Viewers chose to give Amanda Arlauskas a chance to change her life during last season’s Biggest Loser finale. Now a member of the formidable Pink Team, the 20-year-old nursing student and patient care technician will be giving InTouchWeekly.com readers all the exclusive behind-the-scenes dish every week! In the second episode of season eight, Amanda again didn’t pull big weight-loss numbers. “Two weeks in a row, I’m standing in the weigh-in room, crying my eyes out,” she says. “I was just so annoyed and frustrated. I realized something was wrong.”
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After having lost six pounds the first week, you only lost four this week.
Did you expect that?
Amanda: I knew that the second week was always notoriously bad, and I don’t know if I let that get into my head or not, but I worked so hard again. When I pulled that four, I thought, “Okay, four is not as bad as gaining or losing one or two.” I was disappointed, but thought four was okay. It wasn’t until saw everyone else pulling higher numbers again that it was so frustrating. I couldn’t understand what was going on. There I was, working as hard as everybody else and still pulling low numbers. That’s when I finally stepped up and said something to somebody. I decided I wanted to talk to Dr. Huizenga, because something wasn’t right. I think they’ll show what happened next episode.
Did you think you would go home?
Amanda: Oh yeah, if we didn’t make it, I thought for sure that would be Rebecca and I. For me, that was the toughest. It was the second week in a row that I felt scared to death. Bob started to see my frustrations. I remember him telling me, “Amanda, you’re too pretty and too young to be crying like this.” That’s when we became really close.
Several contestants and even Jillian talked about how Julio was slacking
off. Did you notice that?
Amanda: After Julio only lost 13 pounds, a lot of people were looking down on him as though he hadn’t worked hard. But I felt most like I knew what was going on with him. He worked as hard as possible. This was supposed to be a team effort, but that whole week, everyone was judging everything he did: What time he was getting to the gym in the morning, what time he was leaving at night. I felt bad because people were treating him as though he wasn’t trying. But I completely understood where he was coming from. I don’t agree that your number proves how hard you worked. I worked really hard and hadn’t been pulling the numbers. Julio really stepped it up. The second week, I think he felt more than ever that he really had to prove it. He showed us all by losing 19 pounds.
It’s amazing that losing 13 pounds in the first week is considered a disappointment.
Amanda: It’s unbelievable — people make you feel like you did terribly and you didn’t.
By week two, you must have settled into the routine of the ranch. Can you
describe what your days were like?
Amanda: I’d stick to the same regimen. I’d make sure I always had eight hours of sleep. I’d wake up and walk five miles in the morning. Sometimes I walked by myself, but Rebecca, Daniel, Shay and I would walk together. And then we had different workout times. The trainers came at different times, but they always came for about four hours. And as soon as that was done, we’d take a break and eat either a snack or dinner, depending on the time, and then we’d go back to the gym for an hour or two. Most of us averaged about six hours in the gym. It was eat, sleep work out.
What did you do in the evenings?
We didn’t have a lot of off-time. At the end of the day if I hit my burn, it wouldn’t be surprising if I would just go right up to bed. Sometimes, we had a computer and the only web site we could access was the Bodybugg web site. But we could watch movies on it. We all brought DVDs, so we’d put all the couches in a theater format and watch movies. That was our bonding time. I watched Steel Magnolias for the first time. Everyone was so surprised. Liz and Rebecca were like, “Amanda you have to got to see it!” I loved it.
What was it like getting the phone call after the challenge?
Amanda: That was super-emotional. I know people have wives and children at home, but I had never left home for a long period of time. I’m so close to my family that I didn’t even want to go to college because I couldn’t picture leaving them yet. This call was hard because I finally got to the point where I was a little comfortable and a part of me almost didn’t want to call home because it would make me homesick again. But I knew I needed to talk to my mom to let my parents know I was okay. We had five minutes to talk to them. It was like opening a wound. It just reminded me how much I miss them. But I used that energy to motivate me, just push. That phone call gave me that extra push, just hearing my parents tell me they love me and I didn’t have to worry about what’s happening at home.
What should viewers know that they didn’t necessarily see this week?
Amanda: The second week brought us together. We had to work together and it was the best thing they could have done because we needed that time to connect. We grew strong relationships in the second week, and you’ll see for the rest of the season that we get along so well. We became a true family.