Success Stories: Fighting Friday!

Many of you know Amanda; she's been a regular in our allongee classes since 2012. She is also my soon-to-be sister-in-law :)

Her story is one that is likely relatable to the vast majority of us. Maintaining your best and healthiest body is something that requires full-time attention. And trust me, I know that life happens, and most of the time it's a lot easier said than done. I think the most important thing to remember is that no matter how many months or even years you may have taken off from regular exercise, it is NEVER too late to come back in and get your sh*t together.   :)

Read Amanda's full story below.

Most of you probably know Amanda On The Right. It's amazing how hard our bodies will work for us if we let them! Keep it up, Amanda! You look FABULOUSS!

Most of you probably know Amanda On The Right. It's amazing how hard our bodies will work for us if we let them! Keep it up, Amanda! You look FABULOUSS!

AMANDA STOCKWELL : July 6th, 2016

How long was your transformation process?

I've been an Allongee client on and off since 2012, and the program has gotten me into the best shape of my life...twice. After a very rough year and a 40lb gain, I started my recent transformation in October 2015 and finished around May.

What were your energy levels like before forming a habit at allongee? Different than now? How?

I don't own a car so I walk a good amount, but after the daily commute you could almost always find me on the couch watching Chopped.

What was your prescribed "diet" during your transformation phase?

My biggest issue, and the reason I gained so much so quickly, is portion control. I make decent choices, I like fruits and veggies and fish and all that good stuff, but I was eating a TON of whatever was in front of me past the point of overeating.

Every. Single. Meal.

When I started working out again over last summer, I used that as a justification to eat even more food.

I started my plan through my FitBit in the fall, and I'll admit it was really, REALLY discouraging when I started out.

There are so many "miracle" diets that give you the idea that 40lbs shouldn't be that hard to lose, maybe a few weeks of work and then you're good.

I set myself up on a "Kinda Hard" plan, which suggested I eat 750 less than I was burning per day to lose about 1.5lbs per week, meaning I'd be counting calories for 6 months. For a short lady like me, this worked out to 1300-1500ish per day. The first few weeks were terrible, but after about a month I was leveling out around 1500 a day most of the time, trying to make the calories as nutritious as possible. 

And for the record, I didn't give up eating anything I loved. I still ate a bagel with cream cheese almost every morning with my latte (does 2% milk count as a diet?). The only thing I really cut down on was eating out at restaurants and beer - it's a lot easier to pay attention when you know exactly what's in your food, and beer...well, it's beer. 

How much weight did you lose? Clothing size differences?

As of the beginning of March I lost all 40lbs I had previously gained. I was wearing a size 8-10/Large in most things and a size 31 jeans. Today I'm a size 6/Small and my 28 jeans are either loose because I need to size down or because I wear them way too much and need new ones (I'm guessing the latter).

What are your energy levels like now that you have reached a healthy/happy weight?

I have a ton more energy now, but the biggest differences I've noticed are in my posture and my ankle strength. I could walk 5 miles in 4" heels if I wanted to. (I don't. But I have, and I can without that next day "omg my feet want to die" feeling.) 

Do you feel that you're in the "maintenance" part of your fitness journey now, or have you still got some work on the "transformation" end?

I've recently transitioned back to eating what I burn (thanks to Allongee that's a lot of nachos), I don't want to lose more weight but I do want to make sure my shape stays relatively the same/doesn't get too floppy.

What would you tell others who might be looking to begin a habitual fitness regimen and/or transformation journey?

First and foremost, remember that underneath any extra pounds you want to lose there is a human being who is awesome now and who is going to be awesome regardless of a number on a scale, or a waist measurement, or any other arbitrary B.S. having to do with your physical appearance.

YOU ARE VALUABLE AS IS, AND TELL ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE TO F RIGHT OFF.

As women, it's almost impossible not to have a difficult relationship with food and weight and body image at one point or another in our lives, but remember this always because it's important and it's true.

