“I went to the ranch to save my son’s life,” said Maria Ventrella, mother of the show’s heaviest contestant ever, Michael Ventrella. “Then I woke up and realized this is for [me], too!” The consummate caregiver had arrived on the ranch with goal, to help her son regain his health and his life, but in her brief three weeks on the show, Maria found new motivation for herself.
Following her elimination, Maria spoke with us about what life is like now that she has made herself a priority, stating that “I’m important, too!” She also explains how making simple substitutions in her cooking allows her to still enjoy many of her favorite foods. Listen now, and then continue reading to learn more about Maria’s journey.
“I feel awesome!” was the initial comment from Michael Ventrella, one of the newest contestants competing on Biggest Loser season nine, during our week one interview. Not what you’d expect from a contestant who weighs in at 526 pounds, making him the heaviest contestant ever on The Biggest Loser. It’s a number he says he was surprised to see, and it comes with a host of health problems he’s ready to get rid of.
Michael is joined on the ranch by his mother, Maria Ventrella. She too was shocked and saddened to learn of Michael’s actual weight.
Together they are both learning to make big changes, like waking up earlier in the day, eating breakfast and even putting themselves first.
Listen now as we speak with Michael and Maria during their first week at the Biggest Loser ranch.