Adrian Dortch has a head start on the other Biggest Loser contestants. After topping the scales at 420 a few years ago, 34-year-old Adrian enters the ranch at 370 pounds. As an accomplished performing artist with a very impressive resume of background vocal work for artists such as Seal and Paul Anka, Adrian knows about discipline and preparation. It’s the cruel twists life gives us that has thrown him off his weight loss journey, including the loss of his infant daughter. Adrian and his teammate, older sister Daphne Dortch, hope to reach their goals together this season on Biggest Loser 13.
For Adrian, excess weight has always been a part of his life. Though he was thin as a child, by 10 he started to put on extra pounds and couldn’t stay active enough to keep it off. Though he learned to cook from his grandmother and still credits her with his extraordinary culinary skills, he admits the food was prepared in saturated fat and wasn’t the most healthy diet growing up. (more…)
Kim Stone is an emotional woman. After losing both her parents to complications resulting from morbid obesity, she’s afraid her slippery slope of weight gain is also going to take her away from her three grown children far too soon. At 48, with a moderate weight (by comparison to her Biggest Loser peers) of 219 pounds, Kim may not be the heaviest contestant at the Biggest Loser 13 ranch, but she’s already experiencing complications from her weight including type 2 diabetes. She and her daughter Megan Stone represent the purple team, one of three parent/child duos on this season.
Kim’s weight gain began after a failed pregnancy and almost immediate successful pregnancy with her daughter. Losing the additional pounds seemed daunting, and like many new mothers, she couldn’t seem to find the time or energy to try and take the weight off. When her father died at 59, her grief led to depression, eating and more pounds. (more…)
Megan Stone is a vivacious, animal-loving, 21-year-old country girl from Dittmer, Missouri. Although she was active in high school with rodeo competitions, choir, color guard, and 4H, Megan began to notice her weight gain at the age of 16. She remained active but didn’t change her eating style and over the years the pounds began to add up. When she could no longer get on her horse by herself, she knew things had to change. Megan, who weighs 259 pounds, teams up with her motherKim Stone this season on Biggest Loser 13.
Megan is a college student who currently works in a support staff position for an organization that assists disabled adults. A self-described procrastinator, who always finds a reason not to exercise, Megan certainly has her work cut out for her. This season of the Biggest Loser has already been dubbed “the season of no excuses.” (more…)
Conda Britt works as a nutrition technician for a large hospital in Rockford, Michigan. Every day she’s responsible for making sure patients follow their doctor’s orders in regard to nutritious diets and healthy eating. At 294 pounds, she sees weight loss success stories all the time and she’s ready to be one of them. Conda, 24, and her younger brother Jeremy Britt, 22, teamed up to be Biggest Loser 13 contestants to learn new eating habits and get fit while they’re still young. Conda has another inspiring incentive, her 2-year-old daughter.
As a single parent, Conda keeps very busy taking care of her daughter, working and even attending courses at Montcalm Community College. She knows she needs to take time for herself and that includes starting a healthy routine for the first time ever. In the past, eating right and getting exercise were not a priority. (more…)
Jeremy Britt admits he’s been heavy most of his life but he has always maintained an active lifestyle to offset his genetic predisposition. In the past he’s been involved in many sports claiming “I’m not the best at anything but I’m pretty good at just about everything that I try. . . well, besides working out.” Always known as the class clown and social comedian, Jeremy uses humor to deflect any comments about his weight, often bringing up the subject first before someone has the chance to cut him down. Jeremy landed a spot on Biggest Loser 13 with a walk-in casting call and quickly recruited his older sister Conda Britt to join him on the ranch.
Even though Jeremy, 22, had grown accustomed to being the “heavy kid” he was starting to see serious health-related issues in his family, including the death of his grandmother. He knew he needed to make a drastic change in his life. He describes his “a-ha moment” as the day he declined an invitation from a friend to go to the beach. He just couldn’t bear to take his shirt off in public. At 389 pounds, even hobbies he previously enjoyed, like golf, were becoming cumbersome. He still liked to play but only if it was a course that allowed carts. (more…)
Isaac “Chism” Cornelison from Magnolia, Texas knows a thing or two about fighting to be well. At the age of 10, Chism was involved in a bad accident, breaking his ankle and injuring the growth plate in his leg. Over the next five years he would undergo seven surgeries to correct this problem with much time spent on crutches and in wheelchairs. At 19, Chism now weighs 361 pounds. This college freshman joins his father Mark Cornelison, a youth pastor, as the “grey team” onBiggest Loser 13. This season, Chism dons the title of youngest contestant.
