Tara Costa’s Biggest Loser Blog: Marathon Time!
On last night's episode of The Biggest Loser, Amanda, Liz, Danny and Rudy all went home for 60 days. That is amazing! They had an entire two months before returning to the Ranch for the final weigh-in and almost another two months until the live season finale Dec. 8 (8 p.m. EST) on NBC.
The time that they were given at home is precious in making their change last. And while at home until the finale, they have weekly calls with other BL contestants, medical staff and nutritionist to help them stay on track. For 12 weeks these four have been consumed by cameras then all the sudden, the cameras are gone and it's just you. By having so much time at home, it can allow for new patterns to form and establish working exercise plans. Next week when they all head to L.A., no matter who wins the title -- they will all be set for success in the battle against the pounds!
It was visible in the struggles that everyone was facing at home -- Rudy was only getting four hours of sleep, working 12 hours a day and could not stand the fact that he would have to leave his little girl to workout. Danny was having difficulty with his wife. He is trying his best to be focused at the task at hand and include his family. It takes time to learn how to balance everything. Every contestant has something to overcome. It is how you push through that adversity that will make you stronger for those around you. To me this is the Biggest Loser "rite of passage."
Of course, BL wants to makes the contestants feel empowered. They do this by throwing in challenges such as the marathon! I was so happy to be invited to help this season's contestants get through this experience. For me, I learned that I had a passion for running and that I enjoyed sharing my passion with others. (I didn't know what to expect when I arrived late the night before, but I learned very quickly that you should not run in a cotton shirt!) That day, I ran a total of 22 miles. I hung out with Liz and Danny for a while, and I must say Liz is a force to be reckoned with. She is so powerful now and I believe nothing will stop her from living the life she wants to live.
I was also with Rudy for a while and it was good to talk with him about all the struggles he faced at home. It helped me realize that you can defeat the odds -- if you stay the course. Overall, most of my time running was spent with Amanda. At times during the marathon, I was asked to drop off so the crew could get shots of Amanda alone. I knew at certain points that she was struggling and I promised to stay with her regardless. I was more proud of her crossing the finish line than I was of myself crossing the finish for the first time. It feels good to help those overcome their fears. I know these four contestants will go on to help the next season’s finalists.
Now for the hard part ... I know Amanda and Liz are below the line. It is a tough choice and I do not want to influence 's opinion. So, do what you think is best. Also, remember you are not only voting someone into the finals; you are also putting someone into the $100,000 at-home prize.
I hope you all enjoyed my blog thus far! I have tried to answer your questions to the best of my ability, offer more insights into what really happens on The Biggest Loser and what the contestants are going through. Please continue to follow me on my Web site, Twitter and Facebook for updates on what I am currently doing! --Tara Costa
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