As a reality TV show watcher part of me this week was yelling, "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!?" Why are you all so sad? You still have the ranch. You still have the gym. You can look to your right or look to your left and see your former teammates. I don't remember being that upset when my best friends in high school were in different classes than I was. What is the problem?
BUT... as a former Biggest Loser contestant my heart ached watching this episode. When we switched to blue and black in season 7, I was a basket case. I felt like a seven-year-old little girl who just found out there was no Santa. I was crushed.
Life on the ranch is so different. It is dramatic and blown way out of proportion. You are, for the most part, completely cut off from the outside world. There are no TVs, there is no Internet, and there are no phones. The relationships the contestants have with each other (and the trainers) are intensified and they are not normal.
I was an emotional wreck when I arrived on the ranch. I lived my life in denial, I numbed myself with food and I was completely oblivious to who I was and who I wanted to be. I was removed from my comfortable environment that I had created to accommodate my body and put into a completely different environment. It was scary and it was hard. The only thing we really had to comfort us was each other. This is why I feel the team splits are as dramatic as they appear to be. There is so much going on emotionally. If we were to look at the Biggest Loser experience and compare it to the cycle of life, I would have to say going to blue and black is like going through puberty!