This is Jerry and Estella Hayes from Wheaton, IL. This picture was taken in late September 2008 when Jerry and Estella first arrived on the "Ranch" as The Biggest Loser's oldest couple. Estella weighed in at 242 lbs and Jerry topped the scale at 369 lbs!!
After two weeks on the show, sadly Jerry and Estella were sent home to try to lose the weight on their own in an attempt to show America that it can be done. I was truly blessed to have the opportunity to help them along their journey.
Toward the last week of January, the local Chicago Tribune came to interview Jerry and Estella and check on the status of their progress. The video below shows where they were at that time and shows the steps that they had been taking to reach their goal.
From day one, they both gave 110% and they were intrinsically motivated to change their lives. The money was never a goal and was never mentioned through the process. The weight started to come off slowly, but steadily.
For Estella, there was never a week with a double digit loss. The weight just came off at a steady pace and there was never a point in time where she hit a plateau.
Jerry's weight loss was the same way. He was extremely consistent and at no point did he have a double digit loss. We set short-term, realistic, goals and continued to hit those goals week in and week out, every single month.
From October to January, Estella had worked her way up to 45 lbs lost and Jerry hit the 100 lb mark. They kept their eyes on their ultimate goal, and byMay 12th at the season finale, they had lost a combined total of 260 lbs!!!
I am so proud of them for the dedication and perseverance that they had throughout the journey. They never took a "cheat day" and even kept their eating clean through all of the major holidays. They are truly and inspiration and I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to help them achieve their goals!!!
This after picture was taken one week before the finale. Jerry went from a size 56" pant (as seen in this picture) to a size 36". What a transformation!!!