As the partner of this season’s “villain,” Tracey, “Coach” Mo Dewalt was forced to stand by while she made impulsive decisions that earned the wrath of their teammates, but he supported her constantly, even going so far as to volunteer himself for elimination when she was in danger of leaving. “The thing that I tell everybody is take a look at her decisions; they were not really bad decisions. They came out pretty good for her and for us,” says the youth mentor from Louisville, Ky., who has lost 80 pounds so far. “I think she acted appropriately the majority of the time, and she was not the only one playing the game.”
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The Biggest Loser
“Coach” Mo Dewalt
Eliminated October 13
What was it like being Tracey’s partner?
At the ranch, Tracey had control, and when someone has control like that and pretty much does what they want to do, it pretty much leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Tracey was in a bad spot. She was injured, she wasn't allowed to work out. That was really tough for her. The true Tracey would not have done that; she just wanted to stay and experience the ranch. It was difficult because I knew the real Tracey and I knew her heart. I know that everybody wasn't seeing that. They were caught up in losing weight and caught up in the decision that she made. My main concern when I got on the show was, “If I can stay above the yellow line then I'll be fine.” That was my only strategy. And it shouldn't have been anything else for anybody.
Why did you decide to volunteer to leave instead?
My decision was based on so many different things: It was based on the injury that I just with my foot; it was based on the fact that I had lost six pounds and everybody else had lost seven. It just wasn't fair at that particular point. I was the one that lost the least amount of weight.
Did anyone thank you for your sacrifice?
They didn't get a chance to. I basically just said what I felt and told them that I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn't want to go home. I didn't want Tracey to go home either. But somebody had to go. I just decided, “I can finish this at home. I need to check on my kids and my family and everything at home anyway.”
What lessons from the ranch were you able to incorporate into your youth mentoring program?
Almost everything. I teach a lot of mental toughness and discipline and structure. And one of the main reasons I came on the show was because I wanted to show them that I can do this, not just teach it.
How has your transformation affected your family?
My wife has lost close to 35 pounds, my daughter has lost close to 40 pounds, my son has lost 30. I have people who are within the village who have really come on board and turned it into a family thing now, to where the parents are trying to lose weight and eat healthy.