A “Second Chance” for NBC’s Biggest Losers this season!

Fifteen individuals will begin their weight loss journey this evening; it’s my plan to witness each one of them doing so.  Tonight is the season premiere of Season 15 of NBC’s hit reality show The Biggest Loser.  I’ll definitely be watching. In fact, I am very excited that The Biggest Loser is back!

Trainers Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince will be returning this season.  They are ready to begin the challenging task of helping these fifteen participants receive Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 9.55.45 AMwhat they are calling second chances, second chances on life!  It’s actually the first time in the history of The Biggest Loser’s 15 seasons that the trainers have had any say-so in which contestants will be on the show.  It’s exciting for everyone involved!

Each contestant will be wearing a shirt with a number representing their weight when the challenge began. They’re all being given a second chance at life; I understand exactly what they mean by that.

As one contestant commented: “I spent the first 40 years in fear and I want to spend the next ones a different way.”

Those words sound very familiar to me as I, too, was given a second chance at life.  I didn’t appear on NBC’s reality show but I did end the denial and faced the simple fact that I needed to make changes to my life.  I was not living healthy and because of that, I had become morbidly obese.  I learned to live a healthy lifestyle and lost over half my body weight.  But not only did I lose the weight, but I have kept it off for over 11 years.  I have my second chance at life!

Ruben Studdard, a contestant this season, talked about how he also feels that keeping the weight off is extremely important.  Studdard, who was the American Idle winner in 2003, weighs in at 462 pounds and claims he is the largest contestant this season.  He has been working so hard to sustain himself in the music industry that he had never really paid attention to taking care of himself.  Ruben feels it is a major blessing coming to the Biggest Loser.  He had tried all weight loss techniques, losing a hundred pounds or so in the past.  He kept the weight off for a short amount of time but he never focused on making a “real” lifestyle change. That is what Ruben is looking for as he says, “I want to learn how to be a better me.”

Two other contestants this season shared their feelings about being on the show.   Tumi (319 lbs) said that she knows she has a mountain to move.  Realization hit around her 41st birthday when she was actually called back for a second mammogram, not because they saw something specific but because she had gained so much weight from her last mammogram that it was difficult to diagnose her.

Rachel (260 lbs) is simply wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. She knows that life is about making choices – we all make bad decisions and wish we can go back but we can’t. Rachel wants to have the energy and excitement in her life that she had years ago. She wants to stop hiding herself and start enjoying her life.

With Season 15 of NBC’s The Biggest Loser focusing on second chances, I believe that Rachel, along with the other fourteen contestants will be doing just that, enjoying life!



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