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‘Biggest Loser’ players face sweet temptation

Week 10 began with tidal wave of emotion as the 10 remaining players left the safety of the ranch and the attention of their trainers to return home for seven days. But even as they hugged the loved ones they had been missing, the show threw a new challenge their way.
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Week 10 of “The Biggest Loser” began with a tidal wave of emotion as the 10 remaining players left the safety of the ranch and the attention of their trainers to return home for seven days. But even as they hugged, kissed and cried over the loved ones they had been missing, the show threw a new challenge their way.

“Uh-oh,” said Lance as “Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney appeared on the TV in his Texas living room. “It’s never a good thing when Alison shows up.” The host informed each of the players that as part of their week at home they would be participating in a live stationary bicycle marathon, riding 26.2 miles at the same time in each of the eight cities the players call home. The player who completed the marathon with the fastest time would win a $10,000 prize.

But as always, there was also a catch. Along with a stationary bicycle, each contestant received a box of 100-calorie minicupcakes. For this temptation, with each cupcake eaten a player could add 5 minutes to the time of another player. While the majority of the players declined to take part in the temptation and ate no cupcakes, Lance, Michael and Andrea eagerly chowed down and added time to Sam, Sunshine, Daris and Stephanie’s marathon.

The game play ended up hurting Sam, who came in first in the marathon. Despite his first place, once the temptation minutes were added to his score he was knocked down to eighth place. However, his cousin Koli, who came in second, had no cupcakes against him, so his second-place time was fast enough to win him the $10,000 prize.

At the end of the week the players returned to the ranch in time for trainers Bob and Jillian to put them through their last chance workout. The overriding sentiment among the players was that it was good to be back, but Lance admitted to Bob that he felt guilty. During his time back home in Texas with his children and wife Melissa, who had been previously eliminated from the show, he confessed that he only got in four good workouts and regretted the time he spent in the gym away from his family.

At the weigh-in, the male-dominated Blue team, as usual, posted very good numbers, with the average player dropping 8 pounds and a total team weight loss of 2.56 percent. But the underdog Black team — which had lost the last two weigh-ins — wasn’t dead yet. Andrea lost 6 pounds. Stephanie dropped 9. Ashley posted a 10-pound drop and Sam amazed everyone by losing 14 pounds in one week. That gave the Black team a total percentage of 3.86 and gave them the win.

It also indicated that the Black team’s Sam is one to watch. With a weight of 264, he managed to lose 110 pounds in 10 weeks on the show. Considering Jillian’s successful track record in training people who ultimately win the entire competition, Sam appears to be the front-runner to be named the Biggest Loser this season.

The loss forced the Blue team to send one of its players home. In the end, Lance, who appeared to have lost his competitive edge, was voted out. But he leaves the ranch 91 pounds lighter than when he arrived 10 weeks ago.

Week 10 of “Biggest Loser” began with tidal wave of emotion as the 10 remaining players left the safety of the ranch and the attention of their trainers to return home for seven days. But even as they hugged, kissed and cried over the loved ones they had been missing, the show threw a new challenge their way.

“Oh, oh,” remarked Lance as “Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney appeared on the TV in his Texas living room. “It’s never a good thing when Alison shows up.” The host informed each of the players that as part of their week at home they would be participating in a live stationary bicycle marathon, riding 26.2 miles, at the same time in each of the eight cities the players called home. The player who completed the marathon with the fastest time would win a $10,000 prize.

But as always, there was also a catch. Along with a stationary bicycle, each contestant received a box of mini 100-calorie cupcakes. For this temptation, with every cupcake eaten a player could add 5 minutes on to the time of another player. While the majority of the players declined to take part in the temptation and ate no cupcakes, Lance, Michael and Andrea eagerly chowed down and added time to Sam, Sunshine, Daris and Stephanie’s marathon.

The gameplay ended up hurting Sam, who came in first in the marathon. Despite being first place, once the temptation minutes were added by the other players to his score, he was knocked down to eighth place. However, his cousin Koli, who came in second, had no cupcakes against him, so his time was fast enough to win him the $10,000 prize.

At the end of the week, the players returned to the Ranch in time for trainers Bob and Jillian to put them through their last-chance workout. The overriding sentiment among the players was that it was good to be back, but Lance admitted to Bob that he felt guilty. During his time back home in Texas with his children and wife Melissa, who had been previously eliminated from the show, he confessed that he only got in four good workouts and regretted the time he spent in the gym away from his family.

At the weigh in, the male-dominated Blue team, as usual, posted very good numbers with the average player dropping 8 pounds and a total team weight loss of 2.56 percent for the week. But the underdog Black team—which had lost the last two weigh-ins—wasn’t dead yet. Andrea lost six pounds. Stephanie dropped nine. Ashley posted a 10-pound drop and Sam amazed everyone by losing 14 pounds in one week. That gave the Black team a total percentage of 3.86 of weight lost and gave them the win.

It also indicated that the Black team’s Sam is one to watch. With a weight of 264, he managed to lose 110 pounds in 10 weeks on the show. Considering Jillian’s successful track record in training people who ultimately win the entire competition, Sam appears to be the front-runner to be named the Biggest Loser this season.

The loss forced the Blue team to send one of its players home. In the end, Lance, who appeared to have lost his competitive edge was voted out. But he leaves the Ranch 91 pounds lighter than when he arrived 10 weeks ago.

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