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Biggest Loser, Season 10 (Portland filming) - 05/20/2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Biggest Loser came to Portland on Thursday, May 20 to film scenes for Episode 1 of Season to -- and this is how the story unfolded...

It started with a long line of 200+ people, waiting in the rain -- yes, sometimes known as "typical Oregon weather." And Oregonians are used to it...but not used to the colder temps (it was in the low 50s) and hail for this part of the season.

When I arrived (at about 8 AM, I met up with Sparkers SURFCITYGIRL/Shannon and PERFECTLY4GIVEN/Jackie, and we continued to wait in the rain together. KAYAKID/Mike (Jade Dragons BLC13 Team) also was there and joined us. We all donned our purple Biggest Loser T's and waited for the announcement on where to "report." Ken Coleman (Season 3 contestant was also there, helping with the Portland event. Learn more about Ken at www.theoutlookonl

Ken handing out orange bracelets (that meant you registered)

At about 9 AM, we proceeded to a section of the park and took our places on the wet grassy hill looking down towards a tent-type pavillion.

There the Director, Neil "3-things" DeGroot, gave us instructions and talked about how the day would go -- There were 3, no 4 things to remember: (1) Ugg, cant remember, will have to edit later!, (2) Have Fun, (3) Hydrate, and (4) No Injuries. We were then introduced to Season 7 Contestant Mike Morelli www.dietsinreview

Mike was quickly joined by one of our favorite Biggest Loser trainer's, Bob Harper!

Thankfully, by this time the rain had "moved on for the time being" and we were greeted by blue skies and sunshine (I like to think that God is a fan of the Biggest Loser too, afterall -- He knows our bodies should be a temple of the Holy Spirit so I am pretty sure He thinks that the BL is a pretty good tv show). Anyways -- BOB, started us off with some squats and punches, then we were doing jumping jacks, and finished up with...ugh, pushups (boy-style, up on the toes - and honestly, in wet grass on a hill, it was worth doing them versus girly-pushups!). There was also some time for Doctor H to talk after that.

Dr H with Jackie

A lot of time elapsed as the Director and his minnons readied for the next stage of the event so there was a lot of time for pictures, autographs, etc. Bob spent a lot of time mingling in the crowd, stopping and taking time to talk with one fella (who weighed about 500 lbs). My observation of Bob is that he really cares about people -- and wants to see us all lead healthy lives.

Bob talking to the "Big Guy"

another picture

Also in the crowd to lend support were Matt and Suzy Hoover (Season 2 contestants who placed 1st and 3rd - they were the first BL contestants to "get married" and they travelled down from WA with their two boys for the event). A story about Matt and Suzy can be seen at

me with Matt and Suzy Hoover and their two sons - WOW, my hair after a "Bob Workout" looks like it went crazy!!

Next, three "potential contestants" who auditioned in the Portland area this past March, were called up one by one from the crowd (big cheers and congratulations), and were then weighed in on "the scale!" and each shared their story. Of these, three, only two would go on to the RANCH as Season 10 contestants. I would share what they had to do and what happened after that, but that could take away some of the FUN from watching the first episode, so you will just have to "wait and see!"

So let me just finish by sharing a few more pictures...and by saying, when the event ended and people wasnt too much longer when "the rain returned." All in all it was a GREAT day...very motivating and inspiring....and nice to share the moment with other "SPARKERS!"

Biggest Loser - Purple team ROCKS!

me with Mike Morelli and Shannon

me with Bob and Shannon

the "two Mikes"


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GIGI1222 10/1/2010 9:59AM

    This was a great post. I love that you got to meet Bob Harper, and Mike ( Kayakid-mkkaya) He is one of my favorite sparkers. I guess I did not know where you were from. I am from a small town in Ohio. It seems like BL always heads to Detroit MI, that is far enough away that I would not get the info on it.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/24/2010 4:09PM

    Sounds like a really fun day. Getting to meet those inspiring people is a great boost I'd guess. Thanks for sharing. I don't have a working TV (turned off direcTV and don't have reception in the house anymore). Sounds like it will be another interesting season.

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ITISSPARKTIME 5/24/2010 7:55AM

    Thank you for sharing. I ready Kayakid's blog about this too. Its great to see each of your takes on the day. :)

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BONJI40 5/23/2010 1:01PM

    Jory, thanks for sharing your story and great pix! That is so cool--I'm glad you got to meet Bob and aweseome! Dang, I wish I could have gone!!

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MONKEYSGETFIT34 5/23/2010 12:25PM


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MOMM4LIFE 5/22/2010 10:09PM

    I love Biggest Losers and your photo blog definitely made it real for me!!! Thank you!! emoticon

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MIZZGRIZZ 5/22/2010 10:06PM

    Thanks for sharing! I saw the story on the news but your blog is MUCH better! emoticon If had known about it earlier I would have tried to get the day off from work to be there. Maybe next time.....

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MARATHONMOM26.2 5/22/2010 9:39PM

    So cool! Thanks for taking all those pictures and sharing them and your day with the rest of us :) It was also fun to see some sparkfriends with the fitness "celebrities"!

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KAYAKID 5/22/2010 8:51PM

    Great job! Loved your pics!! LOL You didd good and I loved the day it was alot of fun!!!!


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RHYNIC 5/22/2010 8:09PM

    wow, what a cool blog...what a wonderful day, even with the rain. gail

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KPACE7 5/22/2010 7:17PM

    WOW, what a fun day. emoticon emoticon

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JCARDINAL 5/22/2010 5:25PM

    Thanks for sharing, looks like you had a good time.

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LELA0121 5/22/2010 4:09PM

    Wow! What a fun event! Thanks for sharing the picts and the experience

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ABETTERKGIRL 5/22/2010 3:26PM

    This is too cool! I'm glad you got to experience this. And I agree I think God is also a fan of the BL emoticon can't wait to see Season 10 this Fall!

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    How fun that must have been. So jealous I couldn't make it!!

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JSTINMT 5/22/2010 1:46PM

    Jory, thanks for sharing! Loved it!!!

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JUSTFOXXY 5/22/2010 1:11PM

    How emoticon

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