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Tara’s Biggest Loser Blog: Michael Chooses Blue vs. Black

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Who’s going Black? Who’s going Blue? Oh, I don’t know, let’s just ask you know who… Michael!

Only by winning an elaborate version of Memory will one person have the power to pick trainer teams this week because hidden behind a big wall with little slots were a lot of bad food penalties and only one pair of golden tickets. It seems to me like having a good memory and Little Miss Lady Luck on your side was the key to the game. Yet for such a big prize at a temptation challenge, it’s difficult to know what everyone will do. I wish someone had started talking about what they were thinking! But in the end, only Andrea and Michael decided to play for the privilege.

Now, we all know these two want control, which shows me a little bit more of who they are, but I also wonder why you would want to put yourself in the situation where you pick the teams? Granted, the anticipation of Blue vs. Black is overwhelming while you’re on the Ranch because it makes you realize you’ve made it past the first phase in the game, and I can see wanting to be the one to pick teams if you had a bond with a certain trainer and you could not stand the thought of not training with him or her. But control comes with a major cost because you can never please everyone! Also, why would you want to eat 1,320 or 2,200 calories in just a matter of minutes? I am positive after Andrea and Michael were done with all the cookies, PB&J’s and other sweet treats, they were bouncing off the walls and then crashed and burned.

Michael did win, and when he began to pick teams, I knew he was up to no good. In his defense, he really wasn’t beating around the bush of what he chose to do — his honesty is a quality that I admire. But no one is happy with Michael‘s decisions, except Lance (lucky for him)! Everyone else seems a tad bit pissed off!

Michael seems to think he’s stacked the teams in his complete favor. I’m thinking, ‘what a dodo!’ Biggest Loser is a game of percentages — the lighter you are, the less you have to lose. Everyone has the same amount of time between weighing in and there are only 24 hours in a day, so you can only lose so much weight in one day! Also, if either Black or Blue teams have a strategy for the weigh-in, the opposing team will likely find out about it. How could a split-up parent/child combo or cousins not share information with each other? Because of this reason, I am going to make the assumption that Michael will be gone if Blue falls bellow the yellow line again.

Finally, let’s not forget how Jillian gets when she is put in the underdog situation. If you can think way back to Season 4, she basically cleared out the entire Red team! Jill also knows how to get women to lose weight because she has found the perfect medium between exercise and food intake. The best part of this episode for me was seeing Jillian’s face when walking into the gym and seeing the teams… .PRICELESS! She knows that it is going to be difficult, but you could tell she had a sense of positivity through the entire training period.

Once the weigh-in came along, I was so anxious to see what happened. One of the smallest girls, Stephanie, had a big number, losing 8 pounds! That is a huge advantage for Black, and I am wondering if Stephanie will be a continuous “knock it out of the park” weight-loss girl or a “one-hit wonder.” Guess I will have to wait and see!

Remember, ask your questions and I will try to answer as much as I can. Good to be back after a long break, but the Olympics were fun! ‘Til next week –Tara Costa =)

Tell us: What do you think of Michael’s teams? Also, weren’t you so happy to see Nicole stop by and help Miggy? (I know I was!) Do you think Darrell’s wife is more excited with his new outlook than he is on getting healthy?

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