Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mandi Kramer Is Not The Biggest Loser

Mandi Kramer with sister Aubrey CheneyFor reasons unknown, the producers of The Biggest Loser left us hanging - not knowing whether or not Mike lost enough weight to keep one member from each team from being sent home. Thankfully for both teams, Mike lost 11 pounds for a 102 pound total loss!

The black team won a challenge (surprise) and their reward was 24 hours of luxury. To say they all had a good time is an understatement. They partied like it was '1999'! They all got massages and the girls got pampered with manicures and pedicures. In addition to eating healthy foods, they feasted on mashed potatoes, chicken fingers and french fries. Then to top it off, they started drinking shots of tequila! Adding insult to injury, Helen enjoyed a cigarette.

The black team's trainer Jillian MichaelsWhen they got back to the ranch and met with their trainer, Jillian - she was furious! Nostrils flaring she said, "The second you leave you smoke? You get wasted?" she said, raising questions about what they've really learned on the ranch if they crumbled the first time they were tempted in the 'real world.'

"What the (bleep) am I here for? Why should I care if you don't care?" asked Jillian, who said she has been lying awake at night, fretting about the fate of her players, only to see them throw it all away.

Then Filipe flipped out and started yelling at Jillian. He was upset because she hadn't spend any one-on-one time with him. He said, "The last workout you didn't want to work with me! The last workout you didn't! You worked everybody! You worked everybody! I was on that treadmill 2-1/2 hours wondering, when I was going to get my turn! When was I going to get my turn! And you didn't! You didn't!" Then he stormed out, followed by his cousin Sione, and they ran to Bob and said they wanted him to be their daddy (I mean trainer) again. I don't know about you but I can't stand whiners. You can catch the tirade here.

At the weigh in, I expected the black team to lose, due to their day of luxury but they still pulled it out and the blue team had to go into the elimination room... again. Shockingly, Mandi gained 2 pounds at the weigh in. The blue team discussed amongst each other who they thought should go home and unanimously, Ron, Cathy, and Kristin said they believed Mandi should go home. Aubrey, asked everyone to vote instead for her to go home and let Mandi stay on the ranch. During the vote, however, Mandi sacrificed herself. "I can do it at home and she can't," Mandi said as her sister put her head down on the elimination table and sobbed. "It's time for me to be the big sister."

Mandi Kramer before and after photoMandi Kramer, a 30 year old cosmetologist from Boise, Idaho, started The Biggest Loser weighing 263 pounds. By the time she left the ranch, she weighed 197 pounds, for a total of 66 pounds lost. At the filming of her "Where Are They Now?" video, she had lost 18 more pounds, for a total of 84 pounds. Doesn't she look great?

Following is the transcript from Mandi's "Where Are They Now?" video:
"Before my experience with The Biggest Loser, I didn't know what my life was going to be like. Seeing myself unhappy and seeing my kids not really getting a hundred percent out of life. I thought that's what it was going to be like.

And now I see it so much clearer and I see my kids being successful and I see my husband and I being happy.

Since coming home, my biggest challenge was really trying to reconnect with my husband. It was really hard for him to see me gone for that long. I mean we've never been apart that long. He was not there for the biggest change in my life. And that's been hard for him.

When I first got home, it was kind of hard for Remington and Dustin to get into the groove of what the new mommy was going to be like. I am beginning to change they way that they feel about how they're going to live their life. And now that I'm home and I'm healthier and I'm more fit, I'm getting them out there and they're being more fit and just my self confidence really has started to bloom.

I'm proud of my decision to sacrifice myself for Aubrey. I know now being home that I can do this at home. And I think she needs to find out who she really is. And I think that's going to be great for her. To be able to experience that there without me.

Before coming to the ranch, playing with my boys wasn't an option. I would sit on the couch and tell them to go have fun and let me sit here and be lazy and watch TV.

Now, we go for walks, they run with me, we go to the gym together. And I can take them to the park and actually be active and have fun with them all day. I love it!

I never pictured me being an excellent mom. I never pictured me being an excellent wife. I never thought it was possible. I thought I was reaching for something that wasn't possible. And now, that changed. It's so much more than I could ever dream of."

-- Mandi Kramer
Thanks for reading!


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Anonymous said...

Jillian is so awesome! I would love to have a Trainer as intense and passionate about my success.

Laura said...

Doug - You're right... she's definitely intense! If I was on TBL I would want Jillian too. She scares me. Hehehehe! :)

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