Well, I can't believe how quickly this season is going! I was actually home one weekend last month and though life is good, it's busy and I'm so sorry it's been a bit since we've updated the blog! It's really a fun, action-packed season with so many things being "mixed up" from Season 9! I mean to have the yellow line halfway up the board and then to have to compete in a challenge to stay. It puts so much pressure to really pull your numbers! Ashley and I both know about that! We were not so great at all the challenges but we did pull our numbers. If we had had the lineup so far, I know of a couple of times I would have definitely been scrambling in a challenge! So do you have your favorites yet? I've met so many people who tell me how they pick their favorites, some from the first show, some as they begin to get to know some of the contestants after a few weeks.
Okay - let's get caught up! (I'm so sorry to be behind with blogging.)
You know a couple of weeks ago, the two teams, Black and Blue, had only one person to represent them at the weigh-in. Everyone really had to step it up because who knew who the other team would pick. It was tough, but Elizabeth thought they would be looking and her and she was right. I loved it when Elizabeth realized she had not been a fighter but just a survivor! I think that was such a pivotal moment for her, don't you? I came across a note I wrote to myself in the first few weeks I was on the ranch - it was my pivotal moment. I wrote "Settled for life - that's what I've been living. I CANNOT I CAN'T..." I was realizing I always said, "Oh, I can't do that. I can't... I can't... I can't! I had settled for a life of thinking I can't do anything much... I'd given up in some ways so I really related to Elizabeth with not being a fighter - though I had fought many battles, I was happy just being a survivor. So I was so happy for her as she worked through and fought hard! She was right, the Blue Team picked her and she lost five pounds! (Elizabeth weighed in exactly where I was when I began my BL journey, at 218 pounds.)
I love Alison Sweeney don't you? I hear it all the time from you, is she really as nice as she seems on the show? The answer is YES! She is as beautiful on the inside as the out and this week, as every week, she was beautiful!
Another great line from Jill - "Don't play the weak card!"
The elimination ended in a tie and the Black Team cast the final vote for Adam and he was eliminated. Did you see him on the Today show on Tuesday? He's looking good - he looks like he is still working hard at home with the help of his brother, being inspired by their late mother.
AND LAST WEEK... THE MARINES! Are you kidding? Before Biggest Loser that would have been my reaction but you know, I thought I'd like to be out there with them this time - I'd like to try! They are about a lifestyle of discipline - everything on a time limit! They really pushed everyone out of their comfort zones and really messed with routines. Season 10 landed at Camp Pendleton, California to be trained by America's finest - The Marines. It seemed very special to Ali since it was where her dad was stationed. It seemed Frado might have had an advantage on this one in terms of knowing what to expect, since he had been a Marine in his younger days. The first hike was tough - each had a backpack with an additional 30 pounds! But they did it. The challenge with all the different parts of the obstacle course - pushing a truck reminded me of a workout we did one Saturday at the ranch that was not actually filmed when we pushed a jeep all around that Presidential Mile! We were divided into guys and girls that day. Then the day we PULLED a semi! Biggest Loser really knows how to set up a challenge, don't they?!
The reward for the first team with their feet in the water from this obstacle course - PHONE CALLS HOME! Oh you don't know how important that is to each person. Ashley and I weren't picked to have a phone call home and remember, the Black Team didn't get their letters either... I was so heartbroken that day - I could see the letters with my name on them from my oldest daughter Cyndie and all my friends and family, but didn't get to read one of them. It was very emotional. It is just what you need to spur you on, it seems at the time.
It was a shorter show due to election night but it was packed! The weigh-in! Oh my - the weigh-in! Blue weighed in first and I think Lisa was right - they did not have as much control over what they ate. I doubt the Marines had a nutritional fact sheet on each meal. Jessie actually gained a pound... then the Black Team weighed in - Elizabeth gained a pound and Frado... What happened? As Ali said, it was the first time anyone had apologized BEFORE they weighed in and he was right - he had gained four pounds, which sent them into the elimination room, where Anna was sent home.
What a week! But what an amazing group of men and women that make up all our armed forces - and they VOLUNTEER! Thank you! The Marines build character and helped Season 10 see what they are made of! I totally agree, the Marines are TRUE AMERICAN HEROES! So to them they are "always faithful" - Semper Fi.
Until next week...