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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

    From what I can find, Arthur was studying to be (now hold your breath, this will be a shocker from a biggest loser contestant) a personal trainer. He was still weighing in at around 350 lbs in July 2011.
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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

    I know, and he had lost over 200 lbs both at the ranch and on his own. However, he was extremely obese and was in need of some very serious help with his weight-loss. I remember his father was successful in losing all of the weight he needed to. In order for Arthur to become a trainer, he would have to lose all the weight plus undergo some very serious plastic surgery.

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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

    Arthur Wornum: Biggest Loser: Couples 4 - aired January 2011

    Age: 34
    Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 507 lbs
    Finale wt: 344 lbs
    Wt lost: 163 lbs

    For his height depending on his frame he can weight anywhere from 140 to 172 lbs. I wish him the best of luck.
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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

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    "The Biggest Loser": Catching up with Season 8 superstar Shay Sorrells


    Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:00 am | Updated: 10:45 am, Thu Jun 16, 2011.

    "The Biggest Loser": Catching up with Season 8 superstar Shay Sorrells By Jen Wielgus Calkins Media, Inc.

    Shay Sorrells admits she came a little unglued on the night of "The Biggest Loser" Season 11 finale. She went online and saw viewers expressing disappointment in some of the contestants' weight-loss results, and she just wasn't going to stand for that.

    "I kind of got crazy with some of the people on Twitter," says Shay, who started Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" at 476 pounds and was, at that time, the heaviest contestant in show history. "I was like, 'Shut up!'

    "...That's what I think is the hardest part of being on the show, is that all these people, all these strangers, have expectations of you."

    A year ago, Shay learned just how high those expectations can be when she appeared at the Season 9 finale to cap off The Shay Subway Challenge.

    Shay lost 172 pounds on Season 8, but Subway then promised her $1,000 for each additional pound she dropped between her finale and the end of Season 9.

    She lost 52 pounds -- and earned $52,000 -- on her own at home in Costa Mesa, Calif., while working full-time as a social worker at Boys Town and raising her two stepsons, ages 12 and 7, with her husband.

    Some of the feedback she received was disappointing, to say the least.

    "People were like, 'You only lost 52 pounds? For $1,000 a pound, you should have lost 100,' " Shay recalls. "Because it's that easy, right? Lots of people said those things, and even some former Biggest Loser [contestants] said those things. I'm like, well, I did the best I could, and that's all I can say. I can't do any more than that."

    Shay's experience trying to lose weight in the harsh public eye twice -- once on her own -- makes her a unique "Biggest Loser" ambassador, and one whose voice I think needs to be heard loud and clear.

    But first let me emphasize something: Shay is not a bitter woman! When I chatted with her Monday she was upbeat, energetic, funny and full of life -- her good old self. She's doing great now, still balancing her demanding career (she has worked at Boys Town for seven years) with her family, fitness routine and occasional "Biggest Loser"-related commitments.

    Shay says her life has improved since she left the show because now she loves working out and eating right; it's not a chore or an obligation. Over the past year, Shay, who grew up in foster care, has found a way to share her passion for health and fitness with her kids at home and at work.

    What I really want to focus on here is her passion for finding non-scale-related happiness in her life. Shay, who weighed 252 after her Subway Challenge, refuses to answer questions about her weight anymore.

    Here's why:

    "I find that with Biggest Losers, the general public base their success upon ours," she says. "I don't think that's right for them or for us. It's not realistic. The other thing is, people focus too much on the scale. The fact that I can run five miles and finish CrossFit workouts faster than other people...I don't care if I'm 250 or 350 [pounds]. It doesn't matter. And so that's why I stopped talking about my weight. I refuse to do it, and people get so mad at me for that. But I'm like, 'Look, I'm not going to do it, because it doesn't help anyone. It honestly doesn't help anyone.'"

    Shay's words probably help more people than she realizes.

    For example, I know how challenging and humbling CrossFit workouts can be. Anyone who tackles them as enthusiastically as Shay does must have a lot of energy -- not to mention be in great shape. And we all know being in shape has nothing to do with weight.

    Shay says she started doing CrossFit because she couldn't run to stay in shape, due to knee issues, digestive issues and cold-induced asthma. She always enjoyed lifting weights and demonstrating her strength. CrossFit gave her that opportunity, while also helping improve her cardiovascular endurance, and she didn't have to go run a marathon to get an exhilarating workout.

    Speaking of marathons (you know I purposely brought that up)...if you were wondering what happened with Shay's second Subway Challenge -- running a marathon with Jared Fogle to double her money from the first challenge -- Shay can clear that up for you.

    She did attend the New York Marathon last year to support Jared but only was able to run five miles herself. While training for the marathon, she re-injured her knee and had to take a break from working out. She also had a bad reaction to some soup that led to an important discovery: she has a gluten intolerance.

    "My body just kind of shut down for a while," says Shay, who still takes advantage of the food portion of her Subway deal, but can only eat the salads. "I'm getting back on the horse now, and Subway has been great. They still want to work with me, but my body has just been refusing to cooperate."

