Wow! Marty gave some really great answers to the questions below. I hope they inspire you as much as they have me ~ especially the remark about there being "no finish line". Amen! He also mentioned in passing how he missed Thanksgiving last year because he was on the show at the time....and now after this one - he really needs to hit the gym. I think sentiments like that have been all over blogdom this week!
I still have some gift bags to send out - so the first seven people to comment on this post will receive one.
And now for the interview! (My questions are in red ~ Marty's answers are in italics.)
* How do you stay focused at home now. After living in that bubble at the Biggest Loser facility. Life is filled with social things and they mostly revolve around food - how do you do it? (for example - Thanksgiving!)
I constantly determine new goals for myself. On the show Bob said something that has really stuck out, he said " there is no finish line." I do not let myself believe I am "done." There is always something new to accomplish, so I try to challenge myself and set goals for myself. Being a personal trainer now, and constantly being around others in the same battle I am in is also motivating and refreshing. Food is an issue for me, but my plan is work out at least 6 hours a week. I know with that dedication to myself that I can free up my eating and be OK. As a personal trainer I know the power of small changes to daily routines, and there are many opportunities to be involved in programs that are continually challenging. One program I am involved in is the Wrigley's Walk and Chew Gum Challenge. They have developed a web site Gumisgood.com, and it aims to reward people for making two small changes to their daily routine; taking more steps and cutting calories. Wrigley and I are collectively challenging Americans to cut 10 million calories and walk 100,000 miles. It is really easy to be apart of the challenge! All you do is log on to gumisgood.com and sign up for the challenge. You then use the site to log the miles you walk and the calories you save from chewing Extra gum instead of a high calorie snack like a brownie. This challenge is a terrific maintenance tool to use on the Internet and is a reminder that small changes can go a long way!
* What was the most shocking thing that happened at the house that wasn't on the show?
I really am not supposed to comment on things that were not seen on TV, but... let me just say there were several fights that took place that were never shown.
* How has your life changed since the show, besides the obvious physical changes?
Well I can't go out to eat without strangers counting my calories!!! Really the biggest changes have been adapting from psycho weight loss mode to maintenance and finding that happy balance in my life. Amy (who is my fiance now) and I are now personal trainers and want to help others on their weight loss journey. We have a web site www.realitywellnessinc.com if you want to check us out. There is really so much that is different it would take hours to tell, but as I walk through life now I am constantly reminded in everything I do of the person I was before the show (emotionally, physically, bad habits I had, and how I look at life in general). The Biggest Loser does create weight loss machines, but more so, it changes lives for the better! I feel I am reminded of that every day.
* Do you keep in touch with the other players from season 3? How about the trainers, Bob and Kim?
I keep in touch with Amy obviously! Wylie, Eric, Brian, Pam, and Poppi mostly. I hear from Bob from time to time. There are online communities established to keep all of us together, so I generally know what everyone is up to now a days.
* How in the world do they really lose that much weight weekly. Some of the results are just seem unbelievable!
There is a sort of hidden pattern on the show. The first week is usually a crap shoot because people are contaminated with toxins and sodium and they lose excess water weight naturally. That week really depends on who was the most contaminated and who's body was shocked the most from starting the program. Then about a month into the show weights begin to even out (if people are not playing the game and drinking water like in this season). At this point you will begin to see more consistent weight loss, and if you ask me, is where the big men have an advantage. Once you wake up that great machine (their body) the weight will fall off. At this point in the show, even though the people still look heavy, their bodies are so clean and healthy from the previous 3 months of training and hard work.
* Your bio states: "Marty believes anyone can lose weight, but it takes a great deal of inner searching to change your life forever. He says the biggest difference between old Marty and new Marty is that he has answered a simple question. He would love the chance to share this question with you!"
So...what is that question?!
"WHAT KIND OF LIFE DO YOU WANT TO LIVE?" Until the answer (s) to this complex question are found, diets, fads, and tips are no use at all! This helps find the reasons BEHIND the bad habits and downfalls, and gives a blueprint for positive change in your life! What kind of life do you want to live?