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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is a transcript of an interview with eliminated contestant Arthur Wornum on March 2, 2011 about the show The Biggest Loser.

The Biggest Loser

Question:
Do you have any animosity toward the Red Team after last night's elimination?

Arthur Wornum:
Animosity, none whatsoever. When you're put in a us-versus-them mentality it's just the way the ball bounces, so no animosity whatsoever.

Question:
When you went home for the two weeks, or even since your elimination, have you had any communication with Bob and Jillian and what have they had to say to you?

Arthur Wornum:
I've had some text conferences with my trainers. And one thing that I can say about Bob is besides all the training and nutrition advice, it's what's in his heart. And last night after the episode I get a text that he's still in tears. And I message from Jill. I'm an athlete now and I'm trapped in this body I still have but don't be afraid to let that athlete go and don't stay trapped in that body. Right now I'm 340 pounds but that's just what I'm trapped in I have an athlete inside of me. So yeah, I've stayed in some slight contact with them. And, yeah, it's been wonderful.

Question:
Do you regret breaking up the original teams?

Arthur Wornum:
I was waiting for this question. I thought that would be the first question. Do I regret it? What I regret is not bringing my concerns to my team about Jay and Jen. That's what I regret. I should have voiced my concerns to my team. But when you're in a situation where you don't have any time to strategize or think about anything and you're working on emotion like I was you do things in fear. And that was the path that I was supposed to go down.

So do I regret it? In a sense yes I do I wish I would have taken my concerns to my team and dealt with it internally instead of feeling like I had to take it into my own hands. And you don't see everything on TV so they don't get to air everything. My main concern was I felt like if we were to lose the next couple weigh-ins I wasn't worried about myself because I knew my team wouldn't vote me out; my girls would never vote me out. But I was worried that it would be Marci and my dad to go next. And so with that fear and not trusting Jay I acted on it. And in hindsight, yeah, I wish I would have really took that concerns to my team particularly Marci because she was our leader. I should have took it to her. But things happened so quickly that I acted on emotion.

Question:
Prior to coming to the ranch you lost weight before the show; did that make you a lot more confident when it was time for you to go home and lose the weight? Did you come up against any challenges or struggles?

Arthur Wornum:
Since I've been home at the two weeks I knew I could do this on my own. I've done it on my own. But when you're away and you're at the ranch you're isolated; all you're doing is focusing on this so your weight loss it took me a year and a half to lose 140-something pounds where it's taken me since October to do that.

So it's the time that you're on the ranch to focus entirely on your weight loss to where when you're home you have all your other distractions. One thing that I'm very fortunate for is I have a tremendous support system, absolute tremendous support system. The focus not only for me but the people that love me and care for me the most was for me to maintain that ranch mentality. So I'm not working. My main focus is to work out. I spend six to eight hours a day through travel, that's with walking and exercise. This is my daily job is to get this weight off me.

And it's to win an at-home prize that's the icing on the cake. But this is to win my life back. And for the first time in a long time it's within reach I'm running down that straightaway; I'm on that last straightaway, I have that last 100 pounds. So I'm very fortunate for the support system I have.

Question:
Right before you went into the vote Bob made the comment that there are times when the vote needs to come down to who needs to be there and not so much game play and alliances. And you've already spoke about your big game play move which was the team switch up in the beginning. How do you feel about the game aspect of the show and how that balances out with the weight loss aspect?

Arthur Wornum:
Well what we have to all remember is first and foremost this is a TV show. You know, weight loss is wonderful and it's going to happen but nobody is going to watch it if it's not generating ratings. Let's face the facts. We film hours and hours and hours of stuff and to be honest with you there wasn't that much game play involved. It's real simple when you have an us versus them mentality I have to be honest, if I put myself in their situation I'm voting me off too.

The fact of the matter is that I wasn't part of their team I was by far the favorite to probably win. I had turned the corner, In the last four weeks what I lost 29 and then 16 in four weeks. I had really turned the corner. My girls had really focused in on making me concentrate on my diet. So it's like all the pieces were coming together. And it is a game unfortunately. I don't hold any animosity towards them voting me off. I understand why they did it. And to be honest if I was in their situation it was probably it was probably the smart thing to do if you're looking at game play. And unfortunately it's always going to be a game.

