Ready, set, GO... Biggest Loser Season 11 is here and it's Couples again! Did you see the show???? If you missed it - stop right now and watch it on nbc.com/biggestloser!
Season 11 looks like a good group of contestants but they all have a long way to go. Arthur's starting weight of 507 and 5'8" - Bob says that makes him officially the biggest contestant ever on Biggest Loser. Did you catch his picture at 646 pounds? He has already lost almost 150 pounds and has another 300 to go... it seems overwhelming but Bob really helped to get his head back to one day at a time! I love you Bob!
We also have Courtney of the Aqua Team (I like the new color don't you?) who has lost just over 100 pounds before coming to the ranch and is starting at 323, but it still puts her as the biggest girl in the house this season. Ashley was the biggest girl in our season starting at 374 so Courtney can do it and she seems to have the determination already. Her mom Marci is 20 pounds more than where I started at 218.
Did you hear Moses (440 pounds) from the Gray Team throw down a challenge from the very beginning? He is going to beat our Season 9 Gray Team Koli and Sam! What do you think about those guys! And the 54-year-old Black Team twins whose stories were heartbreaking. Don's son has disowned him and Dan's son died at 24. Sarah from the Pink Team, starting at 261 pounds, has had a number of miscarriages due to her weight and doesn't want to lose any more babies. And I have to mention Rulon and Justin, Yellow Team, because Rulon is the 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist in wrestling and Bronze Medalist in 2004; you know he has it in him. I liked everyone didn't you????
Biggest Loser has teased us for weeks in the commercials about the BIGGEST addition to Season 11 - TWO NEW TRAINERS!!!!!!!! Then the first challenge with the BIGGEST prize ever in BL history - the right to chose your trainers - Bob AND Jillian or the two UNKNOWN trainers AND FOUR WEEKS OF IMMUNITY!!!!!! The first challenge is a team 5K. (Okay, yes from couch potato to a team 5K is "challenging," but try couch potato to a team MARATHON ON A BIKE like we did our first day on the Ranch in Season 9, I'm just saying....)
I was impressed with many contestants during this challenge - yes the Yellow Team and their competitiveness but what about Gray Kaylee and Green Jennifer! Yellow, Gray, Aqua, Green, Brown, Purple, Pink and Red all got to make a choice of their trainers, leaving Orange, Blue and Black with no choice. What would you do? Bob and Jill, or unknown trainers but four weeks of IMMUNITY... do you think you would continue to work as hard if you knew every week could be your last? I know having the threat of going home next weigh-in drove me to continue pushing harder when I wanted to slow down... time will tell.
The unknown trainers with their five teams are working at Biggest Loser Fitness Ridge in Malibu while the six teams are still on the Biggest Loser ranch. I have not been to Fitness Ridge yet but you can bet it's no picnic! Check it out at http://malibu.biggestloserresort.com/. From the messages I'm getting on my Facebook, you wanted to see the unknown teams weigh in to see how well they did. We only got a peek at the Yellow Team who lost a total of 59 pounds, and Moses who set a record by losing 41 pounds! So it appears they are "killing it" as did Bob and Jillian's teams we did get to see. It is hard to see anyone go home the first week like James on Season 9. But with only nine pounds lost, Orange Team Mom Ana was eliminated. She does seem to be doing well at home having lost an additional 41 pounds and is serious about taking charge of her life again!
One last thing until next week, I heard a few words out of Arthur's mouth after pushing Jillian's truck around the mile and you know her foot was on that brake! He said," I CAN do this!" Do you think he's already getting it??? I love it!