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Man hopes to be Big Loser

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By The Staff

By CINDY SIMPSON

rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places.

For Marshall Gilmore, the inspiration to lose weight came from a network reality show he now hopes to compete on.

After watching “The Biggest Loser” on NBC, Gilmore is going through the process to win a spot on the show, which begins filming in September.

He’ll learn this month if he has made it.

“It is very inspirational to people that are overweight,” Gilmore said. “I felt like it would be something that would help me.”

He said he started out with an online inquiry and then made a video to accompany nine pages of paperwork to NBC producers.

One of the people who inspired him recently is a man named Roger, a former football player for the University of Alabama who lost 164 pounds while on the show.

“Even if I don’t (get on the show), I’ve tried; maybe it will inspire others to try,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore said he has received support from family and coworkers who are anxious to see if he gets on the show.

Make it or not, the assistant manager of C&D Tires in South Harriman has already started on his weight-loss journey.

Gilmore has lost 42 pounds on his own since October and now weighs around 304 pounds.

Changing his eating habits and exercising has ben critical to his effort.

He has cut out greasy fast foods like cheeseburgers and fries. Now he gets salads or grilled food when he eats out. He also has changed his proportions.

His wife Lisa, who has diabetes, has been a source of support.

“Lisa is a firm believer in not buying junk food, anyway. At home, it was easy,” Gilmore said.

He exercises about four times a week, often at a local gym.

His key to exercising is varying his routine.

“Usually you plateau in about six months. You can’t do the same routine all the time. When you change it, you shock your body,” Gilmore said.

The exercise now may help him if he does get on the show.

During the four months of shooting, participants are put through some intense workouts, including cardiovascular training and weight lifting.

“They completely train you, I guess train you how to eat,” Gilmore said.

He said his ideal weight is around 180 pounds, but he will be happy if he gets to 190 or 200.

He bases his estimates on a body mass index tool he found online.

“My doctor has told me I’m 100 pounds overweight,” he added.

Losing weight and getting healthier is something he wants to do for his family as well.

“I was diagnosed two years ago with Barrett’s esophagus,” Gilmore said. It is an acid reflux disease that puts patients at risk of cancer of the esophagus.

“Changing my eating habits and losing the weight has definitely helped,” he added.

He also was borderline diabetic and takes high-blood pressure medication.

Gilmore used to help coach his three children in a variety of sports.

He used to coach his daughters, Shanda and Shasta, and his son, Chris, in city league play.

He now hopes he can someday coach his grandson, 16-month-old Nathan Smith.

“My health reached a point I couldn’t coach anymore. I want to be able to coach my grandkid. I want to be able to be on the field again,” he said.

Being there for family, is the biggest reason he wants to get his health in gear.

“There’s two things in my life that are very important, and that is the Lord and my kids,” he said.