Can you believe it is the last week on the ranch? Where did those eleven weeks go? I want to take the start of this blog to thank all my family, friends and fans for all the AMAZING support. WOW, my heart melts each week as I read messages from people who are truly inspiring. There is no better feeling than knowing so many people have your back. THANK YOU!
This was probably the most emotionally trying week on the ranch. I think my favorite part was being able to sit with Jillian and watch my journey. When the song “This Girl is on Fire” played my eyes just completely welled up. Jillian themed that song for me and I am just so privileged to take on that role! How far I’ve come still shocks me and I think it will continue to shock me. This just shows NEVER GIVE UP! I was the last remaining White Team member – I did it and no one can take that away from me! (more…)
Was this not the BEST episode so far? I just have to say WOW and ugh WOW to everyone’s transformations! I mean HOW COOL was it to get styled up by Tim Gunn! He was the nicest person, so real and he really knows how to pick out a pair of pants- LOVE IT. Then, being scooted off to Ken Paves’ salon? HELLO!! I think my favorite part of that process was having Ken work on my bangs. He said that these bangs would have attitude and spent very detailed time on them. Both these men have quite the eye!
I think we are the luckiest cast as we get to GO HOME for our makeover reveal. I cannot wait to show all my friends and family the progress I have made; they will see the new person I have become – inside and out!
I don’t think I slept at all the night before my reveal. I couldn’t wait to have my make up and hair done for the first time AND to see which outfits Tim had picked out for me. When I saw those gold skinny jeans, I about DIED! First of all, they were a size 12, second, HOW HOTT are these? I feel like a movie star! (more…)
We are immediately thrown into a pop-challenge after the week 8 weigh-in and brought to a field where we see life-size day one photos of each of the remaining contestants. The object: each person must run their colored cinder blocks over and cover another contestant’s photo. The last person whose photo remains uncovered must leave the ranch for the entire week. I lose my footing right off the bat and completely DECK it against the hard cinder block. The wind is knocked out of me as I felt the corner of the block jab into my ribs and leg. There is a reason Joe nicknamed me “Grace” on the show! I know I have to get up and continue.
It’s between Jackson and Gina as the final blocks are placed. Jackson pleads to the rest of that cast that he should go home. He believes that Gina needs a redemption week and that he would thrive off the ranch. We respect Jackson’s wishes and save Gina – but that wasn’t the end. Jackson had to choose someone to join him. Now Jackson AND Jeff will begin the week facing their fear of leaving the ranch. This changed the tone for the whole week! (more…)
For those of you who don’t know, ONDerland is the seemingly mystical place of weighing in the one hundreds for all the contestants. Tonight was my night to hit that goal! Last week I weighed 201…
Another mystery… we walk into the gym and something isn’t right. Allison Sweeney is here and she always has a twist – Work Together. If we can collectively lose 70 pounds or more this week EVERYONE gets immunity!! Plus, THE KIDS ARE BACK!! Sunny, Lindsay and Biingo take on the fitness challenge again to help us lower our 70-pound goal to 60. They answered four of the five nutrition questions right and BLEW all five fitness tests out of the water. This reduced our weekly goal to 61 pounds!
The Challenge: we had to dig our way through several sand mounds to find pieces of a flagpole. We then had to assemble the flagpole and hoist it up at the end of the pier. We finished the challenge with only five seconds to spare – that gives us ten more pounds off our goal! Now, we only had to collectively lose 51 pounds. (more…)
Love is certainly in the air this week, but hearts will be broken as we take on the competition as singles. That’s right, no more teams.
What better way to start the week than with a temptation? We are placed in front of tables COVERED with delicious Valentine’s treats. Each item has a calorie count; the person who consumes the most calories wins a two-pound advantage at the weigh in AND can give another two-pound advantage to a fellow contestant. If that wasn’t enough, Alison Sweeny says, “love is blind, and you will be, too.” The lights go out and the ten-minute timer begins.
Will anyone eat? Should I eat? NO, instead I sit down and proceed to do sit-ups, leg-lifts and push-ups. I will earn those extra two pounds. The lights go on and we find that three people ate – Francelina, Alex and Jeff. By only a few calories, Francy gets the two-pound advantage and gives the extra to Alex. Did I make the right decision? (more…)
This week each team’s fate relies on the roll of the die! Only one person’s weight will count for the entire team’s weight-loss. FINALLY, this will even the playing field a bit and each team will know what it’s like to rely on just one person. Although this is good news, all I can think about is the ugly mug shot on the white dice; did I really look like that? Wow, it just takes a few weeks to see how things have changed.
