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What was it like coming back to the ranch?
Ali: It was completely different. I felt very much like an individual instead of a team coming back and I felt the other players were gunning for me. I was a major threat and already knew alliances were formed.
What were some of the tips the trainers gave you?
Ali: The biggest tips that drove me when I returned home was to question "why not me?" When did I decide I didn't deserve to meet my goals? Bob taught me that overeating is childish behavior and I needed to decide when I was going to grow up about it. If I ate something bad, I just had to remember to workout extra hard to burn it off. I had to own up to my bad behavior.
How did the show bring you and your partner closer after elimination?
Ali: My Mom and I kind of went our separate ways when we went back home after being eliminated. We took a week to get settled back in our lives. I knew the choices I had to make with food and exercise and I ended up moving out of where I was living with roommates. I had to change and grab a new lifestyle. Those roommates are still my friends, but I had to remove the temptations.
What did you miss most about the ranch?
Ali: Bob and Jillian! I had trainers back at home, but those two gave me beatings on a day to day basis in the gym. They are the best at what they do. They challenge you and bring you to a new level. The results speak for themselves.
What were the advantages or disadvantages of being paired up with your partner?
Ali: I think the advantages are obvious. She's my mom. Whenever I am feeling emotions, I could share them with her. Any emotions. But, that's the double-edged sword. She's my mom. We have a lifetime commitment to each other and our actions.
Bette-Sue: Ali is very driven and she pushed me. I GUESS that's an advantage.
How did being paired up bring you two closer?
Ali: I think being on the ranch and going through the same struggles as her brought us closer. We were able to work on our communication. I think my fat is an emotional fat, so dealing with that and having my mom there and being able to work out certain things definitely brought us closer.
Bette-Sue: You can't go through that much pain and come out of this and not be closer.
What will you miss most about the ranch?
Ali: I will miss the trainers. It's bittersweet, they killed us every week, but they have a way of pushing you in the gym. It's hard staying motivated when they are not around. They gave me this opportunity to go home and take a lifelong look at my health.
Bette-Sue: At first, I hated those trainers. I didn't really hate them, but I didn't have any other options. I will miss having all of that healthy food available to me at anytime. It was a new way of life. Now, we have to push ourselves to exercise on our own, we have to purchase food that we know will be good for us.
What are some of the most important tips the trainers gave you?
Ali: They told me to ask myself, "Why don't I deserve to be healthy and beautiful?" It's something you forget and you have to believe it. You do deserve to be healthy and fit and beautiful!
Bette-Sue: It always goes back to those words of encouragement that Bob says.
**Ali's exit interview was conducted before she knew she was returning to the ranch the second time around to compete to be the next Biggest Loser.