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…..