This week, the contestants are learning how to eat healthy on a budget. Many people think that eating healthy is too expensive a habit to work into their regular routines, but if you buy your green veggies, proteins, nuts, etc. in bulk from a store like Costco or Sam's Club, you'll find that it's remarkably inexpensive to eat healthy and save money.
The contestants participated in a swimming challenge this week, which was uncomfortable for many of them. It's easy to avoid swimming and pool situations when you're living life concerned about your weight and appearance, but swimming is a great all-over body workout. Your core, legs and lungs are all strengthened from swimming, so get into a pool whenever possible!
Aside from the physical challenges that The Biggest Loser contestants face on a weekly basis, psychological issues can have a huge impact on health, fitness and the ability to push your body to the limit in order to affect positive change. Psychological factors are as much of a challenge to us trainers as they are to the contestants who are struggling with them, and it's tough to battle someone else's mind. I get frustrated sometimes and I yell at my people because I don't have a lot of time to waste, but while doing that I take a breath and encourage them that there's nothing they cannot do! Sometimes you have to destroy in order to rebuild.
So far, I've lost two members of my team, Cate and Lisa, to eliminations. Naturally, my first emotion when one of my team members is eliminated is "did they get all the lessons?" That said, I believe in both Cate and Lisa. They are warriors, and I just had to push them to believe again. Come finale time, you're going to see the strength in these women.
At this point in the game, the most important thing the Red Team needs to focus on is not getting easily distracted, focusing on their individual goals, tapping into the inner-warrior that's in all of us and - most importantly - being fearless!