Cum­mins and go­ings of ki­los

Fi­nal­ist al­most gave up on life as she piled on weight, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

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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.

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