November 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
We kicked off this week just like the first week on the ranch—the contestants competed to pick their new trainers and create new teams. It was pretty clear that a lot of them were a little comfortable with their routines and trainers, so some of them weren’t really eager to mix things up.
It was fun watching the contestants compete in the nutrition challenge to decide their new trainers. I couldn’t believe some of their eating habits before they came on the ranch. Ramone used to eat 12 tacos in one sitting! Seeing them admit that their old choices weren’t necessarily the best options showed me that they really have been listening to our advice about living a healthier life. And by the end of the challenge, I had a new blue team—Sunny, Joe and Ramone.
I knew Ramone was still upset from the weigh-in last week, and I quickly learned that Joe was very dependent on Bob. So before we even hit the gym, I decided to have a team meeting. They needed to understand that even though the trainers are helping them on their journey at the ranch, it’s the contestants who are really accomplishing the amazing things, and they need to take responsibility for their own goals and successes. I knew the week was going to be hard for everybody, myself included. But my goal was to push Joe, Sunny and Ramone harder than they had ever been pushed before.
In the first workout, my focus was on making sure that the new blue team came together as a mentally and physically strong unit. I wanted to prove to them that even though we didn’t start as a team, I was completely committed to them. Change is never easy, but it’s bound to happen, and the gym is an amazing place to work through the frustration of uncertainty. Read more