FINALLY! A Biggest Loser episode I enjoyed! It was awesome to get to see each contestant for who he/she is in their natural setting, and give them the reality of what it's like in real life living this new lifestyle. The show started off by sending each of the contestants home for 18 days - WHAT! That's crazy! It's definitely a great gauge to find out who's been listening to the trainers while at the ranch and who has been... may I say... playing a game. The big twist was that everyone had to lose 5% of his or her own body weight. If they did that, each person would earn immunity for the weigh-in, regardless of which team fell. I mean really, 18 days! If you can't lose 5%, what ARE you doing? At the same time, we're getting to the middle of the season where it does get harder and harder to drop the weight. You have to put in even more time to produce the results. Most importantly, I'm wondering who's going to be a sucker for the drive-thrus? DON'T DO IT!!
Who knew that Season 13 was going to start touching our hearts? I'm sitting here and looking at Jess get all sappy and teary-eyed as each member heads home to see their families and show off their new mid-season bodies. We both can remember what that's like - makes the sacrifices all worth it when you can show off your hard work and receive positive feedback from your family. As soon as they hit the front door and say hello to the fams, Allison shows up on everyone's TV to present their welcome-home challenge. First person to get to 10,000 meters on the row machine wins $10K! DANG! Can I get in on that? I could definitely use the money and I would give these people a run for it! Not only was there a monetary prize for the winner, but everyone got their own row machine to keep up the dedication when they return home. Who was going to pull off the $10K win? Everyone seemed to be up against Emily; she's definitely the one I was pulling for. Get it!
We all got to see Emily check into her local bakery and drool over her old favorites, while Buddy actually bought a chili-cheese dog and a huge box of cheese fries. Buddy spent a good bit of time smelling the fries and lurking at the cheese dog, but surprisingly it was Cassandra who showed that she was going to give into her temptation of a chocolate kiss cookie! NO!!! I think we were all screaming at the TV, telling her to NOT do it. As I see it though, it was good for Cassandra to tempt herself with her favorite pastime of baking. It's okay to have one cookie rather than the entire batch... however hasn't nutritionist Rachel taught her to stay away from white bleached flour? Come on now! No good Cassandra!
Back to the ranch, everyone returned for a brutal Last-Chance Workout where Chris nearly died. No, she really didn't, but she panicked and freaked out after busting butt on the row machine once again and hyperventilated, sprawled out on Bob's new box gym. Cue Sandy - best athletic trainer around. Dolvett chatted with Kim as he noticed she was unfocused. Kim was feeling threatened by the lack of routine in the gym at home, which could send her packing for good. Everyone pulled off great numbers at the weigh-in. For the Red Team, Kim and Mark fell below the 5% loss. After everyone on the black Team pulls their weight and loses the 5% each, it comes down to Chism. He had to lose more than 11 pounds to be safe and send either his dad Mark or Kim packing. Beep... beep... beep... and Chism lost 11 pounds! He was automatically eliminated. Mark pleaded for Chism to stay, offering to go home instead; however, Chism didn't let him do it. He owned up to his loss and headed home.
Not only will the Black Team be losing their strongest and only male team member; but Mark lost his son, and Jeremy lost his best friend. Stay focused everyone. Work hard and achieve those goals. Hard work, dedication!
Peace, Health and Aloha
P.S. - Yes, obviously I had help on this blog... thanks Jess. I love you.