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The Biggest Loser: Arthur Wornum Elimination Interview

March 02, 2011 02:49 PM by Lisa Princ

Last night on The Biggest Loser on NBC we all watched with broken hearts as the red team sent Arthur Wornum home despite Bob Harper’s pleas to keep Arthur there as he needed the help more than anyone. In a post elimination interview Arthur tells us whether or not he has any hard feelings. Keep reading to hear everything that Arthur Wornum wanted to share!

The Biggest Loser’s Arthur Wornum may have played the game a few weeks ago, but he certainly did not deserve to get sent home last night. Bob Harper said it best last night when he said it was a matter of life and death with Arthur in his plea to the red team. Despite the fact that they sent him home anyway, Arthur Wornum is happy and continuing his healthy lifestyle at home. In a post elimination interview Arthur shared that he has no hard feelings and he is determined to get the remainder of his weight off. Take a look at what else Arthur wanted to share with us.

Question: Do you regret your game play in the chocolate challenge?

Arthur Wornum: I should have voiced my concerns to my team. When you’re in a situation where you don’t have time to strategize, you do things in fear. Do I regret it? In a sense yes I do – I wish I had taken my concerns to my team and dealt with it internally. My concern was that if we lost the next weigh in it would have been Marci and my dad to go next, and because I didn’t trust Jay I acted on emotion. In hindsight I should have taken it to Marci and the team.

Question: Since you lost weight at home prior did it make you more confident on the ranch?

Arthur Wornum: Since I’ve lost at home, I knew I could do this on my own. It’s different because the the time on the ranch you have you can focus just on your weight loss versus at home with distractions.
One thing I am thankful for is my support system at home. I am not working, I spend 6-8 hours a day working out, walking, etc. and it’s not to win the at home prize, it’s to win my life back. I am on that straight away, I am down to my last 100 lbs to lose.

Question: Can you tell us about all the game play?

Arthur Wornum: We have to all remember that first and foremost this is a television show. Weight loss is wonderful and it’s going happen but nobody’s going to watch it if it doesn’t generate ratings. We film hours and hours and hours of stuff and to be honest there was not much game play involved. I have to be honest, if I put myself in their situation, I’d be voting myself off too. I was by far favored to win, I had turned the corner and been dropping weight and my girls really focused in on making me concentrate on my diet. It’s a game unfortunately and I don’t hold any animosity towards them – it was the smart thing for them to do as far as game play.

Question: What was going through your head during the challenge?

Arthur Wornum: I had an awakening at home for 2 weeks. I was a star athlete growing up, always had to be the best. Somewhere along the line I put on my weight and it was okay for me to start slowing down and finishing last. It’s strange, I had promised myself that was no longer the case, I had the endurance and strength to do anything and I was gonna compete. As soon as I knew what the challenge was, I knew what the stakes were and I refused to finish last. One thing they didn’t tell you, I got a new body suit that night and it really helped my performance. Due to that I literally cut 6 minutes off my time. I gave it my maximum effort. I can’t tell you how cold it was that night and we were all sick, but I can tell you one thing I left everything I had on that treadmill. It was one of the toughest physical challenges I had and I was very proud of myself for the effort I gave.

Question: Your dad sacrificed himself for you last week, was it tough to face him when you went home?

Arthur Wornum: That wasn’t a problem, I was upset about the elimination, but I could not be happier with my effort going down. I gained 3 lbs of muscle in those 2 weeks and lost 16 lbs. Facing my dad was not a problem, his only question was how did this happen since Marci was not supposed to let this happen. Once he realized it was not my girls, not my team that sent me home, he understood.

Question: After Bob Harper’s comments last night, were you expecting some compassion out of the red team?

Arthur Wornum: What I find interesting…..I’ll be honest with you on that….is that the red team is a real religious team, so I really thought I would have a chance..that maybe they could look in their heart, but when you’re in a game like this, it’s hard. In hindsight if you ask some of them, they may have changed their minds. They don’t show you this but Kaylee actually wanted to give up her spot for me. Justin wanted to be voted off but they wouldn’t vote for him. All my girls went to the executive producer. Marci broke the rules and came down to the elimination room and chewed the red team out and then went to the producer to try and get them to let her trade spots with me.

Question: The show seemed to focus on that conversation with your dad, what was that like for you?

