As many of you reality show aficionados will know, Jeff Nichols and Francelina Morillo were contestants on Season 14 of NBC’s Biggest Loser. Their story is inspiring for the dedication it took for them to lose incredible amounts of weight, their efforts to continue to adapt their lifestyle since the show and their openness in sharing their journey and struggles to help others face similar challenges. Most importantly, the show allowed them to find each other and build a beautiful support system of love.
We are lucky to have Jeff and Francelina as long time members of Stunner of the Month. The two of them have quickly become my favorite reality show couple and the Stunner Royalty were kind enough to answer some questions for us in a little interview. Here is a recap of the wisdom Jeff and Francy wanted to share with the StunMo community.
Question: How did you guys first hear about Stunner of the Month?
Jeff: Interestingly enough it was by word of mouth, or should I say word of social media. I was looking at some random photos and I saw someone wearing a pair of stunners and thought they looked ‘stuntastic’ so I checked out some of the hashtags, and with enough digging, I came across the site!
Francelina: Jeff actually put me on! He thought it was a super cool inexpensive concept. Just goes to show that you can be down with the latest trends without digging too deep into your pocket.
Q: What do you like most about being members?
J: Other than the amazing customer service, the biggest and best perk is getting a new pair of unique, quality, and most of all bad ass sunglasses every month. I am notorious for losing sunglasses, ones that cost an arm and a leg, so now I have some awesome shades at an extremely reasonable price, that I don’t mind might occasionally become a victim to the ocean, or mountains here in SoCal because I know another pair will be on my doorstep soon.
F: I absolutely love that I never know what’s going to be sent next. I have found that I am more open minded about trying styles I would have never actually purchased if I had tried them on. Now I am rocking all different styles and feeling confident in them!
Q: It’s been about a year and a half since you were on the Biggest Loser. Now that you have had some time to reflect on your time on the Ranch and all the hard work you have put in since then, would you do it again?
J: The answer is a simple yes. Not for all the reasons some may think, but mainly because if I didn’t do that, I wouldn’t have met Francelina. Losing weight was great, but I’m sure with the right motivation I could have done that without the show. That being said, I am also very glad I have gotten the opportunity to help inspire countless others to make a change in their lives.
F: Absolutely! It was a life changing experience for the both of us. Not only did we lose a lot of weight and became healthier versions of ourselves; but, we were able to find love! A real life fairy tale!
Q: What led to your decision to join the show and make your journey so public?
J: At the time I just wanted to lose weight and I knew I needed to do something drastic. I stumbled across season 13 of the show, and really identified with the guy who won, and said if he can do it, so can I. So I found out when there was an open casting call near me and just went for it.
F: I felt like I REALLY needed help with such a big lifestyle change. I knew there were others like myself that could identify with me and I hoped my honesty and openness could inspire them to change as well.
Q: What has been your biggest struggle since joining the cast of the Biggest Loser?
J: The biggest struggle has probably just been getting back to the real world. Balancing work, our own personal projects, traveling, and everything else it can be taxing to try and find the time to get the workouts in, and make the right choice in the kitchen. But you do the best you can and try and be 100% at least 80% of the time.
F: I believe my biggest struggle coming off the show was transitioning back to normal life. The show is a weight loss competition and included some advantages that when returning to normal life, made things a bit more difficult. During the show, it was our “job” to workout and we were sort of in a controlled environment. The minute you come home and the cameras are no longer rolling that controlled environment is gone. You can no longer workout for hours, just “workout” all day, be surrounded by only other people who are working out, etc. You have to work hard to find balance between your new lifestyle change and your old life and that part is always a work in progress.
Q: What have you guys been up to since the show ended?
J: Just taking some time to find ourselves after the show, did some traveling, some motivational speaking, worked for a show affiliate for awhile, and now we made the move we have been talking about for 2 years to sunny San Diego.
F: Jeff and I have been working diligently to find a happy medium with this new lifestyle change and of course finding ways to pay it forward every chance we get!
Q: You have both been incredibly successful in achieving your weight loss goals, what advice would you give to someone trying to motivate to get healthy and looking to embark on a weight loss journey?
J: The biggest piece of advice I have for anyone looking to embark on a healthy journey is to start today. Start doing something even if it is just walking for 20 minutes, and switching to diet soda vs. regular. The time is going to pass no matter what, so if you want something, you might as well start today and I guarantee even with small changes in 6 months you’ll be much farther than you would be with no changes.
F: I would say…. make small realistic changes that you can keep up with. Health and wellness is a marathon, not a sprint, so pace yourself !
Q: At Stunner of the Month we think all you really need to look good is a fly pair of Stunner Shades, but what advice would you give to those out there who are having trouble loving the way they look and/or feel?
J: I would say if you have a problem with something that is going on with your personal appearance, and there is something you can do and want to do to change it, then do it. I am in no position to tell someone they shouldn’t do what they feel they need to, to feel good about themselves. BUT if you’re looking to make the changes to please someone else, tell that other person to hit the bricks because no one needs that kind of negativity or pressure in their life.
F: It comes from within and it is always a work in progress. Find the strength within yourself to work on the things you can change about yourself but continue to love yourself either way. Learn to love and accept who you are because you are worthy. Also, throw on a pair of stunners ;) They always kick things up a notch hah!
Q: You have both proven to be epic stunners through your Instagram feeds. What does being a Stunner mean to you?
J: Being a stunner to me just means taking the day by storm, embracing adventure, and going for it, whatever “it” may be.
"The Falcons" Jeff’s favorite pair of Stunner Shades.
F: Always looking fly no matter what shades I’m in! #stuntingforlife! Stunners have seriously been such a big part of Jeff’s and my journey to California, all the way from Michigan. Its actually pretty cool! Jeff and I used a different pair in each state we were in. We made them part of our memories of our trek to the dream land –San Diego :)
Francelina looking beautiful in her favorite stunners, the “Nü Metals”.
A big thank you to Jeff and Francelina for taking the time to share their story with us and drop some knowledge. You can follow Jeff and Francy on Instagram and Twitter @franmo42; @francelinam14 and @jeffnichols14 and sign up with promo code BLstunner for $2 off your first month of stunners!
Wishing this stunning couple all the best and hope they inspire our Stunners out there to find the same level of health, love, and happiness. #time2stun