Season 14 is my third season as a trainer on The Biggest Loser, and so far it's been a wild ride!
This season, we have three amazing young people on the show, and we're working with them to tackle America's child obesity epidemic, and hopefully inspire young people at home to lead more active and healthy lifestyles. Having kids on the show changes the energy. With kids, there's a sensitive and more in-depth meaning to taking care of yourself. It's tough to see these talented young people suffering, but that's what the trainers are here for: to help these great kids feel more comfortable in their own bodies, to encourage them to lead healthier lives, and to make sure they know that they can do absolutely anything they set their minds to.
On last week's episode, Bob, Jillian and I traveled to visit our Biggest Loser kids, so I was able to visit Lindsay and her family. We took Lindsay to participate in a cheerleading practice at her local high school. I got to play along a little, but overall I was just a cheerleader for Lindsay. I realize how important it is for her to succeed, and I'll use everything in my power to encourage her to believe in herself!
Meanwhile, our team members had to survive for a week without their trainers at the ranch. It was a tough challenge for them this early in the season. I honestly wasn't sure what would happen with the Red Team. In my mind, it could go either way. But I know my team is dialed in, and I feel that I'm giving them the tools they need to become healthy! They did a fantastic job last week, and I'm extremely proud of all of them.
Of everyone on the team, I didn't expect Jackson to step up and channel his inner-bald black guy!!! I'm impressed that he took charge, and it turned out to be great for the team and really great for Jackson himself.
The contestants also participated in a 5K run for last week's challenge. Many of them would never have dreamed that they could ever complete a 5K run, and I think all of the contestants amazed themselves last week and caught a glimpse of their tremendous potential.
Finally, some advice for any of you readers out there who are worried that you'll never be able to complete a 5K: if you practice a walk/jog every day, you will eventually be able to run effortlessly. Start simple, keep moving however you can, and build up your strength and skills. Put in the time to improve and your body will surprise you!