Question:
Cab you tell me about that final challenge and what was going through your head?

Arthur Wornum:
Oh that is a great question. And I'll try to sum it up because I end up talking a long time. When I went home for those two weeks I really had a - kind of an awakening. I was a star athlete growing up; I was always the best at everything. And, yeah, I was big but I was always the best. And somewhere along the line as I put on my weight it was okay for me to be last; it was okay for me not to be not to be the best or I didn't have to give my full effort because I was going to finish last anyway. So it's strange I had promised myself before I - before I came back to the ranch when I was at home that that was no longer the case.

I had come far enough, I'm strong enough, I have the endurance where I can do anything. As long as I'm giving my maximum effort I'm going to compete. So as soon as I found out what we were playing for I knew what the stakes were; I knew what the stakes were; I knew that I could not finish last. And I knew that my only hope was to beat Sarah; that was my only hope. One thing that they didn't tell you but I had got a new bodysuit that night and it really enhanced my performance as far as - it was kind of like a fully body bra is the best way to explain it. You know, and it just kind of holds and sucks everything in. And they'd had it specially made and it took weeks and weeks and I finally got it that night of the challenge.

And I literally cut six minutes per mile off my time. I finished in a record time for me on that 5K. So I gave it my maximum effort. Whether or not Sarah was trying to throw it or not - if she was she didn't do a good enough job I still ended up losing. But I know that I gave it my maximum effort. And I can't tell you how cold it was that night and how sick not only I was but everyone else was; we were all very ill that day. You know, but I can tell you one thing: I know for a fact I left everything I had on that treadmill.

And those aren't normal treadmills. These curves, these wood-ways, I mean, they are almost impossible to run on for a long period of time. You have to power, I mean, you've seen Justin, Justin was the winner and I don't think he ran one minute. You know, you have to power walk on them. So it was one of the toughest physical challenges I've had. But I can tell you that I'm very proud of myself and the effort that I gave.

Question:
When your dad left The Biggest Loser he said it was up to you now. He really did sacrifice himself for you. Can you tell us about having to face him the first time after you went home?

Arthur Wornum:
That wasn't a problem. I am sad that I ended up getting eliminated but I could not be any happier with the effort and the way I went out. I lost 16 pounds and what they don't tell you is I also gained three pounds of muscle those two weeks I was gone. So not only did I lose 16 pounds but the day after I get eliminated they take me in and I do all my medical stuff, I gained three pounds of muscle those two weeks. So facing my dad was not a problem.

You know, his only concern was how has this happened you know, you're not supposed to be here. You know, Marci promised you're not going to be here. You know, why is this happening? So once he understood why I was there that it wasn't my team, it wasn't my girls that sent me home he was fine; he understood. I mean, it was common knowledge if you somehow ended up on that Red Team or, I mean, or vice versa you were going home.

The only difference with our team is after I made that switch with Jen and Jay for Sarah and Deni our team promised that now they are part of us. We now they are our alliance and they're a part of our team. And we will judge them on merit and effort and not on what team they used to be. Unfortunately the Red Team didn't have that same mentality. But that's their that's their choice. And I don't fault them for that choice. You know, I'm not the one to judge; I let others judge.

Question:
Bob's words were about how the Biggest Loser house was built for people like you and it was wrong to send you home because you weren't part of the alliance. Did you think that perhaps that might draw out some compassion and perhaps one of the other competitors might fall on their sword for you?

Arthur Wornum:
You know what I find interesting, I'll be honest with you on that, that Red Team is a team of they're a real religious team. You know, Justin, Rulon, Moses, Kaylee they practice the Mormon religion, Ken's a pastor. You know, so I really thought I could I would have a chance maybe and I thought maybe they could look at in their heart. But when you're in a game, quote-unquote, game like this it's hard.

