WOW... actions speak louder than words. I think it is pretty clear how the contestants feel about Tracey. An 11-pound weight loss and no applause says a lot. After all of the moves and decisions Tracey made tonight one of my favorite moves actually came from Bob Harper and his, what I like to call, "Do We Clap?" move. If you go back and watch it you will totally laugh!
I can tell you this, life on the ranch is not "normal." You are completely submerged into a game and at times you feel like you are fighting for your life. Some temptations on the ranch are very tough especially when it comes to power. I personally do not feel like any Biggest Loser contestant steps foot on the ranch to solely win $250,000, they want to change their life. Unfortunately you are forced to play the game. There is no getting out of it or around it. If you do not play the game, the game will play you. Tracey made some pretty tough and interesting decisions, which are a perfect example of playing the game and getting played. They are all playing... some just do not know it yet.
Self-sacrifice, although a beautiful thing, I do not think it is always the best option and trust me, I am speaking from personal experience. My mom sacrificed herself so Aubrey could stay last season and the very next week Aubrey went home. If I am Sean or Antoine and I am sitting on my couch 5, 7 or 8 weeks from now and I watch Shay get eliminated, I would be kicking myself in the rear end. Do not get me wrong, I love Shay and she does deserve to be there. In Sean and Antoine's case, it was not the best move for them personally (in terms of the game). A lot of us make "self-sacrifice" which could relate to weight issues. We are always putting others in front of ourselves and not making enough time for our own needs. The harsh reality is that years from now Sean and Antoine, if they are lucky, will exchange the random phone call or text message with Shay. It's easy to get wrapped up in the game.