'Hopefully we'll get married this year': The Biggest Loser winner Kevin McLernon plans to be a slimline groom after losing 13st in six months
01:15 GMT, 15 March 2012
Kevin McLernon's life has been transformed after losing 40 per cent of his body weight in just six months.
And now the winner of The Biggest Loser is hoping to make a bride of his long-term partner Joanne.
The 38-year-old from Sunderland admitted the couple could finally put aside their previous health worries about his former size and focus on the future together.
What a change: Kevin McLernon shows off his old pair of jeans as he appears on Daybreak
On the ITV1 show, McLernon has admitted Joanne was wary of getting married and starting a family with him because he was obese.
But after shedding shed 12st 12lb during the almost six-month process, with hopes to lose even more weight, McLernon's prospects are looking better than ever.
When asked by Kate Garraway on Daybreak about marrying Joanne, he said: 'You'll have to watch this space. Hopefully this year we'll get married.'
And although he's dropped many sizes since his original 32st 2lb weight, he's still planning to lose more.
New life: McLernon spoke about his hopes to marry Joanne on Daybreak with Kate Garraway and Dan Lobb and trainer Richard Callendar
He said: 'I've still go a way to go.
'I wake up and look forward to working out. Before running was difficult, but now I enjoy running.'
When he was was crowned the winner on Tuesday's show, he admitted: ''I can't believe it – everything I've done since the minute I applied for the show has led me to this moment and it feels incredible.
'I enjoy running': McLernon admits he's started to enjoy working out
'I came to The Biggest Loser as
the heaviest person ever to compete in the programme and that gave me
massive motivation to shed that title and chase the title of The Biggest
competition he endured a series of tough challenges, racing up the Brecon
Beacons, battling across a gruelling 1km assault course and pulling a
double decker bus down an airfield.
McLernon spent eight weeks in The Biggest Loser house and had already trained for
16 weeks at home.
A different man: Keith McLernon has been crowned The Biggest Loser on the ITV programme after shedding nearly 13 stone in just six months
Presenter Davina McCall and trainers
Richard Callender, Rob Edmond and Charlotte Ord were with him at the
final when he learned he had triumphed.
said: 'I really believe that for Kevin this weight loss isn't just for
the programme it is for the rest of his life and he's a winner in this
series and in life.'
Mr McLernon continued: 'I think there's so many things that I have learnt, not just about diet and exercise but about myself.
Final countdown: McLernon with fellow finalists Amy McLernon (right, his niece) and Sarah Partridge
Half the woman she once was: Kevin's niece Amy lost 32.7 per cent of her weight, taking her from 19st to 12st 11lb
'For me it isn't about the prize and
the plaudits, it's about winning and what that means, which is that I
have lost a massive amount of weight and become fit and healthy.
able to show others that if I can change my life, they can. If I can
inspire just one person to do what I have done and truly make a change, I
will be a happy man.'
McLernon paid tribute to the trainers for getting him through it.
Runner-up Jessie St John Sharpe lost 7st 8lb to finish at 11st 3lb.
Success: Presenter Davina McCall with winner Kevin after his victory was announced
Celebrations: Winner Kevin hugs his family and friends as he is showered with confetti
VIDEO: Gigantic! Kevin lost 40% of his body weight on The Biggest Loser