Although viewers will have to wait until next Tuesday’s “Biggest Loser” to see how eliminated player Fernanda Abarca has done at home, we just up and asked her Wednesday afternoon and got the scoop.
“I’m going strong,” the 32-year-old California cake artist and animator said in a conference call. “They filmed about three weeks ago so I was at 55 pounds lost, I am now at 70. So the weight loss is going phenomenal and really, really excited and watching the show again just continues to motivate me to keep going and working harder.”
Though she was only on the “Biggest Loser” ranch a brief time, she said she gained enough tools to keep the weight loss going and to keep it off.
“I’ve just been given the opportunity to take what I’ve learned, and with the healthy eating, the healthy habits and just learning how to apply that to my life and learning how to schedule in my workouts without it being inconvenient for me and what’s a realistic for me is something that I’m going to be able” to keep the weight off, she said. “That’s going to help me achieve a greater success path to the finale.
Other highlights from talking with Fernanda:
On having Jillian as her trainer: “I’ve been a huge fan of hers for a really long time and I am somebody who works in really good under pressure,” she said. “And I knew that she was going to push me to my limits and push me beyond my comfort zone, which is what I needed to be able to make this change.”
On her visit with the show’s physician, Dr. Huizenga: “He advised me that I had high cholesterol and that I believe my body fat percentage was like 55 percent,” she said. “But, you know, everything was reversible and it wasn’t such horrible news as I had expected. So it’s definitely something that I can fix with a healthy diet and just exercise.”
Favorite workout: “Believe it or not it has been running,” she said. “I couldn’t run 2 minutes when I started the show. I was dying and now, you know, every morning I’m running 7 miles and it is wonderful, and I am really proud of myself to be able to accomplish that. And it is something that I never thought I would actually say is that I love running.”