First, I have to say how thankful I am for the invention of the DVR. While I am not a huge TV watcher, it seems whenever I like a few shows, they all compete for the same time slot. When Biggest Loser returned this year, I quickly opted for it, over the CBS shows that make me laugh on Monday night. But now, the return of one of the few shows I really got into last season, also came back on Monday night. Yes, Mitch and I immediately got hooked into the new Dallas, which brought us right back to our younger years watching the drama at South Fork. Thanks to my DVR, I was able to watch the folks at the BL ranch last night and can still look forward to the Texas ranch later in the week. If you were a fan of Dallas back in the day, check it out!
Last night’s episode of BL found the trainers skyping with the 3 junior ambassadors. I am finding those connections tough to embrace. Dolvett just doesn’t seem a real trainer match for Lindsay with her cheer-leading goals and seriously, Bob, simply telling Bingo to get out there and play baseball with his friends, when he has a boot on his foot that is holding him back, is just unrealistic. Didn’t he just hear the poor kid say he can’t keep up with his friends? Has Bob forgotten what it’s like to be a kid–and a kid with the nickname Bingo, no less? Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the lesson of the week is grocery shopping on a budget of $10.00 per person, per day. I think this was very valuable for the contestants and the viewers. People tend to b*tch that shopping for healthy food is too expensive. It can be. But learning to shop for locally grown and seasonal items changes the game. Sure a bag of potato chips is cheaper than a container of nuts, but since portion control only suggests limiting nuts to a few of these and a few of those, that container should last all week and then some. The bag of chips will probably be gone in a day or two. So grocery shopping is a mind game, just like the rest of this game. Danni, who is alone on the white team, seems to have some big advantages, even as she struggles through the obvious disadvantages. Being a strong, focused, individual she has no one to compromise with, or bring her down. This worked exceptionally well for her in the challenge. Each person had to swim bringing 10, 5 pound “coins” to their team colored fountain. Danni, who used to swim, knocked this one out of the park and got to choose between a phone call home or a 2 pound advantage. She took the 2 pounds, but in the end, could have taken the phone call and still escaped elimination with a 9 pound loss on the scale. While Bob’s team doesn’t get much attention, and no one on his team has captured my attention, Alex did finally have a great week, finally hitting double digits with a 10 pound loss. I can’t wait to see her in a few months! Actually, Bob’s team quietly all did very well. And while Dolvett’s team HAS captured my attention, and they seem to train really hard, they fell short on the scale and had to send someone home. They sent home Lisa, and I agree she seems like she can do really well at home, as her attitude is good and she probably misses her husband and kids terribly! So far, so good. When we did see her at home, she was out playing with her kids and down 76 pounds from 246 to 170.
Next week’s episode–“Leading by Example”. Until then, I have another ranch to visit, where the drama has nothing to do with weight (everyone is thin and beautiful) and everything to do with power and money. This is another way I keep balance in my life 🙂
Happy 26th birthday to beautiful, bright and sweet Nicole. We love you!