I met Amy at the Club Fitness in Wentzville, Missouri in late 2012. I overheard someone mention that she had lost 100 pounds! Now that's a story I wanted to hear. I introduced myself and found her eager to share and willing to let me write it. Amy's story is about having the courage to believe in yourself, believe you deserve better, then being brave and going after it. Thank you Amy for sharing your journey with me and allowing me to put it out there. You are going to inspire so many people.
Amy stands 5 foot 3 inches tall and at her heaviest weighed 224 pounds. Her clothes were size 18/20. She emailed me her "before" pictures, I knew the hard work she had to do in order to achieve such a transformation.
As her story unfolded, I sat and nodded my head. I have heard this story before, I lived it. Like many women/men, Amy was so busy helping everyone else she could not help herself. She made other peoples emergencies her own. She took on their problems which shifted the focus from her own life. Amy stopped putting AMY on her "to do" list. As a result, she lost herself and in the process became obese, which added to her stresses. She was miserable and desperately wanted to turn things around.
Amy McGhee is the youngest of three, born and raised in Colorado and came to Missouri in 2006 with her husband and young son. She left behind friends and family. Food was comforting and helped her cope. Food also kept her company late at night while her husband was travelling for business.
Amy admitted she has struggled with her weight and her "relationship with food" her whole life. She could never seem to get a handle on it. She would workout, mostly in-home Dvd's like P90X and Insanity, but was negating the results by eating poorly. Her weight yo-yoed up and down for many years.
In 2007 she started attending Weight Watchers meetings. She acknowledged that portion control was a huge issue and she wanted help with it. Through personal and web based interacton she learned how to control her portions. The scale started to go down. And then... she got pregnant. She was mindful of what she ate and her protion size so she did not gain as much weight during her pregnancy. In April of 2008, her daughter was born. Amy gave herself ONE year to get it together and lose the weight. With a smile, she told me it only took her 10 months to reach her goal. "Goals are dreams with dealines attached".
|Look at those arms!|
In 2012 she started working with a personal trainer and loved the results she was seeing. Time progressed and she found her calling. Amy recently completed the fitness trainer program at MO college with a 4.0, perfect attendance, and on the president's list. She is currently looking for the perfect place to use her newly acquired NASM certification.
Do it for yourself
Start small and be aware of small victories
Don't focus in the number
Make smart and attainable goals.
Amy does not regret any of the changes she has made in her life. She was very honest in saying " the hardest thing for me, and still is, my relationship with food. Some days are easier than others but I still rely on it for comfort. I will continue to work towards realizing it is to fuel my body not resolve a problem."
Amy is currently signed up to Master the Met and has a goal to beat 7 minutes and 31 seconds for 42 flights of stairs. She is also thinking of running a half marathon in 2014. Don't worry, I will be keeping an eye on her and will update you on how she is doing.