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January 12, 2013

Police officer competes to be ‘Biggest Loser’

SAPULPA, Okla. — David Jones, a Sapulpa police officer, went into “The Biggest Loser” weighing 307 pounds and wearing rose-colored glasses.

There was something he forgot about the NBC reality show even though he had been a fan for years, he said in a recent phone interview.

“I think I should have gone on Netflix and re-watched a lot of the past seasons because I just didn’t remember how difficult it was,” said Jones, who was home from the show for the holidays. “There is a lot of excitement about this. It’s an adventure. I was looking forward to doing it and forgot how really difficult it looked on television.”

Jones said he knew he had to make a change for the sake of his health, his family and his career.

He had been skinny growing up, he explained, an avid athlete who attended Tulsa Junior College and Oklahoma Baptist University.

It was after he quit participating in sports that he started putting on weight. Weight that continued to mount after he stopped smoking. He tried dieting but would lose and then regain the same 50 to 60 pounds.

Health was an ongoing issue - he suffered from asthma, hypertension and sleep apnea. But it was one day on the job that convinced him it was time to make life changes. He couldn’t keep up during a foot pursuit of a suspect.

Three weeks later, “The Biggest Loser” show had a casting call in Dallas.

“I’m a big fan of the show since season one,” said Jones, a father of seven, one with special needs, and the grandfather of two. “I was sitting on the couch telling my wife if I had a chance to go on that show that it would do a lot of things to help me. I realized I had to do something, and then the casting call went out, and I considered that my call.”

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