Loser 8.08: Rudy Has Banana Hands

November 4, 2009 at 10:22 am 18 comments

This week the contestants headed to Washington DC. They boarded a JetBlue plane and had tons of leg room and didn’t have to have seatbelt extenders. They met up with Alison in front of the Jefferson Memorial and, as usual, she looked so cute. Bob and Jillian showed up to greet them. They learned that this week they were going back to individuals. I like individuals… although it seems a bit early to be making the change. No?

Alison got her serious voice on and said that they were going to have (pause) a pop challenge. Gasp. OMG. “AAAH Wow!” says Tracey. Not really sure why that was shocking but Tracey is quite the drama-queen. The challenge is as follows: each contestant has to roam the streets of DC with giant stickers that say their name and have their color. They have to talk to strangers and because metaphors are the way of life on this show, they have to campaign for the strangers to join them at the Washington Monument for a workout. Whoever gets the most people, wins an advantage in the next challenge.

They scattered and started approaching people. Amanda found a huge group of girls that recognized her. They all wore her stickers. Later that same group ran into Daniel and recognized him from last season so they took off their Amanda stickers. Sad day for Amanda. Liz ended up having the most people show up. Bob and Jillian showed up and did a workout with them. Jillian wore a NY POLICE hat even though they were in DC. She’s such a weirdo. Some lady said “I can’t” so they made everyone keeping working out. Then Liz’s team went to Subway to try the Fresh Fit Menu. I’d like to know why every Subway in America has avocados except the ones I go to. What’s up with that?

The contestants went to talk to some senators. They told their stories and made their plea for better health education in elementary school. Yes, kids need to be more active. Yes, PE is important. But there is absolutely no way that these contestants ate large amounts of crappy food just because the public school system didn’t teach them not to. Right? Am I right? I’m right.

Also, have the Biggest Loser t-shirts always had the 24 Hour Fitness Logo written across the back? I think that’s a new thing.

The challenge this week was 4 parts. Each round only a few people would move on. Liz got to choose one option to sit out, except the last round.

Challenge One
Run a mile

  • We saw flashbacks of Tracey (also dubbed “woman who crawled in the sand”) from the first week. It was not pretty. She cried just remembering it.
  • Only the first 6 got to move on to the next round.
  • It seemed to be a tough challenge but that’s okay because Miley sang them through it… in slow-mo.
  • Winners: Rebecca, Daniel, Allen, Amanda, Rudy, Liz
  • Why was it so hard for them to run a mile? This is their 8th week on campus. They work out for a living. I don’t think it should be that hard.

Challenge Two
Fill a tube with pennies

  • They had to run down the stairs, grab a handful of pennies, run back up and put it in their tube. They had to fill it to a certain line.
  • Liz sat this one out. There were spaces for three others.
  • Rudy won because apparently he has banana hands… whatever that means.
  • Did yall see how excited Ali got at the end? That was nuts!
  • Winners: Rudy, Daniel, Rebecca, Liz

Challenge Three
Be a statue. Or something.

  • They had to balance on this skinny ledge and hold a pilates ball above their head. The two people who held it up the longest, moved on.
  • This one looked difficult and painful. It almost didn’t seem fair to the guys because they are so much bigger. Proportionally, the ledge is much smaller for them.
  • Winners: Rudy and Rebecca

Challenge Four
Steps

  • Simple. They each had a step in front of them. Whoever did 206 steps first, won. You know: up, up, down, down.
  • 206 is the amount of contestants that have been on The Biggest Loser.
  • Rebecca was awesome. Tracey said something really interesting and totally made sense… “She’s like a rabbit. Sch sch sch sch sch. She’s like typing on steps.”
  • Rebecca won immunity.

Bob and Amanda went for a walk to talk about the importance of eating well and chewing Extra Sugar Free gum. Then everyone went to the White House and I was completely underwhelmed with that segment except for Alison’s yellow shirt dress.

Last chance workout. Usually the contestants don’t lose much weight on travel weeks. My theory is that constipation has something to do with it. We’ve talked about my honeymoon, right? And lookie there, that’s two days in a row that I’ve mentioned poop. My apologies. Last chance workout.  Jillian worked with Tracey. She admitted that she’s never liked her but she worked with her anyways and felt like she had a break through with her. I don’t think so.

