“I worked hard and learned. What you see is what you get. I had a wonderful experience on ‘The Biggest Loser’ and I was there long enough to learn a lot,” says former WNBA star Vanessa Hayden, who was sent home on Thursday’s (Sept. 18) episode, after two weeks on the show.
Vanessa spoke with reporters from her home in Orlando, detailing some of the changes she’s going through, relearning who she is at home, and importantly, how her family is relearning who she is as well.
She admits the most important thing she learned during her time on the ranch wasn’t what to do physically. It was actually what a food portion was. The 6’4″ former basketball center never really considered that previously. Admittedly, Vanessa says the shift in better, healthier food choices and portions is “taking some time” to reach her 7-year-old daughter.
But her change in activity level is already obvious. “I was at the playground with her,” says Vanessa, “and I took off running. She looked all surprised and said, ‘Mommy! You can run now? You couldn’t run before!”
Vanessa admits that comment made her want to burst into tears, but she knows “I’m on the right path now.”
Just how difficult was her time at Bob Harper’s “Comeback Canyon”? Hard, but Vanessa admits she’d rather be there than be at home. “I actually enjoyed it,” she says.
She’s committed to getting up at 5:00 a.m. to get her big workout in, before her kids are awake, and she’s glad for the access to the gym and “The Biggest Loser” trainers to keep her going. She is aware, though, that eventually, she’s going to have to do it on her own.
“To be honest, I want French fries. But you get back up. It’s a new day … it’s a new hour,” she says. “This isn’t just a diet. This is a lifestyle change.”
So how is her weight loss progressing in terms of the scale? Vanessa says she’s “still on her journey, and she’s still on the right path” but she wants to save any other weight loss she’s done at home until “The Biggest Loser” finale reveal. Happily, she’s still on leave and able to spend some more time on herself and her weight loss, while she gets used to her new life.
As for that wedding date? Vanessa had said previously she’d get married after the season finale, but for now there’s no date set yet. Maybe pulling out an at-home win will help with wedding planning.
“The Biggest Loser” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.