The Biggest Loser Contestant Jackson Carter Blogs Weeks 1 and 2
Jackson Carter | Photo Credits: Chris Haston/NBC
Starting Weight: 326 End of week 2: 302
Hi everyone, I am so excited to be blogging for TVGuide.com each week and hope you will all follow me on my weight loss journey.
What brought me to The Biggest Loser was simple: my need for weight loss and my desire to be healthy. I saw the commercial on my local TV station for the casting and thought I had way too much going on in my life to audition. But then I thought about it again and realized if I don't make the time now I never will. I thought this would be an opportunity for me to inspire the youth group I volunteer for (Ogden OUTreach Resource Center); I wanted the kids I work with to see me take the first step to a healthier life and hopefully inspire them to do the same.
During the casting process I was asked what an openly gay contestant on the show would look like. I said, "A lot like having an openly straight contestant." I really believe that we are all the same and that being gay or straight shouldn't define us even though being gay an coming out is what impacted my weight gain. I also believed it would be good to have a positive gay person in the media. So many younger kids don't have role models. If by being on The Biggest Loser would help me inspire even one person then it would be worth it.
During the premiere episode I was sitting in the auditorium with my mom and I had no idea if I had made the show or not. It was a long journey with casting. I was sitting there with my mom and then Alison Sweeney said my name and I swear I blacked out. I don't even remember getting on the stage. I just wanted to squeeze her to death I was so happy.
I have worked with kids for a long time and the issue of childhood obesity is rising, so the fact that I am a part of this season where The Biggest Loser is tackling the issue is huge for me. This is a conversation that has been happening and needs to continue to happen. I don't see one negative thing about talking about it or about helping Sunny, Biingo and Lindsey. I am here to help myself and also inspire others.
Originally I was hoping to have Jillian Michaels as my trainer. She has the reputation as America's trainer. My mom said to me, you want to be on Dolvett's team. She said he is dreamy with beautiful eyes, has a wonderful smile, and is a great motivator. When I went up to the lists, I went up to Jillian's list first. I figured my name would be there. However, I saw I was on Dolvett's team. I knew if my mom loved him then it would work out. He is now one of my favorite people on the face of the planet.
I couldn't wait to get into the gym for my first workout. I was ready to challenge myself. I really was on cloud nine. Right away Jillian got us on the treadmills while Dolvett was outside working out with the kids (Sunny, Biingo and Lindsay). We thought we were going to ease into it, but that was not the case. Jillian started yelling and I quickly realized I was happy she was not my trainer. I started to have trouble breathing, my limbs were going numb, the room was hazy and I started spinning. I have been told that I blacked out on the treadmill while I was walking. For two hours I was in and out of consciousness. I was mumbling nonsense. Finally when I opened my eyes I thought the paramedic was green. I passed out six minutes in and that was my first workout. All I thought about was how much I wanted to quit. I thought I would never make it.