Bob spent extra time with Amanda to talk things over and get her to accomplish some hard goals. SEE! Not everyone needs Jillian to have a break-through. Not everyone responds to her style. I know I wouldn’t. I’m a Bob lover.

The weigh-in was in front of the Lincoln Memorial. That was kind of cool. Alison’s dress was black and blah but her eyes looked amazing. Weight loss went a little something like this:

  • Rebecca – 4 – But that didn’t matter because she had immunity.
  • Shay – 9 – Finally!
  • Tracey – 3 – Is it bad that I didn’t care??
  • Daniel – 11 – FINALLY! Orange team finally showed up! “193 pounds ago I didn’t have a neck. My head just sat on my shoulders like a snowman.”
  • Allen – 9
  • Danny – 12 (Sorry, no comments for Allen and Danny. I was busy checking my friend Molly’s blog to find out the sex of her baby.)
  • Rudy – 9 – A-freakin-mazing! He’s up to 110 in 8 weeks.
  • Liz – 3 – Yeah, don’t care.
  • Amanda – 7 – Wow! She’s got a waist now. She’s lookin good!

This leaves Liz and Tracey below the yellow line. My two least favorite – they should send them both hom. They voted Tracey off… FINALLY!!!!

She is looking pretty good. She went from 238-153. Her face is so skinny! Her family looks really normal… odd. Also, I saw her on Jay Leno. I didn’t watch completely because my friend Lucy was over doing some fun treatment on Stephen so I was preoccupied. But I don’t think she said anything ground-breaking.

I forgot to watch the “coming up” piece until it was almost over. There were a lot of tears from Shay and Rebecca. Should be fun!

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Update on my man: The swelling has gone down A LOT. He’s looking great. He’s feeling a bit better too. He’s got nausea meds so that his pain killers don’t make him sick. The bruises on his legs are pretty sore and his neck is hurting. He said his nose is actually starting to hurt – shocking that it took so long for it to start hurting. But it looks like he’s on the mend. He actually ate solids last night! Yay Stephen!!

Sorry about the typos and the incorrect #2 yesterday. I have no excuse. I just screwed up. Pick my punishment…

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Ten on Tuesday (4) Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

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  • 1. Lindsay  |  November 4, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I had a dream last night that our family was taking a walk through a random neighborhood and all of a sudden Bob and Jillian popped out of no where and looked at each other and said “I think we should take these people for a run.”

    So we all got in line behind them (I was the first in line) and we followed them. They ran SO FAST it was ridiculous. I thought I was going to die.

    Anyway, that’s all. Didn’t get to see Biggest Loser b/c I had class.

  • 2. Southern Gal  |  November 4, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I’m fighting a sinus infection and finally broke down and took the prescription the doctor gave me. It knocked me out during the WEIGH IN! I was so bummed. I did see that Tracey went home through blurry eyes. So I went to bed happy.

    Now next week LIZ needs to go.

  • 3. Karen  |  November 4, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Awwww, man, my drama queen is gone.

    I did not get to see much of the show, I am going to have to start hiding out on Tuesday nights, some thing always happens and I miss most of the show, my cousin, God Bless her heart, called last night and GOOD LORD she can talk.

    I did like the challenge this week, not as boring as the others, but the product placement ads are really becoming annoying, and Bob, if I had a full time staff to take care of my garden and prepare my meals, I would probably eat a healthy salad a lot more often too.

    Daniel is still getting on my nerves, making his judgments on people for game play, you have played the game too Daniel, stop the innocent look, it is transparent, and who is he or Shay to dictate who should stay and who should go, as if they are experts on analyzing people.

    Rebbecca is growing on me a little. (not literally)

    I don’t know about the rest of the show, may be a little (more) boring to watch, I can’t seem to claim a favorite at this time, although I do like Danny, now that he controls the water works a little, and Rebbecca seems to be stepping up, but no one has got my full support for the win, I don’t really care.

    Tracey, where art thou eveeel one. I thought she looked fantastic, her family is beautiful and I am happy for her and I hope she wins the at home weight loss.
    When she was on Leno last night, he asked her how much she weighed and she would not tell him, she started to say some thing about “we have a (?) coming up……..” and then Leno cut her off, so there may be a twist on the show coming up, may be, only a may be.

