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Name: Melissa Morgan
Hometown: Aspermont, Texas
Favorite cheat food: No Pudge! Brownies
Goal for 2010: To weigh 145 pounds
Starting weight: 233 pounds
Elimination weight: 199 pounds
NSD: What was your big turning point-either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose the weight?
I've struggled with my weight nearly my entire life. During the past 20 years, I've tried many times to lose it and I always failed. People questioned whether I was game-playing because I had a net weight loss of zero during episodes two and three. The problem is that the net zero weight loss is not uncommon in my life. I wasn't devastated by no weight loss because I've seen it more than a dozen times in my life. It is what always happens to me. I tried to explain to Bob and Jillian that it is the zero weight loss while eating right and working out that makes me feel like it is not worth the work and so I want to "sit on my butt and eat a cheeseburger."
NSD: What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser?
I wish I had known that I needed to continue my personal weight loss journey and not give up when I have net zero weight loss over two years. Every person that struggles with his or her weight has the power to overcome it. You just have to believe in yourself and be patient. If you eat right and work out consistently, and give yourself time, you will find the weight come off.
NSD: If you could have done one thing differently during the show, what would it be? Nothing. I'm not pleased with the manner in which the red team (specifically me) is being portrayed in these episodes. Many viewers are angry with me and believe that I've lied about "playing the game." Bob and Jillian believed that I was game-playing and refused to admit it. I did not play the game and anyone who knows me... knows that I would absolutely admit if I played the game. In fact, I did admit playing the game in week two.
NSD: What's the hardest thing to adapt to while living on the ranch?
The most difficult thing for me while being on the ranch was being away from my children. I've never been away from my kids for an extended period of time. But this journey was so significant in our lives that it was a sacrifice that had to happen.
NSD: What is one thing that keeps you motivated?
The motivation right now is the finale. I had the courage, or insanity, to get up in front of America in spandex at 233 pounds. I'm ready to get up in front of America with much of that weight gone!
NSD: What is your favorite workout?
I'm really enjoying boxing right now. For me, it's my therapy. When I'm frustrated or upset, there's nothing better than my boxing trainer and a pair of gloves. I get a great cardio workout and get a great strength workout at the same time.
NSD: What's the best advice Bob or Jillian has given you?
The day after the week four weigh in, Bob told me that I was a strong woman, that he believed I did not throw a weigh in and that he had nothing but respect for me. He said that I could do anything I wanted and that I didn't need to take any attitude from anyone.
NSD: What is your favorite meal or snack?
Oh, I have several. I have one item that for me has been the "secret weapon." Salad is so important for me in this weight loss journey, but I'm not diggin' salad without dressing. Fortunately Galeos makes a miso dressing with only 14 calories per tablespoon. That's the one thing I can turn to at any time.
NSD: What's something viewers at home wouldn't know from watching the show?
From day one, this journey has been about getting healthy and saving our marriage. Viewers saw in my final episode that I actually gained a pound and was sent home because of it. If I really was as big a game player as many thought me to be, why would I have purposely gained weight, knowing that it would cause me to leave the ranch when all I wanted to do was stay? I hope this proved to viewers that my motivation was always about getting healthy. Lance and I agreed that we were unhealthy when we started this journey, we will not end this journey unhealthy just to win some money
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