This recap is a little late, but bear with me. Last night’s episode of Biggest Loser was titled “I don’t have time to eat healthy” so the episode tried addressing that excuse.
The show started out with the first temptation of the season. The players were brought into a Chinese food-filled room where Allison explained that there are 41,000 Chinese food restaurants in the U.S., more than McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s combined. Whoever ate the most calories would have a 2-pound advantage and also pick teams for the face-offs this week. I happen to hate the temptations; they’re self-gratifying. It’s really just a way to get them to talk about food lustfully.
After way too much talking and strategy, Cassandra from the Black team ended up eating two 30-calorie fortune cookies for the advantage and the team picking. She choose as follows:
Santa v. Emily, Jeremy v. Lauren, Joe v. Nancy (this didn’t really matter at the end because Joe went home to his family. By the by, what the heck is Nancy still doing there?), Chism v. Kim, Mark v. Mrs. Claus, Megan v. Buddy, Gail v. Kimmy and Cassandra faced Conda. The point was to pair the weak contestants with the strong contestants.
The biggest peg this weak was the competition between Cassandra and Conda. It was a bit much. They had a little Burpee competition using Bosu balls and Cassandra CLEARLY won, but Conda said she was cheating. It was petty, really. A rematch was scheduled for the Last Chance Workout. Really, Conda hasn’t dropped that much weight and Cassandra’s considerably smaller, and much more of a fighter.
The challenge this week called for the teams to carry buckets of tinted water through a serious of obstacles and use the water left in said buckets to melt a giant block of ice. I don’t care for the challenges, y’all know this. This one was no different. In the end, red team won a skyping session with family members back home which is always a sweet point of the season. If only Joe had stayed and helped his team win he could have chatted with his family…sad.
I feel like there was more gym time in this week’s episode. For the rematch, Dolvett had Cassandra and Conda run a length of squares back and forth and then plank their way back through the grid. Cassandra won by a mile. No surprise there.
Time for weigh-ins! Because of Joe’s departure the Black team automatically forfeited a point. Nancy lost 2 pounds. Megan beat Buddy somehow. Gail beat Kimmy who only lost 3 pounds. Jeremy lost 11 pounds to Lauren’s 3, no surprise here. Emily lost 6 pounds to Santa’s 9 and she was visibly upset about it. Chris lost four pounds to Mark’s 8. Chism, the youngest and one of the biggest in the house lost 9 pounds to Kim’s 6. For the final weigh-in, Cassandra lost eight pounds to Conda’s 3, so Black team won the weigh in.
As far as Conda goes, she stood on that scale and made every excuse in the book. One thing Adam, my friend who trains me once a week keeps saying during our work outs is that I’m better than my excuses. He’s totally right. I am. it’s about shutting up and just doing the work. (Sure, sometimes I throw in a sassy comeback, but usually they’re not very good or worth repeating.)
Deliberation time was wonky. I won’t beat around the bush but they sent Lauren home because she “doesn’t have the obstacles everyone else has like kids and jobs and parents” or whatever. It was sad, but really, you could tell it was coming because she had no camera time whatsoever this week.
Lauren’s progress report was good; she’d lost 53 pounds so far and was running a half marathon to prove to herself that she does have an athlete inside her.
Overall, the episode was a little too game-heavy for my taste, but did include some awesome gym time clips. I’m looking forward to next week when Conda faces off with herself and likely Dolvett.
Who’s your favorite so far? I think my money’s on Emily. Here’s the sneak for next week:
Bobby Deen’s Not My Mama’s Meals recap up tomorrow!