March 12, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Last night’s episode of Biggest Loser was the last one on the ranch. Next week, we fast forward about 2 months or so and come back live for the finale. The “kids” were back to join the other contestants for the final week. It bothers me that they are called kids, because Sunni is 16 and a young lady, but it’s not my show. Even though I love to see the before and afters, I found way too much of it last night, and I found myself fast forwarding through quite a lot of the scenes. I did NOT fast forward as the doctor met with the “kids” and gave them all the great results of what a difference 11 weeks can make to one’s health. It seems that all their issues, pre-diabetes, high triglycerides, and more were reversed. Gone. Whoever thinks food (or less of it, in cases like weight loss) ISN’T medicine, needs to think again. Of course, the adults experience all the same positive health gains as reaffirmed by Dr. H.
The challenge involved pulling a sled up a mountain, putting their weight back on (actual weight plates reflecting how many pounds they lost each week) and then dropping weights back off on the way back down. Joe won, and won a 1 pound advantage at the weigh in. I will skip any further details and get right to that final, on the ranch, weigh in. The person to fall below the red line would be eliminated and the two that fall below the yellow will let America vote who gets to be in the final 3 next week–This meant only 2 would be guaranteed spots in the finale.
Weigh ins started off weak with Joe and Jackson losing 5 pounds each and Gina losing only 2. They Jeff pulled an 11 and Danni followed it with the same. This guaranteed Danni and Jeff 2 of the final 3 spots, and sent Gina home with the chance to win the at home prize of 100 grand. I am super sad that Jackson didn’t make the final 2 and has to count on America to choose him over Joe. Joe did a bang up job and looks like the athlete he is, but I think Jackson, at the tender age of 21, has more to gain from a possible win. With Danni as the front runner for weeks now, she probably deserves the grand prize of a quarter of a million dollars, bragging rights and the coveted title of Biggest Loser…but I am still routing for the underdog. In real life, Jackson (and Joe) has to wait about 2 months to find out if he makes it or not and that has to be so hard…but it could have been worse, as he could have fallen below the red line…I am off to go vote. Best part of next week’s finale is we get to see all the eliminated contestants once again. Can’t wait!
March 5, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Last night was the anxiously awaited makeover episode of Biggest Loser and it was great to see how far our contestants have come in just 10 weeks!! 10 weeks and hundreds and hundreds of pounds have been lost, while so much has been gained, in every other way. Once again, fashion guru Tim Gunn and celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves were on hand for the transformations. Even the 3 “kids” were involved in the makeovers which was probably great fun for the 2 girls, but looked a bit grueling for poor Bingo, who just wanted to wear his surf shorts and hoodie (which I think was appropriate for him!) For the first time in BL history, the contestants got to take their new looks home for 2 weeks, during which time they had a challenge with a big payoff. Each contestant that would lose 5% of their weight while home, would be granted immunity for another week on the ranch.
While I am far from a fashionista, I never really love the outfits (or most of the hairstyles) for the makeovers, but what do I know? Danni did look awesome walking out of that dressing room in some funky skinny jeans, something she thought she would NEVER get to wear. Since she kept saying she was ready for change, I expected to see a much more dramatic change in her hair, but it just looked curly to me. Gina happened to look wonderful in the suit she walked out of the dressing room in, leather skirt and all. And the guys all looked good. Joe, who Mitch dubbed Coach (Craig T. Nelson) looks more and more like him and it was fun to watch him at home with his twin brother. Jeff is doing great, he just never really won my heart. I have fallen for the “underdog” once again, and I am rooting for Jackson, who we saw volunteering with a youth group, as he loves to do. That alone speaks volumes for a 21 year old!
Back at the ranch for the final weigh in, everyone knocked it out of the park. Jeff lost 19 pounds, Joe 17, my boy Jackson, 15 and Gina and Danni each lost 10 pounds giving them all one more week on the ranch. Next week is the last week. Someone will fall below the red line and be immediately eliminated. Two others will fall below the yellow and America will vote for who leaves and who stays. We never know the outcome of that vote until the finale, which technically should be in 2 weeks. I very much hope to see Jackson and Danni blow up the scale next week and assure their spots. I won’t be sad to say goodbye to Gina…or Jeff…or even Joe. But at this point, it’s anyone’s game to win. And anyone’s quarter of a million, with that!
