Dane Patterson lost 100 pounds in the shortest amount of time in Biggest Loser history — just eight weeks. “I wanted to lose 100 pounds, but I didn’t even know it would have been a record,” says Dane, who got voted off anyway when his Blue Team fell below the yellow line. Dane had been such a strong competitor that trainer Bob Harper had advised his team to vote off Dane a few weeks earlier (though they opted to oust his cousin and partner, Blaine, instead). “That’s actually something that I’m proud of: the fact that Bob Harper wanted to get rid of me,” says Dane. “Obviously, I worked extremely hard; hard enough that Bob wanted me to go more than anything. How could I be disappointed in that?” Instead, he’ll be working toward the “At Home” prize, and to that end, he’s already lost another 42 pounds. “That’s my number-one goal right now.”
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Then, in the “Where Are They” segment at the end of the show, editing made it look like you had run a marathon in 3 hours, 58 minutes, and yet that’s not true. What went through your mind when you saw that?
It was kind of embarrassing actually because I knew it wasn’t true. Obviously, that looks bad on the show that anybody would even think that I could run a marathon at that time.
Did you add to that confusion by saying you ran the full marathon?
Well, I said that I ran a full marathon because I went back and finished the last three miles, and my intention was to run the full marathon. I didn’t think I had a time limit. I was fine on doing it between seven and eight hours; I was going to take my time. And when I got there, the producer was telling me that I needed to do it under six hours, which was a push in itself.
What reaction have you gotten since?
I think people who watched the show understand the accomplishments that I’ve made and are proud of what I’ve done. I know my family and friends are all proud of what I’ve done. And in all reality it doesn’t matter to me from there on out.
Do you have any ill feelings toward Ron, who campaigned for you to be sent home?
I don’t have any ill feelings because this is a game. But the only thing I didn’t like about it is that he wouldn’t admit that that’s what he was doing. Everyone could see through the fact that he was sending me home because I would be successful at home. He was making a decision that was best for the Black Team, which was best for his son.
What’s the greatest lesson you learned from Jillian?
My very first workout was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my entire life. I was over 400 pounds at the time and my first workout was like five hours long. Every muscle in my body was cramping up and I was in extreme pain. No matter what I said, she didn’t care. From that point, I knew that there were no excuses. You learn not to even think of excuses because it’s not going to make it any easier. So I learned to just deal with the pain.
How’s it going at home?
I’m obviously not losing the second hundred pounds as quick as I was the first hundred. I’m back at work; I’m a real estate appraiser, so I actually sit at a desk a lot. But I try to work out as much as I can before work, after work, in between. I usually work out about three to five hours every day. It’s kind of a sacrifice but one I’m wanting to make right now, leading up to the finale. Hopefully, by the time the finale comes around, I’ll be at my goal.