  • 4. DebbieQ  |  November 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    First off, glad to know that Stephen is feeling a tad bit better.

    Now then can I say that I was really hoping that they could vote off Tracey AND Liz. But if one had to go then see me jumping up and down that it was Tracey. I will admit that when it was clear that she was a goner I started singing, “Ding dong the witch is gone!” Not very nice of me but…… When Allison asked her if she was now regretting some of the stuff that she did early I wanted to go, “Well DUH!”

    But I do have to say that she really looked great in the “where are they now” section at the end so I will give her kudos for sticking with it.

  • 5. osarah  |  November 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Punishment? You now have a string of typos. Check for hom vs. home in this post. Of course, this is coming from the girl who can’t get through one post without a typo, missing word or random grammar error.

    I have a lot to say about this week’s episode, so bear with me. I might even post this comment again on our blog if it ends up halfway coherent.

    This was perhaps my favorite Biggest Loser episode to date. John and I had a great time watching it together, and it seemed like every few seconds, one of us had something great to add. Examples:

    When they announced the contestants were going to DC and Tracey celebrated, John said “Tracey is Washington’s biggest fan.” And at the end, when Tracey said “I was on the Biggest Loser. How many people can say that?” I added (Very matter of factly) “206.” And yes, I know “factly” is not a word.

    As for the school thing and the contestants lobbying the Congressmen, it was my understanding that it was for all youth, not just elementary school kids. Think about it. If you got to high school and only needed a semester or two of a PE-type course and you weren’t athletic to begin with, what would teach you to be active? Where would you learn about a healthy lifestyle? Even school that have more PE credit requirements typically don’t do a good job of trying to make the work outs fun and/or engaging.

    On the second challenge, I’m sure they told the contestants they could not use their shirt to carry the pennies up the steps, but if that was the only rule they gave them, I would have taken my shoes off and scooped pennies into them!

    I also noticed how excited Ali got. I even rewound the DVR to watch it again. It was so cute and raw. It’s like we got a snapshot of the “real” non-BL host Ali. She’s cute!

    Unlike you, I enjoyed the part filmed at the White House. I think it’s awesome that the First Family has a garden that they eat from. I think that’s an excellent example for Americans. I wish Newsweek or another major news magazine would do a big feature on it. I also loved Bob’s comment about how he wanted to squeeze them because he loved them so much for their garden. (something to that effect – I didn’t take notes, but I should have this week!)

    I wasn’t upset to see Tracey or Liz fall below the yellow line. I was ready for either of them to go home, and though I’m not a big fan of Tracey, I do wish her well. I was blown away by how amazing she looked in the transformation moment segment. (Moment segment…hmm, I’m not sure if I can use those words together like that)

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    I’m so glad to hear that Stephen is on the mend. I can’t imagine how much pain he was/is in. My heart goes out to you guys!

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  • 7. Kim  |  November 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    “I’d like to know why every Subway in America has avocados except the ones I go to. What’s up with that?”

    I know! I love avocados on my sandwiches so I’m forced to go to other places where their sandwiches aren’t nearly as healthy. What’s up with that Subway? And I live in the DC Metro area, have eaten in Subways in DC and all around DC and never once saw an avocado. I also used to work at Subway.

    I think maybe it was a lie, and they brought in the avocado themselves.

  • 8. mom  |  November 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    The govt can’t dictate you being skinny or getting exercise. Yes, we should have a PE requirement all through school but if you add that to all the extra core class requirements, I’m not sure how long the school day will be! And yes, I believe our health classes should definitely cover nutritional choices. However, YOU – and ONLY YOU – can be responsible for your choices in how you live and how large you get to be. I wish that if you “made laws” it would make people skinny – it won’t. sorry – that would be the easy way!

  • 9. Lisa D  |  November 4, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Um can we talk about the lameness of Bob’s – have a stick of gum instead of an ice cream treat. As if that is a great replacement. Yes, chewing gum is great, but it doesn’t hold a candle to ice cream. I was like – seriously? That’s your strategy for avoiding ice cream? Chew gum? Not sustainable, buddy.

    And holy cannasta these people were excited about being in a garden. Ok, I probably have a skewed view because I am not an Obama supporter. But for crying out loud – who cares what kind of vegetable the Prez likes.

