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Biggest Loser S15 E5

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 5

* Spoiler Alert *
Jillian Michaels cheated.

I was annoyed with the show last week. Now I'm steaming.

Ruben went home last week and the red team is so sad about it. Dolvett takes the team to workout with Beat Cancer Boot Camp, for people who fought cancer or have been touched by cancer. David, who lost his wife to cancer, was very emotional. I love this part because it reminds us that losing weight is about getting healthy, because obesity raises the odd of cancer.

From NIH: Obesity is associated with increased risks of cancers of the esophagus, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), colon and rectum, kidney, pancreas, thyroid, gallbladder, and possibly other cancer types.

(Note: my dear mother died of cancer of the pancreas)

My gem I gleamed from this episode: Let's be grateful that we can workout, that we have the ability to move, because we can. There are loads of people going through chemo, radiation, or other debilitating diseases. I have friends & family (and I'm sure you do too) that have lost mobility.

There's a cooking challenge of the episode with the kids from last year judging along with the chef from the White House. The winning team gets a years worth of produce for their family. So nice they acknowledge that they need to make this a lifestyle change. The winner... Bob's blue team with Backyard Quesadilla with Fiesta Fruit Salad:

(I wonder if they gave the contestants recipes to follow. They were looking at some paper.)

There's some drama: contestant Jennifer talks with Biingo's mother, because she's worried about her daughter's weight. Biingo says to get got all the junk food out of the house. Craig doesn't know how to swim, and Jillian makes him do it. Then Tanya is sick and can't workout, so Dolvett is worried about weigh in.

At the weigh in the shocking news is that last episode, Jillian Michaels gave her team caffeine supplements without doctor's permission, so they're penalized 4 pounds, blue team gets immunity again, and Ruben is coming back! Jillian unapologetically states it's better than drinking tons of coffee.

Big losses, because it's been 2 weeks since the last weigh in. Jillian's team loses, but really would have lost anyway without the penalty. And Craig goes home.

Jillian partnered with Curves, a women's gym.

Dovett has a new book out:


This week I will chase a feeling -- not a number.

For too long, I let the scale number dictate my feeling for the day. Daily weighing is just not meaningful data, because of stress, salt, hormones, hydration, etc, can fluctuate daily, even hourly. Weighing in once a week is fine. (Full disclosure: I find this challenging!)

There's a lie: when I lose the weight I will be happy. If I believe that myth, it will leave me waiting forever.

Instead, focus on: every day I want to feel fabulous. Be happy now. Get my energy & mood up by working out, drinking water, eating every 2-3 hours, & getting plenty of sleep.
Focus on one day at a time. When will I work out? How will I nurture myself? What is my next win to make that happen? Win today and repeat. Have fun losing weight and getting fit.

Doing the best I can, not perfection because that's not obtainable. Feel fabulous, and the weight will take care of itself. Free your mind and your a$$ will follow.
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    thanks for the JM update. I thought they did not allow for stimulants on the show.
    1643 days ago
    Jillian Michaels posted this on Facebook:
    "Thanks so much for all your support. It means the world. I know you want to hear from me on this, but I am under a contract which prohibits me from truly discussing the matter in detail. Here are the facts. Caffeine is allowed on the show. Caffeine supplements have been used on previous seasons of the show. I did not ask permission to give the contestants the supplement. That was a "rules violation" allowing the producers to make the decisions they made. The supplement I gave the contestants is totally legal and all natural. It contains less caffeine than a tall coffee. There is no other metabolic agent in it and nothing in it the contestants don't have access to. From here you will have to form your own conclusions. Much love."
    1648 days ago
    I was super disappointed too. It's already too tempting for many of us to try "quick fixes" without seeing a celebrity trainer on a show that is supposed to be about building healthy lives advocating for them. I will admit I've looked at the green tea, etc. supplements and wondered if I could benefit from them...but in the end I decided I wasn't willing to risk any possible negative effects just for an easier way to lose weight.

    I'm curious too about what Bob and Dolvett think. I know I've seen supplements with Jillian's name on them in the store and haven't seen the other two, but it doesn't mean they aren't out there or that they don't approve...I just don't know what to think.

    I'll probably continue to watch the show because I do find it motivating, but I won't look at it (or Jillian) quite the same way again.
    1649 days ago
    Edited to change "apologetically" to "unapologetically". Darn you spell check!
    1649 days ago
    Also - way to go Dolvett for bringing light to cancer survivors and how important it is for exercise even when battling the disease.

    So true that we just need to work out b/c there are so many out there that can't. Let's not complain.
    1649 days ago
    Oh Caren -
    I know SP is supposed to be about weight loss and eating healthy. But last night I was able to watch this week's show.

    I was LIVID when they announced Jillian's decision to boost her team w/supplements and I couldn't wait to see your blog about it. I'm glad I'm not the only one that was upset by it.

    Since she didn't apologize for giving her team the caffeine pills only that her team suffered w/the 4 lb disadvantage, I have to wonder how long she has been doing this for her contestants???

    Sure, it's her professional opinion that caffeine pills are ok and way better than drinking unlimited amounts of coffee... but there is a reason why BL doesn't allow for soda (diet or otherwise). Isn't the [part of] the intention of the show to have contestants lose weight with exercise and health eating?

    I also have to wonder how her team felt about the show's decision and the fact that their trainer would do that to them, as well as the other 2 trainers - what is there professional opinion about caffeine supplements?

    Since I'm a Dr. Pepper addict and trying to cut it out. I wonder...

    Nah, I better not - then I will just have to beat the caffeine pill addiction.

    Caffeine may help your metabolism, but it also does harm to your body. I don't think trainers should promote caffeine use to help lose weight.

    He11, I have a serious problem with cosmetic companies adding it in to some products such as moisturizers and lip balm!

    I'm still mad about Jillian.

    1649 days ago
    I still haven't seen an episode for this season. I need to see if I can watch them ON DEMAND. Several supplements make me nervous. I can see how the show would have a problem with her adding things without the doctors' knowledge.
    1650 days ago
    I haven't watched it yet, but Jillian talks about using caffeine supps on her podcast. I'm glad Ruben got to come back. Cool!
    1650 days ago
    I'm not sure why anyone watches this horrid show! And Jillian? She really thinks she's something, doesn't she? I've seen her on other shows & she is all about "me, me, me"? I can't stomach her.

    You have the right mindset , gf
    1650 days ago
    I love your last sentence!
    1650 days ago
    This show is terrible. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant. What next? Speed?

    Love the last paragraph. It's on the mark.

    1650 days ago
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