BIGGEST LOSER FINALE TONIGHT ON NBC 8-10 Eastern Time!!!
I just don’t think Toma (in the middle) had enough weight to lose at home, to win tonight. He was already under 200 pounds at the last weigh in. His face looks so slender. Who knew how handsome he would be when the season began? Sonya looks like a completely different woman and I think she is a great role model for a Biggest Loser Winner….Rob….he struggled a lot. He seemed way too “wow is me,” all season. He was negative and angry and I wonder if he will keep the weight off once the show is over. All that said, he had the most amount of weight to still lose, which could make him the top contender. Hmmm. I am sad that another BL season is coming to an end. I fell in love with the trainer, Jen. Watching her train alongside the other two trainers last week (while Bob led the session) impressed me, as does the way she rocks her very muscular body. That girl has some set of thighs and is a fantastic image for the slogan “strong is the new skinny.” Her addition to the show has been very positive for me….and Jessie is just so good to look at! Bob Harper has had my heart from the beginning and has stayed with this show through all the years. Dolvett? meh……..
Happy Vegan (Feast) Thursday and above all else, happy, happy birthday to my new daughter, Nicole aka Mrs. Zipp. Looks like this is the year she is going to earn the title of coast to coast 1/2 marathoner. The world is at your fingertips, cutie. Always know how loved you are.
Since I started wearing my pedometer (thanks, again, Carole) I have really come to understand why we are a nation of overweight people! Though I may be repeating myself, it takes a lot of moving around to get in the recommended 10,000 steps a day. I honestly don’t know too many people that take more steps a day than me and I definitely get my 10,000 a day (and many over that on most days) in, but that is after hours upon hours of exercise! If you sit behind a desk for most of the day, you HAVE to walk or jog or run or do something along those lines for about 5 miles (approximately) to get in your 10,000. This is why I understand that people who put on a Fit Bit (or any pedometer) are likely to lose weight! Awareness is everything. Once we are aware of what we need to do, we are more likely to do it! This goes for all aspects of life.
Many of you are stuck in because of the snow, today. Obviously, heading to the gym or getting outside to walk is NOT realistic. Many of you also have a treadmill somewhere in your house with clothes hung on it. Today would make a great day to clean it off and get moving! Or put on some music and dance your ass off (literally). Last week on Biggest Loser, Jenna Wolfe of the the Today Show, gave the contestants an amazing workout using NOTHING but their own bodies. I loved this because we ALL can use our own bodies. I am a huge fan of those kind of workouts anyway. Add in a chair or a step and you can go crazy!
We can all find a million excuses to not get a job done. This is our health and our temples we are talking about. Excuses are just that. Daily I get my inspiration from people who work around their limitations. They do not let their conditions, their age or their ANYTHING stop them from getting in their daily fitness. My student Charlotte turned 96 this month. Sometimes her leg hurts. I tell her she can sit if she needs to. She looks at me with darts in her eyes and simply says “I will NOT!” She is just one role model, but my all my students impress me with their determination and tenacity.
If you want some fitness or weight loss motivation, be sure to tune into the Biggest Loser finale this Thursday night on NBC. I can barely stand having to wait to see all the eliminated contestants return to see who will win the at home prize, as well as see who of the 3 finalists wins the money, the confetti and the bragging rights to this year’s Biggest Loser title!
Biggest Loser’s new season will be sure to provide months of motivation. I was happy with the trainers and happy with the contestants. You can tell that most everyone is going to look incredible when they are done with their journey!
What I will never understand is the amount of pounds some people lose at the first weigh in. I realize it’s probably at least two weeks of training (not one) before the weigh in, but still…the ones who drop like 25 pounds, I just don’t get it?!?! This being the 16th season, I totally understand that it’s a TV show about people losing weight, not people losing weight, being televised, but still….
In any event, I am thrilled for a new season and can’t wait to see the transformations! And the trainers, there not too bad to look at either………
I had a few different things in mind to blog about today and then I found this. Thanks, for sharing, Sheree! I love this one and admit to be guilty. Rings, hairbands, etc….
