Biggest Loser gave us a double bang last night, when a re-run aired at 8, followed by a new episode from 9-11. The first episode of this season saw 2 teams go home for a 4 week period, to come back and and have a weigh-off for a spot back at the ranch. The yellow team (Oneal and Sunshine) won the weigh off, losing a combined total of 75 pounds in 4 weeks. They also earned the right to be the only ones to vote off a fellow contestant from the team that would later fall below the yellow line.
The main challenge was a football theme, in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl. Each team picked one member to represent. A large horizontal bar with pads on either end would find the contestant pushing one pad, which would send the other side back to them, to then push that pad. This teeter-totter like motion would continue until the first person reached 1000 pushes and win immunity. The last team to complete the challenge would get slammed with a 2 pound disadvantage at the weigh in. Though the red team and the gray team put up a great fight, in the end it was Michael who beat them out. I was really happy it WASN’T red team’s, Lance. ENOUGH WITH THEM! And I really want to see Michael make it to makeover week. He could really use a good haircut.
There was quite an interesting situation this week, when Miggy was taken to the hospital in pain. She was quickly taken in for surgery, where her appendix, a cyst and/or a mass were removed. She was released the next day and told she could ONLY walk. She said if walking was all she could do, she would walk and walk and walk, all the way to Puerto Rico. The first day post-op she walked 13 miles and so the week continued. Losing 5 pounds she managed to stay above the yellow line. More about this later, but for now there is a positive lesson for all of us at home–walking and watching your food is a great way to lose weight! EXERCISE IS GREAT AND VERY IMPORTANT, BUT WHAT YOU EAT (or don’t) IS REALLY THE KEY TO WEIGHT LOSS!!!
Lance and Melissa had a bad week of weight loss and it did look like one of them was going home. Melissa, not surprisingly, was happy with her 5 pound weight loss but disappointed in Lance. He has kicked butt every week, yet she was disappointed. There is no question that if they fall below, she will throw him right under the bus and plead to be kept on the ranch. But with one team left to weigh in, John, the solo brown player, fell below and was sent home to once again workout with his twin brother. He is doing very nicely at home, but still has a long way to go. It’s gotta to be really tough when you start the weight loss journey weighing well over 400 pounds. The good news was for Oneal and Sunshine who were not forced to make a decision their very first week on the ranch.
This morning I am wondering what part of this show keeps me so drawn in. It’s definitely not the part that applauds and celebrates the person who loses the most weight in the shortest amount of time. For instance, if Michael can lose just 17 pounds next week, he will be the first person to lose 100 pounds in 6 weeks, beating out Rudy from last season, who did that in 7 weeks. Will I still be watching when they are encouraging that kind of loss in 5 weeks, 4 weeks…what happened to HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS? Or is it the part of the show where the doctor encourages and the trainers applaud the strength of a woman who walks 13 miles the day after abdominal surgery? My obstetrician wouldn’t let me, a seasoned exerciser, do much of anything for 6 weeks after my c-sections! The body, I thought, needs time to heal…but like I always say, the more I know, the less I know.
I guess, though I don’t agree with all of the methodology, in the end, it’s the transformations that blow me away. It’s just another reminder that what ever doesn’t kill you, really does make you stronger. Like a scary movie, there are parts I don’t want to see, but I’ll still tune in every time!
I was really disappointed with the rerun of the first hour of BL…..consequently, I only could watch part of the second hour. My eyes were just closing and I needed to hit the sack. I was totally amazed when you wrote about Miggy and her 13 mile walk. She is a very strong woman. When I had my apprendix removed, I hobbled around the surgical floor in such pain!!
Thanks for a great class last night. I really enjoyed the new music and I continued to sing the lyrics of many of the songs on my way home.
I was glad to see Sunshine and O’Neil come back last night. I really liked Sunshine when I saw her week 1. I felt a connection with her.
Michael rocked in the challenge. The key was to hit the pad with enough force that the other side would swing to where you were standing. Because Michael didn’t have to move his feet much he was able to make good time.
Melissa (Red Team) proved once again (as if there were any doubt) that she’s a selfish b^#*h. She was disappointed IN Lance for only losing 5 pounds. Any woman (or person for that matter) worth being married to would have been disappointed FOR Lance, not IN Lance. There is a world of difference! I had sort of hoped that they fell below and O’Neil & Sunshine had gotten rid of her. I think Lance could shine without Melissa in the way. On the other hand, it’s good Yellow did not have to make a decision their first week in the house.
Amazingly, Miggy seems so much more personable without Migdalia around. Even with the surgery and being sad that her daughter left, she smiled more in last night’s episode than all previous 4 weeks combined! And can we talk about her walking 13 miles 24 hours after a major surgery! I had my appendix removed when I was 17 and I remember being in so much agony that I was begging for painkillers even though I could only get them through injection! I thought Dr.H. would tell not to walk so far, that she was pushing it too much, but he nothing like that! In fact, he let her back in the gym only 4 days after surgery! Holy Cow – the human body is an amazing thing. I think that’s part of the appeal of the show. You see these people doing things they’ve never done and never thought they could do. Yet there they are training like pro athletes at 200, 300 and 400+ pounds!
I can tell you through my own personal experience that if weight loss was about physical exercise I would weigh 110 pounds! Sadly, the food intake side of weight loss is a lot more important and quite a bit more challenging (for me anyway). I have had some small success on the scale this week, but I’ve been working hard to not consider the scale my only measure of success (or failure).
Bonni – Last night’s Sing-A-Long 70s CD was awesome! I really enjoyed it. Thanks for another great class. Also, the Pilates/Yoga stuff we’ve been doing is much more challenging lately and I find myself having a hard time getting through parts of it – which is GREAT – Thanks! I loved to be pushed.
OK – I’ve taken over your blog here, so I will get back to work now – LOL. See you Saturday 🙂
The biggest thing i came away with after the biggest loser this week was that i really started to “not like”- and that’s being kind- miggy and migdalia. but, it seems after her surgery she was a different person, not so bitter and even her eyes kind of sparkled. maybe it was a wake up call she needed. there may be hope for her yet…
How snappy can I see muscle definition?