Stephanie Anderson started this season of The Biggest Loser with her mom, Patti, but the team was split up in week two when Patti was sent home. Soon after, Stephanie found love with fellow contestant Sam, but as members of the underdog Black Team, they’ve faced an uphill battle — and Stephanie has been giving intouchweekly.com readers the exclusive behind-the-scenes dish. Last week, the Black Team voted off one of their “moms,” Cheryl. This week, Ashley and her mother, Sherry, had an emotional breakthrough about leading independent lives that resonated with their teammates. “Just as mothers worry about their daughters, we daughters worry about our moms,” Stephanie tells In Touch. “In this experience, we came in as teams, but we are such individuals. That’s how we’re going to shed not just the pounds, but the heart weight that we’re carrying from any emotional or mental issues.”
Read on to find out more about what you didn’t see on this week’s episode.
You lost the pop challenge, so you couldn’t go to the spa — of all the teams, you guys seemed like you would have been the most excited.
Yeah! We’d been on the ranch nine weeks — I did not feel like a lady! We were schlepping around the ranch getting muddy and sweaty. People wonder, “Do you get your hair and nails done?” No. As great as the accommodations are on the ranch, they’re still for us to focus on us working out. It’s not the Four Seasons. So there was an excitement to know that we could leave the ranch for a night, and sleep in a plush bed that’s not a twin. We all wanted to take a bath and get a massage. We were so tired of losing and we were trying to constantly stay positive and optimistic, but at the same time, it got the best of us on a lot of days.
But not for the cooking challenge – let’s talk about that.
Curtis Stone! I don’t know if it’s the accent or the fact that he cooks or the fact that he’s hot … Sam better watch out!
Were you nervous cooking for a master chef?
Yeah! Cheryl would have been phenomenal in this challenge. I’m not the best cook and neither is Sam. Sherry cooks a lot, Ashley is decent, Drea is creative and loves watching the Food Network. I have to give props to Drea, because a lot of the ideas came from her. But cooking for Curtis Stone? Gosh. And then Ali Sweeney! I want her to like me, I don’t want to kill her with my food. Both of them are such bluffers. I thought they hated the ceviche, to be honest. Curtis raved about it! And for dessert, I carmelized pears with agave and I rolled the goat cheese and then we did the strawberry drizzle. He and Ali said that was their favorite. He said, “I would put this on my menu.” To win that challenge and win a five-pound advantage, we were just so excited.
What was the weigh-in like for you?
When I saw that two pounds, it still brings tears to my eyes. It was such a hard night for me and it was hard to watch last night. I left everything in that gym that week. I was running four miles at a time without stopping, I was lifting heavier weights than ever. I gave it all and I lost two pounds.
Was Jillian able to explain it?
She told me that I had been over-training, that my body was shutting down because I was working too hard.
But you still had the advantage, so you must have thought you could still win.
But as soon as they started weighing in, I knew. Michael looked confident and he was at home so he had a scale, and must have had an idea of how much he had lost. His face said it to me. And to lose 11 pounds is commendable. He had been going through so much. I had a few talks with him off-camera about his grandma. As much as we’ve butted heads in the past, he he needed people and I tried to comfort him. At that point, like Sam said, it’s not about Blue or Black.
That moment when Sam expressed his happiness for Koli’s weight loss was so emotional.
Koli is not a man of many words, or at least to us in the game, and Sam has an amazing heart. It’s not because I’m biased, but you can just see that. The legitimate joy Sam felt was as if it was his own body up on that scale. He was just so proud. When Sam spoke, that’s what got everyone. Sam is an amazing man.
Did you discuss who you were going to vote for after the team meeting?
Initially we were all in the room going around, then Sherry and I left the room and the three of them talked. We were outside crying. I knew I was voting for her at that point and I just wanted her to know. I didn’t want to go behind her back. So I said, “I am so sorry, I have to.” She looked at me like a deer in the headlights and said, “What do you mean? You’re voting for me?” I wish they had shown it, because I looked at her like, “She really doesn’t know.” I said, “Aren’t you voting for me?” We were crying and she said, “No, I’m voting for Drea.” We hugged and I said, “I’m just so sorry, I can’t.” At that point, Sherry could have changed her vote to send me home and told Ashley to do that and then Drea might have voted for me. There could have been so much game play, but none of the Black Team were game players. That moment was really tough but it will hopefully help keep my relationship with Sherry and the respect that Ashley had for me. I meant every word that I said in that elimination room.