It’s funny how even when on The Biggest Loser there are unexpected road trips. Typically when traveling, it is difficult for anyone to stay on track. I remember being stressed out when I had to pack my meals for the day on the ranch--yet alone a road trip. When Alison said that the contestants were going to the Grand Canyon my first thoughts were exactly that, what were they going to eat? How long were the going to be in the car and not working out? Being that it was only the third week I wondered how much they were going to do on their own. As it turns out, I’m not quite sure they even realized that how much they were going to have to be creative in their workouts.
The first few weeks on the ranch Bob and Jillian usually do a lot of what I would have considered PE (from when you were in elementary school) workouts. We did a lot of stuff outside in the outdoor gym that my mom coined the “prison yard.” Both Bob and Jillian had us doing circuits that included jumping rope (without actual rope), jumping jack, squats, lunges, sit-ups, push-ups, planks, leg lifts, the dreaded mountain climbers, and running. Bottom line is, as long as you are moving you are losing.
When there is no gym in sight, you can still work out and burn the calories you need to burn.
I was surprised that the teams seemed to feel very limited to what they could do, especially since they did have some workout tools such as medicine balls and resistance bands. Yes, it is easier to come up with exercises to do in the gym, but you can still get your heart rate up even just running in place.
I really liked how Jillian’s team started throwing the ball around the circle. That is what it’s about: encouraging everyone to work together. Although you do have to pay attention when it’s coming towards you as Renee quickly found out! :(
Navigating Convenience Stores
When I first left the ranch, I tried to stay out of convenience stores as much as possible, until I felt more solid in making the “right” choices and resisting the temptation of all the junk food. But believe it or not, in a jam, you can make a good choice even at a corner convenience mart. They obviously don’t have a huge selection of healthy stuff, but they have some stuff for the most part. You can usually find nuts, fruit, gum, and depending on the neighborhood the mart is located in you could find a selection of protein bars and even string cheese. All of which can support you in getting what you need and staying on track. I will say though, whenever possible, just preplan so you don’t have to be limited in your food choices.
The Grand Canyon is beautiful and I love the desert. I know that in the future, all the contestants will look forward to having experiences like this and make them get in as much activity as possible. They won’t need a challenge and a chance to win an RV to get physical. I can’t believe poor Amy C.--she was going strong for a second then stopped dead after her mom finished dumping all the rope into the water. I must admit I was giggling to myself, especially when Amy kept telling her mom to quit holding onto the rope and her mom kept yelling back “I’m not!” as she continued to feed the rope into the water--not even thinking maybe that was the issue. Sounds like something my mom and I would do.
A Father’s Love
I was glad to see that Coleen and Jerry passed up on the temptation and learned their lesson that nothing is worth time on the ranch--not a night in a luxury RV or $10,000.00, ‘cause the ranch is an opportunity for health. I believe that everything happens for a reason and although Jerry and Coleen had to be in the horrible position to choose between each other on who stays and who goes, I know that health is the number one priority for them; that’s what resisting temptation means.
I had no doubt that Jerry was going to be the one that was going home out of the two. Jerry loves his daughter too much to take away an opportunity that is too important to her. I hope that he will continue his journey, because it sounds like what she wants most is to have her dad walk her down the aisle some day.
Till next week, Ali xo