"The Biggest Loser's" red team sent Lisa Rambo home this week. But the 37-year-old special education teacher from Houlton, Wis., suggested Tuesday morning that the elimination might have been the best thing that could have happened to her.
Rambo returned home to a family eager to learn what she learned at the ranch. Her support system appears unshakable: Her four children didn't complain a bit when she swept through the kitchen and tossed all the junk food. Her husband recently yanked the laundry basket out of her hands: You need to stay focused on the finale, he told her.
That's right, Rambo is gunning for the at-home prize and just might have the edge given the unwavering determination of her husband: He's lost more than 70 pounds so far.
"I'm over 80 pounds down" so far, Rambo said Tuesday morning during a media conference call, adding: "I'm not finished yet."
She said she told her teammates as much when she was leaving the ranch, challenging them: "You’d better work hard, because I am going to work twice as hard."
Some highlights of her conversation with the media:
--She said she does not hold a grudge against the teammates who sent her home. "I went home because I'm strong and they [know] I am strong and I could do this."
--She said Dolvett Quince gave her the key to her lifestyle change when he taught her to fall in love with the process. "I got the best trainer on the ranch. ... He is magic at what he does," she said. Another lesson learned: "Don't lean on the shovel and pray for a hole. I learned to dig."
--She said Quince also taught her another valuable process: "I knew I had to start seeing myself the way I want to be. I became an athlete on that ranch."
Rambo said she is "definitely" gunning for the at-home prize, working out morning and evening and sticking to a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet that revolves around fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. "I'm in competition mode," she said, "I want to win."
She said everyone who remains at the ranch is intensely competitive and can go the distance. "It's anyone's game," she said.