    Shay says she's been talking with the Subway people about running a couple half-marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks "or whatever my body can handle" in the near future.

    "They've really been amazing about the whole thing," Shay says of Subway. "They're more worried about my health than anything."

    That's something Shay and her sponsor have in common. Shay might be slowed down on occasion by sickness or injury, but never by her weight. She already has accomplished great things on the scale and would like to tackle some new frontiers, if you don't mind.

    "I tell people, 'I was 500 pounds. I will never be 100-and-something pounds,' " she says. "It will never happen. People expect me to show up one day and be 125 pounds, and I'm 5-9, and [Biggest Loser physician] Dr. Huizenga clearly, explicitly told me, 'You will always be an Amazon.' I take that as a compliment. When I met Laila Ali and saw that she was 200 pounds and looked frickin' phenomenal, I was like, 'I'm good with this. I don't have to be 100-and-something pounds.' I figured it out."

    Shay is always on the lookout for fellow "Biggest Loser" alumni who share her attitude. As she puts it, everyone who has competed on the show is part of a big family "and you love them automatically, but then over time you find out if you like them and want to be around them." Among her closest "Biggest Loser" friends are Abby Rike from Season 8, Stacey Capers from Season 6 and Ada Wong and Jesse Atkins from Season 10.

    Recently, she was impressed by Season 11's Larialmy Allen (Red team), who made a habit of posting "Non-scale victories" on Facebook after being eliminated from the show.

    "She talks about things that she's doing that have nothing to do with her weight, and I love her for that," Shay says. "It's not about the scale at all, it really isn't. It's about the healthy living. I love when I see people who get that."
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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

    Who said she had to be 125 lbs? I don't have the best math skills but I'm pretty sure there's a helluva big difference between 350 lbs and 125 lbs. If she doesn't like strangers commenting on her progress (or non-progress), then quit blogging and quit taking Subway's money. She's more than welcome to live her life out of the public eye but I guess she likes those Subway cheques.

    Oh, and please tell me she's not comparing herself to a Laila Ali. A pro athlete, no less. That would be like me comparing myself to Kara Goucher because I can squeeze out a few small competitive runs.
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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

    And we all know being in shape has nothing to do with weight.
    Pet peeve of the day: Blanket statements. As a writer who frigging gets paid, the author of this should be required to steer clear of poorly written crap like this. First of all, we don't all know. Second of all, being in shape does have SOMEthing to do with weight. To state otherwise is preposterous. How about the writer was real and just said that "many of you may not know this, but there are those who are overweight that are in great shape!" Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.

    As for Shay, it does matter if you are 250 or 350 pounds. The extra 100 lbs IS hard on the body. I guess she didn't listen to anything Dr. Huizenga had to say. Or is making some excuses.

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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

    The average weight for a female that is 5'9" is 145lbs according to standard insurance height/weight charts. That being said, it is only an average and does not take into account, frame size the amount of muscle etc... Many overweight folks who have been very obese like Shay have developed denser skeletal structures and have more muscle to be able to carry the extra weight therefore if all that is taken into account can weight more than 145 and still be consider a "normal" weight for their height. Still for her health and to avoid damage to her hips, knees and ankles I am sure her doctor would like her to be at around the 200 mark. Because in the long run her doctor wants Shay to be able to maintain her weight for the rest of her life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spockwhat View Post
    Pet peeve of the day: Blanket statements. As a writer who frigging gets paid, the author of this should be required to steer clear of poorly written crap like this. First of all, we don't all know. Second of all, being in shape does have SOMEthing to do with weight. To state otherwise is preposterous. How about the writer was real and just said that "many of you may not know this, but there are those who are overweight that are in great shape!" Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.

    As for Shay, it does matter if you are 250 or 350 pounds. The extra 100 lbs IS hard on the body. I guess she didn't listen to anything Dr. Huizenga had to say. Or is making some excuses.
    ITA to all that.

    The "I don't care if I'm 350 or 250 lbs" line had me reeling. Lady, you had better care if you give a damn about your health. There is no woman on earth who's "Amazon" enough to safely carry 350 lbs on their frame. I'm 5'7" and there's nothing dainty about my frame, and I would be extremely overweight at 250 lbs, too. If the bar is being set that low for a "healthy" individual, then no wonder obesity levels are out of the stratosphere. Shay has had incredible opportunity handed to her by TBL & Subway and apparently learned nothing.
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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

    I had watched some of "My 600lb Body" on TLC and the one girl had been over 600 lbs and her doctor wanted her down to 200 and to maintain at that weight. I think the doctors who deal with morbidly obese folks don't expect them to become a "normal" weight they want them to be able to get to a weight that is not harmful to their health and one that they can maintain for a lifetime.
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    Re: What happened to Shay Sorrell from season 8

    I've watched most of the 600lb shows.
    What has struck me most about those individuals is that even after all
    of the weight loss and excess skin removal, they are never really healthy.
    The constant effort required to maintain 600 to 700lbs of body mass seriously takes its toll and leaves a lasting impression.

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