01/22/2013 at 07:00 AM EST
Alison Sweeney hosts NBC's
The Biggest Loser and is the award-winning star of
Days of Our Lives, in addition to being an author, director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past two seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of
The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter @Ali_Sweeney
Can you imagine if Bob Harper surprised you at dinner or if Dolvett Quince walked into your classroom? How would you react?
Watching the kids's
reactions to Bob, Jillian
and Dolvett surprising them was priceless.
Seeing how Biingo and his family have struggled financially breaks my heart but, like Bob, I was impressed by how they've managed and that they've been able to make healthier choices without spending more money. One thing that was reinforced this week was that the entire family needs to work together to combat childhood obesity. All the pressure can't be placed on the kids.
While the trainers were gone, I had a blast running with the contestants in the 5K. I always try to get a workout in each day and by doing the run at work, I was set for the day!
Plus, it was a gorgeous setting at the beach and anyone who follows my blogs on my website
knows how much I love to work out outdoors.
While the competitor in me wanting to be at the front of the pack, there was something really special about staying with some of the contestants who were struggling and helping to keep them motivated.
At the end, I did have to pick up my pace to welcome the contestants across the finish line, and it was so fun to cheer them to the end.
Francelina jammed at the end and Jackson made sixth place despite his physical restrictions. As some of the contestants ran back to help Michael and Alex at the end, it was a reminder of what The Biggest Loser
is all about – helping one another to get in shape and accomplish their goals.
By the time we got to the weigh-in, tensions were high.
Favorite moment of the week: Any moment with Jackson – when he was leading his team and especially at the weigh-in. He's just so funny and in that way, he reminds me of Dan Evans. Remember him?