Arthur Wornum: My dad is my best friend, one thing my parents did through their troubles is they never involved us. They never talked bad about each other…even after the split. At the time, I blamed my mom and I didn’t realize why she left or did the things she did. When my mom left, it was not an emotional toll from them, but that my whole world was turned around that caused my eating and weight gain. With just me and my dad we were just eating fast food and looking back I can see what he was saying about not being there and preparing meals. As I got bigger, the only person that consistently, and with as much love as possible, that was always willing to help me get the weight off was my dad. My own wife didn’t even offer that for me. It was that guilt he felt, he was able to express that to me and get that off his chest – it was therapy for him as well.

Question: After the chocolate challenge was it awkward on the ranch for you?

Arthur Wornum: What they don’t show is that right after that challenge (I was always gonna tell everybody I did it) was I went in the house and everybody lined up at the table and I spent an hour taking questions from everybody in the house. So everybody’s questions were answered, whether or not they agreed with me or not. Pretty much everyone had forgiven me aside from Jay and Jen, but even the pink team forgave me by the end of the week and said that was the best thing I did for them. By the end of the week, all was forgotten. I know people think what the red team did was karma, but even if I didn’t do that they would have still voted me out.

Question: Why did you not trust Jen and Jay?

Arthur Wornum: If I was going to take our best team (And I have fully admitted that they are hard workers…and they are good people) but in this game people are threats and I had walked in on a conversation that I had no doubt what was said or to be done. Instead of taking those concerns to my team, I kept it in and I had that chance to make the switch with all these emotions involved, I reacted in the wrong way. I should have never reacted like that and taken my concern about Jay to my team.

Question: After you turned tears into a positive last night, were you surprised at the almost negative reaction from Jillian Michaels to your positive attitude?

Arthur Wornum: Anyone who knows Jillian, knows me and Jillian are very much alike as we run on emotions. I understand what she was saying – she saved me. It would have been easy after that chocolate challenge for her to say get rid of him. Jillian and Bob were my biggest supporters and I understand their frustration, they wanted me to fight. I went in that room and they didn’t show it but I fought with everything I had. There was no way Rulon was going to let me stay…period. Without his okay they were not going to vote anyone else out. I was thinking maybe Ken or Moses would have sacrificed themselves. Moses and I are very close, and we discusses that if we were ever in situation where we had to write each others name down, that though we love each other, we both promised we would never write a name from our team. I would never write down any of my girls’ names and he would not do that to his team either. It was a mutual agreement.

Question: What’s been your biggest challenge since being home?

Arthur Wornum: The hardest challenge for me at first was maintaining my walking…the same amount I did at the ranch. I tried to set little goals from the day I started my weight loss journey. I remember being laid up at 640 lbs and my very first goal was that I would not eat fast food for one day. One goal I set at the ranch was a step goal, where I would take “X” amount of steps. I realized I was not meeting my step goals. I wasn’t getting my walking in, so I have incorporated walking 5.5 miles to the gym and I walk about 1/2 of that on the way back. That is what I struggled the most with was getting my walking in.

Question: You seem so confident that you will win the at home prize, what will you do with the money if you win?

Arthur Wornum: I have already won, I am 100 lbs away from my goal weight. I remember being 400 lbs away. Never once has this been about the money for me – I just want my life back and that has always been my focus.

Question: What is your current weight and your goal weight?

Arthur Wornum: My current weight is 340 lbs and my goal weight is 250 lbs. I will be 250 lbs by the finale.

Question: Who do you predict will win season eleven of The Biggest Loser?

Arthur Wornum: Courtney, since day one we have had a connection, she is like my little sister. My sentimental favorite is Courtney but my brain tells me if I had to put money on it, Olivia will win this season
of The Biggest Loser. Olivia is one of the toughest competitors, I can’t tell you how strong that woman is. So my money is on Olivia, my heart is on Courtney and my dark horse is Irene.

Best of Luck to both Deni and Jesse, we look forward to seeing you again at the finale! Be sure to tune in next Tuesday at 8 pm EST for a brand new episode of The Biggest Loser on NBC!

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5 Responses to “The Biggest Loser: Arthur Wornum Elimination Interview”

  1. ben macken Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    jen for the at home win

  2. b Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    a girl will win this season

  3. Steve Kiges Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Fantastic article, I hope all the people on the BL boards come over here and read it. Thanks Arthur for being so honest and telling it the way it is. Congratulations on your incredible weight loss.

  4. Lisa Princ Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Why thank you Steve! Arthur was such a nice guy and very refreshing to listen to, he was honest and had a sense of humor about it all.
    He definitely sounds like he is on the right path at home as well, so I bet we will be amazed when we see him at the finale!

  5. Terri Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Olivia. really? I believe it just wasnt betting on her for the big prize. You will mkae your goal .. I know it.. Best of luck


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