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October 14, 2009 12:00 AM

Ah, it’s here — Blue v. Black! When you’re on the Ranch for 4 or 5 weeks, you get used to your wardrobe, and then the change comes — literally. I think all of the season 8 contestants were not happy!

Let’s put it all out there — relationships have formed. I am sure most contestants already have a trainer whom they feel more comfortable with and already have a core group of friends. Although one might think, ‘Well, either way I am going to be working out an excessive amount and will lose weight,’ the truth is Bob and Jillian do have different training methods and some methods work better with certain . This is why going Blue v. Black is kind of a big deal.

But let’s talk about my favorite scene — spinning a wheel for a golden ticket that gives one person the power to alter everyone’s stay on the Ranch! At this point in the episode, I was laughing uncontrollably — how did Tracey do it? Maybe Tracey truly does have the super powers that Coach Mo was talking about. Tracey or not, the ticket winner has a lot of responsibility and would most likely disappoint someone. So, whom do you hurt? It must have been a very difficult decision for her.

However, I do not quite understand Tracey’s team-picking strategy. I would think you would either take the you are closest to on the Ranch and therefore have safety in numbers, or make the teams skewed toward your benefit. But she didn’t seem to do either.

Instead, Tracey just made mad, and one in particular… Liz! Oh boy, Liz is funny and she is out for that Tracey, and the scary thing is that Tracey has no idea! Yet in a completely twisted ending, Coach Mo sacrificed himself and got voted off instead. So the Blue team is officially saving Tracey as bait, keeping her around in the hope that if they just happen to fall below the yellow line, she will not win immunity. Yet I still could not believe that Tracey voted her own teammate off, the one person who knew her best!

Now back to the blog. I love your comments and feedback! I noticed a lot of you were talking about motivation, working out, winning challenges, etc. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” I love this quote and feel that it can be applied in all areas of my life. Before, BL, I was just going through the motions. Since BL ended, everything is new for me and most of the time I am frightened to try things, but when I take the step to just go for it, something comes over me. I think it is the joy that I tried and once I’m on the path of going for something, I usually am so happy, and I push harder. I also just take one day at a time and look at everyday as a choice. Just for today, I can choose to do the right thing. A habit doesn’t form overnight… it takes 21 days! Each day adds up and before you know it days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months — you look back and say, wow time has flown by!

AMS asked if the show was rigged. It is reality TV and what producers normally tell us is that they can’t make a good person look bad; they can only make a bad person look worse. So, if you are a good person, you have nothing to worry about. Once I watch my season, I will let you know if I truly agree with what they say!

Oh, and a correction from the last blog… When you eat out at Mexican restaurants they normally give you flour tortillas, so substitute the flour tortillas with corn tortillas. — Tara Costa

Tell us: Should Blue have just voted Tracey out instead of Coach Mo?

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