By Ali Vincent, Special to BiggestLoserClub.com
What a heartbreaking elimination the previous week when Jerry was sent home. I think that some contestants were resentful for having to choose between two worthy contestants when others, in their opinion, didn't work as hard or want it as badly. This is where it gets tricky -- who is to say who is worthy and who is not? But it is hard to understand why some people talk a big talk but don't necessarily walk the walk, particularly on the Biggest Loser ranch. We all have our own way of dealing when we are up against our issues, especially if it seems everyone around us doesn't understand. But I know that if you try and communicate rather than shut down, you will open yourself to change.
Do you feel, as I do, that season 7, so far, is the season of Joelle? What we resist persists, as my mom Bette-Sue always says. Even when Joelle avoids attention, it somehow seems to find her. In the food temptation, although she wanted to eat to go home for an overnight, she didn't. Yet you would have thought by the reaction of the other players that she did, because she was excited to go home after Carla ate a ton, over 2000 calories. You know if I had been at home and that was the only control I had to try and get some more guidance from the trainer I had had for a mere week, I too would have gone for it as Carla and Sione did. After all, to get back on the ranch their weight does not come into the equation, but every day counts when you are aiming to be the next Biggest Loser.
Meltdown in Detroit
I think that the trip to see Carla was not as well received as Joelle might have been hoping for. I think it is obvious though that Joelle does not respond well to people getting in her face. After tonight we have seen it now twice, first with Bob (which has NEVER happened before) and now her best friend Carla. You know if one person reacts to you in an uncanny manner you can write it off, but if more than one does you should definitely take a look at yourself, as I think it's time to do for our spitfire girl in silver. It is one thing to have personal affirmations, and you all know that I am a believer in affirmations, but you must not only put it out to the universe in speech but also in your actions!
The Jump Challenge
We have seen this type of challenge before, and yes the winner of it became the Biggest Loser…will it happen again? That's the thing -- although every one of the contestants has it in them to win, I think this classic challenge in particular was telling. The contestants not have to have the endurance, they also have to stay completely conscious! All it takes is a moment of distraction to break that styrofoam bar. My hat is off to both Tara and Kristin for a job well done. It wasn't easy to jump for more than an hour in 90-degree weather.
Dan's the Man!
Over 50 pounds in just 3 weeks! What an amazing feat for Dan! I know that he is truly taking in every minute on ranch. My hope is that he is acknowledges that he is the one creating his destiny, and that he should believe -- as he shared with Jill -- that he can do this!
I will say I did not understand the voting in the elimination this week at all. All things considered, Damien's journey on ranch just came to an end, yet once again Joelle is the one who caught the immediate attention of Alison.
This time however I saw genuine feeling. She was not trying to hide but probably for the first time in years was just being in the moment, a moment of surprise yet a second chance of a lifetime. Regardless of what may or may not have been the reason for the teams to vote off Damien and keep Joelle, Joelle should take this as a gift, prayers answered, stroke of luck, or a twist of fate, whatever you will but TAKE IT and run with it mama! And I'm talking about all day and night on that TREADMILL!!!
Ali Vincent of Season 5 was the first woman to ever win The Biggest Loser grand prize.