April 27, 2011 at 10:49 am , by Sonia Harmon
What a week! I had so much fun going back to the Biggest Loser campus like I do every season. One of my favorite things about being the first female biggest loser is probably that I have kind of become the unofficial Biggest Loser mom. Every time I meet a contestant I give them a huge hug and whisper into their ear that “this too shall pass.” Most of us had no idea what we were really signing up for when we tried out for the show, and only being on campus can quite explain it. It helps to know that others have been in your shoes and have not only survived, but also thrived.
This week was truly a week of celebration, and a week of favorites. Sam and I got to share a couple of our favorite recipes with the contestants and run them through some of our favorite circuit moves, while Tara competed against the contestants in one of the ultimate Biggest Loser challenges. But most importantly, we each had the opportunity to spend quality with the contestants.
This is the point in the season when a good heart-to-heart is not only wanted, but also needed. By now the remaining contestants know what to do to lose weight, so now is the time to ensure that the dots get connected in regards to why they continue to lose weight or why not. The truth is that although The Biggest Loser is a gift to everyone who’s had the chance to participate, in reality it’s only 2.2 seconds of our entire lives. Returning to our lives back at home is what really puts us to the test and challenges us to succeed in communicating, loving and experiencing our old worlds with our renewed spirit. So this is when why you’re losing the weight becomes more important than how to lose the weight.
In the beginning of our journey we’re so afraid of failure because we’re stepping into the unknown, but at the end you start to fear success. It’s so important to communicate how you’re doing with your loved ones so that when fear steps in, it won’t stop you from attaining your goal. After all the hard work you’ve done, you deserve to know what it feels like to complete this portion of your journey. The tricky part is realizing that finishing one part of the journey means beginning the rest of it. With that said, I hope that Rulon processes his decision to leave the Biggest Loser campus and acknowledges that there might be some issues he needs to examine so that he can continue to be successful in his life. I know that a lot of people are disappointed after last night’s episode, but I also know that it has opened many doors and opportunities for the contestants who remain. We all know how strong they are, so now it’s a matter of who believes the most that they are the next biggest loser!
Here’s my recipe from this week’s episode. Enjoy!
ALI VINCENT’S MANGO QUINOA SALAD
“A protein-loaded treat!” – Ali Vincent
Makes 6 servings
2 cups cooked red quinoa (at room temperature or cold)
1 diced mango
1 handful chopped cilantro
1 15-ounce can black beans
1 red bell pepper, chopped
6 green onions, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil and lime juice. Combine everything else in a big bowl. Drizzle liquid mixture over the salad, and toss until well combined. Chill for about an hour.
Nutritional information (per serving)
Total fat: 8 grams
Saturated fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 10 milligrams
Total carbohydrates: 34 grams
Fiber: 7 grams
Sugars: 9 grams
Protein: 7 grams
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