The recap thsi year is by Gary from last season. http://www.nbc.com/The_Biggest_Loser/weeklyhighlights/garyscommentary/
"You are what you eat"
The show opens up to the contestants being tempted by milkshakes after being told that all their healthy food will be gone for a week. This gives them an opportunity to get a taste of the outside world after living in a bubble for a while. I mean you don't realize how good you have it until it's taken away. You crave all this food while you're on the ranch and now they are forced to order out for a week so Bob and Jillian try and school them on how to order.
At the temptation one person will win by drinking the most mini milkshakes and will bring one friend along for a weeks worth of healthy celebrity chef prepared food. It was interesting to watch as it seems as though everyone is unwilling to be tempted. I like the twist of this challenge that you can't see what your opponents are doing.
You can hear some of the rationale of people figuring in their daily calories and such, some of them even moving the little glasses around. I think I may have done this challenge but then again I never wanted to give in to temptation. Suzy chooses to go for it and its bottoms up time. Did she fall off the wagon? I guess she thought the chance was worth the risk. Not knowing what's in your food can be a big problem when you are on a plan to achieve good health. So I think Suzy made a good choice. And there's the other little thing of who will you ask to join you and how will that affect the others.
My first reaction to finding out that the cast has to order out for the whole week is that they are going to be loaded up with salt and fatty foods this week. This means they are going to have to work hard to see big numbers on the scale.
At the workout after the temptation Suzy is feeling the alienation from her teammates and I think she is second guessing her decision. She loses it and runs to Bob for support. Bob as always is there for his crew. Mark on the other hand is telling the others he is not sure how many calories crying burns so maybe she should stay out there all day. Mark seems a little insensitive to Suzy's Binge. This kind of thinking and action will comeback to haunt you if you're not careful.
The cheesecake factory is a tough place to go to and not be tempted however I have been there and you can order healthy food there. It can be done, and Jillian is right willpower is over rated so you have to take steps to prepare for these temptations.
After a come from behind win from last weeks challenge the girls are feeling confident as the men are determined to get even. Being at these challenges is so exciting you really never know what they are going to throw at you. I remember my adrenaline pumping up before each one. For these physical challenges you really can't tell how physical they are until you're doing them. I felt like the men would have the advantage here but early on the women seemed to have taken the lead.
Half way through you could see the blue team losing some "steam" as Shannon slowed to a walk as the men are running as fast as they could. I remember saying to myself before the challenges this is going to be painful for a while and then it will be done so I will go all out for each one. The guys were to determined to get that phone call home. Red wins.
So Ryan and Pete end up going to see the doctor with some medical issues. But they both return, and here you can see a little more of the camaraderie that is building or not. Ryan is greeted and doesn't seem too happy by the response she receives from the other women while Pete has a triumphant return with the men. They all cheer him and are happy to have him back. I guess the loss of the phone call set the women back a bit.
The phone calls home are emotional and again bring me back to the saying you don't know what you got till it's gone. I can only think of how determined I was to get healthy so my family wouldn't have to go without me. And I can feel for these guys that are trying to do the same. I bet their families were thrilled to hear from them
Going into the weigh in Matt says that no one thinks they lost much weight his week. And from the looks of it I agree. It's hard to tell when you are in that situation if you have lost anything especially without a scale. Even the small numbers they may get this week seem like a big success in the real world. But when your game life is on the line you really want to see the big numbers especially with immunity on the line if your team loses the weigh-in.
Nick the comedian is boasting about how much sushi he ate and that he feels like he gained weight this week. Later he goes on about how he has to watch what he's eating and he should've dropped more like the other guys and he should've worked out more. I think Nick is confused about what he really wants and took a spot on the show that may have gone to someone that would have been empowered by the experience rather than be bitter. And with his not so funny closing statements I will pass on the 2 drinks minimum and cover charge and buy the Biggest Loser book instead. As it appears that since you got home it looks like you may have put a few back on.
So as I thought, with all of the take -out food the numbers mostly came back small even though again those numbers really are a huge success. The girls win the weigh in as Suzy's shakefest turns out to have been a good move As Ryan loses the most for the women and brings home the victory. And the men are off to the elimination room.
Winning the immunity Mark goes to Matt and tries his hand at forcing out Seth but Matt puts the kibosh on it and can't rightfully send Seth home. Matt I just want to say that flipping like that is a dangerous move I did it and it came back to haunt me big time. I prevailed and made it to the top 3 anyway let's see if it works for you.
My last impression is Matt is still the leader of his team and seems to really want the team to vote in a way that's best for the team, which could also come back to hurt you. Anyone from season 1 know what I mean?
I still have yet to really devote to a team or an individual as of yet. I look forward to choosing an individual and a team by next week.