The message from the Biggest Loser ranch last night resonated loud and clear – they aren’t playing the game. The message meant an elimination for Melissa Morgan, her second this season, and the first at the hand of her fellow contestants. She earned a spot back on the ranch during a week 11 twist, and then quickly picked up where she left off by being the most competitive person in the house. The contestants were clear that that was not the motive of season nine.
Melissa argues though that there is plenty of game play going on without her help, and pinpoints Michael and Koli for being players. Listen now as she talks to us about the game play in the house, as well as her effortless preparation for the half-marathon she completed.
“Is that the craziest thing in the entire world,” squeals Melissa, as she reflects on running the half-marathon at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans. “Six months ago I was a fat girl who couldn’t get to the mail box and back without dying.” Melissa says she really didn’t prepare to run the 13.1 mile race (which she completed in 3:49), she simply worked out each day. Now she has her sights set on taking on the San Antonio marathon this fall. (more…)
Every season the “honor,” if you will, of being the most controversial contestant on The Biggest Loser is bestowed upon one player who seems to get underneath the skin of fellow contestants, fans and in the case of Melissa Morgan, even the trainers.
It all started in week two, when one of the quickest signs of game play in the show’s history appeared on the scale with Melissa. She and husband Lance Morgan had earned immunity, and Melissa gained weight that week. Trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper immediately called her out on throwing the weigh-in while she stood dumbfounded on the stage wondering what could have gone wrong. In an almost impossible replay a week later, the same scenario played out again, only this time Michaels called her a liar. Fans went crazy wanting to know the truth while Melissa vehemently denied having thrown either weigh-in, even swearing on the lives of her children that it was nothing she’d done, a position she maintains today.
After that, the relationship between the Morgans and Michaels was strained, but Melissa kept her head in the game and continued to do what she’d gone to the ranch for – to lose weight.
Hear our exclusive post-elimination interview with Melissa, in which she talks about how the issues with the trainers may have hindered her weight loss and what she thinks is the biggest benefit of her new lifestyle.
As Biggest Loser season nine goes back to couples, only one team will be made by a husband and wife. Married eleven years with two children, Melissa Morgan and Lance Morgan say they mentally and emotionally needed this trek to the Biggest Loser ranch. Between Melissa’s demanding career as an attorney, and Lance’s inability to work due to his weight, there have been strains.
They say the experience on the ranch so far has brought them closer together and that they complement one another well. Even with the baggage they’ve brought to the ranch, and after working out with Bob and Jillian for a week, they remain positive and upbeat. Melissa says “You can’t help but be positive… we’re blessed to be here.”
Listen now as we speak to Melissa and Lance during week one on the ranch.
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