From Fat to Fit: Q & A with Gabriella Martinez

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Andrea before and after weight lossWe recently had a conversation about our PetsMove initiative with Gabriella Martinez, the Editor in Chief of   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 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!


Gabriella before and after weight lossSD: 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 .


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!)

fitDogFriday_avatarPlease 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!

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  1. Is it weird that I feel left out of these kinds of conversations a little bit, since my dogs are in good weight and have never been overweight? I could stand to lose a little, but my dogs certainly don’t need to, and it makes me feel like a lot of fitness tips and articles and such don’t apply to us at all…
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    • Please don’t feel left out! Like you and your dogs, SlimDoggy Jack and Steve are fit and so are many others (and their dogs) who participate in the FitDog Friday hop.

      We would love to hear more about things that you do and how you train and feed your dogs to keep them in shape.

      And every now and them perhaps you pick up a new exercise technique or some dog food wisdom 😉
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    • Hi Crystal,
      Sounds like we’re in the same boat as you (regarding no overweight dogs!). We like to share ideas for fun things to do or places to go with your pup… based on our experience. Hope you stick around!
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  2. Congratulations Gabriella and Andrea! Tynan (my first dog as an adult) also launched me into an amazingly fit lifestyle and helped me to shed a lot of extra pounds. He was always fit and slim- my thanks to him.
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  3. Usually Mr. N has more trouble keeping on weight than losing it. The BF was saying just today that he feels thin. Onyxx could probably stand to lose a few ounces. I’ll have to try giving him some vegetables.

    • No matter if your pet is overweight or underweight or even perfect weight, keeping them well exercised by using a variety of exercises, and well fed with proper servings and quality food, is the one thing that pet owners can do to control the overall health and longevity of their beloved companion.
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  4. Great job, Gabriella and Andrea, you both look awesome! We love hearing about people and dogs that are fit and really understand how great it feels! Keep up the good work, it should be easy with the human dog partnership!
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  5. I always thought my dog Scooter was a good weight until a recurrent limp on his front leg would slow down our cycling efforts. Talking to the vet I discovered that a ‘running’ dog should be super lean to help cut the stress down from all the impact on their shoulders….so Scoots has now dropped another few kilos & the limp is not so problematic anymore…..
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    • Interesting point. Same is true for older dogs. The lighter they are, the less stress on their joints and skeletal structure, which can reduce impact of arthritis and other minor ortho issues.
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  6. Great interview! Congrats to Gabriella and Andrea, what a great accomplishment!
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  7. Hi Y’all!

    Love your post! My Human always struggles to cram enough exercise for both of us into a hectic day. Now it seems we are both struggling as our metabolism is slowing with winter coming and age already here. We aren’t much for doing “inside” stuff. So weather often is an issue.

    Y’all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  8. We love a great success story!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Rocco
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  9. Sounds like Gabriella and Andrea are doing great and I bet they’re feeling good too.

    Now does anyone have any tips for teaching dogs to throw a ball for me to chase? 🙂
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    • Hmm…You could borrow Jack – he won’t fetch, so I throw it and then run to it, hoping he’ll catch on…but he doesn’t. 🙁
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  10. Very inspiring story! We were all fat at one point, but we have slimmed down. And we’ve helped our mom slim down as well by having her keep up with us! ^.^
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  11. Such an inspirational interview! Love Fit Dog Fridays! X Talent Hounds

  12. What a great interview and thanks for introducing me to PUP CULTURE, it’s our kind of magazine!

    BTW, you both look great!
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  13. Wow, Andrea lost 22 lbs?? That is a LOT of weight for a dog to lose. Congrats to her and her Mom.
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  14. I enjoyed the interview. It was very motivational!
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