  • 10. Stephany  |  November 4, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for my weekly BL update since I now have to choose to either watch So You Think You Can Dance or BL. I choose SYTYCD. (Poor, struggling college student = no enough money for a DVR.)

    So happy Tracey went home! She drove me nuts!

    And I’m definitely more of a Jillian lover. I need someone to scream in my face to get me motivated. Bob’s too relaxed and calm and yoga. I need a beat-down. Srsly.

    My favorite line EVER: “Bob and Amanda went for a walk to talk about the importance of eating well and chewing Extra Sugar Free gum.”

    I really, really hate the product placement in BL. And how terrible they are about transitioning to it. Yuck.

  • 11. jfowens  |  November 5, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Maybe I’m way off kilter here, but what does one’s opinion of the Obama administration have to do what we think of the garden at the Whitehouse? Have partisan politics really gotten us so divided that we can’t think that the president is setting a positive example for Americans by growing and eat fresh vegetables?

    One might say that we would be able to do that too if we had a full time staff (like the president), but I would argue that regardless, we could still make an effort to eat more fresh local fresh veggies and salads.

    As for education and health… of course we are the only ones who can decide for ourselves to eat right and exercise. But, I think legislating that school’s provide at least 30 minutes of exercise time a day (yes, in addition to all of the core requirements) is important. When we get to the real world we are pulled in a million different directions and our time is filled with all sorts of requirements but we still have to set aside time to stay fit. Learning to make time in your day to exercise from an early age gives us a head start and a leg up in making good decisions as adults.

    I do think that nutrition education could be greatly improved in America. One of the things that Jillian said made a lot of sense… we often, have no idea what we are actually eating especially because we wouldn’t believe that many of those things are actually allowed in our food! Look at how many ingredients in our food are difficult to pronounce!

    FWIW, I think it’s pretty neat that there is a veggie garden at the Whitehouse. I thought that salad looked good! 🙂

  • 12. jill  |  November 5, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I’ve never been to a Subway that had avocados! Hmm…

  • 13. Debbie  |  November 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD!!!!

    Although, of course the week that she finally gets the boot, Tracey starts to have a breakthrough with Jillian about not “playing the game” anymore. Oh well.

    No idea what “banana hands” are…but totally knew that would be the title for this week!

    Agreed that the white house segment was retarded. Only thing I loved was the fact that they call the Obama’s garden the “first garden” tee hee!! And that GINORMO salad bowl they were using to mix the dressing in!

    ps- Shay’s really starting to get on my nerves.

  • 14. Debbie  |  November 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    oh yeah, Tracey looked HOT! she still has crazy eyes…but she looked good!

  • 15. Ashley  |  November 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    First off, I hope your husband is doing well! And second off, THANK GOD Tracy is gone!!!!!! I felt like a loser because I screamed with happiness that she finally got kicked off!!!! Next week it showed that they kick off two people 😦 I am not trying to be mean at all but shay really needs to work a little bit harder because if she doesn’t I have a feeling its going to be her getting kicked off. She has so much to loose since she is big. Anywho, I cant wait till next week!

  • 16. Veronica  |  November 5, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Glad Stephen is doing better!!
    Ah, how I love Biggest Loser. Jake and I have to watch it on DVR because we have small group on Tuesday and don’t get home until like 10, which is past our bed time. haha. Well anyways, you don’t know how tempting it is to NOT look at your blog before we watch it. Every ounce of me wants to, but I have to this day not read your BL blog until AFTER we’ve watched it. Sometimes we don’t watch it until Thursday, so that’s good self control for me 😛 Thanks for having fun BL posts!

  • 17. osarah  |  November 6, 2009 at 3:37 am

    We’re the same as Jake & Veronica. Since it doesn’t air until 2 AM here, we DVR it and watch it the next day. It’s so hard not looking at your blog until after we watch it.l Every week I have to remind myself not to go to your blog on Wednesday until after we’ve seen the show!

  • 18. Amber Warren  |  November 10, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I was amazed how much weight Tracy had lost. Man I think it’s so interesting how the people I don’t admire AT ALL are always the ones who get skinny: Helen and Tracy. Helen from last year was such a snob, game-playing, morally-bankrupt person. I just didn’t buy into anything good about her. And no one really likes Tracy. She’s just not the same caliber as the other people. My point: I don’t want her to win….

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