And to all my fellow Biggest Loser fans, TOMORROW NIGHT (moving from Tuesday nights) the new season begins. GLORY DAYS. 2 new trainers. Some definite type A personality contestants (former athletes). Should make for an interesting season! Set your DVRs. NBC at 8 eastern time. Click the article below to meet the new trainers and this season’s contestants.
“I weighed 122 pounds for about 2.2 seconds of my life. I took a drink of water after I won, and I didn’t weigh that again.”
–2008 Biggest Loser winner Ali Vincent
We all wonder what happens to contestants after the show. Ali was the first female to win the title of Biggest Loser having gone from 234 to 122 pounds, and has since gained back 50 pounds. This breaks my heart, as the reality of maintaining weight loss is a tough one, especially when you lose all that weight in a controlled environment and then have to go back out into the real world.
If only we could all commit to tuning in and taking care of our health, making wise food choices, getting our daily exercise and asking ourselves “What am I really hungry for?” perhaps we could all find a more peaceful balance in our lives. Perhaps.
(This happens to be a great picture and I think Rachel looks better in the pic than I thought she looked on TV)
As with every season, I couldn’t wait to get home from work last night and get ready to watch the Biggest Loser finale. Tears started flowing as the eliminated contestants came out 3 at a time, showing off their new bodies and their new selves. I don’t have time to comment on all this morning, but most everyone looked wonderful. Jennifer took the lead right away, looking just beautiful. Marie had her hair restyled (I hated what Ken Paves did with her hair) and she looked so much better. Several of the females had extensions in their hair, and I was sad to see Tanya with them, because I thought she looked fabulous after the makeover. The guys looked great and even Ruben Studdard lost well over 100 pounds, though he is still a big boy. Craig probably blew me away the most. He completely changed in looks and standing on that scale, he could have been mistaken for an athlete or movie star. Everyone looked healthy and fit but it was Tumi who knocked it out of the park and walked away with the $100,000 “at home” prize going from 319 to 144. She looked amazing.
Then it was time to see the 3 finalists. Bobby looked so cute and David looked amazing. He seemed to have the most likely chance to win the title. Rachel came out last and came out ridiculously skinny. Hey, it’s a fight for a quarter of a million dollars and she was the fiercest competitor of the season. What bothered me about Rachel was that she was having the hardest time walking (not just in her heals) and had a very distant, “stoned” looked about her. I actually thought that she was going to pass out, possibly from dehydrating herself for the weigh in. Bobby transformed his 358 pound old self into a new, healthy, 170 and David went from 409 to 187. They both looked so happy, proud and healthy. Rachel, unfortunately, looked like a hot mess, to me. She went from 260 pounds to 105 pounds and looked like a wind could blow her over. Sadly, I did want her to win and thought “Why not her?” at the end of the show I found myself wondering, “At what cost?” I have read that she stands over 5’3 and at 105 that would put her in the unhealthy or underweight zone.
I challenge NBC and the producers of the Biggest Loser to put a clause in that would have the winner forfeit if his or her weight puts that at an unhealthy BMI or weight. I have no idea what the rules are when contestants go home for the last few months. I have no idea if they are drug tested or tested for dehydration or any of the other drastic measures that would help them tip the scale in the direction of a win. If Jillian got called out for giving them caffeine supplements, certainly the contestants should not be allowed drugs at home. I have no idea what Rachel did to lose 155 pounds in 7 or so months, and my hope is that she hasn’t traded obesity and the health issues that come along with that, for a whole set of new health problems.
At 5’1, working out several times a day (for the past 30+ years) and eating healthfully, I weigh in at about 125. Even when I was much younger, say Rachel’s age, my fighting weight was about 111-114. In fact, the only time I weighed under 110 pounds was when I was doing dangerous things to my body. If there were $250,000 dangling before me, I don’t know if I could possibly lose 20 pounds, certainly not without some drastic measures.
In the end, Biggest Loser is a TV show. I have had to remind myself of this quite often over the many years I have been watching. TV shows don’t always end exactly the way I would like. This season, though I wanted Rachel to win, I wanted to see a healthy, beautiful version of the same girl that I saw make the finals last week. I congratulate her and keep my fingers crossed that she can find the healthy balance needed to be both lean and healthy, and I wish all the contestants the gift of mastering maintenance!
