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The Biggest Loser 2008

“Bloody hell! The mind is a powerful thing.” Those were young Sam’s words and the whole show demonstrated it. Michelle’s challenge was the one which really got to me. My heart was in my mouth. I was ready to break when she was going to and my heart soared like hers as she pulled out of her near breaking point and just set herself free. She just did . You could see all that terror, emotion and near destruction walk over her face and then you could see the powerful effect of her rallying herself and drawing on all the strength she had and she had been given to emerge just so full of happiness and freedom. She didn’t articulate any of that. There were no words for what she had gone through and how she had transformed. It was just so moving. Alison is my type of woman. The edge avoider. It was so sad as she spoke of feeling like a shell and having nothing to give. This was an exhausted woman speaking. Then on the long board she took off like a rocket and at the farewell evening she just glowed. They were all so vibrant. They looked alive and their skin was so clear and clean and their eyes just shone. It’s amazing how you can go to hell and back and come out of it looking more alive than anyone. Poor Sam. He looked so green as Shannan told him he was going to swim with sharks. He did. He even got out of the cage and swam with them. What a hero but on the farewell night he looked so darn cute. He has such a lovable face but he has a great mind. He quickly gets a perspective on things which means he has vision and will have the capacity to have a vision for others. Michelle’s farewell to Bob and Jillian was sad. She has had to leave so many things and people. Her journey has been one of loss but she somehow grows and lifts herself above it and when Bob was asking her what she now wanted I think he thought he’d get back the answer of winning Biggest Loser. Michelle had simple requests. She wanted a boyfriend and a nice life. She can achieve so much but she is very unassuming and does not need to be given things in order to be a lovely person. She is prepared to suffer a lot for what she earns in life. Great show and I am sure the challenge will be one of the best we have ever seen.



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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