Biggest Loser returns tonight as 16 former athletes work their butts off (literally!) to get back to their glory days and compete for the change of their lives. Former NFL players Scott Mitchell, Damien Woody and tennis superstar Zina Garrison (pictured above) talk with TV contributor Angela Yvonne about being at the ranch and what they canΓÇÖt wait to do when they lose the weight.
How overwhelming was it to be at the ranch?
Zina: Coming from an individual sport it was very overwhelming and dramatic. I was used to doing how I wanted and it was a humbling experience for me. It was a very uplifting for me to be surrounded by so many great people.
Damien: For me the experience was that you had to face all your issues and there was nowhere to run. It was scary and tough, but felt good at the same time.
Scott: The ranch symbolized to me the transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly. My father passed from diabetes and I was trying to make sense of it all. I saw butterflies at his passing and it symbolized that I would see him again. On the ranch I was an ugly caterpillar waiting to be a butterfly.
What are you looking forward to doing again that you had stopped because of the weight gain?
Zina: I want to be able to play a week of tennis and to know what it feels like to be an athlete again. I want to go shopping without being winded and losing my breath.
Damien: I am a father of seven — I want to ride the roller coaster with my kids. When you canΓÇÖt enjoy experiences with your kids is very depressing.
Scott: I want to be present in my life again, because I had given up, to be able to get out of a chair without having to rock yourself out of it. I want clothes to fit different and five years from now to be at a healthy weight and life.
Tune in for Biggest Loser: Glory Days, season premiere, Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. on NBC.