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Well, if you watched last night's episode then you know I can now officially change my Facebook status to engaged! I can't even begin to express how much of an emotional journey I went on during this episode. I proposed to the love of my life, but also faced the reality that I would not be The Biggest Loser at the finale.
This episode started off with returning to my home in Nashville. I was greeted by friends and family at one of my favorite venues, 12th and Porter. This place has meant so much to me over the years and my band Trailer Choir has played quite a few shows there. Getting to perform on the stage, over 100 pounds lighter this time, was a surreal moment. I realized that The Biggest Loser has truly saved my life and has given me the chance to continue a career that I love.
Having a visit from Bob was another highlight of being back in Nashville. He has always been such a great motivator. I really hope having him work out with my brother will encourage him to jump-start his journey into a healthier lifestyle as well. However, nothing else could compare to the rest of my time at home. I was able to take my girlfriend, Lori Diaz, on a special date to the Grand Ole Opry. With the help of Nashville's King Jewelers and my friends Thompson Square, I was able to propose to the love of my life. Nothing will ever compare to that moment with her. She is no longer my girlfriend, she is my fiancée!
I spent some time training back at home and then headed back to the ranch to face the marathon. I was really excited to see everyone again, especially old Johnny Forger. I knew he would instantly put a smile on my face with one of his made-up tunes. As the marathon began, I saw my friends Ramon and Jessica take off with a pretty strong pace. My plan was to go at my own speed and defeat the marathon in my own time. My goal was to finish, because that alone is an amazing accomplishment. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to complete the race because my body couldn't take the strain, but I got further than I would have ever dreamed was possible just a few short months ago. I was so happy when I found out my boy Ramon won the race. He is my best friend on the ranch, and I know he deserved the win. If it was anyone, it had to have been Ramon to get another shot at the finale.
However, with Ramon now in the final three, that meant only two of the final four would move forward. Antone, John, Becky and I had to face the scale and the Red Line to find out who would remain in the running for the title of The Biggest Loser. Stepping onto the scales, I had lost another 28 pounds since the last time I had been at the ranch. This put my weight at 286 pounds. Although I have now lost 140 pounds on my journey, it was not enough to take me to the final three. I know winning would have been amazing, and the extra money would not have been a bad thing at all, but the truth is, I have already conquered everything I wanted. I have been on an incredible journey. I have made incredible friends and learned new lifestyle habits that will stay with me forever.
Now, I may not be in the running for the title of The Biggest Loser, but watch out, America, I am coming after the $100,000 prize! I hope everyone remembers to tune in for the live finale next week to see if I can win the at-home prize and to see if Ramon, John or Antone is named The Biggest Loser!—Vinny
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