I should have taken pictures of the tv screen because NBC is very tight with releasing pictures from last night’s show…
February 26, 2013 by 1 Comment
Last night Biggest Loser was all about facing one’s fears. It hit home for me, because I have a couple of fears I simply refuse to face. Probably the case for most of us. Anyway, at the top of the show Alison explains that one person will go home for the week and who it is will be determined by a little friendly competition. At home, that person will have not have a trainer or a gym, they will be facing life like a “regular” person. So the competition involves each contestant placing blocks in front of other contestants huge photos. Once the picture is covered, that person is safe. The last picture left uncovered, will be the person that goes home. Everyone wants Gina to go home, but Jackson begs and pleads to be the one, and in the end, he is. He is also told to pick someone to go home with him and he picks Jeff. The person who placed the most bricks wins a one pound advantage at the weigh in and that happens to be Joe. (Who looks like he already won the whole competition—he looks great!)
In our weekly update of contestants that have already been eliminated, we see Francelina who looks fabulous, down almost 100 pounds! We then see Jackson and Jeff arrive at what was supposed to be Jackson’s home, but it all looked rather staged to me. They do find some bikes and weights there, and have money to go shopping to stock their fridge and pantry for the week. Back at the ranch the trainers are talking with the “kids” as they all had to face their fears as well. Lindsay will be talking to someone with diabetes, Sunny will confront her mom about her obesity and Bingo…Bingo will eat vegetables somehow or another. Later on we see how all this goes down, and Bingo’s mom uses the pureed vegetable method that Jessica Seinfeld made kindof famous a few years ago. His mom manages to get 4 pureed vegetables into a turkey meat loaf and Bingo says he likes it. I have mixed emotions about this method, but it does seem to work. We also see Jeff and Jackson at the grocery store keeping each other in check and Jeff lets Jackson know his greatest fear is waking up at 40 or 50 and feeling that his life has been a failure. We also see them climbing a mountain in California. Good workout boys!
Back at the ranch, more about facing fears. Gina is scared of dying and Jillian makes her lay in a closed coffin. I hated this!!!! Hated. Then its time for the challenge and Jackson and Jeff are back for it. They are all strapped up, 7 stories high, holding onto a weigh that is 40% of their own body weight. If they drop the weight, they will also drop. The last one holding on will win the coveted prize of immunity. At 18 minutes in, it is between Gina and Danni and amazingly, Danni drops the weight and Gina wins. I am starting to get the feeling she is going to win the whole season.
More about facing fears. Danni sings in public (quite well) and Joe swims in mucky waters to overcome a fear of sharks. Then it’s last chance workout and the weigh-in. Finally. They all pulled huge numbers. How does this happen at this point of the season? I honestly don’t believe this week’s weigh in truly represented one week. What do you think?
Gina…down 7…Danni down 10…Joe down 12….Jeff down 13…Jackson 11 and Alex 8. This puts Jackson and Alex below the yellow line and the others must vote. Please, please don’t send Jackson home. They didn’t. When we see Alex at home she is down 70 pounds and honestly looks like a completely different person.
NEXT WEEK IS MAKEOVER WEEK with Tim Gun and Ken Paves. YAY!!!! And for the first time they get to take their made-over selves home to their families and friends.
While I know this blog entry is already a long read…this is way more important than the above stuff…There has been big news on a study done on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, vs a low fat diet. We know the keystones of the Mediterranean Diet are lots of fruits and vegetables, olives and olive oil, nuts, salmon and lean poultry and red wine. No red meat. The study was very large and long and involved people that had already been diagnosed with some cardiac issues. The findings were so positive for the group that was following the Mediterranean plan, (versus the group that avoided the oils and nuts and stuck to a low fat diet) that they released the findings early because they felt it was wrong to not let the public know. I honestly don’t remember all that I heard on the news, but I am sure it’s all over the news today. While they recommend up to 4 tablespoons of olive oil a day, remember that if you are on a weight loss plan, you need to watch your overall calories. When we are talking about eating nuts, we are talking about a small handful (up to 18 of them). Having some healthy fats in our diets is not only good for our hair, nails, skin and digestive system, but it’s apparently really good for our hearts, too. I have yet to find a sound diet that doesn’t encourage eating lots of vegetables, so no matter what plan you follow, make sure to load up on them. On Weight Watchers, they are free…on Eat to Live, they are encouraged by the pound-ful. If you can’t embrace your vegetables, maybe you need to do what Bingo’s mom did…..