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    Which is the reason I think they voted her off. I do think she had the potential to win the whole thing.
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    So it was 10 weeks at the ranch and how long at home? Normally the entire season films over a 6 month period and it takes a while to train for a marathon especially if you start out being 100 to 200 lbs overweight.

    On the other hand I am glad this is not a 15 episode season, that is too much.

    I too am rooting for Becky to win.
    I have the impression they do the whole weight-loss program in 8 months, but I'm unclear whether they mean 32 weeks or eight whole calendar months. I am also unclear whether their "weeks" at the ranch are actually weeks.

    On a different note, I am curious about the Marathon. First off, I doubt everyone will take part in it, I mean, Bonnie couldn't possibly with her bad knee and all. Secondly, women usually finish at a slower pace than men, so wouldn't it be unfair competition? Thirdly, several people are still overweight despite their big losses. I am obviously not an expert, but running a Marathon within 6 months or so, if one was previously not a runner, can be dangerous despite all that training. I had read it and been told it many years ago when I wanted to become a runner, i.e. that it is good to be running for at least one year before starting Marathon training which takes upward of two months. My mistake was not to heed the advice. I was fit to be sure, but I only ran for 6 months, including the Marathon training. I finished the Marathon alright, my time was lousy, but I did finish. Next thing I know, I spent the next six months in agony because I got plantar fasciitis and a heel stress fracture. OK, so I had stupidly signed up for the next Marathon too soon and had even started training for it, and yes, there is a reason that people say that you should let your body rest between Marathons, especially when you haven't been a runner for long. Anyway, I consider this as a lesson learned the hard way.

    If I were Sunny, I would not risk the final unless I had lost a lot of weight and would rather try to win the at home price. The only possible contenders for it are Jessica and Bonnie, if I'm not mistaken (which I may be ).

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    I thought it was strange Sunny said her goal was to lose only 4 more pounds (or 100 total)...

    On a side note, I'm pretty sure the boot camp she is going to was one I did last year. I just couldn't handle the 5 am starts, made for a very long day!
    But if money was on the line, I'm sure I would have been more motivated (I did it for 5 weeks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxkl View Post
    I thought it was strange Sunny said her goal was to lose only 4 more pounds (or 100 total)...

    On a side note, I'm pretty sure the boot camp she is going to was one I did last year. I just couldn't handle the 5 am starts, made for a very long day!
    But if money was on the line, I'm sure I would have been more motivated (I did it for 5 weeks).
    I don't think that 177 or 100lbs less then she was is her ultimate goal. It is a goal to reach before she gets back on the ranch for the marathon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheila View Post
    I have the impression they do the whole weight-loss program in 8 months, but I'm unclear whether they mean 32 weeks or eight whole calendar months. I am also unclear whether their "weeks" at the ranch are actually weeks.

    On a different note, I am curious about the Marathon. First off, I doubt everyone will take part in it, I mean, Bonnie couldn't possibly with her bad knee and all. Secondly, women usually finish at a slower pace than men, so wouldn't it be unfair competition? Thirdly, several people are still overweight despite their big losses. I am obviously not an expert, but running a Marathon within 6 months or so, if one was previously not a runner, can be dangerous despite all that training. I had read it and been told it many years ago when I wanted to become a runner, i.e. that it is good to be running for at least one year before starting Marathon training which takes upward of two months. My mistake was not to heed the advice. I was fit to be sure, but I only ran for 6 months, including the Marathon training. I finished the Marathon alright, my time was lousy, but I did finish. Next thing I know, I spent the next six months in agony because I got plantar fasciitis and a heel stress fracture. OK, so I had stupidly signed up for the next Marathon too soon and had even started training for it, and yes, there is a reason that people say that you should let your body rest between Marathons, especially when you haven't been a runner for long. Anyway, I consider this as a lesson learned the hard way.

    If I were Sunny, I would not risk the final unless I had lost a lot of weight and would rather try to win the at home price. The only possible contenders for it are Jessica and Bonnie, if I'm not mistaken (which I may be ).
    I have heard the same thing, that you need to train 1 year as a runner before you are body is really ready, but this is Biggest Loser not Common Sense. I would think many would do a walk a mile, jog a mile to break it up. I know some heavy women who walk the Marine Corp Marathon and they can walk it faster than some can run it.
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    Some info on the length of the season and other goodies.

