02/12/2013 AT 5:30 PM 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.
It’s time for singles on The Biggest Loser – and that changes everything! Once I’d given each remaining contestant their new color, I loved the celebration in the house, particularly for Danni who had been competing as a single for the last couple of weeks.
However, the celebration was short-lived when they were introduced to their Valentine’s Day temptation. It’s incredible that a holiday celebrating love comes with so many calories that hurt those you love the most. So as the challenge began, I put on my night vision goggles and it killed me to watch Francelina and Alex stuffing calories into their mouths. Meanwhile, I was so proud of Danni for using the time for a workout.
In the gym, it was fun to watch the trainers working with different contestants. Jillian – never one to shy away from a challenge – took Francelina and Alex as punishment for their eating during the temptation. She also took Jeff because they’d butted heads in the past. Despite his tough exterior, I think Jeff finally figured out that Jillian can break through any wall and get to the heart of what caused contestants to become overweight. And she’s then able to work with them on transforming their entire lives.
After this week’s challenge, Danni really impressed me (again!) by giving her reward to Gina and Michael so they could spend 24 hours with their loved ones. We were all so moved by Gina and Michael’s reaction to the prize – to knowing they would see loved ones. Not a dry eye. For Gina to see her husband and put her wedding ring back on because it finally fit again was heartwarming. Then to watch Michael with his wife and his baby was just awesome. How cute is Little Mike?
During this week’s weigh-in, it was great to see Alex reach “One-derland” (being in the 100s) despite the calories she consumed during the temptation. It was also great to see Jackson’s elation at having such a great weight loss for the week.
In the end, for the first yellow line, the choice came down to whether to eliminate Francelina or Michael. When the decisions were made, it was Michael who was sent home. But, just like others before him this season, Michael showed that what he learned on the Ranch could be applied at home and I know he’s going to make sure his entire family gets healthy and stays healthy.
With the kids this week, it was great to watch them step further outside of their comfort zones and to have fun while working out. For them, it’s not about clocking hours in the gym but more about finding ways to have fun being active and to gain self-confidence through successes.
My favorite moment of the week: Michael’s reaction when his wife and baby walked in the room and surprised him.
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, especially to Dave, my incredible husband of almost 13 years, and to my kids, Ben and Megan. (Check out Ben’s awesome jump over the sofa and Megan’s adorable reaction in my Good Housekeeping cover story, which is on stands now!)