During the time Chism was recovering from one surgery and waiting for the next, well-intentioned family members waited on him and even brought him delicious treats to cheer him up. Food for the soul, maybe, but not for the body. He admits that when the time came for him to be released from further surgeries, he had gotten so used to his sedentary lifestyle that nothing motivated him to move. A few times he and his father worked together to lose a few pounds for a specific goal such as a family vacation, but then once the “occasion” tolose weight was over, they both went back to old habits. (more…)
Mark Cornelison signed up to be on Biggest Loser 13 with his son Isaac so they could make a “life change.” At 291 pounds, suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux, this 43-year-old youth pastor from Magnolia, Texas knows it’s time to take charge of his future and that begins on the Biggest Loser ranch.
Like many people who struggle with their weight, Mark has beenyo-yo dieting since high school, trying to lose weight for a specific occasion or event, only to gain it all back. In the past, Mark has seen “glimpses” of success so he knows he can do it. He just needs a team to show him how to put all the healthy lifestyle pieces in to place and how to adapt healthy living to his daily routine. “This is for life. I need to make the change because I’m getting older, feeling weaker and I want to be healthier.”
In addition to being married with three teenage children, Mark has a busy but rewarding job as a youth pastor for a local church. He frequently does volunteer work and goes on missionary trips but admits his weight gain is making it increasingly uncomfortable to help in the way he used to.
Mark’s faith is ingrained in his life and he takes his position as pastor very seriously. He’s worked with teenagers in the church for 15 years and it’s important for him to be a role model to the kids he mentors, as well as, his own impressionable teenagers at home.
Mark wants to get fit for his family and his personal health but he also wants to be stronger for God. He knows God put him in his current position to use him and he wants to “be the best that I can be for the service he has called me to.” This season Mark and his sonIsaac “Chism” Cornelison compete as the grey team on Biggest Loser 13.
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Kim Nielsen is used to being in the spotlight. She’s been involved with the WWE, wrestling under the name “Desire,” and later found success with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Kim was in the best shape of her life and even modeled for “Natural Muscle” magazine, but her career ended after breaking her back during a match six years ago. While pregnant with her third child she was secretly grateful for the chance to stay out of the gym and eat whatever she wanted. She quickly put on almost 100 pounds. Now at 252 pounds, she is reluctantly stepping back in to the spotlight of Biggest Loser 13 to compete on the pink team with “stranger” Emily Joy.
Being overweight finds Kim in strange territory. She has always been fit, playing basketball and softball in her youth, and later in high school she was the MVP and all-state athlete for both sports. It was her success as an athlete that inspired her to pursue wresting. At the height of her career she weighed 128 pounds and had only 10% body fat. After gaining 85 pounds in her third pregnancy and then adding on even more, 38-year-old Nielsen admits she simply gave up on herself. (more…)
Emily Joy is a bright and bubbly 5th grade teacher from Huntersville, North Carolina whose last name could not describe a person more. At 29, Emily loves to spend time with her friends and mentor her students, but her 254-pound frame is constantly getting in her way. As a Junior Olympic Medal winner, Emily is no stranger to competition and hopes to bring the same intensity to the Biggest Loser competition. This year she is paired with former WWE wrestler Kim Nielsen as the “Strangers Team,” on Biggest Loser 13.
Emily, the younger of two siblings, grew up in Silver Creek, New York. At the age of eight, her father began coaching her in Olympic weight lifting. She excelled in her age group, winning medals in the National Junior Olympics and Empire State Games. She continued to lift weights through high school but it wasn’t enough to combat the secret eating disorder she developed in the second grade.
After high school she attended college in New York and received her bachelor’s degree in childhood education, as well as a master’s degree in literacy. Although she loves teaching she admits her weight can be an issue in a small classroom. While moving through the maze of desks she often says “I’m not so thin, tuck it in.” (more…)
Joe Messina is a good dad. He works hard as a truck driver in Auburn, New York to provide for his three children and wants the best for them. There is one thing, however, that has been steadily creeping away from them, play time. Joe, who currently weighs 357 pounds, admits that over the years, as his weight increased, the time being active and playful with his children has decreased. Joe joins his older brother Mike this season on Biggest Loser 13.
People often need a turning point in their lives to spark the flame for weight loss. Recently, Joe had two of them. On a trip to an amusement park, Joe was surprised and embarrassed to learn he was unable to fit on the ride. Then at home, his youngest son, not quite 4, asked him to go play outside. Joe said he lasted only a few minutes before he had to sit down and catch his breath. When his son took his hand and asked him to play again, Joe had to tell him he couldn’t. In an interview for Biggest Loser 13, Joe said of the incident, “man, it just rips your heart right out of your chest. It just makes you feel so bad and. . . guilty, that you can’t be there for your children. I’m only 38-years old.” (more…)
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