Gina McDonald Blogs

"Thank you for giving me my life back"

Week 11 of NBC's The Biggest Loser found the remaining five contestants competing in the most anticipated challenge of all. The challenge we all anxiously awaited.

Proof that we have achieved amazing weight loss goals, this challenge was a bit different than the "putting on the weight challenge" of past seasons. We found ourselves at a northern California ski resort, faced with pulling our weekly weight-loss up a snow-covered hill. The idea of this challenge is to first put on last week's weight and work to the first week's. For me, that meant putting back on a total of 82 pounds and pulling it uphill. We don't have snow like this in Alabama! The challenge was fun and a culmination and acknowledgment of just how far each of us has come. We were all so proud to finish and celebrate our success.

Unfortunately, during the last workout, I was running at a speed of 10.5 at an incline of 12, and I go down. The result was a ruptured plantar fascia. This was not the best news knowing there will be a red and yellow line this week. I managed to do some of the workouts, doing various alterations of exercises.

The weigh in was bittersweet for me. I knew that I had very little left to lose; and with the injury limiting my cardio, I was more nervous than ever. In the end, I fall below the red line with a weight loss of two pounds. Both Danni and Jeff post high numbers and guarantee their place in the finale to be aired live March 18. The remaining two, Joe and Jackson, learn that they will have to earn the third spot on the finale after America votes. They both make their pleas to America as to why they deserve to be the third finalist.

I leave the ranch that night after making it through all 11 episodes, and I am so very proud of the accomplishment I have made. I am a different person inside and out, and for the first time in my life, I really love me! I am a winner already.

See you live March 18, and you will all be inspired by all of season 14's accomplishments! Thank you, Biggest Loser, for giving me my life back and allowing me to learn to find the joy in this beautiful life.

Be sure to watch the live finale tonight at 8/7c on NBC. I may not be in the running for The Biggest Loser title, but I know I am going to be the one to beat for the at-home prize.

More about The Biggest Loser

Week 10: Gina meets Tim Gunn
Week 9: Gina faces her fears
Week 8: Gina faces her toughest week yet

Photos courtesy Trae Patton/NBC