A tired Jeremy ("I was kind of celebrating a little bit yesterday, I guess") spoke with reporters to talk about his win, his plans for the money, "destroying" Conda, which famous face congratulated him, and his plans for the future...
What's the most important thing you learned from being on the show?
"The most important thing that I learned is hard work pays off, definitely. I worked very, very hard at this and make no mistake, I didn't cut corners, I just put in a lot of hard work. And in the end, everything I did paid off for me."
What do you plan to do with the money?
"The first thing I gotta do is buy Buddy a minivan. That's the only thing I had planned, because when he had left he had said that all he wanted out of the show was a minivan, so I told him if I won I'd get him a minivan."
How difficult was it to balance your affection for your sister Conda with competing against her? Did it put a strain on your relationship?
"Oh yeah, it wasn't difficult at all. Me and my sister are competitive in everything we do. So when it came down to being us, she wants to win and I want to win, but obviously if one of us wins it's a pretty good thing. So I wanted to beat her and I wasn't going to take it easy on her at all. I wanted to destroy her!"
What did you learn about Conda during your time on the show?
"That if I have to share a room with her for six months I want to go insane! I learned that Conda, she didn't ever play sports or never did any of these things, but when she wants to be competitive she knew how to do it and she definitely knew how to be successful here. We were already very close, I knew a lot about her. I just guess I liked to see her drive. I told her right in the beginning when we first got picked, 'I wouldn't want to do the show with anybody else than you so I'm glad it's me and you getting to share this together'. And she definitely did well."
What was it like meeting Michelle Obama at the White House?
"Maybe what didn't come across on camera was maybe just how down to earth Michelle Obama was. She spent a lot of time at each family and getting to introduce herself to everybody and hugging everybody and just was very personable about it. It was a great experience and just so humbling being there and being in these rooms that not everybody gets to go to! It was a very weird experience and it was a good time."
"Once I'd gotten back into the challenge I wanted there to be no doubt that I thought that spot was mine and I felt like there was a reason that that spot was mine and that reason was that I was meant to win this. So basically I was going to stay on that pole until next week, I'd still be on the pole right now if I had to! I was going to do whatever I had to do to win that spot back and then when I got my spot back I was going to absolutely make the most of it."
How are you planning to keep the weight off now?
"All these things that I've learned have helped me to do that going forward here. I have a complete lifestyle change and that's how I'm going to keep the weight off. Definitely if I do something that keeps me in the public eye, it just keeps me accountable and that will be good for me just to try and keep at it. I mean, I don't really think that I need accountability but any little bit helps, absolutely, and I'm just going to enjoy living life and enjoy being active. A big word there is active - stay active and the weight will stay off."
And how are you planning to stay in the public eye to keep that accountability?
"I mean, I would like to get into speaking or something like that just to kind of share my story. I feel like there's a lot of younger people who definitely find themselves relating to me who may want to just hear what I have to say. If I can help them in any way possible I would love to do that."
You mentioned just before you found out that you'd won that you were "scared" when Kim was getting on the scales - did you think of her as really big competition?
"Oh, absolutely. I mean, you never underestimate anybody, especially somebody like Kim. So when I was at home I was doing everything in my power to make sure there was no way she could have been possibly out-working me. She could have been working just as hard but you're not going to out-work me. And I knew that Kim was going to give me a run for my money, so I knew I definitely had to do everything I could do."
What's the best thing about having lost the weight?
"The best thing about having lost the weight is just the health benefits I have from it now - being healthy and getting to live my life to the fullest and not being restricted by anything that my weight would hold me back from."
In the finale, all the contestants looked healthy and happy instead of worn out...
"It's about doing it the right way, and for me I definitely did that. I definitely worked out a lot and I ate, so I had a good balanced diet and I was working out a ton to achieve the results I achieved."
"That is definitely my plan. I'm going to do absolutely some cardio in there as well too, but definitely do some running and then doing some weight lifting and stuff like that. I'm not trying to be the Hulk or anything, I'm just trying to get toned."
What are your plans for when you get home? A big party?
"The first thing is I have golf league at 5.30 and I get in at 4.30 so I gotta head straight there. I mean, I've got priorities!"
