I'm a big fan of The Biggest Loser, the reality show on NBC that's in its 11th season. This weeks episode left a very bad taste in my mouth. Rulon, a Gold medal Olympian wrestler, walked off the show. He's been a strange one almost from the beginning, as he seemed to think being on the show was beneath him, but he had to get the help so he swallowed his pride and went on. That may not be an accurate representation, but that's how he came across to me. In this last episode, the remaining contestants had to pull a car, as they did in the season Tara was on. To add to the drama of "Favorites" week, Tara was invited back to participate. The stakes were tickets to a race, picture on the Wheaties box, and $5K. Rulon drooled over the prize because even though other Gold-medal Olympians have had their pictures on Wheaties boxes, he never had that privilege. However, Tara beat him, by inches. I felt that was why he left the show, because he was just too embarrassed that he was beaten by a woman.
What upset me the most is that his exit did not keep anyone else from going home. Earlier in the season when Kaylee wanted to go home, her team of 3 rigged the weigh-in to lose, and the agreement was she of the three would be sent home. But it backfired and they didn't lose the weigh-in. But at least she tried to spare someone else from being eliminated.
Now they are weighing in as singles, so Rulon could have thrown the weigh-in and asked his fellow contestants to spare the other person and send him home. Such requests are almost always honored. But instead he just announced he was leaving, and so another person still had to be sent home. That was Kaylee. She could have had another week at the ranch to help her understand why she was in such an up-down cycle with her weight. But Rulon wasn't gracious enough to exit in a way that ensured all of the other contestants would remain for another week. That irks me.
To end on a positive note, WAY TO GO! Tara.
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