Name: Amy Rose Woeller
Location: Melrose, FL
How long have you been a health nut in training (and what does that look like for you)?
I decided to get into this in February of 2015, so I have been doing this for about 2 months. When I first began, I was using MyFitnessPal and counting calories. After about a month, I had a good idea of what I can and cannot eat and how much of something I can have, so I stopped using MyFitnessPal. I attend Planet Fitness gym 6 days a week with a rest day on Sunday. I have a set schedule as far as what I do on each day of the week at the gym, whether it be Leg Day, Arm Day, etc. I combine those days with cardio. I began with the treadmill then worked my way up to the elliptical. I am now beginning cycling because I am training for a 300 mile bike ride in 2016. I just eat good, clean foods and exercise daily. It’s basically become part of my lifestyle. I don’t even think about it anymore. It has its difficult days where I want to cheat, but once you overcome that, you’re fine.
What motivated you to begin your journey to health?
I have been big my entire life. In the past 3 years, I have done nothing but get bigger and bigger. Simple things like running from the car to the front door in the rain gets my heart racing and makes it hurt. I have never had confidence or felt pretty. I have tried several times to get healthy and exercise, and I failed every time. I realized that I failed because the only reason I began in the first place was because someone made comments about my weight. So, I wanted to change it… To make them happy… Not myself. One day I began thinking about rejoining the gym. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. For about a week, I was so excited to get back into it… So I did. And now it’s part of my everyday life. It’s working out well for me because it was a choice that I made for myself because I want that change, because I want to feel comfortable in my skin. I want to love the way I look. And more importantly, I want to be healthy.
Who have been your biggest supporters?
My biggest supporters have been my boyfriend, Patrick, my sister, Katie, and my mom and step dad. They cheer me on and encourage me so, so much.
How has your choice to get healthy impacted other areas of your life?
It has given me confidence. I can go out now and feel pretty, even though I’m still far from where I need to be. But I know that I am working on it and getting closer everyday, so I feel good. I sleep SO well EVERY night, which is a huge deal for me. I hate a bad night of sleep, and these days it’s hard for me to sleep well with everything I have going on. This choice has opened up so many doors for me. I want to begin doing different walks. For example, I would like to participate in Breast Cancer (or cancer, period) Awareness walks and anything similar. I would love to show my support and also get out there and do my thing! I just began training for a 300-mile bike ride in 2016. Never in my life have I thought that I would do something like that, but I grow more excited every single day!
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is just starting out?
If you have made the the choice to get healthy, then you are halfway there. That is truly the hardest part. You have to want it for you. It’s not something that you can just do until you fit into those cute jeans in the mall window. This is a lifestyle. If you get down to that size and can fit into those jeans, then that’s great, but will you keep doing what you were doing to get to that point? Because if you don’t, then you’ll just go right back to where you began. It’s difficult at first. You will have cravings, and you will probably hate it. I did. Then I came up with a plan as far as what exercises to do, how much, how long, etc. I have seen that lots of people even plan their meals ahead of time, make them, and keep them in their frig. I don’t do that, but that may be helpful for you. Whatever you do… Don’t give up. Whatever it is that brought you to this place to where you thought for even a second about making that change… It won’t go away. If you give up, you’ll have that thought again. You’ll want that change again. The more you give up, the farther you are from being where you could be if you never gave up to begin with.
Thanks for sharing, Amy Rose! Sounds like you are in it for the right reasons, and I know you’ll go far! Good luck on that bike ride. It sounds amazing! Interested in following Amy Rose? You can find her on her Facebook page: Get Healthy with AmyRose.
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