Anna Kournikova’s Biggest Loser Blog: Episode 8

November 9, 2011 at 11:22 am , by

Going into this week, my team was split. We won last week’s weigh-in, but Joe and Sunny voted to send Ramone’s girlfriend, Jessica, home. I was worried they wouldn’t be focused, so we needed to forget about the past and focus on the present task—getting back to work and being a strong team.

On the way to the first workout, Alison stopped Bob, Dolvett and I to tell us the twist for the week­­. For the first time ever, the trainers would get to choose one player whose weight would count for the entire team at the weigh-in. The decision was ours to make, and the three of us definitely felt the pressure.

During the first workout Sunny wasn’t feeling well, but I wanted to make sure she still pushed through to the end. After such a great weigh-in last week, I knew this week wouldn’t be easy. I tried to reinforce to her that everyone is allowed to have bad days, but it’s what you do with those days that matter most. I kept a close eye on her that day and tried to give her a lot of positive reinforcement.

I got to participate in a fun cooking challenge with my team this week. We had to make a healthy and tasty dish that would be judged by Olivia Ward, the winner of season 11, and Devin Alexander, author of The Biggest Loser Quick and Easy Cookbook. Having Olivia at the challenge really motivated my team because she’s proof that the weight loss can be maintained after you leave the ranch. I really wanted us to win so my team could get the one-pound advantage, and as an added bonus, our recipe would be published! The hardest part of the challenge was making the dish before time ran out, and even though we didn’t win, this challenge definitely brought the blue team closer.

By the end of the week, I could see a real change in Sunny. She was finally realizing that she could accomplish anything. Seeing her confidence grow was incredible! It also made me so happy to hear Ramone say that he was fully committed to working on himself. My team was really focused during the last chance workout, so it was difficult to choose who would represent us at the weigh-in.

I was confident in choosing Joe to represent the blue team on the scale this week. Sunny lost two pounds, and even though it was a small amount of weight, she was still moving in the right direction. Ramone lost six pounds, proving that he could do the work on his own without having Jessica by his side. Honestly, I was shocked when Joe only lost two pounds because he had worked so hard all week! I think the blue team’s numbers were low because it can be very difficult to have two big weight loss weeks in a row. In the end, it was sad to see Joe go home, but I am confident that he will have the full support of his family to do really well at home!