You know, I honestly think if you in hindsight maybe after the show if you ask some of them if they would maybe have changed their mind it could have been. Kaylee, they don't show this but Kaylee was willing to give up her spot for me. Kaylee came to her dad and said she wanted to give up her spot and her team wouldn't let her. Justin offered if his team would vote him off he would go but they wouldn't let him. The other thing they don't show is every single girl on my team demanded to speak to the executive producer.

In fact Marci broke all the rules because they separate us and they're not supposed to see us and Marci broke all the rules and came down the stairs to the elimination room and chewed the Red Team out and gave them a piece of their mind about how they need to keep me. And then she insisted on speaking to the executive producer to sacrifice herself. So, I mean my girls and Marci did everything they could to fall on that sword. And it's just the way the ball bounces it's just the way the ball bounces.

Question:
When was it that you actually went back to Portland?

Arthur Wornum:
You know, I don't honestly know. After Christmas I went back to the ranch and then I think I came back on like the 10th or 11th of January.

Question:
One of the things that was on the show last night was that really emotional scene between you and your dad where your dad talks about your parents splitting up and the issues that your dad had at that time and how he felt that maybe that led to some of the weight gain that you had. What was that like for you and how have you and he been dealing with that in after you had that conversation?

Arthur Wornum:
Well my dad is my best friend. And one thing my parents did through their troubles together is they always sheltered us. My mom and my dad they never once talked bad about each other; there was no animosity when they split. I think what my dad was getting at was it was at the time I'll be honest at the time I blamed my mom for the split. And I didn't realize why she had left and why she felt the way she did because the actions my dad had.

So when my mom left what caused me to put on the weight. It wasn't the emotional toll between them it was now my whole environment had changed. You know, gone are the cooked meals everyday gone is having my breakfast. I went from a two-parent household with the mom having all the food and stuff prepared for me to now it's just me and my dad and we're eating pizza and chicken and fast food. Looking back I can see what he was saying because he wasn't there; he wasn't doing his job as a parent making sure that I was eating right and emotionally stable. So I don't hold any grudges whatsoever because I fully take responsibility of every single pound I put on.

And one thing I can say about my dad more than anybody as I got bigger and when I mean bigger I mean I put on 300 pounds from the time I graduated. The only person that consistently with as much love as possible not only talked to me but would do anything I'll come and walk with you, whatever you need, baby, but we need to get this weight off. He's the only one that did that. Not even my own wife eever even said anything to me.

So my dad and my relationship is as good as ever. I think that moment was almost more cleansing for him than it was me. You know, because I think it was time for him. That guilt that he felt I think he was able to express that to me and kind of get it off his chest. So I think even though it was my episode and he was talking to me it's almost like that was more therapy for him. I think it did him more justice than actually me.

Question:
So you said you weigh 340 now?

Arthur Wornum:
Yes.

Question:
Do you have a goal weight?

Arthur Wornum:
My goal weight is 250. I will be 250 by the finale.

Question:
Can you go back to the first couple of days, maybe even the first couple hours, after the chocolate temptation? What was it like for you on the ranch? Was it awkward? Uncomfortable? Were people treating you different? I know you got it straightened out in the end but was that a rough couple days after that happened?

Arthur Wornum:
What they don't show is right after that challenge and after I make that switch and I gave my reasons why and they played some of it but there's a lot of things behind the scenes they don't show. So what I did was I went in the house and everybody lined up on the table and I sat for over an hour taking questions from every single person in the house. And I think by the end of that night everybody's questions were answered whether they agreed with me or not everybody understood why I did it. And I think that allowed people to really forgive me.

And I'll be honest with you pretty much everyone had forgiven me, of course probably except Jay and Jen, but even the Pink Team by the end of the week had totally forgiven me. In fact the Pink Team thanked me and said this is probably the best thing that ever happened to them coming over to our side. So I think once I sat down and I gave everybody a chance to just hammer me and I took every question; I was the last one to leave the table. Because I wanted everybody to know why I did this and if you have questions this is why. And I think Moses had said it best you know, they didn't show it so I guess it doesn't even matter me talking about it but by the end of the night I think everybody kind of understood, Even the people that were involved kind of understood why I did it.

