With all the drama going on with contestants, their time at home and switching trainers is a reminder of why they signed up for the show – to lose weight and change their lives.
Every single contestant – whether you like that person or not – has a family to care for and one they are spending months away from. It's not an easy process and it challenges each of them by bringing out the good and the bad, but the goal is to have them walk away better people.
How fantastic was it to see Dolvett?! He definitely got out of his comfort zone this week by doing ballet, but it was a great idea for a bonding experience with the black team's girls and to earn their trust.
Meanwhile, Bob's conversation with Buddy about the loss of his daughter was gut-wrenching. In last week's weigh-in he moved us so much, sharing what his 100-lb. loss represented. He even wrote a book about their loss and his struggle with grief. I was so proud and moved when he gave me a copy. He knew how his words, his story had impacted me.
At the mud challenge, it was definitely all about getting down and dirty. The red team worked as a team by pulling weights for each other and finished strong. I have to admit, I didn't think Kimmie was actually going to get me muddy but I'm all about joining the group – and that was better than being thrown in. Plus, it got me ready for the mud run that I'm doing this summer in San Diego!
Watching the last chance workout, it was clear that Dolvett and Bob are focused on helping each contestant on their journey to lose weight. Their main goal wasn't to compete with each other or to protect their team. Yes, they looked over worried about their team but they remained focused on those contestants who were dependent on them this week.
When we got to the weigh-in, I was surprised by how low the numbers were. In the elimination room, hearts were heavy as Cassandra was sent home.
To me, one of the best parts of that tough elimination was Kim showing she's a good mom – by emphasizing that Cassandra was eliminated because she was a threat. She empowered her, helped her believe in her own strength. Her words, even though they didn't help her in the game, gave Cassandra the confidence to overcome her fear and to truly be a threat for the $100,000 at-home prize.
My favorite moment this week had to be seeing Dolvett sporting the tights! We need more of that on this show. Who's with me?