From Fat to Fit: Q & A with Gabriella Martinez
We recently had a conversation about our PetsMove initiative with Gabriella Martinez, the Editor in Chief of Pupculturemagazine.com. Based in Rochester NY, Pupculture Magazine publishes 6 interactive issues each year on a wide range of topics related to dogs.
It turns out that the interview is a perfect fit for our FitDog Friday series, since, as you will read, Gabriella and her dog are fine examples of how to successfully start and stick with a weight loss and fitness program.
SlimDoggy (SD): We first met at the BlogPaws conference this past May, where you introduced me to your Labrador Retriever, Andrea. Little did I know that the person and dog that I met were actually miniature versions!
Gabriella (GM): Yes! One of the reasons I am so excited about PetsMove (and Slimdoggy.com) is because both Andrea and I have been on a weight loss journey. I can tell you first hand that it isn’t easy and that it takes some time to ‘figure it out’. I think that it is great that you are creating a support system for all us dog lovers out there that need a bit of direction when it comes to healthy living. I know that I’m still learning as I go!
SD: Tell me about you and your dog’s weight loss progress?
GM: Over the past year, I have lost 50 lbs and am now down to 165. Andrea has lost 22 lbs and she is now at a healthy 56 lbs. While Andrea is close to her ideal weight, I still want to continue to lose more weight. Now I have the knowledge and the confidence to do so.
SD: Wow! That’s fantastic. One of the reasons we started PetsMove was because we wanted people like you (and dog’s like Andrea) to share insights and tips on what worked for you. What is one thing you would tell someone who would like their dog or themselves to lose weight?
GM: First of all, realize that we (and our dogs) are all different. The exercise and diet combination that works for one might not work as well for another. Make sure that you find exercise routines that you enjoy and are convenient for you and your pet. For the diet aspect, find lower calorie foods that you still enjoy so you don’t feel deprived. For your dog’s diet, consider switching to a higher quality food to ensure that they are getting adequate nutrients even though you are cutting back their daily calories.
One trick that I used for Andrea was to substitute fresh veggies for some of the food she was eating. So if I was giving her two cups of food a day, I gave her 1 cup of veggies and 1 cup of a high quality dog food. This way, she got the same amount of food with a much smaller caloric intake. Plus, she always thought the veggies were a special treat—she loved them!
SD: That’s a great tip – fill up on lower calorie veggies! Can you tell our readers a little more about your magazine and website?
GM: Of course! Our magazine originally launched in December 2011, but this September we launched the first fully interactive digital magazine for dog lovers.
Our focus is on the human-dog bond; we also share forward-thinking information based on the newest trends within the dog-industry to inspire healthy pets and well-informed pet-owners. Unlike traditional format magazines, we want our readers to directly interact with the magazine—immersing themselves in its content for a unique, engaging experience. Interactivity includes video, slideshows, audio clips, direct links to shopping, and more. Ultimately, our goal is to inspire, engage and educate our readers. And by adding interactivity we are moving forward with that goal.
Subscriptions are available for $15 per year or $2.99 per issue by visiting http://pupculturemagazine.com/current-issue .
SD: Thanks Gabriella, it was great talking with you. Are you going to join the PetsMove community?
GM: Absolutely. I look forward to participating and interacting with the community. In fact, we will contribute 5 annual subscriptions to our magazine for you to include as part of your “Movers of the Month” prizes that are awarded to active PetsMove members.
SD: That is so kind, thanks for that! (Note to readers – we will be offering these subscription prizes in the upcoming months!)
Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hosts Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below – lots of fun fitness tips and advice!