The Edmond Sun

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January 29, 2014

Edmond’s ‘Biggest Loser’ moves to final round

EDMOND — Edmond’s David Brown has reached one more plateau in his quest to lose weight. Tuesday the announcement was made that he had made it to the final three in The Biggest Loser contest.

The season’s three finalists who will weigh-in for the $250,000 grand prize and the title of “The Biggest Loser” during next week’s live finale broadcast include: Brown, a 43-year-old construction company project manager and phone company social commerce leader, Bobby Saleem, a 28-year-old attorney from Chicago, Ill.; and Rachel Frederickon, a 24-year-old voice-over artist from Los Angeles, Calif.  

In the end, Rachel finished in first place with a time of one hour and 32 minutes in the Triathlon. She was immune from elimination at the upcoming weigh-in. Brown finished second.

Brown said the most nerve wracking part was the weigh-in because he always weighed in last.

 Brown said the hardest work he did was emotional. “From week to week I was having to confront and overcome different fears,” Brown said. “I was pushing myself every day to the utmost limits. When you are at the end of your rope physically you have to deal with your emotions. I was journaling and praying a lot.”

He said he realized there were a lot of things he hadn’t dealt with or resolved and week by week he had to take them one at a time and deal with them.

“Almost always a cause that we may or may not be aware of that puts us in that place,” Brown said.

He added there is something underlying that is the issue standing in the way of moving on and getting stronger and each day he looked in the mirror and dealt with those things one at a time.  

“Without their (his wife and three daughters) blessing for me to gain my life back, I wouldn’t have gone,” Brown said. Up to this point he has lost 166 pounds down from the first weigh-in of 409 pounds.

Always a yo-yo dieter, Brown said it took the realization that in order to be successful in his weight loss program he had to look at what he was doing to lose weight as a life change not a diet.

“I had just lost between 35 and 40 pounds and was at a point where I couldn’t seem to lose anymore,” Brown said. “For me it had always been lose 30 pounds, gain 50 pounds; lose 20 pounds, gain 50 pounds. I would lose the weight then gain it back plus more over and over again.”

When Brown was in his early 20s the roller coaster that led to his weight gain as an adult started. At age 22 while in college Brown got married and six months after his wedding his wife had a seizure and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While the cancer was in remission, she became pregnant and lost the baby. She and David went on to have two daughters, but her cancer returned as stage 4 brain cancer and she passed away nine years after they were married, leaving David with their two young daughters, then 4 and 6 years old. Twelve years later, David remarried and had a third daughter.

Gaining 200 pounds since his first wife’s cancer diagnosis, David at 43 weighed 409 pounds. His daughters are now 5, 15 and 18. David suffers from sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypertension, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

Determined to keep his promise to his first wife that he would always be there for their daughters, and with the support of his current wife and children, David tried out for the show.

“My middle daughter Mackenzie had a dream about me,” David said. “She saw me having been faithful with small steps over time, at the end of a path, and in a state of being the happiest and healthiest she had ever seen me.   

“This season I watched my own Biggest Loser makeover. I see again. I see where the tiniest amount of hope can change horizons, how a “dream” can give new life to faded vision, and how a little faith can lead to amazing transformations. My sincere hope today is to continually help others do what Mackenzie did for me, to see again . . . And seeing is believing.”

David says he enjoys living in Edmond because of the sense of community and pride of community that the residents have as well as the schools.

“The people in Oklahoma are known to be loving and generous and the people from Edmond are kind and caring, almost exclusively so,” David said.

“I want to be involved with helping Edmond become a healthier Edmond. I want to be involved in a health movement in Edmond and then I want to help move Oklahoma out of being a state known for obesity.”

David said he always has to have a challenge, something beyond his abilities that he has to strive to achieve. I would like to challenge Edmond’s residents to make their own challenge, to do something beyond their abilities or find a cause to set a goal for and start to work toward that goal over the next 60 to 90 days.

After spending 14 weeks on The Biggest Loser ranch, David said he has been challenged in a million ways, big and small. David’s next challenge is to run in the Oklahoma City Memorial Full Marathon in the spring, and he wants others to join with him and make their own personal challenge.

“Today I am a Triathlete, all because I was willing to challenge myself beyond my current limitations,” David said. “And this is my strategy for maintaining my new healthy lifestyle. I must always have a race to train for, a physical goal to achieve, or a challenge to accept. Today I do what I can, so tomorrow I can do what I want.”

On his Facebook fan page, has started the 1Stronger Challenge.

“I challenge you to find a race, an event, a challenge being held in your area in the next 60 to 120 days, and commit, today. You may not see how you will be able to compete in a Sprint Triathlon or polar plunge or a Biggest Loser Run/Walk, and that is the point. It should challenge you to start doing something today in preparation for the event down the road. When you sign up, go back to my Facebook fan page to post what you signed up for so we can all share support, accountability and motivation every step of the way.

“Go to my Facebook page at DavidBrownBL15 and sign up,” David said. “I want you to do it for your families and loved ones so you can strive to reach the life you have always wanted.”

Brown’s Twitter address is Twitter.com/strongerby1.

The Biggest Loser live two-hour finale airs at 9 p.m. next Tuesday on NBC.

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