By Ali Vincent, Special to BiggestLoserClub.com
What a week! It's hard to know where even to begin. I had so many people ask me what I thought was going to happen after being left in the dust last week with "to be continued" on the TV screen right as Mike was weighing in.
I hoped that he would kill it on the scale so everyone could have one more week on the ranch and he did with a 9 pound loss!. But leave it to The Biggest Loser to follow up with the pop challenge of pop challenges -- who could hold a wall squat the longest. The winner would then be allowed to pair off Blue and Black team members at the next weigh-in for up to four pairings. The first team to get to 3 points (or weigh-ins) won would win the weigh-in.
Poor Blue Team! They try and try and give it everything they have, only to lose challenges time and time again. I wasn't sure though who was going to pull it off; Mandy seemed like a real contender against the almighty Tara -- that girl is AMAZING!
I realize how important it was for everyone to try and win this, to have the opportunity to pair people up to compete on the scale. Talk about power to control the game on many levels. However, the pressure that must have come hand in hand with that power, I don't know if I would have wanted that pressure. I thought the pairings were pretty good. I think that anyway you could have stacked it, it would have been pretty dominant in favor of the Black. I loved though how many of the Blue contestants had a higher percentage of weight loss than their counterparts.
I thought it was fun to see the contestants have fun with the competition of going up against each other one on one. I love Kristen -- I just think she is just good-hearted and takes everything for what it is and is light about everything put in her path.
Spiraling Out of Control at the Spa
I loved the relay challenge at the gym. I really thought maybe Blue was going to have a chance. As it turns out, they didn't win that challenge after all...but maybe that was a good thing. The Black Team was given 24 hours at a spa for winning the challenge, so while they indulged (all the stuff they used to do before coming to the ranch), the Blue Team was back at the ranch working out.
Everyone needs a day off and I understand that, but while on The Biggest Loser ranch, contestants take a day off every week. Part of being successful is taking care of your body in all aspects and that includes resting. Yes, you need to get your daily sleep but you also have to take one day a week to let your body relax, this also keeps your body guessing.
(I'm sure most of you have heard of the new Biggest Loser book, 30-Day Jump Start which is a wealth of information including all the details about how we did it! And one of the things you learn is that the contestants allow their bodies to rest one day a week.)
What About Drinking?
Back to what happened at the spa, let's talk about drinking. Is it bad? No. In moderation, nothing is bad. But there is a two-fold situation here. First, if you are on The Biggest Loser, chances are you have issues knowing when to stop and knowing when enough is enough.
The second part is what typically happens when someone drinks too much -- they tend to crave food. I don't not know why this happens, but I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it does. We witnessed both in this episode, it started out with one shot then went to another, then cocktails, then ordering additional food even though they just had an extremely high-calorie dinner. Let's tell the truth, were you at home surprised about what came next?
Jillian's Explosion, Filipe's Freakout
I think Jill was so upset because she gives EVERYTHING of who she is to have us succeed and supports us in every way that she knows. Even when she is not on ranch, she is constantly thinking about how to support us. I don't think she cared that they had a drink, I think she was upset that they were reckless in their behavior. And upset at the fact that she stays up at night worrying, and at the first opportunity her team threw caution to the wind.
Everyone can stay in line when someone is watching you, but if you can't stay true to yourself when nobody is, then you will never be successful in the long run, and that scares both Jill and Bob. I think she was scared and hurt and upset and pissed off, so maybe it got out of control a bit, but there was no excuse for Filipe to go off the way that he did!
I'm sorry, I have been there and you know what? Sometimes the trainers forget to train you....not because they forgot about you but because they have so much on their minds. Filipe could have, and in my opinion should have, taken a moment to think about how overwhelmed he was feeling then multiply that by 6 and then maybe he might have an idea how Jill feels every day and has for approximately 7 years. Give a girl a break and take responsibility.
I reminded Jill one evening that it appeared as if she had forgotten about me, that she didn't train me. She didn't even realize it and apologized, sent everyone in and trained me for an hour by myself. That night was probably one of my biggest breakthroughs on the ranch, it is when Jill is asking me why I'm there and why I'm fat. I could have not said anything, let it build, collect evidence like I had always done in my life about why I wasn't worth it, whatever "IT" is, and probably eventually blow up or I could just remind my trainer I haven't been trained. Now I wasn't there, but I don't care. Jill and Bob give so much and never deserve to ever be disrespected in the game of The Biggest Loser.
I guess everything happens for a reason, and I realize Bob was put in a tricky situation when Filipe and Sione walked into that gym saying they only wanted to train with him, I just personally don't know if it was handled in the most professional way.
What a Weigh-In
What a weigh-in! I thought the Blue Team might pull it off, but, wow, I couldn't believe Mandi gained two pounds. The only possible explanation to me is STRESS.
At the elimination, I thought Mandi was actually going to let Aubrey sacrifice herself again and head home. I started crying immediately as soon as Mandi started talking 'cause I realized she wasn't going to let her do it. I know that took a lot of courage to realize that she deserved a chance, just like Mandi had the first 30 days because I know that she did not want to.
I was very proud of Mandi, and I think she gave her sister a gift that was way beyond staying for one more week on the ranch. She gave Aubrey an opportunity to give to herself and only herself, even if it might just be one week. So far, it was probably my favorite moment this season.
Ali Vincent of Season 5 was the first woman to ever win The Biggest Loser grand prize.