Mike tells us that he goes to a big football school, and his dorm is right next to the stadium. He's constantly awoken by tailgaters and the band right outside his window. People are drinking and eating crap food, because that's what American sports are about. And then, hey! Jillian is in Michigan to visit Ron and Mike during Michigan State's homecoming weekend. She's worried about frat parties and junky fast food. And beer. Always the beer. She totally surprises Mike from behind by handing him a hot dog, then gives him a big hug. Jillian gives Max a big hug, too, and says she doesn't even recognize him. Once the greetings are over, Jillian starts screaming at all the tailgaters who are surrounded by crap food. She tells Mike that he's hot now, and warns about the freshman fifteen. Mike says that the tape can prove he hasn't had any of it. He tells us that being prepared is the best weapon you can have against going back to being fat. We look at Mike, Max and Ron with their giant former clothes, and learn that they've lost a total of 575 pounds. Definitely cause for a high five!
Hey! And then it's time to catch up with season seven's Tara, woman of steel, who has won more challenges than any other player in BL history. Now, she's challenging those around her. Tara says she went on the show because she was a fat chick who didn't like her life anymore. She started at 294 pounds. I forgot how heavy she was. Now, Tara's around 165 and looks totally fly. She's kept off 130 pounds. Tara says she's truly thankful for the new, healthy lifestyle she's leading. She finally believes she's worth it, and wants to give that back to other people. She visits her old high school at the Bethpage Union Free School District (Home of the Golden Eagles). Tara has a passion for running now, and wanted to do something for the community. So she started a 5K in her town that drew almost 500 people. A lot of people come up to her and tell her that she was an inspiration. One woman was particularly moved when Tara pulled that car farther and faster than a whole bunch of big dudes. Tara totally believes in herself now, and got a great life back.
Season three's at-home player, Jaron, weighed 323 pounds when he arrived at the ranch. He now weighs 200 pounds and is a big-time runner. He's doing the Beach 2 Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon, which is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. Holy crap. I need a nap just from hearing that description. Jaron says there's something magical in achieving something that you don't think you're capable of achieving. Nearly 13 hours later, he finishes the race and barely even looks out of breath. He says the experience of crossing the finish line and seeing your family is overwhelming. Man, he looks great.