Bigger Loser Contestant Craig Arrington Talks to iVillage About Being Eliminated

iVillage talked exclusively with The Biggest Loser's Craig Arrington on going home and some of his biggest fears

iVillage: How will you continue your weight loss journey now that you’ve left the ranch?
Leaving the ranch made me realize the real reason I’m on the show. That’s to live a healthier, more active lifestyle! I plan to use the foundation provided to me at the ranch as a starting point and never look back. My goal at home is to never stop moving and always know why this is important to me. That’s to always be a great father for my two little girls.

iVillage: What was the most challenging moment for you on the ranch?
Weigh in days were my most challenging moment. Those nights felt like all the work I had done for a week came down to 30 seconds. Seeing those numbers on the scale really affected me mentally and at times brought me down. Ultimately I realized that no matter the number on the scale, any weight loss was a win for me!

iVillage: What did you like best about working with your trainer?
Jillian pushed me to places I would have never gone to on my own. Fear was a big factor for me. I feared water and she taught me to swim. I feared running and she taught me to run. Most importantly, I feared facing the guilt I felt regarding my father’s death. Jillian taught me what really matters in life and that is my family.

iVillage: What’s the biggest lesson you learned about healthy eating?
It’s all about the portions! The key is to eat less and more often.

iVillage: What did you learned about exercise?
Exercise works based on the frequency with which we do it. I never stop moving and that holds me accountable. Mentally, I know what I want out of this journey and I now realize exercise is the pathway to my success.

iVillage: What did you learn about yourself when it comes to working out. What was your favorite exercise?
Number one thing I’ve learned is that I can do anything when I mentally prepare for a task. Running is my favorite form of exercise. To me, it's the hardest exercise on earth. It’s beyond my physical ability at times, so I now dig deeper mentally and focus on why I’m doing this and how it will help me succeed.

iVillage: What was your biggest personal victory on the show?
It would have to be transitioning from a mindset of “I can’t do it” to believing “I can” and asking the question “how do I do it?”

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