We then flash back to Helen 17 weeks ago, when she talked about how her self-confidence has taken a hit. She said that there was a vibrant woman inside who she wanted to come out. Helen in the present day vows to remember where she came from and what she accomplished. Helen takes a tour through her closet and is amazed at how big her old clothes are. Sadly, this is not a What Not to Wear crossover, though I'd like to see Stacy and Clinton have at her for a couple days. Helen's husband says that there are so many changes happening in their lives right now that it's a bit scary. Helen emotionally tells us how she used to always try to hide in the background. She's ready to clean her closet and start a new life.
Ron, you may remember, was enormous 17 weeks ago. He tells us now that he's a completely different guy physically, mentally and emotionally. He's hoping that this will translate to a much better life. Ron feels responsible for his kids' weight problems, and says that he's now responsible for showing them -- and particularly his other son, Max -- a different way. The three men walk their dogs in the snow, and Ron continues to tell us about how he imparted an unhealthy lifestyle to his sons. He hopes that Max will go the route that Mikey did and get all cute and extra-awesome and stuff.
Then there's Tara. 17 weeks ago she told us that she needed to start living her life, and cried about the fact that she was in her golden 20s and not doing anything. Now, she tells us that when you lose weight, you realize that when you were heavy you weren't living life to the fullest, because you were always so self-conscious. She goes to her favorite restaurant with friends and gets a bit scared at the prospect of half-price appetizers and beer. She asks her friends if they realized how unhappy she was, and they say that she was so far gone that it was hard for them to tell her that she needed to start dieting. They say that Tara herself was the one who thought she was too far gone. Tara tells us that her biggest obstacle is asking for help, and she wonders if her friends will be there for her during the 30 days at home and after.
We get some more video diaries from Day 4 at home. Mike tells us that he's hungry all the time. Tara misses the ranch. Ron says that you get back into your old routine, as evidenced by the scruff on his face. Oh! And remember how Tara won a kitchen makeover for one of her myriad challenge victories? She gave the prize to her mom. We see the before and after pictures and... is it me, or does it not look all that much different? They seem to like it, though, and there are some fancy new appliances. The kitchen is also stocked with Biggest Loser food scales and a fridge full of Jennie-O turkey. Tara makes turkey meatloaf in muffin tins. Conceptually, I'm not sure how I feel about meatloaf muffins. [I feel pretty good! Now, meat donuts... - Zach]