Full disclosure: I had walked on my treadmill or cycled while watching an episode of the Biggest Loser for many seasons. This season, however, I had been so disgusted with the behavior of some of the contestants that I have not followed this season thoroughly; however, I am trying to get back into what used to be an inspirational, health-focused show.
Now that I have cleared my conscience, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
So tonight, on “The Season of No Excuses,” they tested the excuse “I can’t lose weight on vacation” by sending the contestants to Hawaii. Well, let me be real here, if I were to lose weight while on vacation in Hawaii, I would have definitely needed to have the personal trainers, Bob and Dolvett with me, not only for exercise, but to put me in a full nelson to hold me back from all of the delicious food choices that are available.
The night began with the contestants talking about temptations and game play. Kim talked about losing her friends from the ranch. I am not sympathetic after all of the planning, manipulating, machinations and down-right nastiness she has brought all season with the other contestant, Conda.
The best part of the night for me was the appearance by Bethany Hamilton, the professional surfer who lost her arm to a shark when she was 13, but had no fear returning to the water. She encouraged the contestants to have no fear and the first workout involved Bethany teaching them to surf; quite inspirational.
The episode was a great tourism ad for Hawaii too. Just watching made me want to hula. There was a pop quiz hosted by the very relaxed Allison Sweeney, which Chris won, gaining her a one-pound advantage on the scale.
One product placement later, which involved Dolvett’s team talking about how wonderful the featured product was after blended by a Jeremy cycle-powered bender, Kim’s sad monologue about how there is a target on her back did not move my usually empathetic heart. It is so interesting how Kim is so afraid for herself now. She supported Conda in all of her nonsense of ostracizing contestants and now she cannot rely on her to save her if she falls below the yellow line.
The vacation workouts for us to consider:
- Bob’s team went rowing. Good upper body workout! In that Hawaii sun, they had to have burnt off some good calories. Then Bob makes them swim to shore. They also did rope work.
- Dolvett’s team worked out on the sand . . . weights, jumps, squats, digging holes in the sand with shovels, pull-ups, running with shovels over their heads. I am sure they got those shovels from Hawaii but with my luck I’d have to walk with my own only to have it confiscated by the TSA at the airport.
Allison appeared again. This time, there was a challenge to win immunity. Contestants had to go up and down a hill to find specific blue leis to put on people’s tikis (ten in all) to get them out, unless they find a black and white “death lei” that would put someone out right away. Everyone targeted Kim and Chris and they were out in no time, but I think during this competition, Mark had an epiphany. He was helping Jeremy and Conda and they could have just targeted him and put him out of the game, but instead, they toyed with him so he would have to go up and down the hill as often as possible. He joked that they were just as bad as America says they are . . . at least, it could be a joke.
Conda won immunity with the help of Mark and Jeremy. What irritated me was that she was not even grateful. If she helps her brother she must be patted on the back repeatedly, but when he helps her, she gives him no credit or gratitude, but insists she deserves what she gets through her hard work. What I don’t understand is why the other contestants are coddling her? Can’t they see how selfish she is? Does she put a magic potion in their food? I just don’t get it.
Interestingly enough, after this, Mark all of a sudden decides that he will reach out to Kim because he feels sorry for her. My translation, she’s alone, and he can’t count on Conda and Jeremy, (he may have Buddy); so he made sure that he had an alliance with her in case he fell below the yellow line. Mark is a strategist, and I am sure, despite Kim saying she finds comfort in Mark’s chat, that she is too smart to fall for this hogwash by this youth pastor who likes to cuss ever so often on an episode.
Another important exercise note is Bob’s recommendation of a vacation workout: 20 jumping jacks, 20 lunges and 20 pushups.
The weigh in results:
- Conda has immunity but lost 4 lbs.
- Kim lost 5lbs – 2.84% of her body weight
- Jeremy – 7 lbs – 2.56%
- Chris – 3lbs plus 1lb advantage – 2.26%
- Buddy – 6lbs – 2.14% (Good for him to accomplish this with his injuries!)
- Mark – 4lbs – 1.96%
- Megan – 3lbs – 1.52%
- Kimmy – 2lbs – 1.23%
So it ends up that mother-daughter team Megan and Kimmy ended up below the yellow line. In the end, at her request, Kimmy is sent home and we see her later, a svelte 154 lbs.
I am happy to take away the workout information from this episode, and glad to see it is less soap-operaish than it has been in previous episodes.