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"The only thing I'm learning to love is myself, and that's the only thing I have time for right now. I never learned how to respect myself, respect my body and take care of me, so before I learn to love somebody else I need to learn how to love myself, and I'm not completely there yet because I'm still not done with my journey."The finale for Biggest Loser was last night but the finale for my weight loss is yet to come."Mike says he doesn't have a goal weight in mind, but he plans to "build as much muscle as possible." He's excited to watch his body continue to evolve from obese to athletic. In fact, in order to keep pursuing the dramatic lifestyle change he underwent on "The Biggest Loser," he plans to give up his career as a DJ."I don't see how that would be a good outlet for how I want to pay it forward and for making a difference, as far as getting healthy," says Mike, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Bartlett. It will always be a hobby, it's always a passion, but it's something I'm going to move on from because in so many different ways, the club life and me being out so late really contributed to my obesity."If the new Mike doesn't sit well with some of his old friends, well, that's just too bad."I'm not that person at 526 [pounds, his starting weight] anymore" he says.
He's also excited to head out to a theme park this summer with his family, to "ride a roller coaster and be a kid for the first time in my life." "I'm thinner now and have a smaller waist at 31 than I did when I was 13 or 14," he says, "so I never got to experience what being a kid really was, and I want to do that.
Here's some of what he said in an interview Wednesday: On his sister, 20-year-old Rosangela Ventrella, who appeared on the show this season: "She did audition (for the show) while I was away. How she's going to tackle weight loss is a lot different than me. You wouldn't believe it unless you saw it yourself.
I was open to all the things I needed to do and sacrifice to solve this problem ...
First thing's first: "The Biggest Loser" Season 9 winner Michael Ventrella insists that he and Ashley Johnston, his first runner-up, are not dating. Now, I lead an active lifestyle and I love and am going to incorporate that active lifestyle into all different facets of my life, including hanging out with friends and family, and some of [friends and family members] are just not interested, and that's a shame because it's done wonders for my life. Become a Burlington County Times subscriber to support stories like these.