And by the end of the week pretty much all was forgotten. You know, I had I know people think because of what I did the Red Team then voted me out and I don't think that decision had any play in it. I think if I would have never made that decision, if I would have ended up on the Red Team they would have still voted me out period. You know, I just think that's the way it was.

Question:
You talked about your reasons, you didn't trust Jen and Jay, why specifically?

Arthur Wornum:
There's a lot of stuff that goes on in that house 24/7. If I was going to take our best team, and I have fully admitted that Jay and Jen are very hard workers, extremely hard workers. And they're good people; I don't think there's anything bad about them. You know, but in this game people are threats. And I had walked in on a conversation where I there was no doubt in my mind what was said and what was done. And it just happened to be the day before this challenge. And instead of taking these concerns to my team which is what I should have done because Jay and Jen were a valuable valuable commodity to our team; they were extremely valuable. Instead of taking those concerns to my team I held that in and then when I had that chance to make the switch and all that emotions going involved and you can't discuss it with anybody, you have to react I reacted in probably the the wrong way.

I should have never done that without discussing my feelings about that about Jay, with my team. But, I mean, you have to understand there's so much more that goes on behind the scenes. And for me to get rid of our worst team take on their worst team you know there has to be more there than meets the eye. You know, and that's kind of how it was you know, but we moved on, I mean you've seen Bob and Jill they weren't that upset; they understood the reasons why. You know, they weren't happy because they had had a plan worked out for us and I just kind of messed it up.

But I think that everybody on the ranch understands why. And it's going to look how it's going to look to America but I think anybody there understands why. Whether they agree with it or not that's a different story but they understand the reasoning behind it.

Question:
Watching you stick up for yourself and really make it a point to take charge of your life at the weigh in while standing on that scale it was really inspiring. Were you shocked when Jillian jumped in and reacted negatively toward that?

Arthur Wornum:
Me and Jillian are very much alike in the sense that we run on the motions. There was a couple of times this season where emotionally I just, I mean, it's obvious I act a lot on my emotions. And so I understand what she was saying; she wanted me to fight. I mean, she saved me, I'm not going to lie to you, I mean, it would have been easy after that chocolate temptation for her to say that's it, get rid of him. But she never did that; she fought tooth and nail for me. She's the one that Arthur you need to follow my diet plan; you need to understand that these girls and you need to follow my diet plan and everything is going to work for you. So, I mean, Jillian and Bob were my biggest supporters.

I understand their frustration because they wanted me to fight. You know, and the thing is as much as we hate to say it it is a game comment you know. And I did, I mean, they didn't show it but I went in that room and I fought with everything I had. I mean I tried to use I tried to use it all. But unfortunately there was just no way Rulon was going to let me stay period. Rulon was not going to let me stay; it just wasn't happening. And without his okay they weren't going to vote anybody else out. He had immunity; they're not going to vote anyone else out. My only hope was maybe Ken or Moses would sacrifice. But the thing about me and Moses, we were very close on the ranch.

One of the very first conversations we had together was if we're ever in a situation where we have to write each other's names down understand that we love each other but I will never and it's like I told him I will never write any of my girls, okay, I will never write any of my girls' names down never will I write any of their names down. So if it's between you and my girls as much as I love you I'm writing your name down and vice versa for him. He loves me as a brother; he promised he would never write my name down before any of the girls but he told me he will never write any of his team down.

So it was an understanding me and Moses had. His daughter was willing to give up her spot for me. But you can't always look at just numbers, weight loss numbers and think okay well Kaylee is 170 pounds; she's training folks now, she doesn't need to be there. That's not the case Kaylee emotionally needs to be there just as much as I physically need to be there. So I'm not going to sit back and judge or say they they should have kept me over somebody else that's for other people to judge that's for other people to judge.

Question:
What have been the hardest challenges since getting voted off the show and being back at home?

Arthur Wornum:
You know, I would say the hardest challenge for me at first was maintaining my walking the same amount of walking I did at the ranch. When I first got back I noticed I try to set little goals. From the day I started my weight loss journey back in February of '09 I set little goals. So I remember when I was laid up and I was 646 pounds my very first goal was I will not eat fast food for this day; one day I will go a whole day without eating fast food. So I always try to set little goals. And one of the little goals I set when I was at the ranch is a step goal. I try to reach X amount of steps.

