Update Dec 2020: Amie has lost 120+ pounds. Check out her recent update from Instagram.
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Transformation of the Day: Amie lost 95 pounds. Her journey has spanned several years and several challenges, including her mother passing due to Breast Cancer and having a child after being told she couldn’t. She got results by completely cutting out junk food and making fitness a big part of her new lifestyle.
What was your motivation?
My motivation was simply the fact that I knew deep down inside that I could be better than I was. I grew up as the “fat kid.” For a long time, I was satisfied and even told myself that “I don’t want to be skinny.”, or “I could never get that small. I have big bones.” Along my journey, there have been many “ah-ha” moments. I started working in an office called “the HOTTIE Law Firm” because of all the beautiful women who worked there. They were all skinny, except for me.
During that time, I talked to my cousin who told me he went to the gym at 5 am every day. I thought to myself, “If he can do it, then I can too.” Also, I was up late one night, and Shaun T came on TV, saying that all I needed was 60 days. I thought, “I can do anything for 60 days.”
Around the same time, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 Breast Cancer (2012). I knew that I had to make a change and that the Universe was speaking to me. I started the Insanity program that year. I did three rounds and lost around 65 pounds. I even did Insanity the day after my mother died. Then, I took a long break, got married, and gained weight.
When we found out we couldn’t have a baby, I decided to once again focus on taking care of my body. I lost 72 pounds by running and doing Crossfit and got down to my smallest weight of 212 pounds. Then, I got PREGNANT!
We had the most beautiful son, and I had the most beautiful spare tire because I gained back every ounce of weight I lost! That was four years ago. I know that if I want to be around for my son that I have to make better choices. I want him to want to be healthy and know what healthy looks like.
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
What inspires me now is the healing that my body and my mind are going through. What inspires me are the changes that I’m seeing in the way I think about myself, the amount of love I have for myself, and the amount of respect I’ve gained from myself. What inspires me is my son’s smile. And… another thing that inspires me, honestly, is that I know I’m going to have a hot body!
How did you change your eating habits?
I’ve drastically changed my eating. I no longer eat junk food. I used to binge on all the “good” stuff: chocolate chip cookies, milkshakes, Oreo cookies, french fries, cake, anything baked, and the big fat yeast roll! I was totally a bread-a-holic. I used to order half a dozen rolls from Texas Roadhouse and eat them as dinner. I no longer do any of that stuff. I drink around 200 oz of water a day, and I eat very clean. I no longer crave all of the bad stuff that I used to abuse my body with.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
I work out twice a week, six days a week, and once on Sundays. I usually do a run/walk through my neighborhood. I’ve started Insanity again during the pandemic. Insanity is my permanent workout. I no longer even see a need to count the days.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight (my highest weight) had to be around 300 pounds. The first time I got on a scale in 2012, it was 288 pounds, and I had lost weight by then. The last time I weighed in, I weighed 205 pounds. My transformation is still in progress.
What is your height?
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
If you’re alive, then the fight is not over. In fact, it’s only just begun. Once you make up your mind, and you really get going, then you won’t let anything stop you.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
I feel like I’ve been on this journey my entire life. Always on some diet, I feel like I’ve tried everything. The one thing that has worked is really looking inside and dealing with why I have carried my weight for so long. Not necessarily why I want to lose it, but why have I allowed it to protect me and what has it protected me from.
I’ve done a lot of soul searching on the last leg of this journey. So, my advice is to look inside and not be afraid of who you find because she is sexy!