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Learn how Amy Barnes shed 340 pounds right here!

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Learn how Amy Barnes shed 340 pounds right here!Amy had always struggled with her weight, trying diet after diet without any luck. Finally, she decided that it was time to shed the fat the healthiest way possible. Learn how she shed 340 pounds right here!

Vital Stats

Name: Amy Barnes

Height: 5’8″

Email: amy_barnes11@yahoo.com

BodySpace: 325down

Before:

Age: 31

Weight: 490 lbs

Body Fat: 52%

Pants Size: Men’s 60 (they were tight!)

Shirt Size: 6 XL

After:

Age: 36

Weight: 150 lbs

Body Fat: 14.9%

Pants Size: 8

Why I Got Started

I have been overweight all my life, or for as long as I can remember. I used food to celebrate, to mourn, out of boredom, and for comfort. My story begins like so many do for women in this country. I found myself in an abusive relationship that threatened my very life, and ultimately my children’s lives.

I found my only solace in the food that I ate. I felt that the only thing I had control over in my life was the food I put in my mouth. I found my salvation through overeating and subsequently developed an addiction to food. Food was my addiction, just as alcohol is to an alcoholic. I had lost control over myself physically and was pretending to be happy.

I woke up 5 years ago, homeless in a battered women’s shelter with nothing but the clothes on my back. My two children needed me to be healthy, both inside and out. I’m no expert, but I think the majority of addicts have to hit rock bottom in order to make a change.

I have tried every “fad” diet on the market. I bought into every quick fix and every infomercial that told me I was guaranteed to lose weight “or my money back.” I tried every diet pill, both over the counter and prescription.

Out of desperation, I was willing to try anything. If I really concentrate, I cannot remember a time in my life that I was not trying the new diet or pill on the market. I was on a quest to change my life. I knew I had to make a revolutionary life change.

How I Did It

I never liked to call it a diet because I guess in the past, all of the other “fad diets” never worked for me. After going on a “diet,” I gained all the weight back I had lost, and usually more. I am sure so many others out there can relate to that. So, I needed to make it a complete 360 degree revolutionary lifestyle change.

I found out through changing how I ate, when I ate, and how often I ate, that I could still eat the foods I liked without feeling deprived. I have incorporated nutrition management as part of my mission to help others. I believe that this a crucial step to success. Without changing how you eat and how you think about food, you will never lose the weight.

When I finally stopped letting food control me and my life, and I was able to take control over food and how I felt about it; the weight dropped off – and all without calling it a diet. I lost the first 100 lbs in my living room. The second 100 lbs was lost by joining a gym in which I included some resistance training.

The third 100 lbs is when I started incorporating free weights and I was hooked! Once I started my transformation, I never fell back into bad habits. I traded one addiction for another. I traded my addiction to an old, unhealthy lifestyle, for one centered on fitness.

Supplements

* Multivitamin

* Whey Protein

Diet

Meal 1:

* 1 scoop of whey protein

Meal 2:

* 4-6 egg whites

* 1 cup of oatmeal

* 1 medium banana or apple

* Coffee

Meal 3:

* 1 cup of non fat yogurt

* 1 scoop of protein powder

Meal 4:

* 4 oz white fish or chicken

* 1/2 cup of brown rice

* Vegetables

Meal 5:

* 1 scoop of whey protein

* 1 banana or strawberries

Meal 6:

* Grilled chicken or turkey

* Salad

* Macadamia nut oil

* Balsamic vinegar

* Vegetables

Training

In the beginning all I could do is walk. I would walk around the block 1 time, which took me an hour. I set small weekly goals and each week I challenged myself to do better than I did the week before. Now I lift:

Day 1: Heavy Legs And Abs

* Leg Extensions: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Lying Leg Curls: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Leg Press: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Hack Squat: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Seated Calf Raises: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Hanging Leg Raises: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Crunches: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

Day 2: Chest And Abs

* Incline Bench Press: 3 sets of 4-8 reps

* Bench Press: 3 sets of 4-8 reps

* Decline Bench Press: 3 sets of 4-8 reps

* Cable Flyes: 3 sets of 12 reps

* Oblique Crunches: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Lying Leg Raises: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

Day 3: Back And Abs

* One-Arm Dumbbell Rows: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Lat Pulldowns: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Straight-Arm Pulldowns: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Hanging Leg Raises: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Crunches: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

Day 4: Shoulders And Abs

* Military Press: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Front Dumbbell Raises: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Side Lateral Raises: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Rear Delt Raises: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Oblique Crunches: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Lying Leg Raises: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

