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Biggest Loser Finale ~ 10 Things we Loved and Learned

Biggest Loser Finale ~ 10 Things we Loved and Learned

The finale of season 13 of the Biggest Loser aired last week on NBC and the world has been buzzing ever since.   Truthfully, we saw it on Hulu over the weekend because we were so busy but still enjoyed it to the fullest.

Biggest Loser Finale 2012 SocaSLIMDOWN

Biggest Loser Finale 2012

This season was about “No Excuses” and definitely was filled with drama as 4 people quit and relationships were put to the test.   We wanted to share our thoughts about the finale, especially the 10 things that we learned and loved from the show and the contestants.

  1.  You can’t win if you’re not in the game.

We know that there are various reasons that caused four people to drop out of the contest that may or may not be justified, but in the end you have to be in it to win it.  They were not mentioned or given must attention and that’s testimony to the importance of sticking to it.

2.  You can compete against yourself….and win!

Mike lost 160 lbs (a whole person) while at home to emerge a winner of $100,000!  This shows us that even if you do not have the advantages of the bright lights and attention of the show, you can set your own goals and still triumph.

Tim Biggest Loser 2012 SocaSLIMDOWN

Tim Biggest Loser 2012 At home

3.  1 pound makes a difference

When Emily took the lead among the semi-finalists by losing just one more pound than the current leader, it reminded us that every little bit counts.  Often it takes us making sacrifices at various meals or working out over several days just to lose 1 lb, so it better count!

    4,  You can find your ultimate cheerleader in your mom or child

When Conna took the stage and the spotlight shifted to her sweet daughter, Brooklyn, you couldn’t help but see the inspiration that they found in each other.  Just by being in the game, Conna is showing her daughter the importance of taking care of her health and herself.  Brooklyn is also showing that unconditional love can make you a winner no matter what.

5.  “It means the world to me that I saved my life.” – Gail

Gail deserved her standing ovation for her persistently positive spirit and charming grace under pressure.  She did not win the at-home challenge or anything fancy but became her own hero in taking control of her health even at her advanced age.

Michelle Obama Biggest Loser 2012 SocaSLIMDOWN

Michelle Obama Biggest Loser 2012

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SocaSLIMDOWN Caribbean Weight Loss Challenge

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“How Carnival Keeps Me Fit” {Guest post} by Elle Boogiee

Many thanks to Elle Boogiee for contributing this great post that shows how the Carnival spirit and global schedule can help provide motivation to lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle.  Elle is a Trinidadian living in the US,   who describes herself as a “Soca lover” and “Carnival junkie” and travels the world participating in different festivals.   She has kept herself “carnival-ready” by developing healthy habits of consistent exercise and healthy eating.  

Elle Boogiee for guest post for SocaMotion

Elle Boogiee is a self-proclaimed a "Carnival Junkie"

How Carnival keeps me fit

 by Elle Boogiee

The moment was finally here!

With carnival costume in hand, I jumped into my car and hustled home to try on my eagerly awaited costume.  It was time to see how my 3 weeks of dieting paid off.  With pure excitement I delicately tried on my ‘barely there’ costume to have my first ‘jump up’ in my bedroom mirror.   The waist band fit a bit snug but I did not think much of it – nothing a minor adjustment with Velcro couldn’t fix.  The bra was a little stifling but I figured it was only because of the beef roti I had earlier that day.   Arm piece on, foot gear in place, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.  Yet when I looked at myself in front of the mirror, I quickly felt like the kid with no Christmas presents because I was fat.

Now I was by no means obese, but what I was looking at was far from a ‘carnival-ready’ body.  I had an unpleasant muffin top and back fat falling out the sides of my bra.  I was in tears.  It was evident that the Christmas ham and black cake won the battle. At that moment I vowed that it would be the last time and I would win the war.

Something had to change.


Launch of SocaSLIMDOWN™ 2 – Ready for the Carnival!




SocaSLIMDOWN Weight Loss Challenge Logo

SocaSLIMDOWN Weight Loss Challenge

 New York, NYSocaMotion Fitness and Wellness launches its 2nd SocaSLIMDOWN™ Weight Loss Challenge for Summer 2011 in time for upcoming Carnival festivals with more features, tasty recipes, healthy lifestyle features, and a Grand Prize vacation in Barbados.   Registration for the SocaSLIMDOWN will continue until May 31 online and the competition will last from June to September ending in time for Labor Day Carnival 2011.  The SocaSLIMDOWN™ still features natural, tasty Caribbean recipes and compliments fun SocaMotion fitness classes for a 360 degree Caribbean experience that promotes weight loss, better health and wellness.  Now, registrants, also known as “SocaSlimmers,” can participate in meetings in-person and online, take part in more guest workshops, and vie for more prizes including the final prizes of $250 cash sponsored by Grace Foods International, a free Carnival costume from Borokeete USA, and a 5-night ocean-front vacation at the Rostrevor Hotel in Barbados.

Rostrevor Hotel Barbados Grand Prize for SocaSLIMDOWN 2

Grand Prize for SocaSLIMDOWN 2 ~ 5-night stay at Rostrevor Hotel, Barbados


SocaSLIMDOWN™ Monthly Winners!

SocaSLIMDOWN™ Monthly Winners!

We have reached the half-way point in the SocaSLIMDOWN™, a weight loss challenge put on by SocaMotion™ to encourage healthy weight loss featuring Caribbean cuisine.   The challenge lasts for 5 months and has a great grand prize of a 5-night stay at Birdie’s Nest Guesthouse in Tobago that is the motivating force for most who enroll, but there are also monthly prizes to share the good fortune and level the playing field.

SocaSLIMDOWN Weight Loss Challenge by SocaMotion


SocaMotion Makes Weight Loss Fun and Tasty!


From its start in  Summer 2010, SocaMotion was created to provide a balanced approach to nutrition and exercise that would be a great benefit for those trying to lose weight.     Just as we developed a variety of classes – such as SocaStetix™ and SocaFlags™ – that embraced different kinds of soca music and offered choices for different tastes and fitness levels, SocaMotion found a way to encourage healthy weight loss with a Caribbean flair.    Hence, the SocaSLIMDOWN Weight Loss Challenge was born as a twist on the Biggest Loser concept and the trend of weight loss challenges that are community-based versions and could be integrated with our fun classes.

Anyone who has tried to lose weight before knows first hand that when it comes to achieving results exercise is  helpful, but diet is essential.

The Caribbean diet features fresh, natural ingredients and tasty ways to lose weight