If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. Ether 12:27

Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season therof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion. D&C 59:18-20

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Finals Are Drawing Near

The Biggest Loser

A big hearty congratulations to Tara, Helen, Mike, and Ron for completing that marathon. Wow! I was especially proud of Ron for keeping on keeping on. He has mastered so much this season, and although he doesn't have much of a chance to win, he has really been a great example.

I was very glad to see TBL show just how hard it is to maintain that positive "can do" attitude when faced with daily challenges. Folks, the hardest part is keeping the weight off. Those of us with weight issues are literally in the same boat with alcoholics -- we are just one proverbial drink away from falling off the wagon. And it's hard to get back on track again.

How many times have we heard these contestants, and ourselves, say "never again," and then 6 months later, or 2 years later, or even 10 years later, we get intot the same destructive mindset. It takes constant vigilance.

I do disagree with Jilian. Yes, some people, once they lose weight, can go back to enjoying some of the "cheat" foods and maintain control. But, most of us can't. And we find out the hard way -- after a 3-day binge has piled on 10-15 lbs.

It was good to see several contestants from previous seasons -- and especially to see that they are still in pretty good shape. Ali and Michelle look fabulous.

I voted to protect Mike because I think Mike has a real chance of winning it. I hope Tara or Helen wins it, because I'm a woman, but I won't be upset if Mike wins.

I just pray that when they went home again, that they were able to setup and maintain good routines so that they feel they did their best -- whether they win or not.

Celebrity Apprentice

My vote is already for Annie. I think Joan has made this season way too personal. I see from the ads that Dennis will be on Annie's team, so that should prove interesting. I was disappointed in Piers saying that Brandy wasn't bright enough. I think she is bright enough, but just not aggressive enough. She sits back too much instead of taking the lead.

The Amazing Race

I have no strong favorites this season - I like all 3 couples that are in the final. I would like to see the girls win, because that would be a first. I would also like to see Marge and her son win, because of his handicap. He's played the game very well, among the best. I would like to see the brother/sister win because I think it's really great to see the way they've learned to work together and enjoy the experience.

Dancing with the Stars

Boy, I sure was shocked to see Lil Kim go home. I thought for sure it would be Ty. I think my favorite right now is Shawn.

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