The main lesson from Biggest Loser 9, Week 3, is that you can’t go forward if you’re looking in the rearview mirror.
Challenge: Old mindsets impede our progress
The show begins with a check in with the Yellow and Blue Teams, who were sent home the first day and will return in two weeks to face off. Cherita from the Blue Team says, “We have 30 days. Our slate is wiped clean. We don’t look at it as being defeated. We look at it as another challenge. We didn’t come here to quit.” Though she had to stop the bike challenge the first day, she bravely tries a Spin class and enjoys it.
O’Neal from the Yellow Team talks with his wife about the early deaths of his parents. When he realizes he is on the same path, he vows to make a change. “You cannot go forward looking in the rearview mirror,” he says. In the gym, he finds his motivation, gets in “the zone” and looks like a mad man as he works out.
At the Ranch, the teams are divided into teachers and students. Teachers must train the students, and only the students’ weight loss will count this week. John and Stephanie pair up since their partners have been eliminated.
Migdalia from the Green Team separates herself from the group. Jillian says it seems like she’s upset over the twist in the game, but that has just triggered something deeper. Jillian pushes to find out what it is, but Migdalia refuses to open up. The discussion gets intense as Jillian brings up Migdalia’s daughter and says she will be fat and unhealthy like her mother and grandmother. (Ouch!) Migdalia puts on a stoic face. “Tears do not make you weak,” Jillian says. “It takes strength to show vulnerability. Only the strong show emotion. Your feelings exist for a reason. They’re a compass, they tell you when things are out of balance. They’re meant to be felt and expressed and when they don’t, this is what happens to you. And because you are her example, it will happen to your daughter, too.”
Despite Jillian’s efforts, Migdalia storms off and says she wants to quit. Bob later talks to Migdalia, who agrees to stay. But she still won’t open up. (Does anyone else predict a dramatic “breakthrough” moment in an upcoming episode?) Later, Migdalia beats a punching bag to shreds with a medicine ball. Apparently, there’s a little pent-up anger brewing there.
As the teacher, Migdalia must train her mother, Miggy. On the treadmill, Migdalia sees Miggy struggling and suggests that they slow the pace. But Miggy tells her, “No. I’ll do it.” Miggy pushes herself, grunting and sweating to the end, and later says, “My body wanted to stop, but my mind said, ‘No, I’m doing this.’ And I did it.” A good example for her daughter to follow.
Lesson: As painful as it is, let go of the past. Don’t be afraid to address whatever is making you unhappy. Ignoring it just keeps you in an unhealthy state. Accept whatever it is that’s held you back. Stop looking in the rearview mirror. Only then can you truly move forward.
At the weigh-in, the White Team fell below the yellow line. Even though Michael seemed to slack on workouts, his mother Maria asked to be sent home, and the contestants respected her wishes.
Talk it up:
Do things in the past keep you from making progress?
How do you make yourself move forward?
Do you think Maria deserved to go home?
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