May 26, 2011 at 10:09 am , by Sonia Harmon
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.
I 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.
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