was being away from my wife and kids. I knew what my wife was going through, and I knew it was tough and she was having tough time. That alone, was a huge part of my motvation. I used my obligations to my wife to push through the tough days.
Question: How do you plan to keep the weight off?
John Rhode: The next part of my plan is preparaton. To have food in my house so I am prepared. If I find myself ill prepared, I will fall into the traps where we end up in the drive through, and I can’t do that.
Question: What are your thoughts on Anna Kournikova not returning?
John Rhode: I never had her as a trainer. In week 6, I had a chance to train with her, and she put us through a tennis workout that was epic. I was a little shocked, but there are so many things I don’t know. I think the world of her, she is an amazing person. I wish her nothing but the best.
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