Before joining the Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition, Larry Martin thinks people lost respect for him because of his physical appearance.
A former policeman, the 36-year-old contestant from Camarines Sur lost his job after he failed the 34-inch waistline limit set for the members of the Philippine National Police by then PNP Chief Director General Panfilo Lacson in 2000.
Larry Martin admits he somehow lost confidence after this, which led him to gaining more weight.
At first, he did not mind getting bigger. He realized, however, that he should get back in shape for his family. So, he decided to join the first season of the American reality show's local adaptation.
During the competition, Larry was one of the contestants who showed great perseverance. This was evident in his remarkable physical transformation—from size 48, his waistline trimmed down to a very manageable size 34 in a matter of four months.
With this size, Larry can now confidently comply with the PNP waistline requirement standards.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Larry if he's going back to service after the competition.
The father of four kids said he's still looking at the possibilities.
Right now, he relates to PEP, his case is still pending at the PNP's legal office.
Aside from that, he's also waiting for feedback regarding the recommendation he got from BLPE host Sharon Cuneta's husband, Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, at the Senate security office.
REGAINING RESPECT. While waiting for job opportunites, Larry will try to enjoy the other positive effects that he got from his BLPE experience.
"Pagkatapos nang nangyari sa amin sa Biggest Loser, masaya ako, e," he said.
"Nabalik ko 'yong respeto ko sa sarili ko.
"Nabalik ko na rin 'yong respect ng pamilya ko sa akin.
"Mahal na mahal ako ng mga anak ko.
"Naibalik ko na lahat."
He was also grateful because he made his mother proud.
"'Yong nanay ko, proud na proud siya sa akin.
"Nandoon siya sa U.S., uuwi siya ngayon para sa finale para manood sa akin kaya tuwang-tuwa talaga ako."
Larry is one of the Fab 5 of Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition. This group also includes Angela Lupangco, Art Mendoza, Hazel Chua, and Raffy Tan.
LIFE AFTER BLPE. Larry is sure that he will face many changes in his life after his BLPE experience.
He says, however, that he will never forget the discipline he learned inside the camp.
"Meron pa rin, proper diet. Hihingi pa rin ng advice sa mga coach—coach Jim [Saret], coach Chinggay [Andrada] and Ms. Nadine [Tengco, nutritionist]," he told PEP.
The former police also promised to keep away from the vices that got him those extra pounds.
"Dito nga, hindi lang workout ang ginagawa ko, bali pati kunsensya ko, talagang pinagtitibay ko.
"Kasi, kung mawawalan ng silbi ang kunsensya ko sa sarili ko, madali na akong mate-tempt sa mga bagay na makakapagpataba sa akin.
"Spiritually, talagang mino-motivate ko sarili ko.
"Talagang pinapanalangin kong sana huwag nang bumalik ulit sa gano'ng bisyo."
Larry also left an inspiring message for overweight people.
He said, "Sa mga overweight, walang imposible.
"Basta manalig ka lang sa Panginoon at may determinasyon ka at may tiyaga, magagawa mo talaga ang magpaliit.
"At hindi lang pagpapapayat ang mangyayari sa buhay mo, pati sa attitude at disiplina."
Find out who among the remaining Fab 5 will be declared the first "Biggest Loser" during the "Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Wellness Fair and Grand Finale," on October 8 at the Ynares Stadium in Pasig City.