Week 8 -- Part 1
There are always twists and turns in the world of The Biggest Loser but I might say episode 8 takes the CAKE, if you will. Talk about a pop challenge! I think that this week was probably pretty hard for everyone. I never experienced that whole Black team against Blue team part of the show, and I have to admit I'm extremely grateful. It's an awkward position because everyone wants everyone to be successful, and someone you love might be on the other team. At the end of the day we all go home so I just hope that everyone will continue to make the decisions they are comfortable with when they lie down to go to sleep at night.
I know that this up-down-in-the-mud challenge was extremely important to every single contestant. Sometimes you get challenges put in front of you that you really don't care about, but it is challenges like this one that mean so much to really show the character, to yourself as well of course to everyone watching.
The Amazing Tara
Tara never ceases to amaze me. She is an incredibly strong woman with a will and desire that is hard to come by. It did not surprise me in the least that she pulled this challenge off. Some may have looked to Sione to win because he appears to be stronger, but the fire in Tara's eyes said it all.
As I watched the teams split one by one, I couldn't help but think about Jill and Bob. I knew Jill would be ok with it... she always is (plus now she has some of the "stronger" players) but Bob -- I knew that he was going to be heartbroken. I know Bob and he gets extremely attached to his team. Bob is a team guy, and you know when you're on his team and when you're not. He definitely finds strength in numbers. Jill on the other hand sees the importance of teams and numbers, of course, but acknowledges that we are all individuals.
I think that it is going to be interesting to sees how this all plays out because as a contestant you entrust your life and success to your trainer. To have that taken away and then have to find that place immediately in another trainer -- there might be some bumps along the way and there is no time to question the turn of events when you are on the ranch.
When I saw this week's episode I texted Bob immediately (from my treadmill because I was working out when I was watching) and just said "I'm sorry." I know it will all be ok, but I know what that must have felt like.
I thought the 24-hour bike challenge was a good one to really bring the new teams together and talk about an advantage, a three-pound pass! I liked to hear from Tara that she really wanted to show her new team that they could count on her, but honestly I would have known that prior to the challenge!
I was proud that Sione stepped up and said he wanted to finish even though everyone was extremely tired. Sometimes it just takes one person to stand up so that everyone else can as well. I know everyone was proud of themselves in the end.
This is going to be a growing week for everyone on the ranch!
Week 8--Part 2
I always like it when Prevention magazine comes to The Biggest Loser because it offers such great information, like this episode's quiz about eating healthy and living longer. In case you missed it, here are the three questions Prevention's editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello asked the contestants. (The correct answers are at the end of this blog.)
1. True or false: Switching from regular cola to diet cola will help you live longer.
2. Which change in your diet is believed to help you live longer -- cutting fat or cutting calories?
3. Which exercise is believed to help you live longer: doing pushups regularly or doing squats regularly?
I quit drinking diet soda for the most part during my season on the show and after. But then I started drinking it again -- first as a treat when I wanted something sweet but not any calories. And once again it became a regular part of my diet. Two things happened when I started drinking soda again: 1) I felt hungrier and 2) I didn't drink enough water. Recently I've started cutting back on soda again but after watching this episode, I've decided to quit once again!
This week's last-chance workout probably felt like the first last-chance workout for a lot of the contestants. When working with a new trainer, things are different, even if it is just the way that they evaluate you and push you to exhaustion. What I do know is that many contestants will feel it is a "better" workout rather than just a new workout. I loved the exercise Bob had Mandi do -- balancing on the ball with her feet on the bench, then having her jump on and off of the bench while remaining in plank position... talk about hardcore... I loved it!
So I must admit I would have put money on the Blue team falling below the yellow line this week because of the Black team's three-pound advantage from winning the challenge. It was pretty close though, even with the three pounds, which was good to see with most of the contestants having a lot to overcome this week.
I wasn't surprised by the elimination outcome, but I was surprised by Aubrey's vote. I thought it was interesting that she would vote differently from her sister. Yes they are on a bigger team now but usually the partners that start on ranch together end up voting together; it is part of what gives them strength and "power," if you will, within the larger group.
Check Out the Flying Pig
I don't know how many of you are interested, but Prevention is constantly encouraging people all around America to finally do a marathon or half marathon by organizing teams and training programs. My mom Bette-Sue and I will be doing the Flying Pig half marathon in Ohio May 3rd, come join us!
Believe it! Be it!
Ali Vincent of Season 5 was the first woman to ever win The Biggest Loser grand prize.
Answers to quiz questions above
1. False. Regular or diet sodas can more than double your risk of metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that includes high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and belly fat.
2. Cutting and restricting calories leads to a longer life and scientists think that it makes your body work more efficiently if you cut calories. But you should never restrict fat too much because fat helps us keep our immune system running, helps protect our brain. Make sure you're using healthy fat, mono unsaturated fat instead of trans fats and saturated fats.
3. Squats. When you work on your lower body strength, you are improving your flexibility, your balance and your endurance. And all this can prevent you from falling later in life when falls can lead to breaking your hips.