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Lisa Mosley made it to makeover week on "The Biggest Loser," but when she lost zero pounds at the weigh-in, her days on the ranch were over -- and she knew it before the vote was even taken.
Lisa wound up below the yellow line with Frado, who is part of an alliance with Brendan and Patrick, so the single mom says she knew there wasn't a doubt in her mind that she would be going home.
"Their alliance was strong," Lisa tells ETonline. "At that point, to try to do anything that I saw as petty was not me… I didn't want to say, 'Guys, he is a bigger threat if you want to play the game.'"
There was a time when Lisa would have been thrilled to go home. She had an emotional breakdown at one week's weigh-in, where she defended the statements she made about leaving, explaining all the game-play this season had made the ranch somewhere she did not want to be.
"I wanted to go home because I wanted to [lose weight] in a positive environment," Lisa says. "To me, my stay at the ranch wasn't that way for a long time. The game play was hard to be around and the manipulation. I am glad I got to say those things. It helped me work on issues that I didn't even know I had to work on. Making it as long as I did was a blessing in disguise."
Lisa has lost 89 pounds from her starting weight of 288, taking her below the 200-pound mark for the first time in years. She is thrilled by the change, but mostly because it has made her a better role model for her daughter, who had starved herself to the point that she temporary lost her eyesight because she didn't want to get fat like her mother. That was when Lisa realized she had to change her life.
"Now, she looks at me different," Lisa says. "My parenting is different. Every breath I take is different. It is hard to be a role model when you are that big. It is like doing something bad and telling them not to do it while you are doing it. No parent should be that kind of role model for their child. No parent should show their child that instead of facing issues, you eat to feel better."
Now that she is off the ranch, Lisa says that she feels that everyone who is still there deserves to win, but she was the closest to Ada, so she feels it would be "amazing" if Ada won. And, truth be told, Ada proved what a standup woman she is when she cooled her heels on the last lap of the Tuesday night challenge when she was in first place, with second place Brendan following suit. They definitely were following this season's theme: Pay it forward. Their holding back allowed Patrick, who had lost his job and is a father of two boys, to win the prize: a brand-new Ford Edge.
"That is the feeling in the house that I wanted," Lisa says. "To me to be selfish and to put yourself first is not the way you should be in real life. So for them to do something like that … Had the house been like that the entire time, it would have been a different experience for every one of us. That goes to show you how amazing Ada and Brendan both are."
"The Biggest Loser" finale is just around the corner, but first Lisa has to get through Thanksgiving. She gives ET her tips for not gaining weight during the holiday: "This is a real-life situation. In real life you are not going to deprive yourself of everything all the time. You have to be very careful with the amount of things you eat. Instead of having the big slice of pie, have a few bites. You won't feel cheated that way. You are getting a little bit of what you enjoy. Moderation is the key to everything."
"The Biggest Loser" airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC