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LDS Utahn on 'The Biggest Loser' safe despite team losing weigh-in

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20 2013 3:30 p.m. MST

The Blue Team, including Utahn Hap Holmstead, lost the weigh-in on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Second Chances” on Tuesday, prompting trainer Bob Harper to use his trainer save. Otherwise, Matt Hooper, 38, a retail manager from Georgetown, Mass., would have been the first Blue Team member to go home.

During Tuesday’s episode, the Red Team won the challenge and $1,000 each. It included two team members running 250 feet, bouncing balls off a trampoline over a deep trench to another team member who then had to bounce it off of another trampoline past moving targets into large baskets worth one, two or three points. The team first to 30 points won.

“We’re here to win every challenge,” said Holmstead, 26, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and a husband and father of three young children. “I don’t care if it’s a cash prize, we want to win no matter what.”

But it was the Red Team's David Brown, 43, of Edmond, Okla., who scored the most points, ending the Blue Team’s winning streak.

“I’m definitely eating a full humble pie tonight,” Holmstead said after the challenge.

Also during Tuesday’s episode, the contestants watched their audition videos from when they first came to the ranch.

“The best part of all of it was when the screen went black and I could see my own reflection in the computer — and I see a skinnier me,” Holmstead said. “I know that sounds funny, but in the last six weeks I’ve changed so much physically and mentally, I can now see the person I’m becoming rather than who I was.”

Holmstead played baseball for American Fork High School and has since competed in powerlifting. Holmstead, of the Garden 5th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Garden Stake, also served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ohio.

At the weigh-in, Holmstead was at 348 and then lost eight pounds. He started at 403 pounds.

The Blue Team collectively lost 27 pounds, or 1.88 percent, which was the smallest percentage of all of the teams. Hooper would have been automatically eliminated if it wasn’t for Harper using his trainer save.

On the Tuesday, Nov. 12, episode, the Blue Team won the cooking challenge judged by White House senior policy advisor on nutrition Sam Kass and the three “Biggest Loser” kid ambassadors from Season 14. They had 30 minutes to put together a healthy meal.

Cutting up the vegetables into tiny, fine pieces helped push their healthy Backyard Quesadilla and Fiesta Fruit Salad into first place, winning a year’s worth of produce valued at $5,000.

“I am super excited because me, my wife and my kids are going to have free fruits and vegetables for a year. And that means a lot to me,” Holmstead said.

Because trainer Jillian Michaels broke the rules and gave caffeine supplements to her team without doctor’s consent, the previous week’s weigh-in was deemed invalid. The Blue Team had the immunity they won on the Nov. 5 episode and eliminated contestant and “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, 35, of Birmingham, Ala., was allowed to return to the competition.

Michaels’ White Team had a four-pound penalty and team member Craig Arrington, 30, of Wilson, N.C., was eliminated.

Michaels said that she stood by her decision, saying caffeine supplements are healthier than unlimited coffee, and regretted that her team was penalized.

Previews for next Tuesday’s episode hint that more than one contestant may be eliminated.

The winner of “The Biggest Loser” gets a $250,000 prize and eliminated contestants are also in a competition for an at-home weight loss prize.

The Biggest Loser: Second Chances” airs Tuesday evenings on NBC.

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