The 13-year-old Carroll County, Md., resident lifts weights at the gym, plays baseball and shoots hoops.
“I’m able to keep up with my friends,” he said during a quick after-school phone call from the gym. “I can pretty much participate in anything.”
But that wasn’t always the case. Biingo, who was overweight when the show started, loves baseball and used to get tired running the bases. After learning about nutrition and changing his diet, he became healthier, and life became easier — and more fun.
“It used to be really hard,” the eighth-grader said. “It’s fun now. It’s great.”
He now plays baseball with the Maryland Cardinals and hopes to one day play professionally.
On May 5, Biingo will throw out the first pitch at the York Revolution game versus the Long Island Ducks. He also will participate in a talk and activity in between innings, according to Rachel Zaccarelli, marketing and promotions assistant for the Revs.
WGAL 8 and the Revs also chose 10 winners as Biingo’s Buddies, Zaccarelli said. Winners and Biingo will sit together during the game and have a tour of the stadium, an autograph session, and a catch with the players.
“The idea came about to have Biingo come on a Healthy Kids Club night because of his own quest to become healthier and his vested interest in baseball,” Zaccarelli said via email. “We thought Biingo would be a great role model to the kids who participate in the Healthy Kids Club.”
Here’s what Biingo had to say about his experience on “The Biggest Loser.”
Q: What were the main changes you made to your lifestyle?
A: Nutrition — it was 90 percent of everything.
Q: What’s your diet like now?
A: I eat nothing but good stuff. I eat a lot of fiber stuff, fruit, cheese.
Q: On the show, you didn’t like eating vegetables? How about now?
A: I don’t like any vegetables.
Q: Were there any moments during taping that were most challenging for you?
A: The only time that I was really down and demotivated was when I broke my foot. I think I handled it a little worse than I could’ve.
Q: Do you find it difficult to live a healthier life?
A: No, honestly, it’s really the mindset. If you want to live healthy, you can live healthy. … The show made me realize that it was a mindset that I needed to have.
Q: Who’s the toughest trainer on the show?
A: Probably Dolvett (Quince) or Bob (Harper). Jillian (Michaels) just kind of took us on a bike ride.
Q: What message do you hope to pass on to other kids about health?
A: Anybody can really do it. It’s not just me.