Tara’s Biggest Loser Blog: Tracey Better Watch Out!
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There is a method to Jillian’s madness, but Tracey’s? Hmm! I wanted to answer your questions and give my own insights from this episode so I will try to do both. Your comments are greatly appreciated, so keep 'em coming!
Ashley was curious to know how many BL contestants keep the weight off after the show or whether they just fall back into old routines. I do not know the exact statistics but from what I gather the rule of thumb is that past contestants normally “settle” at the weight they were 30 days before the finale. As far as falling back into old routines, I would say old habits die hard, but they do die! For me, I know that I was the type who loved to watch TV in bed with a pint of ice cream and cookies. Now, I am very conscious not to bring any food with me to my bedroom. I have a kitchen for a reason! I also have a core group of past Biggest Loser contestants I call if I am having a weak moment. So I am enthralled to see how close this season is, because a support network is imperative when you are in maintenance and weight loss mode. The Red Team sacrificing themselves to help Shay, the contestants finishing the bucket challenge even though Allen had already won, those moments truly exemplified how these will live their lives after the show -- as champions!
Samantha asked what contestants do when not working out. All contestants are given a caloric burn that we are supposed to hit by the end of each day. Some would hit their calorie burn more quickly than others, allowing them more free time. During free time (which was very little for me), we would either watch movies or sitcoms (only what contestants had -- production did not supply movies or TV), hang out in the pool, toss around a football, write letters, play cards or clean our rooms. For the most part, there was not much downtime. Even if we were not intensely working out, we were still moving or preparing our meals. During my season, we had late-night disco spinning sessions, a group scavenger hunt that lead us all over the Ranch, and countless breakout dance parties in the gym.
Synapse brought up a question about Tracey, and if I thought her hospital visit could have affected her when rejoining the others at the Ranch. ABSOLUTELY. Friendships are formed quickly when you are on the Ranch because so much time is spent with each other. I think that this could actually be a reason for her crazy antics during this episode!
Noel asked if anyone has gotten in arguments with the trainers. Arguments are inevitable on any type of reality show (at least I think so). The arguments though on the Biggest Loser stem not from hatred or resentment but from care. In this episode, you can see how visually upset Jillian got with Tracey because Tracey is missing the point of the Biggest Loser Journey, which is supposed to help you transform to lead a healthy new lifestyle. It seems that Tracey is overly concerned with the game than just putting in the necessary work to stay above the yellow line. I am sure that Tracey busted her butt this week (she dropped 11 lbs.), but now she has created animosity with the other contestants. Next week might prove to be more difficult for her to lose, since she has lost double digits both weeks. I have a feeling if she falls below, everyone will say, BYE BYE Tracey! -- Tara Costa
Most of you have said that Biggest Loser has inspired you. So tell me: How you have taken the inspiration and turned it into an action? Was anyone else laughing hysterically when Bob imitated Jillian? And do you think Coach Mo will speak up to Tracey?
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