It's week 8 on the Biggest Loser Ranch and there's another twist.
This week only one person's weight per team counts...*dramatic pause*...and it's up to the trainers to select that person. I thought they were going to throw up. They sure as heck do not want that responsibility. They don't have to name that person until weigh in.
During this week's challenge Lovely Olivia is back. She won last season and looks amazing (her hubby just ran the NYC marathon...Congrats!). She is the judge for a cooking challenge. Each team has to come up with a meal. They will be judged on taste and nutrition. The winning team will have the recipe printed in the next Biggest Loser cookbook, some personal time with Olivia, and a 1 pound advantage.
The winner: a fantastic pork tenderloin.
Naturally there was a little surprise and Olivia presented the winning team with scrapbooks from their family *insert tears here* Support is SOOOOO important. Antone started crying when he saw how big he was. He is a former NFL player (Da Eagles..WOO WOO) and his kids don't know him as anything smaller than 400lbs. It reminded me of seeing my "before" picture in the Huffington Post. I cried.
It's week 8 and that means the Doctor is back. It's been 8 weeks since Ramon learned that he had diabetes. It's gone now. He has changed his eating habits so much that he has eliminated diabetes. This happens every season. It's the most important lesson I think. Seriously, why would you willingly do that to yourself? Usually along the way to the finale so many people can go off most of their medication: blood pressure, cholesterol, Insulin...think of all of the money you can save by just being healthy!
The Doctor also talked about the Pleasure Center in your brain. They showed an obese person and a lean person's reaction to a hamburger through pretty graphics of the brain. The lean liked it more. The obese wanted it more, but liked it less. That meant eating more to reach that high.
They also talked about rewiring your brain. It is possible. I did it. It took months, but I can't eat a meal without wanting vegetables and fruit. Sadly, they did say that it only takes a week to rewire your brain back to your old ways :-(
If you feel like you are alone on your journey and you just need some encouragement I am here for you! Shoot me an email and I will do my best to check in on you or give you the words of support you need several times a week. The journey is so much easier if you have support.