"Prior to going in [to the elimination room], I was really confident that I wasn't going to be voted off," Danley told reporters Wednesday. "I just thought I had the best numbers."
Danley, 62, and the other members of the older team ended up on the chopping block after losing the weigh-in – their third loss in only four weeks.
After winning immunity this week, it was up to Bonnie to decide which of her two teammates to send home.
"I was taken by her reasoning," Danley said about Bonnie's choosing him over their other teammate, Becky. "I just think that Bonnie thought that Becky needed some more time."
Home, and 70 Lbs. LighterPutting the blindside behind him, Danley returned home to Spencerville, Ind., to his wife and children – not that the adjustment was easy.
"I felt somewhat on an island when I came home, because I wasn't used to the fast pace," he said. "My wife said, 'You've changed. You've got to get back to being Mike.' "
Part of getting back to the "mainstream" meant returning to work as a high-school teacher and football coach.
"I was working out three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon," Danley said of his regimen when he first returned home from the Ranch. "But once school started I could only limit that time to the afternoon."
While Danley admits "there's only so many hours in the day," he is working out with a trainer nightly and taking extensive bike rides on the weekends.
"I look forward to going to the gym. I look forward to working out. I guess that has a lot to do with the results I see," said Danley, who has lost a total of 70 lbs. so far.
"My diet is still very similar – if not exact – to what I learned on the Ranch," he said. "I count calories, measure everything and drink an enormous amount of water."
In anticipation of the Biggest Loser marathon, Danley knows he is "not one that's going to get out and sprint, but I'll keep a nice jog."
And a marathon victory would place him back in the running for the "Biggest Loser" title, Danley is more focused on his long-term fitness goals.
"I just keep my eye on the prize and keep going," he said. "And right now that prize is longevity with my life and better health. That's what means the most to me and my family."