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Alexandra White ('The Biggest Loser')

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Alexandra White ('The Biggest Loser')
The eighth season of The Biggest Loser kicked off last night with 15 new contestants and one familiar face vowing to lose weight and gain a second chance at life. Unfortunately for college student Alexandra White, her time at the ranch was short-lived despite managing to lose 13lbs in her first week. The 20-year-old was booted off the show after landing in the bottom two with partner Julio Gomez at the final weigh-in. We caught up with Alexandra to chat about the experience.

Why do you think the other contestants picked you over Julio to go home? Did you feel that they were already playing the game?
"I absolutely did feel there was a little bit of a gameplan. I know I really did push myself that first week and I do feel as though some people may have been intimidated by that and of course they want to play the game and eliminate me."

Do you think they were right in saying that you would do a better job of getting healthy at home than Julio would have done?
"I'm not really sure but I know one thing that the other contestants did see was that I do have a lot of drive and determination as an individual and I really think that they saw that would carry over to me going home, which obviously it did because I'm continuing to push on."

What did you make of your partnership with Julio? You suggested that maybe he didn't push himself hard enough...
"Our partnership was an excellent one. He really has a great spirit and is very funny. When I did mention that he didn't push hard enough it was in the moment, but looking back on it I feel like he did push hard but maybe he could have pushed a little harder."

Do you think the first challenge of completing The Biggest Loser mile was too difficult for people of your size?
"It was a little challenging but it really was an eye-opener that we were all very out of shape, very unhealthy and really needed to change our lives. I feel that it was one of the best ways to show us how unhealthy we were. To complete that mile was an amazing feeling because I was very out of shape and I wasn't even sure that I could do it. I was very happy that I accomplished that."

What were you thinking when they airlifted Tracey off the beach?
"I was very, very scared for her. It was scary to see one of my fellow castmates was already hurt right at the beginning. I wished her all the best and wished for her to have a safe recovery."

You were only at the ranch for one week - do you think you had the time you needed to learn the skills for getting healthy?
"I feel I learned a lot for the amount of time and the most important tools that I took away - and now incorporate in my daily life - are portion control, counting my calories and really pushing myself with workouts. Before, I would work out but never pushed myself therefore I never lost weight. Throughout this process and during that short week on the ranch I realised I really did have to make it uncomfortable by working out to get the results I wanted."

Has your new healthy regime affected your college life?
"I have to be very careful what I put in my mouth. One of the most important things I did was contact the food provider at my school for a listing of all the calories so I know exactly what I'm putting in my body. I'm making smarter choices, staying away from fried food, alcohol - all the things typical college students do fall into. I'm also learning to develop my own healthy recipes to help me stay away from the bad food that is on campus."

How much weight have you lost since leaving the ranch? Is your goal to be the at-home winner?
"I've lost 70lbs and I think that I'm doing very well. I just started school so I've mapped out a schedule where I can exercise four to six hours, still study and live my life. My personal goal is to be below 200lbs because I haven't been there since elementary school and I just want to work hard."

Last night you indicated that you had a crush on another contestant...
"I recently started dating Antoine and things are going great for us. Our dating process has been wonderful because we're both conscious of the healthy choices that we need to make and we are really focussed on making a healthy lifestyle. It's not just up to the finale. And it's really fun because he understands what four and six hour workouts are and that when we go out we need to know how many calories are in each dish."

The Biggest Loser continues next Tuesday on NBC.

> Click here for our recap of The Biggest Loser's season premiere

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