Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Biggest Loser Finale

To recap: Tara and Helen made it into the final three on their own and America was to vote in the father or son from the brown team. When America voted in Mike and not Ron, I felt like Mike's chance of winning was excellent until I saw him stand next to Tara and Helen who were just as small as Mike. Because of Mike's starting weight, his loss percentage would be lower than either Tara or Helen's.

I was surprised by the smallness of the trio and had to fight the feeling that they looked anorexic.

The producers did a montage to show how far The Biggest Loser contestants had come. The flashback ended up being a “Stand Up, Get Up/Yes You Can” mantra from the trainers.

Some of the most dramatic bios were of Ron and Estella. Ron, who initially weighed in at 430 pounds, had tried gastric bypass and having his jaw wired shut. Estella, one of the older contestants, had not exercised in 25 years.

Estella’s husband, 64-year-old Jerry, won the at-home Biggest Loser contest by losing 177 pounds. His starting weight was 369 pounds. I would never have picked Jerry to win the $100,000 prize.

One of the cheesier aspects of the finale was to have the trainers, Bob and Jillian, backstage training two women vying for a spot on the next Biggest Loser. America voted (with little information) for Amanda, a 19- year-old, to be one of the next contestants.

The host, Allison Sweeney, kept saying that Tara, who won 12 challenges, had been unbeatable. Of course, Tara's streak ended and Helen emerged as the biggest loser.

Who would have thunk it? I definitely thought that Mike or Tara would win.

Here are the numbers for the final three contestants.

181, Current Weight

139, Current Weight

117, Current Weight

A lot of the contestants lost what some people weigh. Amazing.

I was inspired by most of the contestants and I feel really moved to push myself after what Ron accomplished with one knee and one shoulder. I figure if Ron can do 4.0 on the treadmill, I should definitely be able to push myself harder.

Here's Helen who said that she didn't know how to turn on a treadmill when she arrived at The BL ranch. She also said that something awoke inside of her during her weight loss journey:

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