updated 02/05/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/05/2013 AT 9:05 AM ET
Alison Sweeney hosts NBC’s The Biggest Loser and is the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, in addition to being an author, director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past two seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter @Ali_Sweeney.
Halfway through The Biggest Loser experience of season 14, the contestants have definitely all changed – and for the better.
When the contestants saw their pictures from the first day on campus, there were lots of laughs and groans … and some shocked reactions. Even though it hasn’t been that long in weeks, the changes they have already made have been huge – and now they have some perspective on who they were and who they are now.
When we got to the challenge, I had no idea how long it would take for Danni, Gina and Jackson to make their way across the balance beam. The show’s fantastic challenge producers always have estimates and do tests and stuff to get ideas of how it all works.
I get a briefing of the rules and details, but nothing prepared us for the reality of Gina and Jackson getting knocked down again and again. Just when I thought they’d make it across, they’d fall down again. I loved how Gina and Jackson and everyone kept great attitudes were about the whole thing – the teams had a sense of humor about it, and by the end we were all throwing out advice to them.
It took forever but in the end, Danni again won the challenge and this time was rewarded with letters from home.
At the end of the week, the roll of the die determined the fate of each team. The red team had another great week on the scale and for the first time, the blue team was forced to eliminate someone.
We’ve had police officers participate on The Biggest Loser before, and I am just so glad to know David got home with the tools from the Ranch to continue his journey. Like I said during elimination, I can’t wait to see him strut onto the finale stage.
This season we also are reminded of how mean people can be to one another. When I was a kid, there was teasing in school. Then when I was a teenager on Days of Our Lives, I certainly experienced hurtful comments from “fans” of the show.
While the Internet can be wonderful (I certainly felt the love on Twitter today from a certain #Days fan group!), it also allows people to feel anonymous, and therefore able to write comments (sometimes even as a result of writing these blogs) they would never normally say face-to-face. But I’ve learned not to let them get me down and instead to focus on all that’s positive in my life – jobs that I love, two gorgeous kids and a fabulous husband.
This season we’re focusing on three incredible kids and our adult contestants, who have all faced bullying in one way or another in their lives. Hopefully by hearing their stories, bullies will think twice before hurting others.
As we checked in this week with Sunny, Lindsay and Biingo, I continued to be impressed by how brave our kid ambassadors are in sharing their life stories and their struggles.
Watching Sunny work out with her classmates and seeing the smile on her face when she saw the difference she made was awesome. Biingo getting other kids involved was adorable. Lindsay opening up to her classmates about being bullied broke my heart – but I was so impressed by her strength to share her story and hopefully encourage kids to be kinder to one another.
My favorite moment of the week: Lindsay’s sheer happiness when she was surprised by Cody Simpson who then performed for her and her classmates. How great was that?