Life is a journey and a miracle, but definitely not a fairy tale. If it were, Daris would NOT have eaten his way to a 2 pound weight gain on last night’s BL episode. He did, however, do a fantastic job running the marathon in just over 4 hours, and I bow to him on this accomplishment. The entire episode actually left me dazed and confused. Koli, I thought, did a fantastic job of staying focused on the task at hand, which was to train hard and try to stay above the yellow line. Unfortunately for him, he still fell below. Ashley and Michael both did well at home with both their eating and their working out and they both managed to lose good numbers (go Michael with a 29 pound weight loss) and get themselves a spot in the finals.
When I woke up this morning and told Mitch how disappointed I was that Daris ate the way he did, he reminded me that’s its rather unrealistic to think that most people can really change their way of life in just a few short months, after living a different way their whole lives. He’s right and that makes me really sad. It is quite clear that Daris still needs a lot of help changing his brain so that he can go home and NOT regain all the weight he lost. I am not at all punishing him because he “slipped.” We all make mistakes and we all deserve second (and third) chances. Still, I did not vote for him. I don’t think he has what it takes to keep it off. It’s a shame because that young man transformed himself from a huge clown into a really nice looking young man. The brass ring was dangling right in front of him but he didn’t really even try to grab it.
Koli. I do NOT want Koli to win. He’s a great athlete and a great contestant. I don’t know if he can maintain the weight loss or not, once the quarter of a million dollars and bragging rights are either his or not. I think he has a very strong will and IF he wins, he will probably want to remain a role model and in the public eye. Even if he loses, he does have some great support via Sam and Stephanie, so the more I think about it, the more I think he might stay fit and healthy after the show. Still, I didn’t vote for him, either. He got too cocky and too aggressive once Sam left.
The very first week, I really saw a handsome face under Michael’s 50o plus pounds. Sure, he is quirky and has felt sorry for himself TOO much, but I still think he’s a good guy and I think he can win. Ashely, gorgeous Ashley–she has been the quiet warrior since week one. No drama queen, no need to be the center of attention, she just keeps plugging away and gets more beautiful each week and I think she can win, as well. While neither of them could reach their goal weight by the finale, that might make for an interestingly different ending. I got pretty tired of people having to be severely UNDER weight to win!
Now I am trying to figure out if the fact that Ash and Mike started out so large, was the key to their making it to the end. Each week they did have big numbers to lose, though Ashley didn’t always put up the big numbers at the weigh ins. This morning I have a lot more questions than I do answers, that’s for sure.
Having never really had an eating disorder, I realize that I don’t understand a lot about the mentality of the contestants. That said, I DO have to watch what I eat EVERY single day and DO have to exercise A LOT to maintain the weight I am at. I know that fitness is my business and I have an advantage, but this was a choice I made. Every day I make choices, just like everyone else. Each and every one of us needs to get to the root of our issues and deal with them in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Each and every day we need to do the work it takes to keep us “in balance.”
I am anxious for feedback today. Please leave a comment or an email and let me know your feelings about last night’s episode and who you see winning, next week.
The only thing I know for sure is — I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE EVERYONE BACK AT THE FINALE! Regardless of who wins, we get to see all the contestants and how they did at home. Don’t forget, we also get to see Shay!
May the best man or woman jump up and down surrounded by confetti and pure elation.