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'Biggest Loser' Emily Joy Q&A: 'I try to be kind to myself now'

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It must be tough getting eliminated from The Biggest Loser when you miss your target by just 1lb, but Emily Joy seems to be doing just fine! She might be off the show, but we've already seen her pursuing her singing and she's determined to take that at-home prize...

Here's what Emily told reporters about her time on the show and her plans for the future:

You said you were going out as a threat. Was that important to you?
"I definitely was seen as a threat. I was told I was a threat. It didn't make it on camera but everyone saw me as a threat. That's fine with me - I'm happy to go out that way because I'm strong and I'm going to hit it hard and win that at home prize. It means a lot to me."

Can you tell us a little bit more about your desire to sing?
"I've been dreaming about this and singing since I was in third grade when I saw my first Broadway play, The Phantom of the Opera. I just could not get enough of Broadway musicals and I found out my voice genre is more of the operatic type. But I love singing it gives me such a cool feeling, it's definitely an ego booster and I just hope to somehow use it. I love Broadway and I hope to end up there."

Emily Joy, Biggest Loser

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How different were your expectations when you arrived at the ranch from the reality?
"Growing up, doing weightlifting and some pretty hardcore things, I expected it to be really hard. So having that in my head actually helped me that very first workout - I didn't faint, I didn't puke. It was hard because I was 264lbs, but I had those experiences going into it - I knew what was coming!"

What's been the most difficult thing about going home?
"I guess the time management. That was my initial excuse coming into the show and it's a real excuse. You really have to deal with your job, I'm working full time. And I have to sprinkle in six hours of hardcore working out, I have to manage my diet - that means prepping my food. So I'm really still dealing with that time management excuse if you want to still call it an excuse. It's a real thing and I'm sure lots of Americans, everybody deals with that. So I'm going to say time management!"

Can you walk us through your day then?
"I get up around 7am and I do an hour of some pretty intense cardio, and then I have a shift at work - pretty much eight hours. I come home and I just have to bust it. I fit five hours in. I try to move around at work and keep that going but to get the burn I need I still need to hit that five hours when I'm done with my job."

Do you find yourself doing the same routines you did at the ranch? Have you introduced anything new? Are you working with a trainer?
"I am working with a couple trainers and I introduced boxing. Dolvett first introduced that to me last week on the episode. I really fell in love with it so that's the newest thing. I do a lot of swimming because of my joints. I am trying to replicate a lot of the same exercises from the ranch. They work so well I can't get away from them!"

You have to have a lot of belief to be an Olympic weightlifter - when did you lose that belief in yourself, do you think?
"As I would do the Olympic meets, you do have to believe in yourself and I would. I'd go out there, I'd either win it with a gold medal or get third, whatever. But I did have that belief in myself. It slowly started to dwindle when I moved out of the house, I didn't have my dad as my trainer and I started a career. Slowly but surely all that Olympic weightlifting just drifted away. I didn't work out and I put on all this weight and the belief in myself was shattered because I just was so upset that I let that go."

How did your dad react after seeing you talk about your relationship on the show?
"He has been nothing but proud. He knows where I'm coming from, he was there all my life. He knew that Olympic weightlifting as a kid was kind of tough for me to get my head around but he's grown through this process too, which I think is cool. He can't be prouder of me and he lets me know that. I love it."

Emily Joy, Biggest Loser

© NBC Universal



Did you feel more pressure on the show since you had been an athlete?
"Yes, I did feel that. There's an image to uphold, there's an attitude to uphold and I did feel like there was pressure. I didn't want to let anyone down and that's kind of been my whole life. I don't want to let anybody down. So I wanted to make sure I was representing weightlifting and just athletes in a good light and I hope I did. I know I did a lot of crying but that's part of the whole process, emotional things. But yeah I did feel that extra pressure. And it was welcomed - I respect the pressure and I went with it."

What did it feel like when you were weight training Bob?
"Oh my God, it was a complete blast! I loved it. I'm a teacher so it put me right back in my teaching shoes. I just loved the connection we had. He gets frustrated like me and I saw that, I was able to be on the other side of that when he sees me get frustrated. I had such a fun time and it gave me the confidence that was well deserved. I loved it, it couldn't have been any better."

How did it feel to be just 1lb off safety?
"Oh my God. I don't know if you saw it but there was literally, like, three minutes of me not speaking because I couldn't believe it. My heart just broke. First I had to figure out it was actually 5lbs - I thought it was a joke in the beginning! But I just knew right then and there that I was going home. There was no amount of fight that I could give. And I fought in deliberation. I just knew when I saw that 5 pop up and I was 1lb away that I was on my way home. My heart just broke - it was devastating."

But you seemed so happy when we saw you singing and everything. You talked about how not believing in yourself was your excuse this week - have you worked on that since leaving the show? Has it changed?
"Oh yeah, every day. It's a daily practice really for me, and I foster it with acknowledging and basking in my accomplishments. Someone like me, I have to literally do it - I write them down and I read them. I just cut myself slack and truly I try to be kind to myself, and that's my biggest thing. People need to be kinder to themselves and I'm number one advocate for that because that'll get you a long way. So yes, I've definitely been working on that."



You got to work with both Dolvett and Bob - what was your connection with the trainers like?
"Bob, obviously we have a huge connection. The main thing was the fact that he just understands how I think. We love what we do as far as being athletes and I just, I had that great connection with him mentally. And the fact that he's just now getting into Olympic weightlifting? Come on, that's amazing! That's my background and the fact that he's getting into that, it just boosted our connection even more, so that was really cool to be with Bob. And then training with Dolvett for a week was really good for me - he got me out of my comfort zone and that was the excuse that week. He's a really great trainer. He's a little different from Bob but I respect them both tremendously and it was a cool opportunity to get to train with both of them."

What's the best part about your weight loss?
"The vanity thing - I have to say shopping is just so much more fun! Just the confidence I get from being able to go put something on that I wasn't able to put on before, that made me feel amazing and it actually substitutes that feeling of wanting food, so that's a really cool thing that I'm realizing - being in a smaller size and looking good is definitely better than any food there is out there. And also, aside from the vanity thing I just love how much better I can work out. I've worked out my whole life but now being this size it just makes working out more fun because I can do it longer and I feel so much better so that's an amazing part of this whole thing."

We heard that there was a mutiny on the set with contestants threatening to walk out because of anger about an upcoming twist. Can you tell us anything about that?
"I actually can't, but just stay tuned. It'll be interesting!"

The Biggest Loser continues next Tuesday, March 20 at 8/7c on NBC.

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