Sione's leaving last week definitely changes the feel in the house. Though I admire Filipe's desire to fight like he has never fought before for Sione and Bob, he cannot win The Biggest Loser for anyone but himself. Time and time again on ranch, the players have said they want to win for Bob since, yes, many of The Biggest Losers in the past have been trained by Jillian.
In my season, Roger thought he was going to do it for Bob. Then when I went back to campus during season 6, Heba said she was going to do it for Bob. (Heba almost pulled it off but was not voted into the finale by America; she did, however, have the highest overall percentage of weight loss.) So although I admire Filipe's desire to fight the "epic" battle as Kristin calls it, I hope he realizes the only battle to win is the battle within, that place where we realize that we deserve to have and create all that we want in our lives.
Canyon Tightrope Walk
I loved this challenge. It was definitely an opportunity for many overwhelming fears to be conquered with everyone trying to focus while sliding on a wire 100 feet (10 stories!) above a canyon. I really thought Filipe was going to pull this one off, especially after Tara lost her footing and struggled to get herself back up on that wire. But you know our girl in green! She has a one-track mind, and that is winning!
But everyone wins every week on the show. Makeover week is definitely a week that all the players look forward to. In fact, some step foot on the ranch hoping to just make it to this week. After 15 weeks of working out and focusing on how we got the way that we did and really not spending time on our appearances, makeover week is so much FUN!
Most of the contestants don't even realize until this week how much their bodies have changed. My favorite part of makeovers is seeing the reactions and emotions once the contestants see their family members. These contestants looked so AMAZING, talk about beautiful people. Tim Gunn was incredible, helping everyone get out of their comfort zone, a place that was never really comfortable to begin with.
The Kristin Threat
Bob was right when he told Kristin that as the biggest girl in the house, she is the biggest threat. Kristin has to stay above the yellow line. Girls definitely have to work harder to lose the weight but another reality is that as a girl, you typically are able to get smaller in the long run since women's frames tend to be smaller.
On the ranch, contestants are treated as athletes from the get go, so injuries happen. It was unfortunate that Laura had such a severe injury, which is why Dr. Huizenga put such a serious restriction on her. In the long run, it is not worth damaging your body. It's important for all of us on our journey of health and working out at home to make sure we stay in touch with our doctors and trainers.
I know that elimination is the hardest part about being on the ranch. I do believe that Laura will have the best chance of getting better at home. I also know that she has turned a major corner and has all that she needs to continue her journey at home under medical supervision. Good luck, my friend!