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The Biggest Loser 2008

Reflection is a wonderful thing. After weeks of activity and creativity, the six were able to climb a mountain, carry their lost weight and reflect upon who they were, where they had come from and what it meant to them. Half of them rationalised and intellectualised it. Alison, Michelle and Sam were right there in the visual metaphor feeling the power, strength and emotion of it. The visual metaphor meant more to those three than the others and they articulated the impact , the pain and the poignancy of it more than other others. I shed a tear or two with and for Alison. I was impressed with how Sam explored and examined his feelings and then translated them so powerfully to us. Michelle was lucid and talkative. She was open and free. The trainers worked as a team and empathised with and guided the contestants very expertly. It was interesting that the mother was in the same emotional space as the two youngest contestants who are 20. Cosi was wonderful for giving her a hug at the end. It is what she needed. What a wonderful gift for Sam on his birthday to have had all that insight and revelation. The scenery was just so beautiful and the journey was worthwhile for them all. I thought Bryce should have been there. He needed to be able to be rewarded with the impact of that visual metaphor because he was worthy of it. He had earned it. He had gone through a lot to leave the show looking like a million dollars and the hottest property on the set. Was it Michelle who talked about how it was all they had worked for and how luck really wasn’t that important in the scheme of things or was it Sam? Jillian talked about how Michelle had shown such strength to reject the 50 000. That was a big thing for someone so young. Sam talked of how hard he had worked and how it was good to work to get somewhere and that it meant a lot. Yes, I was really impressed with those three: Sam, Alison and Michelle. I think we forget sometimes that Michelle and Sam are just 20 and are looking up to people and are looking for guidance and they are sponges willing to absorb the wonder and expertise on offer in the world. They are willing learners and some people and some things are forming them in life as they go through this show. Kirsten, though, is starting to remember what it was like to be an elite athlete and sadly a lot of elite sports people just lose it when they are not in the limelight and it’s the psychological damage from falling from so high which does so much damage to some of the healthiest and fittest people we know. It is an issue Kirsten highlights well and which may now be addressed in a better way. Fantastic show. Really great



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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