Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM ET
"Biggest Loser" fans who tuned in to see Francelina Morillo on TODAY Monday morning were in for a shock. The ousted contestant was barely recognizable as the same young woman who first arrived on the ranch. But Francie's slimmed-down and sleek new look isn't the only big change in her life. While she was busying losing pounds, she found love.
"During the show, Jeffrey (Nichols) and I became really close, and we were like best friends," she explained. "Eventually, we were like, 'We're more than best friends!' It's just so incredible being with somebody who knows exactly what you've been through and has seen you at your worst. I'm getting better and better every day, and he's still there. It's awesome."
Also awesome? Well, as great as Francie's commitment to Jeff is, her commitment to changing her life is even more impressive. Before the 25-year-old ever arrived on the ranch, she had lost a total of 100 pounds on her own. Since then, she dropped "close to" an additional 90 pounds.
"My biggest was about 350 pounds, so I'm feeling small now," she said of her weight-loss feat.
See how Jeff and the rest of Francie's former fellow contestants are faring on the ranch when "The Biggest Loser" airs Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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