The contestant lost an "unbelievable opportunity" to work with the "best trainers in the world," blogs Alison Sweeney

By Alison Sweeney
January 18, 2012 08:00 AM
Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

So, Joe walked out and quit this week. While I was the first to say that the Biggest Loser campus is not a prison and you can leave at any time, it’s so frustrating that Joe didn’t realize the unbelievable opportunity he had.

He was selected over thousands of other applicants to work with the best trainers in the world, to change his life and thereby to be a better role model for his family.

Is it hard to be gone from loved ones? Of course it is. But look at the contestants that stuck out the time on the Ranch and are going to be around for many more years with their family as a result.

I have tremendous respect for all the parents who choose to be away from their kids to stay on the Ranch for as long as possible. It doesn’t make them any less of a loving parent because they see how crucial their health is and how special this opportunity is and they don’t want to waste it.

I hope Joe learned some things on the Ranch and that he’s watching the remaining weeks and learning from his teammates and his brother as they continue their journey.

Cassandra and she overcame her fears. It’s why Bob is such an incredible trainer – he pushes you harder than you think you can handle and simultaneously supports you so much so you finally believe you can do it and you do.

As the successes were celebrated, the competition also heated up this week, especially between Conda and Cassandra. Plus, there was the fact that black team was already one point behind with Joe having quit. With Bob and Dolvett part of this week’s challenge, the intensity was indescribable and victory for the red team became even sweeter, especially because they won letters from home.

When the contestants sacrificed competition for family by giving videos from home to their family member or even their fellow teammate, it showed how much these contestants value family and love and that being a huge reason for their choosing to stay on their Biggest Loser journeys.

My favorite moment of the week: Dolvett’s comment to Roy (a.k.a. Santa), telling him to “do it for the reindeer.” I loved reading all your comments last week. What did you think of this week? Favorite moment?