I had heard it said, "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." Fourteen weeks on The Biggest Loser ranch and I have been challenged in a million ways, big and small. I've gone as far as a person can go on the show. I've risen to the demands of each day, each workout, each setback, each growing challenge and I have succeeded. I have learned about true success, being nothing more and nothing less than a few simple disciplines practiced daily. And CHALLENGES are the gateway to the next level of growth, a launching pad for our potential, and a decision to define our own destiny.
Everyone deserves a second chance - everyone. Walking back into the house to kick off Week 6, Ruben was waiting on us with his big, warm, signature smile. The Red Team felt whole again, and knew this was the start of what was going to be a really good week - we hoped anyway! I don't know if you had been as tired as we were of the Blue Team winning everything in sight, but the Red Team just believed this week's challenge was going to be different.
What better way for a singer to celebrate his weight loss than by collaborating on a tune with a world-renowned composer?
After being eliminated and then reinstated at the end of last week's Biggest Loser, American Idol winner Ruben Studdardis back to continue his journey on the ranch. His trainer Dolvett takes him to meet David Foster, where the two work on a song that Foster wrote for Studdard to express his battle the best way he knows how — through singing.
Success at anything will always come down to attitude and effort, and we choose both. Losing the weigh-in and, in turn, Ruben last week, left the Red Team licking our wounds heading into Week 5 on The Biggest Loser ranch. When life doesn't go according to plan, it's so easy for me to get in the self-preservation mode. In that space I am all too familiar with, I take short-cuts and lean toward my comfort zone, take the path of least resistance, feel sorry for myself and quit competing to win the day at hand. Dolvett knew our team needed something to re-focus us, and the ladies from the Beat Cancer Boot Camp were the perfect inspiration we needed... that I needed.
Some of the toughest obstacles to overcome on The Biggest Loser are the emotional ones.
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In the exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday's episode below, contestant Tanya talks to trainer Dolvett about the extremely abusive upbringing she had. Today, Tanya still holds onto the resentment. "I'm pissed at my entire family because I told them about the abuse ... but nobody would save me," she says in the clip below. "They let me sit in that environment and be abused."