Can you smell the turkey, gravy, and pumpkin pie??? Are you checking the TV to make sure you're watching the right show?? Oh, that's right, this is the making of one of Alison's famous temptation challenges... and boy is it a doozie!! We see in front of the contestants rows and rows of Thanksgiving delights. We're talking all the good stuff... which we all know is PACKED with fat and calories. The way this challenge is set up is pretty simple. Each plate of food has a number on it between one and 100. The person who gets the lowest number wins first prize. The kicker is the more plates you eat, the more numbers you can collect. Alison tells the contestants there are three prizes which are a three-pound advantage, a 25K Cybex home gym, and $500 for each pound lost on the scale. Now, I have to tell you I had a cardinal rule about temptation challenges and it was pretty simple... DON'T DO IT! EVER! That being said, I think I would have probably gone back on that rule for a chance at a three-pound advantage! Heeeeeeeeello turkey! To my surprise EVERYONE ate... the only person who even hesitated was Sunny... and even she ended up giving in! In the end Vinny ate only one plate and won first place giving him the three-pound advantage at the weigh-in. Becky chose the Cybex home gym for coming in second, and Antone won $500 for every pound he lost.
The workouts this week seemed to have a different feel. I can tell you from experience that as the group gets smaller and smaller the heat gets turned WAY up in that gym. You really have to FIGHT for your spot each week. This was very evident this week, not just for the contestants but also the trainers.
My absolute favorite moment of the episode was the Thanksgiving dinner with the contestants and the trainers. This to me is why I have always watched this show. I love not only hearing people's stories, but watching these amazing contestants share their lives and struggles with us as viewers is so inspiring! I loved hearing Bob share about his family and his sister. I will tell you Bob Harper is one of the most caring and loving people I will ever have the honor to call friend. I'm so glad the viewers got a glimpse of his "insides." He is truly a blessing to the contestants and the show.
The next challenge was a physical challenge, and let me tell you... this was the challenge I feared the MOST during my time on the ranch. THE JACOB'S LADDER. The contestants were each given a Jacob's Ladder and were told it was a basic race. Hahahahaha! Basic??? Funny. It was a one-mile race straight up. I think Sunny said it best... Satan himself makes these machines! Once again, Alison explained there would be three prizes. I can tell you this just looked painful. In the end, John came in first, followed by Sunny and finally Ramone. John chose the one-pound advantage which came with a one-pound disadvantage "gift" he got to share with someone. Sunny chose the six-month Biggest Loser meal plan, and she gifted Bonnie with the same prize... Awwww... GREAT choice Sunny! *High Five* Ramone won $2,500, and gifted Vinny with the same prize! It's all about sharing the love!!
The Last-Chance Workout was less about the beat down and more about the drama. Man, we're really starting to see the cracks in this household!! It seemed like the whole house was against John, right? Not sure exactly what was going on there, but John better have hoped he put up a big number or it looked like he was going home!
At the weigh-in, John had to decide who he was going to give the one-pound disadvantage to. He chose Sunny. Um, what? It seemed like a really cheap shot to me... and I got the feeling all the contestants felt the same way. Sunny overall hasn't been a scale crusher, and with all those big boys left it just seemed like an odd choice to me. Anyway, I guess what goes around comes around, karma, and all that jazz, because John put up a very low five pounds. He seemed shocked. I will give you my guess... there was major game play in that five pounds. I don't know what, but that man has been tearing up the scale ALL season and the ONE week he has an advantage he mysteriously has a low weight loss. Hmmmmm. Anyone serving fish for Thanksgiving... 'cause something smells fishy to me. Again... just my two cents. In the end Sunny and Ramone fell under the yellow line and Ramone was sent home. S-A-D!! Not that I wanted Sunny to go home, but not Ramone!!!!!
I will say that Ramone's Where Are They Now? video was one of the BEST ones I have ever seen. I just love him and Jess together... they are soooooo adorable!!! I can't wait to see them together at finale. Wait did I just say finale?? Yes, I did. Can you believe we're in the home stretch? Wow.
Well, don't forget to tune into the The Biggest Loser Thanksgiving Special: Where Are They Now? There are some amazing past contestants that will come back and visit!! I'll give you a hint on who will be there... you might just see some Purple Team sisters!!! Woooohoooo!!
Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY Thanksgiving!!!