And then when I got home I noticed I was consistently not hitting my step goal. And if I'm not hitting my step goal that means I'm not hitting my calorie goal. So when I got home and I realized okay I'm not adding up; my time is not adding up. I'm putting in this amount of time working out but why am I not hitting my goals? Well what it was was I wasn't getting my walking in. So what I've done is I've now incorporated walking to the gym. So it's almost like an extra workout. So I walk 5.5 miles to the gym then I usually walk about half of that on the way back. So that has really helped increase and that was probably the one thing I struggled with the most coming home was getting my walking in.

Question:
If you do win the at-home prize what are you going to do with the money?

Arthur Wornum:
Oh let me be honest with you here; I have already won. I have already won. I am 100 pounds away from my goal weight. I remember sitting back being 400 pounds away. I remember thinking I have to lose 400 pounds. So I have already won. Knowing that I've lost over 300 pounds in a little over two years I've already won.

If for some reason come finale I'm blessed to have that cherry on top of that sundae which means I get that $100,000 after taxes what am I looking at about, what, $56,000 I'll probably pay off all the credit debt I have, the little bit of credit debt I have, put a little away and that's about it. I mean, there ain't going to be much left so.

It has never ever once been about the money for me. In fact I will tell you there has been plenty of times where I would tell them keep your money, I just want my life back. You keep me on the ranch you can have your money what I mean, you just - you just keep me here until I get my goal and I don't even want any money. So that has always been my focus. My focus has always been to win my life back. And for the first time in a long time I am right there; I am on the home stretch.

Question:
Who do you think is going to win on the ranch?

Arthur Wornum:
Okay well I'll give you a couple. My sentimental favorite by far is my girl Courtney. That is by far from day one we have had a special connection. You know, we both lost weight before we got - she was the biggest girl, I was the biggest guy. You know, she's like my little sister. Her mom took me under her wing. You know, so my sentimental favorite is definitely Courtney. But I understand me and Courtney, we had lost so much weight before we didn't have all the water weight everybody had we didn't so I understand it's going to be tough for her. But that's my sentimental favorite.

But I'll tell you what my brain tells me, okay, if I had to put money on it Olivia Ward will win this season of Biggest Loser. Olivia from the Purple Team is one of the most competitive, smart, loving, I mean, I just absolutely adore her. And she has everything it takes to win. She has that work ethic. I can't tell you how strong mentally that girl is. Some of the physical things she's dealt with from the very beginning absolutely amazes me. So if I had to put money on it I would put my money on Olivia, my heart says Courtney and my dark horse is my girl from Portland, Irene, that's my dark horse right there.

Question:
Why?

Arthur Wornum:
I'll tell you something, I've watched a lot of seasons of Biggest Loser. And I'm not biased because these are my girls and I love them to death. But these are the hardest working, the most mentally tough women I have ever seen on this show, ever. And I know they're getting smaller and smaller and smaller but it's all about a percentage. And they have a high percentage of fat and so that fat is there for them to keep losing. And with their strength and their work ethic it's going to be tough to beat those three girls. I can tell you who I don't want to win but we won't go there.

Question:
I know you've mentioned that support garment that you had gotten, looking down the road have you discussed with any doctors at all about having a full body lift and how will that improve your ability to exercise and probably take off about 50 pounds?

Arthur Wornum:
No I haven't been in contact with anybody, nobody's contacted me. You know, I can tell you as I get smaller that belly gets shrinking. What this does is it just holds everything. It really enhances my physical performance so. Doctors tell me I will never be a small guy, I mean, I have over 200 pounds of just muscle skeleton and bones. So Doctor Huizenga tells me my goal should be about 250 and then after my surgery I should lose probably another 20-25 pounds of skin. So that's what we're looking at. No I haven't been contacted by anybody and I'd love it if somebody did.

Question:
Do you foresee going into any sort of coaching or motivational speaking?

