The No Excuse Zone

Also known as NBC’s The Biggest Loser, which I’ll be recapping right now! You’re so excited.

Look at their tiny little faces

I’ve watched the BL on and off for the last 13 seasons. It’s ridiculously motivational…to a point. I have to remember that it is “reality TV.” Oh, for those new to the blog, and let’s face it, when you don’t blog consistently you lose readers, I tried out for season 9 of the Biggest Loser in 2009. You can read about it here.

Back to the show. This season seems very promising. The players are physically smaller, no more of this 524-pound-man business from a few seasons back. The players came in as teams (brothers, sisters, father-son, mother-daughter, strangers!) but halfway through episode one were split into two teams main teams (red with Dolvett as a trainer and black with Bob), therefore none of the original teammates were together. That’s another thing, there’s only two trainers and they’re both men. It’s a pretty interesting dynamic so far.

I usually watch the show and immediately connect with one or two contestants. This year, Conda and Emily are my two faves. Conda is near my starting weight, and she’s super sassy. Emily is kind of adorable and she uses time as an excuse (hello!).

Emily in Pink

Conda in Green

To be completely honest, I zone out during the challenges. They’re usually some intricate maze of random activities all leading to either immunity or a car or in this week’s case, a six-week supply of Biggest Loser meals (which I’ve heard are actually quite good).

A few highlights of this past episode:

  • The show nutritionist took them grocery shopping. It was very educational. The amount of ranch people it is amazing. Ranch isn’t my thing, actually dressing isn’t in general.
  • Random tension between trainers. I love you, Bob Harper, but I don’t buy it.
  • People actually addressing their issues. It was refreshing.

On the flip side, I always hate, hate, hate elimination. I understand it’s a game, but wow. First of all, the show is two hours long. Why? Because they spend half an hour weighing in people and another half hour voting a contestant off. Oh, don’t forget the 20 minute-long challenge. Seriously, I’d love it if they showed more gym time. Individual gym time?

In the end, food, booze and nicotine addict Mike was sent home. It seems the elimination helped him get to the bottom on his problems and he’s dropped 50 lbs at home.

Anyone else watching Biggest Loser this season? Is it still motivating??

I’ve taken my lunch to work twice this week. That’s kind of huge for me, so there’s that. I’m finally back in the gym and have work out dates planned. Stay tuned for Thursday’s Not My Mama’s Meals recap!

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4 thoughts on “The No Excuse Zone

  1. manseekmuzumdar says:

    As someone who doesn’t have TV..I’m kind of loving these recaps. I don’t normally watch the whole season on Hulu, but I always watch the finale. And then I cry because I’m so happy for everybody. Also, did things not work out with Anna Kournikova??

  2. Heather says:

    Really? Conda? She is by far my least favorite by far. She seems like a very not nice person, and very negative.
    I want to like Emily but it’s not strong one way or the other.

    I want Santa to stay forever.

    • I totally wrote that after episode one, but I agree. Conda started off talking about her daughter and her brother and being tough and now she’s just kind talking a lot of trash. Emily in episode three really hit the mark for me; you know what you can do, and what you’ve been able to do in the past but you have to remember that its not the same person that’s trying to lose weight and get healthy. Anyway, I’m putting up the recap of ep 3 later today.

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