Amanda Arlauskas was the third finalist for season eight of The Biggest Loser.
I grew up a very social girl, but I often had a fake smile on my face.At 18 years old, I reached my all time heaviest weight of 270 lbs.My senior prom was quickly approaching, and after struggling to find a dress that would fit me, I finally walked out of a plus size store with a size 22/24 dress in my hands.It looked like something my grandmother should have been wearing. I decided against going to the prom, and instead cried my eyes out that night while my friends had the time of their lives.It was at that point that I was sick of allowing my weight to control me so much. Just a short time later is when I heard about the casting for The Biggest Loser.Being on national television definitely helped my transformation.
At first I was absolutely humiliated to get in a sports bra and tight spandex shorts in front of America, but it was just that that motivated me.
I promised myself that if I allowed the viewers to see me in that outfit, I’d never look that way again.
Having cameras on me constantly was also a great motivation because you knew at all times that eyes were on you, so you wanted people to see how hard you were really working.
The first 6-12 months after the show I struggled badly trying to keep the weight off. I was finally enjoying life as a healthier, skinnier girl, and with that came a lot of fun social outings that included eating and drinking. From my finale weight of 163 lbs, I was back up to 202 lbs.
I totally freaked out and immediately started back with my trainer and eating correctly.
Within a few short months, I was able to re-lose the weight.