Arthur Wornum:
Most definitely; that is the one thing that I want to get out to everybody is there's so many people that were like me. You know, I mean, I was 650 pounds. You know, and I never forget sitting up there that day on my floor and I'm watching this show and all these people are getting cut out of their houses. And my goal is to get out to everybody and let them know that you do not have to stay like that. You don't have to do that.

And so my plan is after the Biggest Loser I do want to get some training certification. And I want to help people I want people to know that you can take charge of your life you can do it. You know, the one thing we have control of the one thing we were all blessed with and that's choice. We are blessed with the choice. We have the choice of what we put in our mouth. We have the choice of whether or not we exercise. And so I want to get out to everybody that you have to take that personal responsibility and that's where it starts. Because I can lie to you, I can lie to my wife, I can lie to my dad, I can lie to anybody I want but I cannot lie to myself. And so that's my goal is after the Biggest Loser I want to get out there and I want to help as many people as possible.

Question:Arthur Wornum:
I'll be honest I am literally, I am truly overwhelmed with the support I am receiving not only on Twitter but on Facebook, it has blown up, unbelievable the support I have got. And I'll tell you what I'm kind of an emotional guy and last night I'm reading through all this stuff and just the way people are inspired and some of the people that have reached out to me I'm going to help I know that I have a finale on May 24 and that I have to focus on that.

But I got a message from somebody they have a friend who's 650 pounds and they're in the hospital and they're watching me last night and they're in tears. You know, and I can't help it the Christian the man in me wants to reach out and help this person. And I said contact me whether it's just a phone call I can give this man. But I got to help him. And I just got to help. All the support and love I'm getting I have to pay it forward; I have to give it back.

Question:
Everyone spends a lot of time on the ranch together. Have you seen any romances blossoming?

Arthur Wornum:
I will be the official one to tell you that my time on the ranch there was absolutely zero romances. Word is that there is a romance going on now involving Austin but I will say it's not with Courtney. And I'll just leave it at that.

Question:
You said there's not a lot of game playing but it comes up a lot. Do you feel that it's a distraction from the contestants losing weight?

Arthur Wornum:
You know, I guess when people say game play they talk about people gaining weight and the water, what people don't understand at home is if you don't play the game sometimes you're just going to end up going home. So for instance we know Don wants to go home. And we're not going to let anyone else on our team who wants to be there to go home. Of course everybody is going to drink right before the weigh in because it just it doesn't make sense for us to lose all that weight, put it up on the scale and then next week when we're battling the unknowns somebody is going home.

You know, so these are things that unfortunately you have to do sometimes to actually just stay on the ranch. So it's just one of those things where first and foremost this is TV. I know we're all about weight loss but if it's boring nobody is going to want to watch and that's the unfortunate truth.

Question:
You talked about how you've gained your life back basically but is there one thing in particular that you can say you've gained that has been particularly special or important to you?

Arthur Wornum:
This is a family show, right? No. I mean, well that, I mean that helps too. But honestly it's really the little things and it's a kind of a combination of a bunch of little things. You know, they touched a little bit on it yesterday the simple thing about being able to get in the car without putting the seat all the way back. People don't realize how important that is and how special that is. You know, now I can drive my family somewhere. You know, the little thing about not worrying about breaking a chair or being able to get into a booth. You know, I went to the movies the other day and the arms didn't go up but I could get in no problem.

You know, so it's a lot of the little things. You know, I can walk in the store and I don't have to not worry because stuff never bothers me but I walk in the store now and I don't have everybody in the store turning and looking or the little kids saying oh yeah, mom, look at the big old fat guy. Those are the things now that aren't happening. So there's a combination of a lot of little things that go on. You know, because even at my biggest I was still it's not like I couldn't get up and down stairs or I could still do everything I just it was at a much slower pace and.

So now that I'm down over 300 pounds from my biggest I'm playing softball again. You know, so it's the little things like that. You know, I'm on a softball and a mush-ball team. And I can go out there and I can hit the homeruns like I used to. I can snag the the diving plays. You know, I'm doing all these things that for so many years I just couldn't do. And now I'm back into that old Arthur mode. When I say I got my life back I truly feel like I'm almost back in high school.

Question:
How does it feel to know that you're such an inspiration to others and to be called America's hero?

