Nearly 10 years after winning American Idol, Ruben joined NBC’s The Biggest Loser at 34 years-old and weighing-in at 462 pounds. Unlike his experience a decade earlier, Ruben did not “win” the competition, but he did win a new outlook on life.
Now, over 120 pounds lighter, Ruben is back stronger, more fit and ready to help people make the same commitment – to change your life through healthy habits and exercise. Hear directly from Ruben on how his life has changed, and how his experiences led to his new album Unconditional Love.
BFT: Tell us about that moment of self-reflection and why you made the decision to commit to restoring your health?
RS: My moment of restoration may have come later than most people expected. It was when I was on the Biggest Loser ranch and I was given a jersey with the number 462. This represented not only my weight but how far I had allowed myself to go…I vowed at that moment to never be the same again.
BFT: After successfully winning the nation’s heart with 24 million votes on American Idol on FOX to becoming a contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, did you ever feel like you let your fans down or did you look at it as an opportunity to let people see that you¹re actually human and go through real things like everyone else?
RS: I never felt like I let my fans down. I felt like I let myself and God down. Being unhealthy is not the way you give God the best of you. On the other hand I feel like He used me to show people that no matter what status you have or what stage of life you are in, you can always make positive changes in life.
BFT: Throughout your journey to better health, have you received any resistance from family, friends or fans who didn¹t want to see you lose weight?
RS: I haven’t received any resistance from family, friends or fans on this journey to a better me [because] I think the people who genuinely love and care for me want me to be the best me I can be.
BFT: Have you experienced moments when you thought about quitting because you thought your goals might be unattainable? What has kept you going?
RS: I have never really been a quitter. I’ve always been the kind of person that continues to press toward my goal through adversity…listen, I wanted to be a professionally singer when I was 10 but that dream didn’t become reality until the age of 24. [I believe] anything worth having is worth working for.