On the very positive side, what an incredible difference 7 months can make, if you make the decision to stick to a commitment.
I am anxious to hear from you and what you thought about the show last night!
If you see me out and about on Thursdays, you may notice that instead of my often black attire, I choose pink. This is to honor the request of the Levinson family, whose patriarch, Bob, a former FBI agent, has been missing, for way too many years. Suspected of being captured and held in Iran, the Levinson family asks we wear pink on Thursdays to keep attention on our government, bringing their loved one back home to Coral Springs, my town. If you are looking in your closet this morning, please consider adding a touch of pink, to help make this a worldwide effort.
In response to the comments and conversations regarding this week’s weigh in on Biggest Loser, I agree that something was off. I remember hearing or reading that sometimes they make 2 weeks look like 1. I believe this is exactly what happened this past episode. Not only did the men lose way too many pounds but Rachel, who was assured a spot in the finale by winning the triathlon, only lost 1, which makes me think she had some time to play with her numbers. It may not be fair, but it is important to remember that while thousands of pounds are lost each season, and lives are changed so much for the better, Biggest Loser still is what it is…a TV show. Ratings, ratings, ratings. Apparently, they are doing something right, as the show remains on the air after all these years!
On the fitness side, I continue to be amazed at how quickly muscles get stronger. 3 weeks ago when I started back to a modified program of P90X, I couldn’t make it through more than 10 or 12 reps of the ab work. By this past Monday, which was about the 5th time I did the video since I started, I was able to make it through all 25 reps of each exercise, which amounts to some 300+ moves. It was not just a big accomplishment, but much more importantly a reminder that muscles adapt very quickly if you just keeping plugging away. Today will be my 3rd Thursday of yoga and the big challenge there is the balance work and also the 90+ minutes the video runs, so I fast forward through some of the exercises and commit to an hour each Thursday. So far, that works!
On the peaceful side, I would like to share the insight from the Dalai Lama that I found when I turned my calendar page this morning. I really love this message and know that daily exercise and daily meditation (and I truly believe eating a plant-based diet, as well) has helped me with my own attitude as well as maintaining a (somewhat) calm and stable mind, at least most of of the time 🙂
“Our state of mind plays a major role in our day-to-day experiences, as well as our physical and mental well being. If a person has a calm and stable mind, this influences his or her attitude and behavior in relation to others. In other words, if someone remains in a peaceful and tranquil state of mind, external surroundings can cause them only a limited disturbance.”
As I sign off to spend a little time in meditation before I am off to train, I wish you all a calm and stable mind, some fitness, and of course, given the weather right now, warmth and safety. Please consider a plant-based option for a meal or 2 or 3 today, and above all else, I wish you peace in your mind and your heart. Thanks for stopping in.
I loved the triathlon on Biggest Loser, last night! It was doable, yet still a good challenge. Rachel was at a great advantage, being an accomplished swimmer, and put her in the lead, where she stayed the entire time. The win assured her a spot in next week’s finale, and I was happy for that. Poor Bobby was so miserable having to swim, but he made it and though he finished the challenge last, he did finish it, a huge accomplishment for anyone!
Two contestants had to be eliminated, and it was all about the red line. (They do a lot less voting off of people this season…I wonder why.) Jennifer and Chelsea fell below and lost their shot at becoming the Biggest Loser. That left David and Bobby in the mix with Rachel, for the chance at the title, the money and bragging rights. I just don’t think Rachel can lose enough weight to compete with the big boys, as David still has a considerable amount of weight to lose, despite the fact he has already lost almost half of himself! The guys both pulled huge numbers last night…both in the high double digits! How? That I just don’t get.
Next week is the finale, so I am already exciting and stocking up on tissues. Seeing all the eliminated contestants come back shadows of their previous selves, blows my mind.
Wishing my beautiful, smart, artistic, talented (and so much more) soon to be daughter (do I have to say daughter-in-law?) Nicole, a wonderful 27th birthday. Hope your day is as special as you!