Can you say Wipe out? Challenge number six for the Biggest Loser family really tested our balance – or should I say lack there of? The mission- run across a 25’ long 6” wide balance beam to plates that display different caloric values and return it to the other side where photos of different food items stand (cheeseburger, bagel with cream cheese, Greek yogurt with berries, ravioli with meatballs, and grilled chicken with quinoa). Oh, all while two GIANT pendulums swing back and forth trying to knock you on your keister! This has to be the FUNNIEST challenge so far.
Episode five opens with the question, “Could this be the end of the White Team?”. The score is Blue Team: 5, Red Team: 4, White Team: 1. If I go home this week, Jillian does, too. The pressure is on!
I was SO nervous going into this first workout. There is no one else for Jillian Michaels to focus on; it’s one on one now. Can I keep up with Jillian’s expectations? Jillian and I took on a new approach this week – she is putting it in my hands. I will decide when and where she needed to push; it is up to me.
The Challenge: each team had a “Wishing Fountain” and on the other side of the pond were five-pound coins. Each person on each team needed to get ten coins in their respective fountain. The winning team would receive 10 one-year memberships to Planet Fitness AND the choice of a two pound advantage on the scale or the opportunity to call home! With my background in swimming and water polo, this challenge was mine to win! The challenge starts and I burst off the gate. My swimming days came back to me, but it was a lot harder. These coins are HEAVY but I knew I had to win. AND I DID! I chose the advantage; I NEED to stay on the Ranch. (more…)
WHAT?! The trainers are leaving us? Alison Sweeney MUST be joking. The White team is down to its last two players; we NEED Jillian Michaels. Pam and I knew we had to put our game faces on and work harder than ever. She told us to run five miles a day- DONE, Ladder to Hell- DONE, stairs- DONE… Pam and I are BACK!
I think my favorite part of this episode was seeing Bingo’s, Sunny’s and Lindsay’s stories. I am so proud of Bingo’s parents as they are truly accepting of the new healthy lifestyle; check out all the fruit in that fridge! And Lindsay! Her mom and sister are really helping her kick it up to the next level-Fight to win girl! (more…)
It’s week three and there are only two of us left; Pam and I have no choice but to pull out ALL the stops! Then, Ali throws another twist – a pop challenge! This challenge tests our knowledge on childhood obesity and “there is a consequence for everything.” The losing team will have to spend 4.5 HOURS a day LOCKED in this room full of video games, TVs, lounge chairs and all the snacks I have spent the last two weeks avoiding all to emulate the life of the average child.
The challenge came down to the final question: Of the parents of obese children, what percentage think their child is normal weight or underweight? Answer: 75%!! I don’t know if I should be upset that we got this question wrong or upset that this statistic is SO high. This causes a tiebreaker – WE PULL AHEAD – WHEW!
I am so glad America is seeing the EPIDEMIC of childhood obesity and its effects on the next generation. I was just like Lindsay and Sunny growing up; I struggled with being the “chubby” kid. I believe that the lack of knowledge and advancements of sedentary technology are the viruses of this disease. It is our duty as the cast of Biggest Loser to make America aware. But for now, Pam and I just need to survive this week! (more…)
I was sitting in the auditorium and my heart was pounding. I had no idea whether or not I would be chosen, but when Alison Sweeney called my name I was overjoyed. I instantly felt a bond with everyone else on the stage with me; we were all determined to start this journey.
All along I wanted Jillian Michaels as a trainer when I heard she would be back. She really seems to break down contestant walls and I was hoping she could do that for me. However, when we went to our first workout, I was not prepared at all! I thought we were going to ease into it at first, but without warning we were thrown into the most intense workout of our lives. I really thought this was supposed to be about our team, and it made me angry every time another team member quit or got kicked out of the gym that first day.
I think it is easy to see that I was having a hard time with Jillian in these first two episodes. I felt like she wasn’t being uplifting to my team or me. When I was finally able to confront her about it, it really changed our relationship. For the first time I was standing up for what I believed in and she respected that. (more…)