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Posted: October 01, 2007

Last week marked the return of “The Biggest Loser” to TV for their fourth season. The first show featured winners and runners-up from the first three seasons to answer the question many of us have wondered: “Have they kept the weight off?”

For the most part, they had. While some had put back on twenty or even forty pounds, it was a drop in the bucket compared to the hundred or more pounds they’d lost. So yes, I guess they were still successful.

Only a few were in the fighting trim like they were when they finished the show, and I guess that’s to be expected. The show is a competition (for money), and people probably work a little harder for money (more on that later).

All of them said that their lives had been changed for the better. They were much more active now. They were able to do things with their kids, enjoy life more, and couldn’t ever see going back.

The amazing thing was that many of them were now working with others as personal trainers and life coaches. They not only got their bodies back, they got a new life, and a chance to help others too. Two got married—to each other, and now have a baby. Two more got engaged on the show. Truly lives where changed. Not bad for T.V.

This week we’ll see the actual first show of season four, and a whole new cast of characters with something to prove, and a lot of weight to lose. I can’t wait to watch. The human drama is compelling, and they’re all going to be working extremely hard to undo something that’s been years in the making—them.

Of course, like we talked about last year, it’s extremely hard for average people to get the same results in the same amount of time. They’ve lots of advantages that we don’t have: full-time personal trainers on an isolated ranch, working out hours each day; no job to work around (at least while they’re on the ranch); a strict diet prepared for them; and perhaps most motivating, the chance to win a lot of money—how much was it?

Still, it’s going to be interesting, and like last year, I want to help another group of people get it done right here in our community. You’ll still have to go to work and take care of your kids, but I’ll give you all the knowledge you need and help push you a little bit (O.K., a lot). You’ll have to learn how to manage your own food too (but I’ll help you learn what to do). You won’t have the ranch, but you will have every thing you need to get it done.

So, do you have what it takes? Do you want to change your life—forever? Are you ready to really do this? You’ll have to be willing to lay it on the line. To take all your excuses away, we’re going to do it at no charge, just like last year with our first Biggest Loser.

Twelve weeks of help, coaching, group classes, the works—free. All you have to do is be willing to work at it. You will need to be willing to put up $25 bucks as a prize for the winner this time. I figure if we find ten people that want to change their life, $25 is pretty cheap, and we’ll put it in a bank account for the winner.

If we find ten, the winner will take away $250. If we find twenty people that want to change their life, the winner will take away $500. That’ll give you a good start on your new wardrobe. If you quit, though, it’s too bad—the $25 stays in the kitty for the winner.

Oh, and you have to be willing to let me write about it. That’s right, I’m going to write about it again. I’ll write about you. Tell your story. How you’re doing. What you’re doing.

It’ll inspire a lot of people, and maybe you too. Of the three contests we ran last year, people did SO much better in the first group when I wrote about it. It kept them motivated. It kept them working. It was quite an amazing group that taught me just as much as I ever taught them.

One other thing. You might remember our winner from Biggest Loser 1: Steve Johnson, who lost 40 pounds in the twelve weeks. A year later, he’s lost another 20 pounds, and is down a total of 60 pounds from where he started.

Steve wants another crack at it. He wants to take off another 40 pounds. I guess he figures he’ll work harder if you’re working too. He wants it bad enough to put up an extra hundred bucks to the winner, if they beat him this time and beat his original 40 pounds.

So there you have it. If you didn’t make the show, this your chance, right here, right now. What are you going to do about it? To qualify, you have to be seriously overweight, and seriously want to change your life forever. Let’s do this thing together. Let me know.