Friday, July 27, 2012

Let's Start at the Beginning

225 Lbs.... Wow, that's hard to type.

Picture Taken September 2011

That was my starting weight and the heavliest I have ever been. I had let food control my life long enough. I was desperate and had no idea where to start this weight loss journey.

Let's go back a few years to 2006. I moved from California to New Orleans, LA to help with the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina. I was a fit, active person. Occasional runner and thought most of time I was eating healthy (though I now know that skipping meals is not living a nutritional lifestyle).
In July of 2007, I was 135 lbs. and a healthy size 6. At that time, I started dating a wonderful man who would later become my husband. He is a true cajun, loving only "good" cajun food. We started eating out regularly and I was introduced to the wonderdul world of New Orleans style food. And the weight gain began...

It started out slow, but for my small 5'3" frame, it was noticable. By the time we got married in April of 2008, I weighed 185 lbs. That's 50 lbs in 9 months!!!! Holy Crap...
That is the last benchmark that I have as to when I weighed what and when. By December of 2011, I was 225 lbs and a size 18. Ridiculous! But I had no idea what to do.

Well as most do in December, I started thinking about New Years Resolutions and came up with the idea of a Biggest Loser competition within the office that I work. A few co-workers and I began to plan out the competition and what guidelines we would have to follow. At that time, I approached my wonderful boss, to ask him if he would like to join us. Not only did he want to join us, he offered to hire a nutritionist for all in the company who were interested. We would met with her once a week for 16 weeks. We kept food journals and logged our food and exercise. I knew this was the start of the rest of my life. I had to grab ahold of what the nutritionist had to offer.

Picture Taken July 22, 2012

That was 7 months ago... I'm down 70 lbs and in the best shape I've probably even been in. I'll log more about my journey, as it's a long one. But I want to encourage others out there. You can lose weight, be healthy and not starve. I eat all the time, but I eat what my body needs and not what I want! But that's for another blog...

Stay Tuned!


  1. Amanda, my sweet sister in Christ and honest friend, I just want to say I am so proud of you! I remember both when you came to New Orleans and when you married your loving husband. Your story will touch many women. I'm really happy that you made goals and stuck with them. You will and are an inspiration to many. I myself have been on a downwards slope. (Not as bad as before Hurricane Katrina, but I was on my way to getting there again) At my heaviest I was 210, but I have managed to stay between 185-195 now. Your story is motivation to stop starving myself and look forward to meeting a goal of fitting into a size 8 jeans. I am currently between a 12 and 14. Sometimes I wish I had a live in cook because the last thing I want to do after a long day at work and school is to cook. It's time to stop making excuses that I am too busy and start living today! Thanks for your dedication and motivation. If you can do it so can I. Keep on doing what you do best. You look great. Sincerely your friend, Debo

  2. Hi Amanda, Heard u today on local radio station. Your story touch me and has given me hope. I have no problem with the exercise. The food intake is what hurts me. I'm learning and making small changes in what I eat. Currently, @ 251.6. Hoping someday I can say I'm under 200. That's my short term goal. Will continue to follow for motivation!!!! Laura

    1. Hi Laura, Thank you for visiting my blog. I struggled with my food too. But with help, I've been able to change my life. In the coming weeks, I'll have some videos up that detail what exactly I'm doing. That way other people can have the same tools I do. My first advice to you would be to keep a food journal. You don't really know how much you are eating until you have to write it all down. If you would like more information or an accountability partner, email me at

  3. I also heard you on the radio the other morning. I hope that you continue this blog, it is a great motivator. And congratulations. You will inspire a lot of people. I know that I for one, will be regularly checking your posts! Like so many, I am on the ever lasting quest to lose weight and be healthy.

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