Cummins and goings of kilos
Finalist almost gave up on life as she piled on weight, writes Darren Cartwright
HE Biggest Loser finalist Margie Cummins says her experiences on the reality TV series won’t stop her from owning and running her own pizza shop again.
Cummins is one of the final four in Channel 10’s reality weight loss hit, The Biggest Loser: Singles. Her rivals are Brenda Hunt, Alex Zorzi and Kasey Cheesman.
The Brisbane contestant has shed more than 70kg since she entered the program weighing 159.1kg.
While early episodes of The Biggest Loser air well after they were taped, the finale was filmed on Sunday, giving contestants the maximum amount of time to shed the kilos.
Long before being chosen for The Biggest Loser, Cummins owned three pizza restaurants. She ran just one – she sold – before she committed to a potential six-month stint on the show.
‘‘I sold them off and had (just one) and sold that off when I realised I made it on The Biggest Loser,’’ Cummins says.
‘‘I wouldn’t say no (to owning another). It’s definitely something I would consider.’’
Possessing a much lighter frame than before, Cummins says if she returns to selling pizzas, customers at least would stop thinking she had over-indulged in her own cooking.
‘‘Definitely during the time I used to serve pizzas, customers would look at me and then look at the pizza and think, maybe if they eat the pizza they would end up looking like me,’’ she says.
Cummins says lifestyle – rather than pizzas – caused her to pack on the kilos. But with the help of a personal trainer and an education about nutrition, she’s wiser about how to lose weight, manage her time and improve her eating habits.
‘‘I put all my weight on pretty much all in the first year I opened my first shop,’’ Cummins says.
‘‘I stopped exercising because I was working 70-80 hours a week and I was having my dinner at two in the morning after work.
‘‘So when you don’t exercise and you eat at that time in the morning, it’s not going to work out. You put on weight.’’
It’s not just the weight loss which brings a smile to Cummins’ face. She has just started dating.
Having once questioned the point of living because she could not control her ballooning waistline, she says being on The Biggest Loser has given her an inner glow.
‘‘When I arrived at the house I was so far gone it was not funny. I didn’t even think I wanted to live in this life,’’ Cummins says.
‘‘You give up so easily and it’s a matter of keep going and believing in yourself and sometimes that self belief goes when you put on weight.’’
Tuesday, 8pm, Ten, Ten SC.
Margie Cummins, Kasey Cheesman Alex Zorzi and Brenda Hunt.