From Biggest Loser 5 winner Ali Vincent in a special to BiggestLoserclub.com
Wow! I can’t believe it’s that time again. Next week there will be another Biggest Loser to join our club of few. I remember that last week on the ranch and can I just tell you, I felt like I was going to die. I know, watching the show, it looks like there is a lot time where all the contestants are reminiscing--and we do. However, every single player is working out nonstop and is just pulled away from the gym to film different "beats" (that’s what production calls, for example, the scenes in which contestants were watching their videos with their trainers).
The last week on campus is truly do or die. I remember Jillian actually having to make me stop and go into the house for some rest. Although I know that resting my body is just as important as working out, I just couldn’t, for whatever reason, stop on my own. I didn’t want to have ANY regrets, and I knew that if I had fallen below the yellow line, I would replay every second of every day. I was depending on Jill to know how far I could go. To push yourself to such limits, you have to have an amazing support system of people. Not only to push you but also to help you realize when you need to lighten up.
I know that Michelle may feel as if she is all alone, but she is far from it. First of all she has herself, and she has all of you who are cheering her on. I’m actually glad that she has this opportunity to go all the way depending on just herself. On some level it’s funny, because your partner is your support system, but sometimes they become your crutch. Michelle no longer needs any crutches in her life she is a strong, capable woman. She may be in black now but she started out as PINK!
The Final Challenge
The final challenge is always an eye-opener. Each season it looks different, but each season the contestants have to carry all the weight they have shed at that point. I like how the contestants got to take off the weight as they shed it on campus. It’s amazing to feel how heavy all that weight is and how you don’t really feel it when it is on your body.
I was so upset in our last challenge, not only because I was physically uncomfortable, but also they made us put on those horrible fat suits. (Which, by the way, I have in my closet. On occasion I’ll put it on just to remind myself that I no longer need that weight to hide myself.
Bob always liked to share cooking tips with us. He makes the best stir fry. I hope Vicky finds ways to get creative with cooking so that her children start not only liking vegetables but really start craving them. Truly the key to staying healthy is eating tons of veggies. I like to eat so I always veggie-load my meals. It’s a great way to feel satisfied yet stay within your calorie budget.
I must admit when I saw the two-pound weight gain, I thought, like Bob, it was game play. I think that Ed and Heba have the same plan that I know Vicki and Brady have--one to win the show, the other to win at home. It only makes sense, why compete against your partner when you can work together and sweep the season? That would be pretty amazing if a husband and wife team won it all. (I can’t wait to see the milk mustache ads!)
I have to tell you I am so excited to see everyone on Tuesday. Yes! I will be at the finale. It's just the beginning of the rest of their lives, and I hope that each and every contestant--present and future--really gets what a blessing the Biggest Loser is, and all its tools. We are changing lives together and that includes you at home. Just remember, when you feel like you have nobody--you do! Here at the Club! Anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself and set up the support system you need for just those moments.
See you at the finale, I’ll be the one in the pink dress ;)