The Biggest Loser host blogs about the return of the show and how she kicked off 2014

By Alison Sweeney
January 08, 2014 04:30 PM
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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She’s also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a great holiday! I was able to take time off to be with my family and we had a blast skiing and snowboarding. Then I rang in 2014 by riding with the Medieval Times horses in the Tournament of Roses Parade. What a fun way to celebrate the New Year!

It seems like everyone is joining up with the Biggest Loser contestants at the start of 2014 – new health regimes are a great way to start the year right. But the contestants never take a holiday from their continuing quest for health. We are now back to finish their journeys with them. Watching the recap of the season so far once again made me so proud to be part of such a rewarding show.

When we left off in December, I’d just brought the eliminated contestants back to the weigh-in room – and now one player was going to earn a spot back on the Ranch.

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The weigh-in was incredibly intense but there was so much to celebrate with all the weight each contestant lost since leaving campus. It was great to celebrate their accomplishments as a group and to check in prior to the live finale in one month. In the end, Bobby regained a spot in the house and the competition was back on.

Speaking of competition, the day at the beach for the week’s challenge was brutal. It was such a hot day and such a steep hill that the contestants had to climb over and over to finish. Jay definitely got off to a strong start, set the pace and earned the victory. In the end, Tanya and Bobby really had to fight to not finish last. Bobby prevailed and Tanya was given a one-lb. penalty for the weigh-in.

We started the weigh-in by welcoming Tanya to “one-derland,” which is always a huge celebration for the contestants. Then Bobby got on the scale and celebrated having lost more than 100 lbs. since starting on the show. David continued the momentum with a 12-lb. weight loss for the second week in a row. Chelsea celebrated a 6-lb. weight loss. Rachel joined the celebration by losing 99 lbs. since starting on the Ranch and she received high praise from Jillian.

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Then Jennifer hit the 180s and Jay reached a 105-lb. total weight loss. Marie proved to Jillian that she wants to be a contender with a 4-lb. weight loss, which kept her safe for another week. Tumi ended the week’s weigh in with a 4-lb. weight loss but that wasn’t enough for her to avoid the yellow line with Tanya.

In the end, Tumi proved to be the biggest competitor and the other contestants voted for her to be eliminated. She achieved so much while on The Biggest Loser. My hope is that once she goes home, she reunites with her fiancé and continues the work she started while on campus.

My favorite moment of the week was watching all the contestants finish the challenge despite heat and exhaustion. I’m so proud of their determination to now finish everything that they start.

Make sure to tune in next week when the contestants, trainers and I are at the Olympic training facility in Park City, Utah!