Day 5: Light Legs

* Dumbbell Lunges: 4 sets of 25 reps

* Jump Squats: 4 sets of 25 reps

* Dumbbell Step-Ups: 4 sets of 25 reps

* Leg Extensions: 3 sets of 30 reps

Day 6: Biceps

* Cable Curls: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Hammer Curls – Rope Attachment: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Hammer Curls: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

* Concentration Curls: 3 sets of 6-10 reps

Day 7: Cardio

* Cardio: 60 mile bike ride

Suggestions For Others

First, make the commitment to finally do something for yourself – no excuses. Everyday, you have to find a time that you will put yourself first; this keeps people fully committed. Once you feel that conviction, you can take the next steps to moving forward toward a healthy lifestyle. Second, set and identify reasonable goals and expectations for yourself.

Set weekly, monthly and sometimes yearly goals. I always say that every journey needs a map, and setting out to change your lifestyle is no exception! Despite what marketers tell you, there are no quick fixes when it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle. Life may force detours, but with a sound strategy, you can stay on course.

It’s for this very reason we cared the Inside & O.U.T Fitness’s 21 choices program. Follow it and it’s a great roadmap to help you stay on track and navigate around those “detours.” Third, the key to maintaining successful habits is to keep monitoring your progress and not to lose accountability to yourself.

Remember, we live in a world full of temptations and it’s easy to slip back into bad habits if you don’t stay focused on why you made the changes in the first place. The biggest goal here is to be the best you can be for yourself. I can reflect back on many changes I made in my life and they all required striving to be something better than I was at that moment.

A personal thank you to Allen and my boys. Without you I would be nothing!

Source: bodybuilding

Originally posted 2012-12-26 12:40:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

24 Comments

  1. The Weigh We Were.com

    April 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Yes, you can!!! 🙂 ~kat

  2. Amy Forrest-Bernard

    April 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    amazing! I need to stop being so lazy and get on it. I need to lose 40-50lbs then I look at someone that lost 340lbs and think wow. If they can I can!

  3. Karen

    April 26, 2013 at 4:40 am

    an amazing transformation, thanks so much for telling your story! Incredible!

  4. jessica

    April 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Did you have skin removal surgery? Because i lost 130 pds and work out daily, lift weights and cardio, and i cant gey rid of my excess skun on my upper arms, thighs, and abdomen…

  5. The Weigh We Were.com

    April 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

    So true!

  6. Liz Camarillo Craig

    April 25, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Few people can do this without some type of surgery. I’m so proud of you. You’re story gives hope and inspiration that anything is possible through sheer will and determination!

  7. Rose Galloway

    April 25, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Wow! Congrats, Amy! You’re AWESOME!!! =)

  8. Miki Clark

    April 25, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I’m am speechless!

  9. Shirell GettnHealthy Hixon

    April 25, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Amy = Determined! Awesome job!!!!

  10. Happy Holistic Gal

    April 25, 2013 at 12:25 am

    So inspirational!!!!!!

  11. Kimberly Slaughter-cunningham

    April 25, 2013 at 12:09 am

    absolutely motivational!!

  12. Dawn Jackson

    April 24, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Hey Amy. I would really like to message you about your weight loss. I am around the weight you were or more. Can’t weigh myself since no scale goes up that high. Anyway, I really want to lose this weight but so scared on failing. If you can, will you please in box me? Thanks.

  13. Wendy Bannister

    April 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    That is incredible! Very inspiring story <3

  14. Gettin' Fit With the Facks

    April 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    SLOW CLAP . . .BRAVO!!! WAY TO GO AMY!!!!!

  15. Jodie Loyal McDonald

    April 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Amazing – way to go!

  16. Bonni

    April 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    This story inspires me to no end.. I had 220 lbs to lose and have lost 50 of that so far. I am a long way off.. but NOW seeing this story I now have something to look to for motivation.. I have been afraid of losing the weight and having all kinds of excess skin and it doesn’t seem like she has very much…

  17. Valerie Zabala Cummins

    April 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    What a testimony of diligence 😉

  18. Valerie Zabala Cummins

    April 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Fit & Fabulous!!!
    AMAZING Amy!!

  19. Carri Anderson Dunham

    April 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    That’s incredible Amy.

  20. kimberly

    April 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    wow you are a awesome inspiration

  21. Tricia Hendrix

    April 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Awesome transformation!!!!!!!

  22. Shauna C Ward

    April 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Way to go Amy!

  23. Trisha Marcy

    April 24, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    AWESOME!

  24. Susan Powell

    April 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    WAY TO GO Amy.. you look absolutely stunning!

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