February 21, 2012 11:07 AM by Cassandra Sturos
As we approach week eight on The Biggest Loser, the drama surrounding several contestants, including Cassandra Sturos, promises to heat up. Before tonight’s big show Cassandra Sturos blogged about last weeks episode of The Biggest Loser. Keep reading because we guarantee that you want to read what she has to say before tonight’s show.
I hope you all had a splendid Valentine’s Day! Even though my favorite valentine, one Mr. Bob Harper was away for the week making sure we pulled in a win with Daphne, black team most definitely was not slacking off.
We compiled a list of every Bob workout we had learned, even the most grueling circuits and put together our own version. We even got a healthy dose of competition going amongst ourselves trying to beat each other’s times on the rower to really push for that extra one pound advantage to help ensure a win.
Being Valentine’s week, it couldn’t have been a more appropriate time for us to receive letters from family. We had another beach challenge to compete for just that—digging our way under telephone poles in the sand! Okay, I cannot even describe to you how terrified I was at the prospect of doing this. I am incredibly claustrophobic and the thought of wedging myself underneath a pole to get to the other side sounded like a version of my worst nightmare. I bet you’re wondering why I didn’t just sit out then? Well, there’s this little thing with my stubbornness and competitive nature that just wouldn’t allow me to give into my fears. Time after time I was finding that the more I faced my fears here the stronger I was becoming.
And I wanted those letters. Badly. So under the sand I would go. Despite an amazing collaborative effort on my team’s behalf we got bogged down in that darn sand only to lose another challenge to the reds. And I got stuck under the last pole, much to my chagrin. It wasn’t even being trapped by the pole or losing the letters that felt the most nauseating, it was the fact that my extra weight quite literally felt like it was holding me back. I was suddenly so frustrated with all the ways it had been holding me back all my life. I wanted to scream.
I decided to take out that anger at my body in the gym, however and power through with another goal in mind. I wanted into the 180’s and I knew despite being sans Bob for the week I would do everything in my capabilities to make that happen. So when the scale flashed that beautiful number—189 and I knew I’d done it, lost 6 pounds, gotten into the 180’s and hit the magic 50 pound loss mark, I only felt pride for how far I’d come on this journey. And not only that but we won the weigh-in, even without getting two extra pounds for Daphne! Score on all counts!
So leading into this next week at the ranch I’d like to impart a little of my wisdom onto you. I have been learning so much here and thought it’s only fair to share right? In the spirit of love, here’s a fun fitness tip from me.
Try and go on a forty-five to hour long walk in the morning before breakfast. It is a great way to get your metabolism going before you even start your day. Then by the time you eat breakfast your body is already tuned up and ready to go. Besides all that greatness, you feel accomplished having started out your day with fresh air.