Today I am going to take a break from the Blue Zone because if it’s Wednesday, last night must have been Biggest Loser! Lots of twists and turns in the show as team building, communication and trust were the lessons for the couples who became students and teachers to one another. The challenge, in my humble opinion, involved too much ribbon and too many blindfolds and not enough physical fitness, but then I remember its not MY show! I understand, emotionally, the contestants are learning that life is not always predictable and they have to be prepared for the unknown. Jillian spent a lot of time dealing with Miggy and Migdalia, the mom/daughter team who both are obviously very staunch and angry. Apparently breaking them down is an important part of building them up. Reminds me of boot-camp. Not my style, but I know it works for some…
Only the “student” half of the couples competed for weight loss. This allowed the red team’s Melissa to come up empty on her weigh in, as she was the “teacher”. The trainers accused her of throwing the weigh in, again and she denied it and ranted about being called a liar and having her integrity compromised. I don’t know why she would be so smug and not admit it…hello, it’s a COMPETITION! She is just playing the game. I am not a fan of the red team, but I get it! As they previewed next week, we get a glimpse of what happens the third week after 2 weeks of basically no weight loss (1 pound).
In the end it was the white team that fell below the yellow line. Mother and son team, Maria and Michael asked for Michael to be saved and though Michael was a bit of a slug in the gym, the majority agreed to grant their wish and Maria was sent home. Now down 50 pounds, her even larger accomplishment was learning to overcome her fear of water and swimming. Since whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, I am certain by conquering this fear, all aspects of her life have and will continue to improve. I do understand how exhausting it must be for someone of Micheal’s size (remember he started this season in the 500s!) to workout for hours a day, but he needs to step it up to compete!
Speaking of exhaustion, it was a nice change to see the contestants in “rehab”. Icing, wrapping and massage must be a large part of their day and the part we DON’T see regularly. Make NO mistakes, these people are in emotional and physical pain each and every day they are at the ranch! I can’t even imagine how grueling their days really are.
If anyone knows where I can get on one of those moving ladders, I WANT TO! Almost 30 years in the “gym” business and I have never seen one. Anyone?
How sad to wake up this morning and learn another earthquake shook Haiti while I slept. Life is so uncertain and so precious we must appreciate and be grateful for each moment we have here on earth. While we journey through it together, please take good care of you and your loved ones. We never know what the day holds. Wishing you a productive day and a clear mind…and hara hachi bu, too!