Ali Vincent’s Biggest Loser Blog: Season Finale

May 26, 2011 at 10:09 am , by


And the confetti falls again.

When I saw Olivia and Hannah at the live Biggest Loser finale, I think my jaw practically hit the floor! I even saw a picture of them the day before and was still amazed at what they were able to accomplish. I think it’s so important for everyone at home to know that the finale is a stepping-stone into a lifetime of wellness, but it is still an event that contestants specifically train for. I weighed my finale weight of 122 pounds for about 2.2 seconds! I was healthy when I left the Biggest Loser campus five weeks before our finale date, but I made a conscious choice to train for the competition. I gave it my all so that no matter what the results ended up being, I knew I’d given it everything I had.

For those five weeks I was in the gym every day from 7 a.m to 2 a.m., wearing a 40-pound weight vest the majority of the time. My diet was very bland with frequent small portions of proteins and green vegetables, and I only drank water. With all of that, I only lost 13 additional pounds, but that’s because I didn’t have anything left to lose—I was 11% body fat. I finally understood how all those women complaining about having to lose 10-15 pounds must have felt. I couldn’t relate because before that period of my life losing 10-15 pounds was like sand off the dunes. With all that said, this was not a lifestyle change, it was training for the win of my life! I was training for my Olympic gold medal, my Tour de France, my history making moment, my confetti. When the moment was over and the confetti was being swept off the floor, so was the training.

Ali Cover ShotI encourage you to do as I have done and understand that our relationship with our body and well-being is lifelong. Don’t change anything that you cannot or don’t want to change for the rest of your life. If you do then you will be setting yourself up for disappointment, and you deserve more than that. You deserve to feel good about yourself so that you too can create your confetti moments, your wins.

Beauty to me is strength and confidence, and that’s what I saw in every single one of the contestants last night. What are you telling the world through your body? Is it how you want to be heard? If not, do something different. Don’t wait for another season of the Biggest Loser to come and go.

Congratulations to all the season 11 contestants. You have made America and myself very proud. For all of you at home who want to lose weight, choose today! If you want some help, you can now download some workout mixes I put together in my new Believe It, Be It series on iTunes.

Congratulations Olivia!

Ali xo

7 Responses to “Ali Vincent’s Biggest Loser Blog: Season Finale”

  1. Well said Ali!

    When I first lost weight (40 lbs, which I have managed to keep off +/-5lbs), I had difficulty transitioning from weight loss to weight maintenance. Several years later, I still hit some bumps in the road and need to refocus myself.

    Losing weight has definitely become a lifestyle change. My attitude towards food and exercise (which can be fun once you let it) changed completely. I am doing things (like running a 10K, hitting home runs in softball, hiking, body surfing, kayaking, and so much more) that I never really thought about doing. It’s so fulfilling to spend the evening playing a game a racquetball instead of sitting in front of the TV and snacking. That being said, there is a need for balance and sometimes I need to pop my feet up to watch TV. (Only now, I am more mindful of the snacks that I choose.)

    All of the contestants looked wonderful! Also, you (and many of my favorites from BL seasons past) still look wonderful and continue to inspire.

  2. Thank you, Ali! I love your perspective on a life of wellness and training for your “confetti moment.” The Biggest Loser got me off of the couch in 2007, and I have never looked back. Thirty-three pounds and thirty-six inches lost later, I am the healthiest and happiest I have ever been in my 54 years. Your attitude on training for the finale was honest and enlightening. As I continue to live my Best Life and look for new ways to challenge myself, I will create confetti moments. Thank you!

  3. Amy, congratulations! Really enjoyed your post.

  4. So spot on Ali! When you said “Don’t change anything that you cannot or don’t want to change for the rest of your life.” I loved it! That is why diet is a 4 letter word. Too many people go on “diets” and lose and then gain because it is not something they can maintain the rest of their life. It is a lifestyle change. Thank you for stressing that fact. I hope the other contestants all got it too. :)

  5. Thanks Susan!

    I can say that it also helps to have a partner who makes the same lifestyle changes. :-)

  6. Ali I’m so glad you made the distinction between training for a weight loss game and living a sustainable healthy life. The “don’t do anything you can’t do forever” advice, which I first heard from Bob Greene several years ago, really clicked for me in making the difference between losing those 20-30 pounds again, just to gain them back, and losing 60 pounds which I have now kept off for over a year. It also really helped for me to make slow changes, rather than jump from one way of life to another. You obviously had a very different approach on the Biggest Loser ranch!

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