Abarca: Absolutely. I loved Jillian from the start. I've been a huge fan of hers for a really long time and I'm somebody who works really good under pressure. I knew she would push me to my limits and push me beyond my comfort zone, which is what I needed in order to make a change.
TME: Viewers got to see Jillian say that luck isn't usually on her side, so she didn't like this idea of rolling the dice [at the weigh-in]. Did you feel the same way?
Abarca: Absolutely. I have the worst luck on the face of the planet. Even during the challenge we made a deal as a team: whoever gets there first rolls the dice. I rolled it three times and every single time I got a one. It was just horrible. I said I'm not touching that thing ever again.
TME: What did you learn to enjoy the most as far as the exercises you were given from Jillian?
Abarca: Believe it or not it has been running. Before I started the show, I couldn't run two minutes. Now every morning I'm running seven miles. It's wonderful and I'm proud of myself to be able to accomplish that.
“The Biggest Loser” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.