Trae Patton/NBC
November 11, 2009 12:00 AM

The Biggest Loser this week had a major twist to stir things up: There are two lines! Knowing that two would be sent home must have been stressful. At this point in the season, you can feel how far along you are in the game. There are times when you can’t find someone to workout with, just because there aren’t that many left! You become extremely close with those that are left in the house as the cast grows smaller. The closer you all become, the more your true colors come out because you are comfortable. This was seen on last night’s episode when Shay exploded at Rudy during the hoop challenge and with Rebecca losing it on Jill and opening up to Amanda. Contestants are now making the mental shift of realizing that they deserve happiness and that other ‘s wishes do not always have to come before their own.

It seems that we might have a tradition. Last season Dane lost 100 lbs., broke a record and was sent home. This season Shay broke the female record by losing 100 lbs., and she was sent packing. Shay lost 17 lbs. and she is going home! That’s two newborn babies! I understand the math and how the percentages work, but it still baffles me. Everyone deserves the shot at being on the ranch, but in this competition, the playing field is way off. It’s hard, though, to make a level playing field because are different, and to cast an entire season just by weight would not produce the same type of show. Regardless, I felt horrible for Shay. She was exhilarated by losing so much weight, but then was crushed. The ranch really is a world of emotions. You can be on top of the world and come crashing down an hour later! Even though Daniel was sent home, I am so happy he had a second chance on the ranch. I can tell you that this time around, Daniel has come into his own and grown up tremendously. I couldn’t be happier for him!

You asked, and I’ll keep answering …

Some of you have had enough with the product integrations. To be honest, sometimes they are a little set up, but the contestants eat Lara Bars, chew Extra gum, use Ziploc Steamer Bags, drink from the Brita, go to Subway, use the BL Recipe Books and live by the Bodybugg! If Biggest Loser didn’t call out the products, viewers would wonder what we are eating, drinking and wearing. BL wants viewers to know about the products that make the contestants’ life a little easier. How many of you knew about Lara Bars? Now that I am consistently on the go, I always make sure to have my Lara Bars, Ziploc Steamer Bags and gum with me. I actually had a Lara Bar while running NYC marathon. As annoying as the integrations might be, I think they help more than annoy.

Aliethia wanted to know how long it is between the “last chance workout” and the weigh-in. Normally, it is the day before the weigh-in but it could change depending on the production schedule for that week. The more important part of LCWO is that it is normally the last time you will see your trainer before the weigh in!

Laurie asked about the diet on the ranch. Caloric intake depended upon size of person and if they are male or female. In the beginning, I was at 1400 calories and through the season dropped down to 1200. I wouldn’t really be watching my sodium or fat, because most of food in the house was low in sodium and fat. I would eat fiber rich foods and a ton of fish.

Finally, thank you to everyone for the well wishes on running the NYC marathon. I appreciate your support! If you want to know more about the experience you can find me on Facebook or Twitter! –Tara Costa

Tell us: What did you think of this week’s episode? Are you sad or happy for Shay and Daniel? Who do you think has a chance to win The Biggest Loser? And what are your questions for Tara?Trae Patton/NBC

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