May 11, 2011 at 9:06 am , by Sonia Harmon
We’re almost down to the final four. It seems like just yesterday we were introduced to the season 11 contestants. It’s amazing how time flies. How many of you said you were going to get in shape with the contestants this season? Now is the time to see if you got results, and to think about what you and the contestants have learned throughout this journey.
When I was eliminated during the fourth week of my season on The Biggest Loser, I found myself wondering on the way home if I had what it took to show up to the final weigh-in at the finale at my goal weight. I wondered if I would be the one contestant that shows up without an extreme weight loss. I trusted what my trainers were asking me to do but it was all so new and I was so tired and exhausted that I wasn’t sure what I had actually retained. The first day on the Biggest Loser campus, Bob and Jillian took all of the contestants through the catering line for the crew because we hadn’t made it to the house yet. I was so impressed that they knew every calorie for every option available, and I remember thinking that I want to know every calorie value for every food item so that I would always know exactly what I was putting into my body at any given moment—to me, that’s liberty. But in the first four weeks I let physical pain, emotional strain and peer angst distract me from that goal, so I relied on Bob and Jillian. I was heartbroken to go home after only four weeks, but it made me realize that I let so many things get in the way of focusing on what would give me liberty for the rest of my life.
After I was sent home I started to absorb everything I was doing in the gym and learn calorie values for the foods I was eating. I started to truly feel like I was changing my life and not just doing another diet. It’s so important to continuously check in or test yourself when you’re trying to accomplish a major life change like this, so you’ll know what you’ve got down already and what you need to work on a little more, like the contestants this week. Knowledge is power, application is strength, and knowing you can do anything you put your mind to is liberty.
I think this weight loss journey is about constantly striving for balance and understanding that it is up to you to not only survive, but to thrive. If you are anything like I was, you are constantly encouraging all the people in your life to be the best they can be because you see so clearly how incredible they are, so how could you not do the same for yourself? When you’re living by example, those you love will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can do anything they put their mind to because they see you doing it for yourself.
I’m so excited to see what the next few weeks will bring on The Biggest Loser, and to see what these amazing contestants are going to create and share with all of us now that they know that they can do anything.
Until next week,
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