Below are some answers to the questions that were posted on my blog .
QUESTION: pinkrattie asked "How did you curb your sugar cravings while on the ranch? I've tried going cold turkey before and the backlash was intense. It consumes me until I get something sweet."
ANSWER: Looking back I realized I curbed my sugar cravings with fruit smoothies. I would take frozen strawberries, put them in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds. I would then put them in the Biggest Loser Bullet Blender (http://www.biggestloser.com/2009/08/super-quick-multi-chopper-storage-system.php) along with some skim milk, a half a banana and a packet of Truvia sweetener. IT IS SO GOOD! You can also experiment with different fruits. Frozen mango is very good. Blaine would use frozen blueberries a lot.
QUESTION: DDMiller asked "Some contestants are portrayed in a very poor light on the show. Even though this is "reality" we all know there is a lot of creative editing that goes on. Are the contestants all portrayed pretty accurately... what we see is what we get? It seems strange that some of the bitterest enemies/rivals on the show end up seeming very friendly after the show. Give us the dirt! (So glad you will be blogging this season...I'll check in weekly... Love you!)"
ANSWER: Regarding the editing, what YOU see is A SIDE of the contestant. Take for instance Mandi Kramer. The Mandi I saw on the show cried A LOT. The Mandi I know in real life is fun, kindhearted, strong and determined. Tara was a fierce competitor but she is also sweet, thoughtful and very giving. Filipe was joking and laughing ALL THE TIME but he was also very deep, wise and spiritual. It is all very fascinating.
QUESTION: MandyLue posted "As a new runner and on my own weight-loss journey, I know there have to be times when the contestants suffer from things such as shin splints, pulled muscles, etc. While I wouldn't want the whole show to focus on such things, it would be nice to know how the contestants deal with the effects of their changing bodies. Thanks!"
ANSWER: I could not agree more MandyLue! It was VERY COMMON for all of the contestants to head right from the gym to the medic's office to ice their knees, their shins, their backs and anything else that needed iced. There were times that they had cameras in the medic's office capturing the process on tape. For some reason the footage has a hard time making it into the show.
QUESTION: MN_BLaddict asked "How much time do the contestants typically spend in the pool? Swimming is much better on your joints than running, although it burns less calories, and I would think that people who are overweight would be doing more swimming, at least initially, to lessen the pain on their joints."
ANSWER: I was in the pool ALL THE TIME at the ranch for that exact reason. It was a way for me to stay active and continue burning calories while taking some of the pounding and pressure off of my joints. I think the pool is a great way for anybody to exercise. The calorie burn for swimming can actually be very good.