Biggest Loser, Season 5 is here! It seems like just yesterday I was saying goodbye to Bill, Holly, Julie & Isabeau. (oh, right… the finale was only 2 weeks ago.lol) And here we are again. A new ranch again this season. With 20 new contestants. 20!!! I mean, that is a lot of people.
Right from when we first started discussing the possibility of doing teams of two, I loved the idea. To have a teammate with you, going through this experience, would add so many interesting dynamics to the show. First of all, you have a built in support system. Some one who will love you no matter what happens on campus. But, then in some ways maybe it’s harder too. And gotta love Jillian’s comment – they may be bringing their ‘enabler’ with them…What’s harder: getting on the scale in front everyone in America, or getting on the scale in front of your husband?
It’s a little bit difficult to get to know 20 new people right away. Some personalities stand out more than others. Paul for example… he teased me and let me in on his sense of humor right away. And I am, of course, fascinated by his relationship with his ex-wife, Kelly. They both seem like great people, and its so interesting that they are ex’s who decided to team up for an experience like the Biggest Loser. Obviously they still care about each other a lot.
Right away, I love Dan – he is hilarious, and very charming. He and his mom are so boisterous and they have a very loving relationship. Talking to all three parent-child teams really struck home for me. I have a young son, and I am trying so hard to teach him healthy eating habits and getting him outside to play all the time, so I know how tough it is. And I relate to these Bette-Sue, Jackie and Lynn, feeling like they are responsible for their child being in this situation. But I love the pro-active attitude both members of these teams have taken. The kids aren’t letting their parents take all the responsibility, and they are definitely all taking on the challenge of getting healthy.
I look forward to getting to know all the other teams as well… based on the challenges this week, the Black team is setting a pretty high standard. They are clearly going after everything on Campus no holes barred. And Bette-Sue seemed to struggle with her confidence when facing our very first challenge. But when she finished in the middle of the pack at the balloon challenge I could see her confidence go way up. It was just too bad to see the purple team, Maggie and Jenn have such trouble out there on the course. They are such great girls and great friends, I am glad they have another week here. It’s hard to say goodbye to anyone, but I was so sad to see Lynn and Jenny leave. The father/daughter bond they share is obvious, and Lynn clearly made a positive, strong impression on the house. During the elimination, Bernie, Mark and some others really tried to help motivate Lynn to go home and continue his road to health, for his family. They were all really rooting them on.
We’re starting off on another great season of Biggest Loser!