Arthur Wornum:
It's a little overwhelming and it's a lot of responsibility. I'll be honest with you I'm just an average guy. You know, no, I mean, really I'm just a normal person who's going through this process and to understand and feel that inspiration folks are getting. You know, I have this woman who messaged me and she's a little over 300 pounds and she needs to lose 100 pounds to have a transplant to just get on the list or she's going to die.

And she had pretty much given up all hope of losing this 100 pounds until she started watching me on The Biggest Loser. And she sees how big I was and what I lost and what I'm doing on the ranch. And it's like she said she has no more excuses. You know, she can't lie to herself anymore. So when people start talking to you and you start getting that inspiration - you know, I was out the other night and a lady just ran up to me and hugged me and is in tears. You know, and she's not even a big lady she's somebody who had went through the process, she had lost 100 pounds herself. And so even though I had no clue who she was she has lived my story over the last nine weeks. And it was just real emotional for her. So that's kind of hard getting used to. But it's a responsibility that I'm willing to take on.

Question:
You mentioned earlier about all the stuff involved with you deciding to make that switch in the teams. What was it exactly that you overheard Jay saying? Were they saying that they were going to vote people off?

Arthur Wornum:
You have to understand we don't always have cameras going all the time. The only stuff that they use on the show is the stuff when they have all the cameras there. But we live in the house 24/7 so there's so much that goes on behind the scenes. There was a conversation between somebody on the Red Team and Jay about getting rid of the big threats. And Jay posed the question to Austin, Rulon's a big threat; we need to get him out. But Jay didn't know I was in the other room, okay? And I think Austin did know I was in the other room because Austin fired back was well Arthur is a big threat; when are you going to get Arthur out? And of course as soon as I hear my name my ears perk up. And I kind of creep over to the side and I've lived with Jay for a couple of months so I know his mannerisms, I know what he's doing and he gets this big grin on his face and he puts his arms up like I don't know. And but it was that grin. And I've always I understand.

And so I walked through the room right after he does this and the look on his face was that was like I just got my hand stuck in the cookie jar. And then that night he called a big team meeting and he apologized to me and all that stuff. But that was just the final straw that broke the back for me. You know, and I just didn't believe him. And there was many things that happened in prior stuff that it's just stuff that happens around the house.

And I just didn't trust him. You know, it wasn't anything personal it was just in this game I just did not trust him. Where I knew the Purple Team, the Aqua Team and Irene I fully 100% trusted them. There was no question in my mind. So if I have this fear that the next people to go home were my dad and Marci out of fear I did whatever I could to protect us. And hindsight it was probably the wrong thing to do I'll be the first one to admit that. You know, but I can't go back and it's like I asked everybody all I can do is ask you to forgive me. All I can do is ask you to forgive me and move on. You know, I did it out of fear. I should have brought my concerns right to the team. But that's how the old ball bounces.

Question:
How is your health now?

Arthur Wornum:
Oh what I'm so glad you asked that question, so glad you asked that question because the thing I am the most proud about is the day before we left to come home they gave us bod pods which is they test our body fat and we go through all our medical stuff. We did that the day before we left to come home. Well of course I get eliminated when we come back to the ranch so the doctors send me right back and they run all those tests again. The thing I am the most proud about is when I started on The Biggest Loser I was a Type 2 diabetic; I had full blown diabetes.

When I left The Biggest Loser I have officially reversed my Type 2 diabetes; I am no longer a Type 2 diabetic. My blood - my HCN whatever that level is is a 5.0. It was the third reading in that range. So I am 5.0; I am not pre-diabetes which is 5.7. I am still high risk because I still am 100 pounds overweight but I am no longer a diabetic. My blood pressure is unbelievably good. My body fat percentage when I left the ranch was - started at I think 54 - yeah I think it was like 54 when I got to the ranch; it was 57 when I first went to finals in Season 10. But I think when I started for Season 11 it was 54%. When I left there it was right around 40%. You know, I don't know what it is now but I'm sure it's even lower.

I mean, physically my body is going through some tremendous changes, I mean, it's absolutely remarkable at some of the changes my body is going through right now.

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