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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with John Forger on September 28, 2011 about the show The Biggest Loser.

John Forger

Question:
You were really entertaining last night in the doughnut plantation and I'm wondering if you can take us through what your strategy was there or what you were trying to do?

John Forger:
When I walked into the room and I saw all these doughnuts, you could smell it. It was awful after what we've been withdrawn from. And I said to myself, ???There's no way in hell am I going to eat one of those doughnuts.??? And the first time I was in there was to try to get Ramon, who's a big boy too, to start downing them and Ramon held the line, but on the second time I went back in because we were short one person who had been voted off.

And I got another shot at Big John next to me and I said to John I said, ???I'm going to get a second plate before we started,??? you know, kind of on the QT and of course he's a very competitive guy and he went for it, as you could see, and he sucked in 37 big doughnuts. Mission accomplished. God guy, though, and then he gave us the best time, the workout time. So, that was what all the grunting and groaning and moaning and the likes were for.

Question:
The team you left behind are getting to be more and more underdogs by the day. And you already know what happens obviously, but do you think that they have what it takes to survive against the blacks and the reds?

John Forger:
Yes, I do. I do. I'm not sure that they will all make it, but there are a couple of men there that are pretty tough athletes. Coach is a great guy, great athlete; he's been a leader, an inspiration for showing us what we can do for the shape that we're in. And Becky is, I think, a natural born athlete. I watched her swim the first time I met her and she was just a powerhouse. I think those two will give the age has the wisdom and the experience, and after a week or two in that gym you get your fortitude and your muscle come back, so I'm banking on one of those two or both.

Question:
You've lost weight, what about being home motivated you to do that?

John Forger:
When I got booted it was a shock to me because I was working hard and I anticipated maybe a four or five pound drop, but I had overdone the Advil, like eight or ten a day and that causes a lot of fluid retention and I made a mistake. But, when I got off of there and in the plane going home I said to myself, ???There's no way that I'm going to come back on this show and have lost five pounds. I'm going to go at it tooth and nail.???

I've got a lifestyle change, which really took effect out there and they made a big difference in what they taught me and things that I never knew. And it's simplified the eating process and understanding what the exercise is all about, really kicked in. And I'm at it and my lifestyle is there, I'm not going back on the playing field and put it back on and doing this all over again and I feel so much better. Thank you, Biggest Loser.

Question:
You said you were looking forward to hugging your grandchildren and getting a new Italian suit after you lost the weight. Have you done that?

John Forger:
I've hugged my grandchildren many, many times and played with them. And I've hugged my family and I've hugged friends and people that I don't even know on street, and everybody's noticing the difference. The Italian suit, we're going to have to wait for that because I've still got a way to go on my mission, and I have a lot of clothes that are new that I bought that within three weeks don't fit again, so the Italian suit's going to be when I stabilize and I'm looking forward to it.

Question:
Tell me a little bit about what your workout regime is and what it's been like to motivate yourself now that you're not on the ranch.

John Forger:
What I learned on the ranch was just that, and particularly with Dr. Huizenga, he said, ???Johnny,??? he says, ???It's 75% the calories and the type foods that you ingest and the amounts,??? he said, ???And it's 25% the exercise.??? And he said, ???There are guys that have got to spend an hour, hour and a half a day in order to maintain their good looking, and the ladies, and all of their good shape and keep on moving,??? and he's quite a guy.

And he turned the whole thing around and I understood. And there are days I don't want to go, but in talking to Jerry, the fellow who won the At-Home season, he said, ???There were days I didn't want to go.??? There was all kinds of times. Before the show he said, ???I didn't want to go,??? he said, ???But, you got to just do it,??? so that's what I hear, the words I hear, and sometimes I'll end up at 8, 9, 10 o'clock at night at the gym. On some mornings it'll be 6 or 7 o'clock or it'll be 2 o'clock in the afternoon, but I know that I have to do it. And it's made me feel like a different person and I'm enjoying it. I recommend it highly to America. Do it, you might like it. You will like it.

Question:
If you looked back at your time at the ranch, what's the one moment that sticks out in your mind in being, ???I can't believe I did that????

