02/26/2013 AT 08:00 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
I hope you guys like this week's episode of The Biggest Loser
as much as I did. To me, it combined Jackson's humor, the challenge of living in the real world, the facing of fears and celebrations on the scale.
The week started in Biggest Loser
style – with another unexpected twist. Just when the contestants were sad to see Francelina go
, I had to tell them that she was not the only contestant to leave campus for the week. The already somber mood got worse in that moment.
Once we got outside in the freezing cold, it seemed like the contestants might send Gina away since she had been such a distraction on campus. The last thing I expected was for Jackson to literally beg to go for the week so he could test himself in the "real world." I was definitely blown away when Jeff volunteered to go home with him. It seemed like a split second decision, but I really admired both of them for standing behind their reasons for doing it.
While on their own, Jackson and Jeff's friendship proved solid. Without the gym, the Ranch or the trainers, they got creative. Trash can runs, hiking – they did it all and their home videos were hilarious, especially when they went on their hike!
Then, as part of "Face Your Fears" week, the challenge definitely scared all the contestants. But with immunity on the line, everyone realized the importance of bringing their A-game to the edge of the building. Each contestant showed their strength during the challenge but in the end, our girls Gina and Danni had to fight it out – and, man, did they. Their focus was insane, especially as Jackson took his ride to the ground (it really was that
funny in person!).
By weigh-in, the contestants all had overcome their fears a bit more, and their weight loss numbers showed how much much progress they've made. Joe has lost 100 lbs. to date, which is a huge accomplishment. Jeff and Jackson lost double digits away from the Ranch – a cause for celebration. Danni again shocked Jillian and herself with a 10-lb. loss. Even though 8 lbs. was not enough to keep Alex safe for another week, it too was a major accomplishment, especially for her.
Meanwhile, this week with the kids was again very moving to me. I can't imagine my daughter Megan telling me that her biggest fear is my dying. When Sunny had the courage to admit that to her mom, it showed her strength and her maturity. I really hope that as tough of a conversation as it was, it is the catalyst for her mom to make the necessary changes to live a healthier life for herself and her family. This conversation reminds me of so many parents who come to the Ranch – as difficult as it is to be away from their kids for weeks and sometimes months, they are literally earning years back on their lives to be with their kids.
At the end, did you catch Alex's "Where Are They Now" segment? She looked INCREDIBLE and just had such happiness to her. I can't wait to see her at finale!
My favorite moment of the week: Biingo eating vegetables, FINALLY!
Make sure to tune in next Monday for makeover week ... and for the first time, the contestants will head home to reveal their new looks to their families. It's a can't-miss night on Biggest Loser