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Transformation Tuesday: Amanda Westbrook

I have always been overweight by the time I was 3 years old my aunt was already making my clothes hand made because they couldnt find anything age appropriate.  I dont remember ever being in the 100s until I was 25 years old.  When I graduated high school I was already almost 400 lbs, I never understood what a calorie was.  I grew up in an overweight household where working out and eating the right food wasnt a part of our everyday life.

When I turned 22 I was working at Proctor Hospital and they had a gym on the campus so on lunch I started working out, I started off slowly doing a half hour and a year or so later I had lost 160lb by myself.

When I was 25 years old I was down to about 199 lbs which was a huge accomplishment for me.  I was starting to lift weights and try to tone my body since I had so much excess skin.

By the time I hit 28 I started to gain back some weight but I was determined to not gain it all back and then some.  I started working out at the Riverplex and started taking classes.  You can see me in Body Pump twice a week, Werq on Sundays, and Combat on Thursdays and when I am not doing classes I am doing cardio upstairs.  I got to a point where I could not lose any weight and I was getting concerned.  I felt better in my clothes but I was not where I wanted to be.  I started going to a dietician who suggested gastric bypass surgery.  After everything I have been through myself I was shocked and decided not to go that route.

The biggest part of any transformation is being there mentally.  You have to be ALL in not just eating right and exercising…its a whole lifestyle change. But you can do it.  It may be hard but you have to dig a little deeper and do what you can to be proud of yourself everyday.

First picture is me senior year in high school
Second picture is me at 25 so 2011 at my thinnest 199
Last picture is me now, maintaining and trying my best to do what I can everyday.

author: Ashley Melhouse