Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Biggest Loser; It's Changing Lives

This week’s Biggest Loser episode was very inspirational. The final four got a thirty day reprieve from ranch life. The trainers, Bob and Jillian, went to visit their trainees to see how they were doing and to also work them out.

While the contestants were at home, a package arrived for them and, of course, another challenge was in store. The contestants had to run a full marathon.

It was go time as soon as the four returned to the ranch. It was nice to see the camaraderie between Helen and Tara as they trotted off and ran together for awhile.

At mile 15, season five winner Ali Vincent, was waiting and ran with Tara. Bernie, an at-home winner, walked with Mike. Jillian ran with Tara at mile 25 and I’m glad that Jillian hung back in order to let Tara cross the finish line by her lonesome; she finished the race in 4:56:24 while Helen came in at 5:48:42. Mike, who walked the entire way because of an injury, finished at 8:58:03.

Dr. Huizenga had to make sure that Ron was okay with his shaking hands and elevated blood pressure. Ron was able to continue and was joined by previous BL contestants who accompanied him to the finish line. His final time was 13:16:19. I like how Ron broke the finish line tape with his cane. Not only did Ron finish the marathon but he lost 151 pounds with, as Jillian said, one arm and one leg.

Sports announcers usually jinx basketball players when they comment on their high free throw percentage and I thought it would be the same when Allison mentioned that Tara had never fallen below the yellow line and Tara never did. Along with Helen, Tara was guaranteed a spot in the final three. Ron and Mike ended up below the yellow line and it will be interesting to see who America votes into the final three. Last year, America went against Heba and her husband's wishes to vote Heba in because the couple had been such control freaks. Now, it'll be interesting to see if Ron will be voted in because he is perceived as less of a threat and for having played the game gangster style.

Check out Mike training his brother Max. If anyone should know how to provide some guidance, it's Mike who has lost 174 pounds while on The Biggest Loser ranch.

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