Fuquay-Varina's David Lee, 23, says he decided to join best friend Daniel Wright, 19, of Willow Spring as contestants on Biggest Loser 7: Couples because he lost his job and didn't have anything else lined up.
Here he talks with the N&O about his early experience on the popular NBC weight-loss show. BL7 debuts Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Q: Carolina or Duke? You know people out here have to know.
A: I'm kind of an oddball. I'm completely against Carolina but I'm kind of a Duke/State fan.
Q: Fair enough. So how are you feeling however far along you are on the show?
A: I'm doing great. I've lost some weight. I have a ways to go. I'm actually sick right now [with a cold] so I hope you're not recording this. But, no, I"m doing good.
Q: So far, what has been easy for you? What has been hard?
A: None of it has really been easy. It's a 180-degree change in lifestyle. The diet part is probably the hardest for me. The workouts are tough but I've kind of grown accustomed to them. You're trying to avoid bad things and it's a pretty extensive process.
Q: Obviously, you're trying to lose weight so you have to change how you eat and exercise. But what other things have you needed to change?
A: You have to reprogram your thoughts and actions. Being a big person, you kind of avoid things that require a lot of activity. You make excuses to sit on the couch. You have to reprogram yourself so if someone wants to do something and they ask you to come along, you say, 'Yeah." You have to be out. I've noticed a huge difference in how I feel and what I'm able to do.
Q: You and Daniel are friends so you're not alone in this but did you have other misgivings about doing this on TV?
A: Actually I've never seen the show. I don't know if I can say that. Daniel introduced me to it. I just lost my job. Daniel said, "Hey, want to go to Miami and try out for the Biggest Loser?" We got to stand in a long line, hang out in Miami, and be interviewed for 30 minutes. There were bunch of steps. Somehow two country boys from North Carolina got picked.
Q: Did you know about (Biggest Loser 6 contestants) Ed and Heba being from North Carolina?
A: No, I didn't. I found out during the process. They were also the orange team. So that's cool.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: I've always been big. I've been over 300 pounds ever since probably my last year in middle school. It's going to be different going back. I've never lived life as a skinny person.