Jen Widerstrom is a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. In her first season on the show, Jen successfully coached Toma Dobrosavljevic to the winner’s podium. As she works to maintain her perfect winning average in season 17, her second season on the show, Jen will blog each week about the latest episode. Follow her on Twitter: @JenWiderstrom.. The Biggest Loser is on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.
We ve come to the halfway point of the season, and I find it’s easy to get so immersed into each week – its challenges, the weight loss within it – and let our competitiveness have a louder voice than the lessons, overshadowing the real gifts of this show.
RELATED: Jen Widerstrom’s The Biggest Loser Blog: Why I Chose My ContestantsThis week s gift is that you can still experience triumph in falling short of a mark. For instance, when Toy was on Jacob s Ladder for our team last week in the Last Chance challenge. Her pace was too slow for us to keep our lead and win, however that women never stopped moving. She did something she never thought she could do and quite frankly, something she TOLD us she was never going to even attempt. She said the same thing about never doing box jumps or running and now she s doing both of those.
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Now in this week, I saw her pushing herself to an entirely new level because she has begun to live in possibility of what is achievable for her! I often find better breakthroughs through breakdowns – success through facing one s sadness, and optimism through taking on obstacles.
RELATED: Jen Widerstrom’s The Biggest Loser Blog: You Have to Find Your CommunityWhen Toy left this week, I was devastated. I felt like I had failed her because she deserved more time in this experience with me as her coach and ultimately success in her life. I apologized for taking this away from her, and you want to know what her response back to me was?
“You didn t let me down! You gave me advice, not a command and it was my decision,” Toy told me. “I love you. You have added great things in my life for which I will be forever grateful! I m indebted to you for helping me win my life, not the Biggest Loser.”
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Thank you, Toy for giving me a chance to be a part of your success story. I love you too.