The Biggest Loser 2011: Missy Versus Jordan

Jordan Bucher and Missy Nolan, December 2009.
Jordan Bucher and Missy Nolan, December 2009.

If the people on The Biggest Loser can lose hundreds of pounds, we can certainly lose 50 or so.

Like many people, my boyfriend and I love The Biggest Loser.

But before I start rambling on about The Biggest Loser, perhaps I should introduce myself. My name is Missy Nolan, and Jordan Bucher is my boyfriend. We both gained a lot of weight during my last pregnancy, and neither of us are happy about it. Because we are competitive people, a Biggest Loser- style weight loss contest seemed like the perfect way to meet our weight loss goals.

The Biggest Loser is such an inspirational show. Jordan teased me at first for crying during it, but now he's drawn into it as well. Each week, we laugh, cry (well, I cry), and sympathize with the contestants as they do their best to meet their weight loss goals.

One day, it hit us: The Biggest Loser contestants aren't the only people who can lose weight. I helped plan and execute a weight loss contest at my old job, and decided to incorporate ideas from that into a weight loss contest with my boyfriend. Keep reading for more details about The Biggest Loser 2011: Missy Versus Jordan.

Would you ever participate in a Biggest Loser-style weight loss contest?

  • Absolutely. I'd love to lose a few pounds, and that sounds fun.
  • I would if I needed to, but I'm at a healthy weight right now.
  • Yeah right. This hot body doesn't need a weight loss contest.
  • No. I'm not the competitive type.
  • I'm not sure. Maybe.
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Our Very Own Biggest Loser Challenge

Having a Biggest Loser weight loss contest appealed to both of us, but it required some planning:

  • What would the prize be?
  • How long should the Biggest Loser challenge run?
  • How often would we weigh in?
  • How would the winner be determined?
  • What if there was a tie?
  • How would we track our progress?


Biggest Loser Contest Details

We decided to run our weight loss contest the following way:

  • Every Thursday night, we will weigh in on the same scale.
  • Our weigh loss challenge will run from January 20th until May 1st.
  • Our weight loss progress will be tracked in an Excel spreadsheet.
  • The winner will be determined by calculating the percentage of body weight lost, not pounds.
  • If there is a tie, we will split the cost of the prize 50/50.


When does The Biggest Loser challenge start?

Our first weigh-in was Thursday, January 20th.

I wanted to start on February 1st, but Jordan convinced me to start early.

Our Biggest Loser weight loss contest will run until May 1st.


What's the prize?

Anything food-related, such as a fancy dinner, was out of the question. We also have enough stuff in our crowded apartment, so that eliminated quite a few prize options.

We agreed that the loser would pay for a hotel room at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. With 2 young children at home, we don't get to have a night out very often. We live in Missouri, so this is our way of getting to enjoy a mini vacation together.


Missy Nolan, 60lbs lighter.
Missy Nolan, 60lbs lighter.

Why Weight Loss is Important to Missy

I have a sister who wears a size 2, but I've always had to work hard to control my weight.

Growing up, I was a runner. I could run for miles without stopping. These days, I can barely walk out to the parking lot without feeling winded.

For me, weight loss isn't just about appearance; I want to feel good and have more energy. I want to be able to keep up with my kids.

Don't get me wrong, though; I'd love to get a hot body. In addition to being a freelance writer, I'm a promotional model and brand ambassador. I'm currently too overweight to feel confident enough to apply for any gigs, and that absolutely kills me.


Jordan Bucher, 20lbs lighter.
Jordan Bucher, 20lbs lighter.

Why Jordan Wants to Lose Weight

Jordan loves to complain about how overweight he is, and even though I tell him he looks fine, he doesn't believe me.  That's okay, though- good or bad, my opinion really shouldn't matter; when somebody decides they want to lose weight, they need to do it because THEY want to.

He wants to lose weight so that he can have a body that he feels good about. He wants to look great in his favorite jeans and shirts.

He also wants to stay healthy; as a father, he needs to be around for awhile.

Recently, Jordan learned that he has borderline hypertension. Achieving his weight loss goals will help to lower his blood pressure and keep him healthy.


How Missy Plans on Achieving Her Weight Loss Goals and Winning the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge

I love fresh fruits and vegetables, and I don't eat red meat or drink milk.  I tend to avoid processed foods, and cook most of my meals from scratch. You'd think that winning our Biggest Loser Challenge would be easy for me, but it's not.

My problem is portion control. Although I usually eat healthy foods that are organic or all natural, I eat too much of them.

I also tend to binge on junk food if I'm stressed out or bored. I'm an emotional eater. If I'm having a bad day, you'll find me sitting here with a Peanut Butter Snickers and a pint of Haagan Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond.

I enjoy exercising, but get bored easily.  I'd rather take a walk or jog outside than be trapped inside of a gym full of people.  Since it's January and we currently have 6 inches of snow outside, this is bad for me.

In order to win the Biggest Loser challenge, I'll need to watch my portion sizes and start hitting the gym.


How Jordan Plans on Achieving His Weight Loss Goals and Winning the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge

Jordan eats whatever I cook, so he consumes a lot of healthy food here.

The problem is that he has 2 jobs. At one job, his coworkers constantly bring in delicious baked goods. At his other job, he's surrounded by candy bars, chips, and soda. If he goes directly from one job to the other, it's easy to snack on whatever is convenient when he's hungry.

