Last night’s episode of the Biggest Loser introduced a temptation challenge involving cupcakes, lots of them. It also showed the affects of obesity on self-esteem and of course, the injuries began. Let’s take the good with the bad:
Cupcake Challenge – The contestants are paraded in front of a huge display of hundreds of cupcakes. The goal was to find the one cupcake with a round circle under it to get a one-pound advantage at the next weigh-in. Bad news – you had to eat whatever cupcakes you picked up that were not winners. Good news – only 4 out of the 15 contestants decided to play. That’s awesome! Lisa said it herself when she explained that there was “no sugar on the ranch”. She decided not to partake because “cupcakes are what got me here”. Very smart girl. Chef Curtis Stone showed up with his smile and showed them how to make a healthy cupcake and explained to them that they are in control of their situation. If you are going to an event, ask if you can bring cupcakes and make a healthy one. Very good advice for the contestants to take home – and for the viewers at home. You are in control of your situation.
Self-Esteem – The contestants are in week 3 on the ranch. They are getting used to the hard workouts now. They are getting used to eating healthy [no sugar on the ranch, so no sodas]. They are well into their detox stage now and so now is the time for the emotions to come out. Their self-esteem. What was covered before by unhealthy food and unhealthy habits is now uncovered. And it hurts.
- Elizabeth’s defense mechanism of using her ashma whenever it gets tough. Jillian tells her “the more you push down, the more you suffocate”.
- Frado being pushed by Bob who says “It’s up to me to find his limits and push past it”. He does. Before Biggest Loser, Frado was having 7 injections a day to survive. Now he is off the medicine and convinced that the exercise has healed him. “Exercise is the purest form of pharmaceuticals” he says. He’s right!
- Aaron remembering the real reason he is there, to be a good example for his son London. It’s enough to help him push through his last sprint.
- Ada, who has done great the past three weeks, but is unable to accept a compliment or be happy enough with her success. Jillian works with her to show her the pattern of her quitting. Ada has a heartbreaking story of emotional abuse from her parents and still struggles with things they have said to her. Jillian tries to get her to see it a different way. “We believe what we know” she tells Ada, but deep inside some part of her knows that is not true.
Injuries – It is hard to watch some of the workouts because some of them are pushed to limits that are unhealthy. Of course, many of this is FOR THE CAMERAS and we have to remember that we don’t see what goes on behind the scenes. Yes, they have to deal with discomfort when they are working out, but it is played to the extreme when they are pushed to injury. Mark’s back, Burgandy’s tendenitis that eventually took her out of the competition. And that’s only what they show us.
Going home were Sophia, who made a great transformation at home so far; and Burgandy, the mom with 5 kids who went home and continued her transformation. Great words from her “Running on a treadmill is not life. It’s not about the hours in the gym, it’s about believing in yourself and starting your journey”.
So, what did you think about Episode 4?
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