103 Pounds Lost: Amy Jo Eliminates Junk Food and Soda
Name: Amy Jo Ambrose
Location: Racine, Wisconsin
Before: 263 lbs.
After: 160 lbs.
What was the “turning point” that prompted you to lose weight?
I played on a work softball team and hated how hard running around at practice and the game was.
When did you start trying to lose weight?
I started in September of 2011. By Halloween, I was down 44 pounds.
How did you get started?
I cut out all fast food, junk food and soda. I started working out five days a week.
What was your biggest challenge?
Finding the time to work out with an already hectic schedule. I also had spinal fusion surgery in March of 2012, so being sidelined for a few months from that was very difficult.
Were there any times when you wanted to quit or give up? How did you stay motivated?
After I had surgery to remove a tumor I was ready to give up, but I knew how much better I was already feeling and knew that my energy and well-being would only improve if I continued.
If you reached a weight loss plateau, how did you break out of the rut?
I upped my walking when I reached a plateau – instead of logging 10 miles a week I started logging 25-50.
What’s your current exercise routine?
I take cardio circuit, yoga, and Pilates weekly as well as work out with a personal trainer 2-3 times a week. When time and weather permit I also walk outdoors on the weekends.
What’s your daily diet look like?
Breakfast: some combination of yogurt, eggs, oatmeal, and bananas. Lunch: lean protein, baked potato and some form of calcium. Dinner: a repeat of lunch or gluten free pasta.
What’s your favorite healthy snack/meal?
Popcorn (air popped or 94 percent fat free microwave), a slice of cheese, or a handful of almonds.
Do you have specific suggestions for avoiding temptations?
It is okay to give in to the occasional craving. I feel it is better to have what I want in moderation than to risk binging on it later.
What’s your life like after weight loss?
Life after weight loss is a lot more active. I find if I don’t get a workout in that I really can tell the difference in my energy level. I am still adjusting to the new me and have often done a double take in the mirror in disbelief.
If you have any suggestions to others what would they be?
Losing weight is not an easy decision to make. Ultimately it has to be your decision and your decision alone. You can’t let someone else guilt you into it or do it for the wrong reason. You need to do it for yourself and yourself only. Just remember you are always worth it. It won’t be easy but it is always worth it.
Source: Everyday Health
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