    Do contestants on biggest loser get paid


    One of the questions I hear a lot is about money … how do contestants afford to be away from home and work for months at a time? I don't know what it is now, but when I was a contestant there was a $500 a week stipend for cast members on the ranch. When you received the check you could cash it and spend it, send it home, save it, whatever. All airplane tickets, hotel accommodations, etc., for the contestants and potential cast members are taken care of by NBC, and during the casting process it self there was a $50 per diem to cover food costs.
    Another question is timing; typically a season lasts for about 8-9 months. About four of this is spent in filming; if you last all the way until the final three or four, you could be away from home for as much as four months or so. Once the ranch filming wraps and the last few contestants are sent home, however, there is still another four or five months that all the contestants have to continue losing weight until the finale. In addition, potential cast members are flown out to California a couple weeks before filming begins for the final round of casting, medical checkups, psychological evals, etc. NBC brings out more people than what they need and the cast is not finalized until filming literally begins. People have been cut at the last minute and replacements flown in with hardly any time to spare. Nothing is in stone until it's on camera!
    When will you hear from Biggest Loser about your video? There is no way of knowing. I heard back a few weeks after I sent it in, but even after that it's a big waiting game. If you get a phone number or email from a casting direction, definitely drop them a line/call every couple weeks to find out if you're still in the running or what's going on. Schedules and plans change almost every day, so it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. If you don't hear back within a month I would think your video didn't make the cut. That doesn't mean you can't send in another or visit a casting call - it's just up to you!
    Finally, here's my video application tips! This is by no means a recipe for success; it's based on my video application and the conversations I had with casting directors out in LA in between things. I was pretty curious about the whole process so I was pumping them for info even after filming began. I'm such a nerd!

    They've usually decided if they're interested in you within the first 30-60 seconds of your video, so front load it with your best stuff. Make it interesting! Start off with something funny or exciting!
    Keep in mind, if you're going to be cast, your video is going to be watched hundreds of times by producers, executives, casting directors, etc. If it bores you or your friends the second or third time watching it … put some more time into it!
    Special effects? Don't bother! We've all got video editing software with all sorts of bells and whistles on our home computers, but fancy transitions are not going to sell you to people who do video editing for a living. In fact, it can distract from who you are. I'm a video editing nerd and I didn't use any special effects other than putting my name and contact info on as a subtitle at the beginning.
    Don't bother talking about why you need to lose weight. When I first started filming my audition video I started describing all of my health reasons for losing weight - but when I was watching it back, I realized … they don't need to hear it! One look at me was all they needed to know I needed to lose weight! Show them why you need to lose it; I said I needed to lose weight for my kids, and then I followed it with a minute or two of the best footage I could find of me with wrestling with my three boys. We probably filmed half an hour of that insanity and I grabbed the cutest, loudest, and funniest few moments for the audition video. Your physical need to lose weight is not nearly as interesting as who or what your losing the weight for.
    Live loud! Reality TV is over the top, dramatic, and filled with loud personalities. They need to see that on your video! I wanted them to know that even though I was morbidly obese I was up to the challenge of the crazy competitions and workouts - so I threw on a bunch of clips from my different youth group activities; me getting slimed, snowtubing, playing paintball, screaming at events, being on stage, running around … you get the idea. Other contestants did things appropriate to their lives; Tim from Oregon had himself spinning out on his Harley, Tim from Delaware recruited his elementary school class to do things with him, Heather Hanson filmed herself running around in a sports bra all day doing her household chores and errands. The less talking and more action you can have, the better (in my opinion)!
    If you have footage or photos of yourself thin, include those at some point on the video. If you can show them what your after will be, then do it!




    Remember, enjoy the conversation here and know that I will never compromise your anonymity - not to NBC, 3Ball, Casting Directors or anyone. You can post anonymously, or you can leave your names and contact information … just remember that NBC likes to be the one announcing their cast for the show, so if you start identifying yourself publicly as a finalist, you'll probably find yourself eliminated from the casting process. Be aware that casting directors do check in at my blog to see what people are saying, get a feel for what questions are going on out there, and sometimes to give us updates. Good luck to everyone … and let me know if you make the show! I get a kick out of hearing about the different contestants that have hung out on my blog before making the show!

    Yes, a hundred dollars a day.<------ almost right! it changes every season though! because the main guys at bl don't want you and your family fall behind on your bills and etc!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandmmom2 View Post
    I heard this too and was shocked. Why eat so much of one thing when in the real world you won't? If I'm going to change my lifestyle to a healthy one then I want variety or I won't stick with it.
    I wonder if, after working out for six hours a day, if they don't get ravenous, and occasionally eat huge amounts of food.

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    I read that some of the past winners eat ground turkey. Ground turkey prepared with onions, garlic, mushrooms and red peppers could fill up a contestant after working out for six hours. After all that exercising, they might eat three or four turkey burgers. They would have to eat more than just fish and broccoli... but maybe the turkey is for maintaining weight, and not for actually losing weight.

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    That was a very interesting blog, bearcata---do you know who writes it? I'm so naive about these things I couldn't figure it out. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWS View Post
    That was a very interesting blog, bearcata---do you know who writes it? I'm so naive about these things I couldn't figure it out. Thanks!
    I go that info from an open forum. At the bottom of each page they note who contributed the answer. Unfortunately they are all user names.
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