Like me, Jordan will be working on portion control, but plans to focus on improving his efforts at the gym. Jordan is the kind of guy who can work out for 1.5 hours without stopping. There are times when he burns over 1000 calories at the gym.

Jordan and I share a different mentality about calories and what can be considered a healthy food. With that in mind, he plans on winning our Biggest Loser challenge by increasing the length and frequency of his work outs at the gym.


Who will win the Biggest Loser weight loss challenge: Missy or Jordan?

  • Definitely Missy.
  • Jordan, without a doubt.
  • It'll be a tie.
  • It's too soon to tell.
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How much weight do we want to lose?

Our weight loss goals are similar:

  • Jordan is 6'1'' and weighs 270.6lbs.  His goal weight is 220lbs.
  • I am 5'3'' and weigh 180.2lbs.  My goal weight is 135lbs.

That means Jordan wants to lose 50.6lbs, and I want to lose 45.2lbs. 

Although I've never been this heavy in my life, I'm no stranger to weight loss.  A few years ago, I lost 20lbs by increasing the amount of jogging I did each week.

Jordan is no stranger to weight loss either; he has lost over 20lbs since we started dating.

Since our weight loss goals are similar, and we have similar experience with losing weight in the past, this should be an interesting contest.


What do we look like today?

Jordan is braver than I am, so he agreed to let me post pictures of him without his shirt on.

I, however, will be keeping as much skin covered as possible.  When I uploaded the pictures with my stomach showing on the computer, I was horrified.  Maybe I'll share them with you at the end of our weight loss challenge.


How did we get to this point?

While Jordan and I aren't morbidly obese, we are both at a weight that we are not happy with.

A variety of factors led each of us here, including stress, depression, boredom, pregnancy, and lack of time to exercise.  I just had a baby 6 weeks ago, but I definitely wasn't this overweight after my first child.

Our scale measures percentage of body fat. Standing on it last week, Jordan had a body fat percentage of 33%, and I had a whopping 42.7%.

Our Biggest Loser weight loss challenge is long overdue.


What happens next?

I will be posting weekly hubs on the success of our Biggest Loser weight loss challenge.  I know we're not as fun to watch as the people on TV, but I hope you'll join us on our weight loss journey.


Do you have weight loss tips you'd like to share?

If you have any great diet or exercise tips or stories to share, please post them below in the Comments section. We'd love to hear from you.

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Comments 12 comments

Jen 5 years ago

Missy, I love you and think you are beautiful regardless, and whoever posted that comment needs to shove off. I am also on a weight loss pursuit so you KNOW I will be rooting for TEAM MISSY. Best wishes and good luck.


Teka 5 years ago

Morefriend, get a life. Sunnyglitter is already aware of her own personal health issues, which is why she started this contest. She should be commended, not torn down.

Anyway, Sunnyglitter do not let ignorant trolls and naysayers get you down. This is a wonderful idea, and I hope you are successful with your weight loss.


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ebookshack 5 years ago from Canada

I agree. I could use losing more pounds than you so don't think you look bad at all, certainly not "awful" as posted by certain others above.

I too commend you for posting this to give others like us the motivation we need to get our butts in gear. I am rooting for you too and hope that soon I will be able to get on the track to fitness and better health with you.

Looking forward to seeing your progress. Don't listen to any negative talk. Like in all things, there will always be those who have to say what they think they need to say.

You are doing this for you and nothing else matters. Now go get 'em!


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Blair Rockefeller 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I love it. Good luck to both of you.


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PageC 5 years ago

Kudos for having the courage to post your challenge and photos. I'm sure both you and Jordan will succeed and this hub will help.


5 years ago

morefriend, you are extremely rude.

Good luck, Missy and Jordan!


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Blair Rockefeller 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Tip: research the Glycemic Index, how fast foods turn to sugar. You are able to feel full longer and lose weight. I've been doing it 3 weeks and lost 16 pounds. I'm putting recipies on my site.


The Biggest Loser 5 years ago

Its really great one..good luck Missy and Jordan and keep it up...you will get a great success...:)


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information , i am excited to see your next hub.


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schoolmarm 5 years ago from Florida

Thanks so much for this great idea! I am going to do a challenge with my daughter. I think you will win because you are focusing a lot on your food intake instead of just getting more exercise.


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Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace Author

Thanks for the comments, guys! I'll definitely look into the glycemic index, as well as some fun workout videos. I was wanting to try Hip Hop Abs.

Oh, and schoolmarm, thank you! I hope that your challenge goes well. Please come back and share your results with me, or link me to your hub or blog if you post anything about your contest.


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Writerly Yours 5 years ago

Sunnyglitter,

You rock girlfriend! Go get it! Stay strong and do YOU! I too have been on my weight loss journey and the way you have publicized it here is PRICELESS and courageous.

Don't let ignorant people who hide behind secret profiles get you down. You are too busy improving your life and health for you and your kids to worry about people like that.

Do your best. Be your best and you will look and feel your best.

I too have a challenge with my hubby. We always do. I lost 60 pounds since 2005 and gained about 20 back and I LOVE THE BIGGEST LOSER TOO. Have you seen the show "Heavy?" CHeck that out! I cry too so don't feel bad.

Every bit of motivation helps; so do what is right for you. I love it. I'm bookmarking this hub now and wishing you all the best.

Keep up the great work!

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