Amanda’s 32 Pound Weight Loss Transformation
NAME : Amanda
BEFORE WEIGHT : 218
AFTER WEIGHT : 186
POUNDS LOST : 32
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I always thought I was fat as a teenager, when I only needed to lose 10 or 15 lbs. I got in great shape in my late teens/early twenties, but then my mom was diagnosed with cancer and died when I was 23. I gained over 60 lbs in the following two years.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
At first I was mortified. I even refused to go to an old friend’s wedding because I didn’t want my high school friends to see how much weight I had gained so quickly. But after a year or two, I made the resolution to not let my weight hold me back and I started learning to love who I was and to enjoy life. It was definitely a turning point in my life to realize that I did not have to wait until I was the size I wanted to be to begin living my life. I started traveling, went out with friends, wore stylish clothes, and stopped hiding in the corner because I weighed more than I should.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
After I began to learn to live even with the weight, I decided that it was time to take control of that aspect of my life as well. I had successfully completed my degree, landed a good job, living in a busy city — all those things that I prioritized over weight loss had been achieved and I realized that I needed to focus on being healthy and becoming the best version of myself that I could be.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I enrolled in a 90 Day challenge at Life Time Fitness over a year ago. There, I was introduced to my trainer, who brought tons of positivity and challenge into my life. He showed me that I can do what I set my mind to and was patient with me through all the pitfalls. Later, I began BeachBody coaching and used the 21 Day Fix to lose 10 more pounds. The group of ladies I have met through the challenge groups have been an amazing encouragement to keep going.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I’m a slow loser when it comes to weight loss. Inches and pant sizes started coming off before the scale started going down. After about two months, I went down a pant size and that was a real encouragement!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
One of my “friends” was a truly discouraging influence. He was forever telling me that I was doing everything wrong and reminding me how far I still had to go. I also had to learn to not let the scale get in my head. Even if the scale is stuck it does not mean I am!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
My trainer and Beachbody friends definitely helped me keep going when I wanted to give up. The most discouraging times were weeks when I would restrict my diet and exercise frequently, but the scale wasn’t moving.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Many, many plateaus along the way. I reexamined my diet each time (did I have just one cheat meal this week or five?) and pressed through. It’s not easy.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It’s taken me around 18 months to get this far and I still have another 35 or so to lose.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Feeling better is a definite bonus. I also have so much more confidence. Not only because I feel that I look better, that is only a small part. I feel stronger, more determined, and sure that I can tackle my challenges.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Lots more fruits and veggies!! Portion control is also vital. My natural tendency is to starve all day and then stuff myself at dinner. Now I try to eat balanced meals and snacks throughout the day.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am now at the gym a minimum of three days a week and training for my first half marathon. I never would have thought that was possible even this time last year!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Believe you can do it! If you go into it expecting to fail, you will.
- Move as much as possible! You may not be able to do an entire workout at first but that’s ok! Do as much as you can and push yourself a little more each day!
- Eat clean! Counting containers, calories, etc may be necessary to reach your goal, but let eating clean become a lifestyle change for you!
- Have a cheat meal now and then! It’s like studying for a test too hard — eventually your brain is overloaded and gives up. If we never relax on our diet to have a treat now and then, we are more apt to find ourselves binging on Ben and Jerry’s.
- Build a support cirlce! Be they friends, family, trainers, coaches, in person, or in the IG or Facebook world, find people who know you got this and motivate you to keep going!
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