The Biggest Loser was back to its regular two-hour format time last night and true to all the previous episodes, nearly everyone cried. Last night marked the point where the show starts to frustrate me because people lose focus on their health and start playing "the game." In other words, people get nasty.
In this episode, the contestants were faced with a rather hefty temptation as the person who ate the most calories was allowed to create the new teams and pick which the trainer for each team. To create conflict, it was completely dark in the room with the baked goods and so no one really knew who was eating what. In the end, Heba ate the most calories and rearranged the teams into blue and black — she split up the red team, husband and wife Amy and Philip, as well as Shellay and her daughter Amy. To see what the challenge was and to find out who was sent home, just read more.
For the challenge the contestants had to hike up and down a small mountain for 14 hours. Basically, they got a point for each person that went up, bonus points if they all went up together each time. The most interesting part of it to me was that in the middle of the challenge, both teams came to an agreement that they would both take a break to nap. Nap?! In the end, the black team won the challenge, even though Brady ran up and down that mountain an amazing amount of times (over 20 miles).
Michelle was contemplating heading home because she was having a hard time overcoming emotional issues stemming from her parents' divorce. It was interesting to see how much your emotions really do affect our health and ability to focus on weight loss. In the end, she made the decision to stick it out and I think it's a good lesson for us all. No matter how hard things seem to be in your head, allowing yourself to slide into a spiral of unhealthiness is not going to do you any favors. It may seem hard at times, but sometimes the best thing you can do is just work out frustration at the gym.
In the end, the black team lost the weigh-in and Shellay was voted to go home. She looked fabulous in her check-in and it's always nice to see that they are able to thrive at home, not just in a controlled environment. Check her out!