'The Biggest Loser's David Jones: I had to confront my life's negative influences when I got home
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/11/2013
The Biggest Loser contestant David Jones was sent home during last Monday night's NBC broadcast of the reality weight-loss competition's sixth fourteenth-season episode.
David, a 51-year-old police officer from Kiefer, OK, was ousted after his Blue Team posted the lowest weight-loss percentage at the season's sixth weekly elimination weigh-in -- which featured only one person's weight-loss counting on behalf of that player's entire team -- and then individually cast the majority of their votes to send him home from the ranch.
During a Tuesday conference call with reporters, David talked about his The Biggest Loser experience and mental and physical transformation. Below is the concluding portion of David's interview. Click here to read the first half.
Since you want to speak before some Tourette syndrome organizations and things like that, are you expecting to put in another couple of years at the police department or are you thinking retirement now?
David Jones: Jeeze, that's the great question. I really had anticipated putting a few more years in and I still have not made a decision on that. It's almost like I haven't decided what I'm going to do when I grow up. I just -- it's really kind of up in the air.
We've been doing a lot of praying about it and a lot of talking about it and it's, you know, we've given it the possibility that right now financially if I wanted to live off -- making sure my wife keeps working, have to keep her out the door every day, and then on my pension, yeah, we could do it. But I sure still like doing police work. I still like my job. So not just yet.
Have you had the opportunity on the job as a policeman to engage in any foot races, any chases?
David Jones: No, you know, it sounds terrible to say but I have been kind of spoiling for that and I go to just about every call that comes out going, "Okay, maybe this is the one," and just try to see what I can do. Unfortunately nobody has tried to run from me yet.
Can you talk to me a little bit about what your daily schedule is, like how -- where are you fitting in the workouts, what it is exactly that your caloric intake is, what foods you're avoiding, what foods you're making sure to get in? Balancing that with work and everything must be difficult.
David Jones: It isn't to be real honest. I actually have taken a couple or three weeks off this month just to concentrate on the task at hand because when I did go back to work, the job did really get in the way. I told my boss, I said, "You know, working here is just screwing up my plan here."
And really, it was basically because I had been -- they were missing a supervisor on one of the night squads and so they put me in that spot which was 6PM to 6AM. And so, you work a couple of days and then you're off a couple of days, then you work three days then you're off three days, that kind of stuff.
So on the days where I would have to get some sleep and only have three or four hours between the next time I would have to go back to work, I would only get in a couple of hours of workout. On my days off, however, I would go into the gym two or three times and get somewhere between three and a half to four and a half, maybe even five hours of workout in on those days.
I'm going to be doing that for the next couple or three weeks here at home, getting those four and five hours a day of working out and calorically, I'm still staying around the 1,400 to 1,500 calories.
The foods that I am avoiding are really, it's really easy. The simple carbs are in large part out of my life. I will sometimes have a bowl of oatmeal with some strawberries for breakfast or I might have a piece of whole grain or Ezekiel bread and just one slice and then that's it for simple carbs, if at all. That's the last time I'll have those.
Complex carbs I still will do, my fruits, my vegetables. I eat all the greens in the world I want. Bob has told me I can eat eight gallons of broccoli as far as he is concerned, it doesn't matter.
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That's the biggest change that I'm doing -- eating here at home as opposed to six months ago when I was here, before I went to the ranch I was really decreasing the amount of the simple carb.
What is different now being at home from how it was before your appearance on The Biggest Loser?
David Jones: Activity level is number one. I just find myself with tons of energy to be able to do a lot of stuff around the house that I just would dread. You know, and even -- this is going to sound weird -- just simply getting out of a chair to get up to go do something. I forgot how easy it's supposed to be. I forgot how pain free it's supposed to be.
And that's one of the biggest -- it just puts a smile on my face sometimes when I get up out of a chair and I go, "Oh that doesn't hurt at all," that's fantastic.
And sometimes that sounds like everybody ought to appreciate that. But for me -- so really the activity level, just the willingness and the ability just to get out and just keep going, just keep doing. I don't want to sit and watch TV all day, which is what my lifestyle was six months ago.
When you were on the Blue Team, going into the elimination room, did you expect to be the one going home?
David Jones: Well we had a conversation. I don't think it made the final cut for the show, but we had a conversation actually a little earlier -- and I mean by a couple of weeks.
And [Michael Dorsey] had told me, well he kind of reiterated that I think last night on the show, that, "You are a force to be reckoned with and when that brace comes off, you're going to be kicking some tail."
Because percentage wise, I had kept up with those guys. I actually had beat them a few times in weight loss, those guys meaning [Jeff Nichols] and Michael. And so, you know, I kind of knew the plan was that before we went to individuals, that if we ever failed, if we ever lost the weigh-in that I would probably be the guy to go.
And I also quite admittedly told them, I said, "I'm okay with going home. What I have realized is that most of us are going home. You know, three of us out of the 15 are going home early and I'm okay with that. If that's one of the things that has to happen, I'm good." And I was by then. Emotionally, I was in a lot better place than I had been before.
I wanted to ask you about that, because it seemed like you had sort of an emotional breakthrough in last week's episode. Have you kind of continued to progress with that?
David Jones: Yes, I am speaking with a professional and I meet with that person on a very regular basis. And it's -- I have found out a ton of things about myself that I just did not know existed. I found out that there were negative influences in my life that are very close to me that I had never recognized.
And I had to change those things and I had to confront them and I had to stand up for myself and say listen, "I'm not going to accept that in my life anymore. I'm not going to let these things happen." And just like I said on the show last night at one point, I believe that is very liberating -- that just is life changing. It's just a chain or a bond that just gets thrown away and it just feels great.
It seems like the contestants are really supportive of each other. Would you agree with that?
David Jones: Well all around, I would say yes. I mean, I don't know if there was anybody on the Red or White Team that I never didn't get along with. I will say you can't put 15 people from different parts of the country into such a challenging atmosphere and have everybody get along 100% percent of the time.
We did have disagreements, we did have things we bumped heads about and stuff like that. But we all, in the end, when you look at the whole entirety of the situation, we all really, really got along well.
We as contestants still constantly stay in touch with other either by social media or on the telephone. And while some of us are a lot closer than others, I would say specifically probably me and [Lisa Rambo] and [Pam Geil] and [Cate Laughlin] are extremely close and talk to each other almost daily. Every one of us gets along. We all really got along.
David Jones: Gina probably becomes stronger every day that somebody is tough with her. Bob is doing exactly what Bob is supposed to do. Gina needs that to happen in her life because she can be such a competitor and so strong, but she's got to have, just like I do, got to have that motivational force behind you. So no, I don't think he was too tough. That's what she needed.
Putting the scales together, do you think you've made more changes on the inside or more changes on the outside? It just seems like you've had quite a lot of personal insight in the last few weeks and months.
David Jones: Well thanks. I'd like to think it's pretty balanced. I said something like that to my wife just a couple of nights ago. I said, "You know, it just seems like for every five or ten pounds I lose, I have lost about five or ten pounds of emotional baggage too." So that's my -- I think that's my best answer on that. I think it has been pretty balanced.