'The Biggest Loser' contestants on NBC's weight loss reality show had a rough week (NOT!), when they were whisked away to Hawaii where they faced the challenge of losing weight on vacation. Instead of hitting the gym, they worked out on the beach. The players even got the opportunity to learn to surf courtesy of athlete Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack and inspired the movie, Soul Surfer. After the weigh in, the two contestants who fell below the yellow line and risked elimination turned out to be the mother daughter duo - Kimmy and Megan Stone. Kimmy asked the players to send her home in order for her daughter to stay; a request they willingly granted.
"I didn't feel like I was going home to face failure because I was 11 pounds away from my goal. I felt like I wanted Meghan to have more time on the ranch to lose weight. As a parent, you always want what is best for your child. I felt sacrificing my position on the show for Meghan to stay was a no brainer," Stone said.
Stone, a 48-year-old registered nurse from Missouri admits she never watched 'The Biggest Loser' before becoming a contestant on the show.
"Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect because I hadn't really seen the show, she said. "Everything for me was a surprise. Everything we did was like opening a Christmas present. I loved the challenges, I didn't know they did that."
During her time on the ranch, Stone got the opportunity to conquer a lot of her fears, such as her fear of heights.
"I gained a lot of confidence. I've learned as I said on the show, fear is just a feeling and you can get beyond it. You have to work for it but you can conquer it," she explained.
Working in healthcare, Stone said, prepared her for her time on 'The Biggest Loser,' more than she expected.
"Some of the drama and game play was a little surprising and disturbing at times. Working in healthcare, I think prepared me for facing these different personalities and situations in a way. Whatever came my way I came in saying 'it was life or death on the ranch' but not real life or death that I face in the operating room.
Only seven contestants remain. To see who will be eliminated next, tune into 'The Biggest Loser' Tuesday nights at 8 p.m.