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The Biggest Loser 2008

The Biggest Loser has hit a weirdo spot again. It seems to do it in each series and it is very frustrating as a viewer. We went from them stuffing their guts for a show, to the wheatbags falling off conveyer belts as one of each team answered questions about calories. It was hard on the ones standing there carrying the wheatbags and it showed up how easy it is to be made to feel responsible for something you are not. Debs was very pressured from that. Sean was in considerable pain from that and Cosi was a complete pain from that. Not very exciting , not inspiring and definitely a show to leave you feeling flat. In the meantime the stupid walk had put Sam on the Red team. The Blues gave him a lot of emotional support and he certainly is no longer finding the game aspect of the show a doddle. It has made him very vulnerable. Mel was quite damaged by it last year and the show didn’t recover from the cruelty of what they did to her. Sam is a little more pragmatic and the fact his Blue team gave him such tremendous amounts of love and good advice will hopefully keep him stable. It is an unthinkable thing to do. I thought that was made clear last year. Psychologically it’s a cruel blow. On the up side Bob and Jillian managed Steven’s distress really well. Bob had clearly been very affected by how broken and dead Steven had become. It didn’t stop him or Jillian from putting their egos aside as trainers and then calling on their expertise to manage a very tricky situation. Steven was broken. A husk. Bob gave it to him really straight and pulled no punches but it meant Steven couldn’t withdraw anymore into himself, he had to come out and make a decision to come home or stay. Steven was so lost he needed strong , clear guidance and he needed to make a decision because his wellbeing was so affected and that was impacting on the other people. Steven decided to come home and Bob had had the sense to say it had to be on that very day because I think he understood Steven’s spirit was just gone and he was at risk. As he left, Jillian was there and she was very direct but very encouraging and empathic. She was full of hope. Steven was allowed to make a decision. To take control of his own life. What Steven was saying was that he couldn’t cope without his family. Without the love of his family and his family to love. Without them he was nothing. No fancy show, no great environment and not even the best trainers in the world were a patch on his tiny little girl and his family. That’s a good decision for him…to say my whole family means more to me than anything or anyone and here is the proof…so then he could come home and apply the lessons of the fancy environment , the best trainers in the world and the opportunity of his life. He could turn that into a big positive . He just looks to well, so proud and so different. Takes pretty big trainers to trust in the fact they have taught someone so well their lessons will be carried on without them!



Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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