December 16th, 2010
03:14 PM ET
When Patrick House entered the "Biggest Loser" ranch, he weighed 400 pounds, was unemployed and was borrowing money from family just to stay afloat.
Now, House is the reigning "Biggest Loser" champion, winning the title and $250,000 Tuesday after dropping 181 pounds in six months. He also has a new job at South Carolina's MindStream Academy, a co-ed boarding school where teens learn about long-term health and wellness.
"One of my co-workers went to high school with me and saw me on the show," House told reporters in a conference call Wednesday. "She talked to her boss, and he offered me a full-time job. It's a good opportunity for me to pay it forward and fight child obesity."
The new job will require House, his wife and their two young sons to move from Mississippi to South Carolina. "I want to be close with these students and let them know that I'm there and I've been down that road," he said.
Losing nearly half his weight has been a bit of an adjustment for House - "I still have times where I can't believe I'm no longer 400 pounds" - but he's proud that he can now do things he couldn't do when he was heavy.
"Last year, I wanted to take my family to the state fair," House said, "but I realized I couldn't get on any of the rides with my kids. This year, I was able to get on the rides."
Even though he's conquered "The Biggest Loser," another challenge still lies ahead, one that has flustered many contestants of the NBC show over the years.
"The first year after the show is so important when it comes to staying in shape and sticking to the diet," House said. "I still plan to work out four or five times a week, and add weight training to my exercise program in order to add muscle."
Keeping the weight off, he knows, "is a struggle. I'm still learning about portion control and what to put in my mouth, but I'm committed to maintaining my weight loss."
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