John Forger:
Probably that stair climber, when I was up on top of that and Anna just flipped the speed up and here I am running upstairs and for some reason or another my feet enlarged from a 13 to a size 15 sneaker and there wasn't enough room on that tread, and I was booting the back of it. But, I stayed with it and I mastered it and she taught me that I could really do something that I just number dreamt possible.

Question:
Can you take me through the experience of having Anna as your trainer?

John Forger:
Anna is a world class athlete and there were rumors that she's not going to be tough and a real trainer. Well, she more than a trainer because the trainers usually train and aren't being trained constantly. And Anna explained her life from the age of five coming to the U.S., and then nine becoming a tennis player and the intensity that she went through. And when she said, ???You know you need to do this,??? I knew that she knew and she had experienced it, and she was good. She was hard, she was tough, and there were days that I thought to myself, ???Where's the break? Where's the break???? There is no break as you can see on the week before with Bonnie asking for water and so forth.

She taught me in my own head that I looked at the three hours as we walked into the gym and I thought to myself, ???In three hours it doesn't matter what she can do to us, okay? She can do just as she pleases and push us to the limit. I know that 10 or 15 minutes after it's over I'm going to feel like a new man,??? and I wanted it. I wanted it and she brought it on.

She took us outside one Sunday morning and I thought we were going to go for a walk in the pastures, all right? Well, we took a right-hand turn and we climbed a mountain. We got up, came back down, and it was a tough clime and everybody did it. We came back, we're almost to the gym, and I thought to myself, ???She could kill me, I don't care. It's 100 degrees outs here, air conditioning here we come,??? and Anna turns around with her big hat on and says, ???Okay, time to go to the hill again.???

My military training kicked in and I had to do a half step instead of a full step march a hoop, hoop, this is half step, and I half stepped it all the way up that mountain and I got to tell you, I did not believe that I could make it, but I did. And then, she had us running the bowl on the top of a mountain and yeah, she's a great trainer.

Question:
Can you just share your thoughts on Bonnie and Becky, where they said they thought you took up too much of Anna's time and you whined too much?

John Forger:
I think if you look at the show you'll see that Bonnie cried, she had pain, she had problems. Bonnie's a great lady and I think they may have had a little comraderie together there where they saw me coming on strong in that second week because I would go over the 15, the 20, the hour long treadmill regime without taking a break and not stepping off the machine, and I think I was a threat to moreso Becky than Bonnie.

And that's funny when they say that I didn't do the homework. While I was out doing the homework that day of the - you know, I do the three or four miles, but it would take me, 40 minutes to do a mile with my heel, but I was doing it. And it was interesting the night that they said what they said that both of them stayed in bed that day until noontime and never did the homework, so it's a game. And they're great ladies.

Question:
Are you training for the marathon, and how's it going?

John Forger:
Yes, I've been training since I got home and I am 66 years old now, and when they first talked about the marathon I thought to myself, ???Not a chance in hell they'll see me out there.??? Well, I'm ready to head out and give it my all, and you know we'll see what happens, but I've done some pretty amazing things in the last month.

I've did the Jimmy Fund Walk from Wellesley following the marathon route into Copley Square, which was 13 to 14 miles. And when they talk about that Heartbreak Hill, when you hear them talking about the marathon and them running it and they say, ???Heartbreak Hill,??? boy I got to tell you, we're only walking it and it was a back-break, a heartbreak, a head-break; I don't know how they run up it, but they did. And most of that trip from Wellesley was uphill to Boston College. So, I'm looking forward to it, I'm looking forward to the challenge with my other teammates and contestants, and we'll see what happens.

Question:
What's the most important think you learned about yourself during your time at the ranch?

John Forger:
I guess that I could do things that I thought had gone by. I was settling into accepting that maybe because of my age I couldn't get out of a couch as easily and blamed the couch because it was too soft. But, I now learned there that sticking with and going through the workouts and so forth that age doesn't matter, and the aches don't matter. You just have to address them and don't let them rule you, you rule them.

Question:
Had you had watched the show before you applied or got cast and did you know what you were in for in going to the ranch?

John Forger:
I watched the show half a dozen times. My family watched the show religiously for three, four years, maybe five years. My daughter-in-law said ten years last night. And they said to me probably three, four years about going on The Biggest Loser and adding a little flair and having this, that, and the other.

