Everyone knows how much I love The Biggest Loser. Every season, I get absolutely hooked. Whenever the opportunity arises to speak with contestants, I jump at the chance to learn about their experience on the ranch. I recently chatted with Lance Morgan, who was just voted off last week. He talked about the infamous cupcake challenge, the difficulties of being far away from a gym, and going back to work. He even addressed his and Melissa’s relationship with the trainers and the accusations that they were playing the game. Next week’s episode is supposed to be huge (no pun intended). A guy who lost over 400 pounds on his own, after being inspired by the show, is brought to the ranch. And there may even be former contestants returning.
Do you think that eating the cupcakes contributed to you being sent home? And do you regret that decision to eat so many?
No I don’t really regret eating so many. I regret eating (for the right person) but no, I don’t have any regrets with anything that I did on the ranch really.
And how are you able to incorporate your fitness at home? I know you live about an hour from a gym so how do you get in your daily workouts?
It’s tough. We do some workouts at home and then in turn we also drive about an hour to a gym in Abilene. So our days home we usually spend doing we’ve got a little bit of equipment in the house that my wife usually gets on the treadmill and I usually do some light weights and we ride our bicycles quite a bit.
So it’s safe to say that people who don’t belong to a gym, they can still do it?
Yeah. It’s harder. I mean believe me it’s much harder to do it at home because you have so many distractions. There is always a load of laundry or dishes or something to do. But yeah, it can be done. It’s just you have got to get your mind set hey, I’ve got to do this and you’ve just got to stick with your plan.
Prior to starting The Biggest Loser your wife Melissa said that in addition to getting healthy both of you were working on your marriage, which has been strained. How are things now and also how has losing the weight helped?
Things now are wonderful. A lot of our problems with our marriage – my being overweight was a big problem in our marriage because I couldn’t work any more. So you throw the financial stress in there, I mean that’s probably the number one cause of problems in relationships now. And obviously I haven’t gotten to go back to work yet but I will be going back to work soon. And it’s just kind of like one more thought off your mind. So it’s helped a lot being on the ranch and our communication is much better than it was before, much better. And what was the second part of the question? I’m sorry.
And my second question is there was a lot made in the beginning of the show about possible game play by the red team. And watching the episodes now can you understand how Bob and Jillian construed things that way? And how is your relationship with the trainers now?
I could see their points at the time before I even watched the show. I mean I could see their point. It’s been done before and I understand their point. But I mean you just have to know Melissa and I to know that if we’re going to game play we’re going to say hey, we’re game playing. So our relationship with Bob and Jillian at this point, I still like Bob. I mean after Bob realized quick listen, this is an issue that we have got to get past because you still have a goal in mind. We have still got to accomplish this goal. So let’s just – he didn’t really – he sort of did admit that he believed Melissa but obviously when Melissa fell below the red line both our jaws dropped and I think they realized at that point oh my god, she really wasn’t playing the game. It just kind of saddened me that it took (the hoopla of) Melissa on the stage that first week to realize it.
And how much weight have you lost to date?
To date I have lost 100 – I’m trying to count because I haven’t weighed in a few days. I have lost 105, 106 now – somewhere in there.