What's the thing you missed most about being away from home?
"My family absolutely, without a doubt, and when I came home they couldn't have been a better support system to me. My family and friends were great and extremely encouraging on my journey. I didn't achieve those results on my own. Everything I got there last night... you know, there were a lot of people that helped me along that journey and I'm very thankful for them in my local town as well as Dolvett and Bob."
How does it feel to know you're an inspiration to viewers?
"Yeah, I mean, it's awesome! I didn't go on the show necessarily for anybody else - you have to be very selfish on this journey. But to hear that there's people inspired by me and there's people who like what I'm doing, it's amazing. Like, Bear Grylls told me this morning I was amazing. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, you're Bear Grylls!' So it's really weird to me, but it's great, because I was given such a great blessing and opportunity and if I'm able to help or to share with somebody else, I'm definitely trying to pay it forward."
What was your training and diet like leading up to the finale?
"I definitely stepped it up a little. It's hard to match the intensity you get from a three or four hour workout with Bob or Dolvett yelling at you! It's hard to match that but one thing I knew I could do was work out all day. I had the time to work out now so I just made sure I was doing three a day - I was working out before I ate breakfast, after breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner. I was working out to just try and get me ready to burn off everything that I'm eating and then some so I can have weight loss."
What are your goals now in terms of weight loss? Are you trying to lose more weight or just focusing on muscle?
"I'm definitely focused on a little bit of both. I'm focused on the building muscle, at the same time not losing my cardio strength that I have currently built up. I definitely want to keep up running and stuff like that because I built up quite the amount of cardio endurance now and I want to keep that going. But at the same time I do definitely want to put some muscle on."
So is there more weight you want to lose?
"Not necessarily - if I can live my life under 200lbs for the rest of my life I'm very pleased with that. You know, I'm not going to stress out about a 5lbs or 10lbs weight gain or weight loss because it'll just make me go crazy, but I definitely know that I never want to be over 200lbs again."
Some of the past competitors have gained weight back - is that something that you're worried about at all?
"Yeah, absolutely. You're an idiot not to worry about things like that. But again, it's a worry that I'm happy to take on. It's a worry that I feel like I can challenge that and I feel like I can fight that battle of keeping the weight off, and I'm going to give it everything I have."
A lot of people watch the show and feel inspired to lose weight - do you have any tips on how to get started?
"Absolutely - here we are coming into the summer and a lot of people are like, 'I don't have a gym'. Be active - just go for a walk. If you're somebody who is not at the running levels or anything like that, if you just go for a walk one day and then you try and walk further the next day or you try and walk faster the next day, you'll get your endurance up there. Trust me, take it from me - I know it was hard in the beginning. It's going to be very hard in the beginning for you. But if you keep at it, it will get easier and you will see results."
Everybody will hit a plateau at some point - how do you keep motivated then?
"There is definitely that feeling of plateau where you work your butt off and then you don't see any results and you're going, 'Was it worth it to do that?' Absolutely it was worth it to do that, because hard work in my opinion always pays off. It may not pay off when you want it to or it may not show up right away, but it does pay off. You are getting stronger even though you're not necessarily seeing a number weight loss. If you're being active, it is paying off."
Which Biggest Loser transformation at the finale surprised you the most?
"I'm going to say Chism, because he's just as cute and cuddly as ever!"
Was there any sense of loss or sadness that Buddy and Mark weren't there to celebrate at the finale as they chose to quit the show?
"Yeah. I mean, Buddy and Mark are two great friends of mine and I definitely do care about them a lot, and it was unfortunate that they weren't able to have their moment on the stage like we all did. Because I know first hand how hard each of them worked."
Back when you started the show, did you ever think you could win the whole thing?
"Yeah. I mean, I was kind of the silent competitor this season. You had your athletes that they all spoke about - Kim and Emily and stuff - but I definitely played sports as well and I knew how to compete. So when I went on I wanted people to overlook me and I wanted people to just be like, 'OK, he's just funny and cracking jokes and he's no worry, let's keep him around, he's pretty good entertainment'. And then I knew when I got to the part where I had to compete I knew how to do that, and that's exactly what I did."