I got to tell you, the God's honest truth is when I walked into the first exercise routine it was like walking into a buzzsaw. I didn't know it was coming and, baby, oh my, God. I took a look and I'm talking to myself, but I'm saying, ???When I get home I'm going to kill every one of you kids.??? They did, they sent me into a buzzsaw but you know what, I'm glad they did.

Question:
Well, it sounds like you've gotten a lot out it.

John Forger:
I certainly have. I certainly have and I thank them because quite frankly I think that they have changed my life and saved my life really, because we get to a point as you're aging you think that well people start passing away and people mostly start to get overweight and have problems and so forth, and accept them.

And don't get off the couch and don't stop eating and don't look at the food as fuel, instead of you know looking at a pig out session of pizza or a 28 ounce steak, so whatever else is coming down the road. I've learned essentially that food is fuel to get me to do what I need to do, no to become complacent and go into the overeating.

That's the key and the way I feel, I feel like I'm in my 40s probably and it's something that America can do if they pay attention to it, and they just get a hold of it. Get a hold of it. Get your calorie count or get The Biggest Loser calorie counting book by Cheryl Forberg and read it. Read the first 15 pages, it tells you what they should have taught us in grammar school. And just put together the calories and stay away from the white flours and away you go.

I'm only at this like four months and I've dropped a big load of weight, and I'm doing regularly every week and I'm not hungry and I'm happy and I'm sleeping better. And I was on a CPAP machine and there are nights that I fall asleep I don't even need the CPAP machine. But, the CPAP machine kind of became my friend because there's a little rhythm to it and it just puts you to sleep nicely, so I highly recommend it to all of America. I went first, so come on guys, everybody let's follow our leader.

Question:
What kind of fitness and nutrition plan are you following now? Do you have cheat days or have you been pretty strict with it?

John Forger:
I've been fairly happy with what I'm eating. I've eliminated a lot of things, the spare ribs I used to down, I'd stop and get them and eat them on the way home in the car, and then come home and eat some more of something else and so forth. Now, I have it down to what I like. You know, I've got a lot of sliced turkey in my life, a lot of fruits, a lot of vegetables, a lot of chicken, fish. And I used to think that I needed to have two pounds, now I can - I'm happy with the six, eight ounces, five ounces, whatever it happens to. And there are some times that you'll - and the yogurt, the - and that 0 fat yogurt. I never ate the stuff before, but it works out beautifully and you mix it up with a few nuts and some berries and so forth and it's just good eating.

When I was on the ranch the coach and I several times had to go and make more food because the women caught them, by the time they got through counting the calories, and all the rest of it we still needed it would actually equal about 1/2 of what we were supposed to eat. And I think it might have been 500 and we might have had 250, and because the vegetables are very low in calories and they're very filling and delicious and nutritious and tasty. And since I got away from the bread, the bagels, and the pastas and so forth, the food seems to stick with me better and I don't have the ups and downs on the sugar, so it's working and I'm happy about it.

Question:
Is there anything that you're looking forward to doing now that you couldn't do before?

John Forger:
When I used to fly on planes I always had to ask for an extender belt. And I had an extender belt in my car, which was really the first time in the last year, year or so, and when I get back there was no need for that extender belt. It's gone and there's a big, big piece of seatbelt that's left to go around me, so it's really been a milestone. Climbing stairs, I used to hate to go up the stairs because I think, ???Oh, God.??? Now, I think about it I think, ???Those are the old thoughts, go up, go up, go up. I love the stairs.??? As a matter of fact, at the gym we have a think called the Summit Climber and the trainer told me I'm on it and he said, ???Most people beg me to get off this after one or two minutes,??? and I was into my second minute.

And I thought to myself, ???I'm not going to let him put me in that category,??? so I went four minutes the first time and the next time I think I went six, the next time I went eight, the next time I went ten, and then ten maybe back to eight. And this week one day I came in and I did 30 minutes on it. The same thing goes with the boxing and the punching and the workout boxing. He told me the same thing when I put the gloves on for the first time that people cannot, and most guys can't do it more than two minutes. Well, I got it up to where I'm throwing 2200 punches, which takes an hour, and will throw 100 or will throw 200 rapid fire and take a 10, 15 second break. I found that to be very effective in taking weight off my upper body. It makes me happy.

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