Gregory "Dane" Patterson
When Dane Patterson left The Biggest Loser: Couples, he had no idea what drama was to come. After being eliminated in week 8, the same week he broke a Biggest Loser record, Patterson went on to complete a marathon back at home. But after the episode aired with his "where are they now?" piece depicting him crossing the finish line with a time of 3:53, it was revealed that it was actually 5:53, and that he had been driven three of those miles to finish in under six hours. TVGuide.com caught up with the 27-year-old real estate appraiser on how he feels about cheating those 3 miles, why he's proud that Bob wanted to vote him out and what his progress has been at home.
TVGuide.com: Let's talk about the marathon. What went through your head when you were approached by a producer to get in the car, and how did it feel crossing the finish line, having driven for three of the 26 miles?
Dane Patterson: Before I even started the race, building up to it, I didn't think I had a time limit. I was planning on doing it between seven and eight hours, I was going to take my time. When I got there, the producers told me I needed to do it in under six hours, which was a push in itself. So I actually ran the first 13 or 14 miles in that pace, and then I started gradually slowing down. At mile 17, it was just discussed that I was not going to make that time. I wish I hadn't done that and my purpose was to run the full marathon, but you never know what's actually going to make it on the show, and so I honestly didn't think anything of it because I was proud that I accomplished what I accomplished. When I went to the finish line, the race officials, they knew what happened. It was discussed between the producer and them and they still gave me a medal and I was proud of that medal and I was proud that I did what I did. And because it was my plan to run the full marathon, I went back and ran those three miles. So in my mind I ran the full 26 miles.
TVGuide.com: How did it feel to break a Biggest Loser record, losing 100 pounds the fastest?
Patterson: I wanted to lose 100 pounds that week, but I didn't even know it would be a record. It was a lot quicker than I thought it would be. I knew I would be successful, I knew I'd do well on the show, but I didn't have any idea I'd lose 100 pounds in eight weeks. It's an unbelievable amount of weight.
TVGuide.com: In your last week, Aubrey voted for Kristin to avoid being the deciding vote. How did you feel about that?
Patterson: If she would've voted with Mandi and I, it would have forced a tie and at that point, the Black team could come in and decide who was to go home. It sounded to me like I was going to go home anyway, and so I think Aubrey probably wanted to build somewhat of an alliance with Ron, Kristin and Cathy, to keep her there as long as possible. I didn't really put up a fuss about the whole thing because I realized, even if there was a tie, I was still going to go home.
TVGuide.com: Do you have any ill feelings toward Ron for pushing to get you voted out?
Patterson: I don't have any ill feelings because this is a game, but the only thing I didn't like about it was that he wouldn't admit that's what he was doing. Everyone could see through the fact that he was sending me home because I would be successful at home. He made a decision that was the best for the Black team, what was best for his son, and not what was best for the Blue team. Kristin and Cathy couldn't see through that at the time, I'm sure they do now.
TVGuide.com: When your partner Blaine was eliminated in week six, Bob told his team to "vote you out and no one else." Did that bother you?
Patterson: You know what, that's actually something that I'm proud of. The fact that Bob Harper wanted to get rid of me, the fact that he was so scared of me at the time, how could I be disappointed in that? I'd rather have that happen than the other way around and want to keep me there because I was weaker. It was a little bit difficult moving over to Bob's side after that, but when it's all said and done I'm kind of proud. Obviously I worked extremely hard, and hard enough that Bob Harper wanted me to go more than anyone.
TVGuide.com: What's the greatest lesson you learned from Jillian?
Patterson: My very first workout was the hardest thing I've ever been through in my entire life, and from that point I knew that there were no excuses. When I was over 400 pounds at the time, our first workout was five hours long, every muscle in my body was cramping up, and I was in extreme pain. No matter what I said, she didn't care. It's at that point, in the very beginning, you learn not to think of excuses because it's not going to make it any easier. So I learned to just deal with the pain, not put any thought into it, ignore it and it makes it a lot more tolerable. That's what I did from there on out.
TVGuide.com: So how's it going back at home?
Patterson: At home, I'm obviously not losing that second 100 pounds as quickly as I lost the first 100. I'm back at work, I sit at a desk a lot, but I usually work out between three and five hours every day. It's the sacrifice I'm wanting to make right now, leading up to the finale. Hopefully by the time the finale comes around, I'll be at my goal weight.
TVGuide.com: And how many pounds have you lost as of now?
Patterson: About 142 pounds.
TVGuide.com: Blaine said he's not going for the at-home prize. Are you?
Patterson: Definitely, definitely. That's my No.1 goal right now, and that's what I'm working very hard to get.