1. How did you feel before losing weight?
At the beginning of Amanda's journey, she described her situation as," I felt fat. LOL! I mean, that is not a term we are used to hearing in our society, and it is considered a negative term, but is how I felt."
At first, like many people, the goal was to lose weight. Overtime for her, she realized her real priorities were to feel better, look better, and have clothes that fit her. She had wanted one thing only before that, not to be fat.
2. What sort of health conditions did you have due to the weight?
For her health conditions, one problem she suffered from was the constant strain on her joints.
3. What is the one thing or many things at once that made you realize its time to change?
"I've been "chasing thinness" my whole life. I've done everything from counting points to giving blood because I heard you could lose a pound or two every time you give blood."
One method she hadn't tried was intermittent fasting; she was also a bit hesitant about it. But at this point, she was willing to try anything to catch the dream of being thin. Throughout the process of fasting, Amanda learned that for her, being strong and healthy should have been her main priority. This can be said of many weight loss goals that have happened, that later realized going down on the scale was only a fragment of the benefits from weight loss.
4. What was the biggest struggle you went through while losing weight?
A big struggle for Amanda was keeping patience and being able to trust the process. She acknowledges that intermittent fasting is not quick, and there was a lot of learning to be done. Throughout time, we have grown to become more and more impatient for our goals. When wanting to achieve something big, we can find ourselves quitting easier because we don't see the instant results. Amanda had to combat those sensations and realize that this isn't just a thin diet but also a lifestyle. In her words," Realizing it is a LIFESTYLE and that I will have setbacks is key to seeing long term success."
5. Did anything impact you to make it harder to lose weight?
But before these realizations, the desire for perfectionism had impacted her. She had begun to learn that everything working out entirely was not how it would work. She began to let go of the "perfection mindset" for the sake of successfully integrating her lifestyle. She admits to it being challenging and something she even tries to work on this very day. She agrees that no part of this journey is perfect, and "It can be a self sabotage strategy that can impact results" if attempted.
6. What kept you motivated throughout the weight loss?
Motivation had waded off quickly for her, and what was left was just solid discipline and consistent habits. Motivation indeed stems from the results of discipline, and not the other way around. Depending on a muse, motivation, or inspiration to carry you throughout life has seen to work rarely. When you feel like you can't do it anymore, and nothing goes right, discipline will bring you to the finish line. Though Amanda had to help her was her community, which enabled her to remain accountable and pick her up when she had felt defeated.
As well her results from the weight loss had her feeling more energetic, fantastic, and fitting better in her clothes.
7. How much weight did you loose in total?
Amanda had lost a definite 26" off her body, but doesn't have pounds. For her, "we don't focus on the scale. The scale can't tell me how much muscle I've put on and how much fat I've burned off." However, this method may not be sufficient for everyone; it's a great analogy of how we shouldn't be vet addicted to the scale for results. When you eat, you gain weight, but it doesn't mean fat. Constant attention to the scale instead of how you feel can lead you to an unhealthy path.
8. How do you feel now after losing the weight?
Amanda feels amazing after the weight loss, saying she's incredibly proud of her continued consistency. Due to her weight loss, she has had the opportunity to feel like she can live her life with celebrations, holidays, trips, and days that aren't always sunny side up. She admires how this lifestyle is much more sustainable than in the past.
9. Did any health problems go away once you lost the weight?
Her joint pain had dissipated after losing weight and eliminating dairy and gluten from her diet. Joint pain can lessen the quality of life for many, including exercising, going out, and just being present in general. This indeed was another beneficiary to the weight loss. She reports that she had improved her cholesterol numbers as well.
10. How is your confidence now?
Despite her past self, she had always been externally confident, but now she has much more inner confidence. "Guiding others through this journey has given me newfound purpose and confidence, beyond what I ever thought was possible. I have such confidence in the FASTer Way, and I know I can help ANYONE, regardless of their current state of health, to improve!!"
11. What is one thing you couldn’t do before weight loss that you can do now?
For Amanda, it wasn't a matter of what she couldn't do, but what she didn't know. Before her journey, she couldn't explain why or how to intermittent fast correctly. She could not understand that she needed to fuel her body to burn fat and strength training over cardio. Lack of education has been a big reason for obesity and unhealthy lifestyles in most people. Becoming more educated can save your health, and even better, your time. "I now know how to eat to be healthy and how to maintain and improve my overall health, strength, and flexibility."
12. What did you learn about yourself throughout the journey?
She had learned a lot, but she hasn't stopped. One thing she has learned is the power of YET. "I may not be where I want to be, YET, but I am getting there. I've learned the FASTer Way is truly a LIFESTYLE and one that I can live forever. I've learned to focus on PROGRESS and not perfection. I've learned my body can do so much more than my mind ever thought it could."
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