At one point the man with enormous girth was more interested in shoveling down food than spending quality time with his wife.
His quest to shed more than 200 pounds on NBC's "The Biggest Loser: Couples" has forced him to be brutally honest with himself and others.
"Sometimes in life it hurts to hear the truth, but I want to speak the truth to myself to say, 'Rulon, it's time that you are as healthy as you can for yourself and not for any other reason.' The only way to do that is to be responsible and accountable," Gardner said during a media teleconference Friday. "I want to be alive until I am 100 years old. That is my goal."