Second: before I started all this, I did a lot of reading on diets and fitness plans and pretty much everything having to do with losing weight. I highly recommend doing this. There are SO many diet/fitness plans out there and a lot of them will seem totally unreasonable to you, and that's ok. Find a balance that works with your schedule and your budget so you're not stressed out the entire time, and don't get frustrated if it takes some getting used to. Sure, cardio feels great NOW but I came into this program as someone who never worked out or played any sports, so it definitely took an adjustment period.

And lastly, don't be afraid to cut yourself some slack every once in a while. I turned my tracker and calorie counter off during Christmas and New Years - I didn't go crazy, but I did leave myself the room to really enjoy time with my family and friends. 

What do you feel that the proprietary work at allongee has done to transform your body?

The biggest reason I like this program is that my body, at any size, is hourglass shaped. The sculpting at Allongee is very curvy conscious, so watching my body change wasn't just seeing the pounds come off and the muscle form, it was also accentuating the curves that I already had. I imagine this program would be great for someone less curvy who wants to accentuate the curve as well.

How did you manage to stay motivated throughout your entire transformation process?

First off, my FitBit was extremely helpful and although it's not perfect, it was definitely a motivator for me to have personal stats. But I also work with Excel all day so maybe I'm just weird. Second, the staff and the regulars at Allongee are some of the most badass ladies I've met. The classes are fun on their own but are made way more fun by the women who are sweating to death with you. 

How long was your transformation process?

I've been an Allongee client on and off since 2012, and the program has gotten me into the best shape of my life...twice.

After a very rough year and a 40lb gain, I started my recent transformation in October 2015 and finished around May.

What were your energy levels like before forming a habit at allongee? Different than now? How?

I don't own a car so I walk a good amount, but before October 2015,  you could almost always find me on the couch watching Chopped after my workday. 

What was your prescribed "diet" during your transformation phase?

My biggest issue, and the reason I gained so much so quickly, is portion control. I make decent choices, I like fruits and veggies and fish and all that good stuff, but I was eating a TON of whatever was in front of me past the point of overeating. 

Every. Single. Meal.

When I started working out again over last summer, I used that as a justification to eat even more food.

Soon after, I started my plan through my FitBit and I'll admit it was really, REALLY discouraging when I started out.

There are so many "miracle" diets that give you the idea that 40lbs shouldn't be that hard to lose, maybe a few weeks of work and then you're good.

I set myself up on a "Kinda Hard" plan, which suggested I eat 750 less calories than I was burning per day to lose about 1.5lbs per week, meaning I'd be counting calories for 6 months.

For a short lady like me, this worked out to 1300-1500ish cals per day. The first few weeks were terrible, but after about a month I was leveling out around 1500 a day most of the time, trying to make the calories as nutritious as possible. 

And for the record, I didn't give up eating anything I loved. I still ate a bagel with cream cheese almost every morning with my latte (does 2% milk count as a diet?). The only thing I really cut down on was eating out at restaurants and beer - it's a lot easier to pay attention when you know exactly what's in your food, and beer...well, it's beer. 

How much weight did you lose? Clothing size differences?

As of the beginning of March 2016, I lost all 40lbs I had previously gained.

I was previously wearing a size 8-10/Large in most things and a size 31 jeans. Today I'm a size 6/Small and my 28 jeans are either loose because I need to size down or because I wear them way too much and need new ones (I'm guessing the latter).

What are your energy levels like now that you have reached a healthy/happy weight?

I have a ton more energy now, but the biggest differences I've noticed are in my posture and my ankle strength. I could walk 5 miles in 4" heels if I wanted to. (I don't often. But I have, and I can without that next day "omg my feet want to die" feeling.) 

Do you feel that you're in the "maintenance" part of your fitness journey now, or have you still got some work on the "transformation" end?

I've recently transitioned back to eating what I burn (thanks to Allongee that's a lot of nachos), I don't want to lose more weight but I do want to make sure my shape stays relatively the same.

What would you tell others who might be looking to begin a habitual fitness regimen and/or transformation journey?

First and foremost, remember that underneath any extra pounds you want to lose there is a human being who is awesome now and who is going to be awesome regardless of a number on a scale, a waist measurement, or any other B.S. having to do with your physical appearance.

YOU ARE VALUABLE AS IS, AND TELL ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE TO F RIGHT OFF.

As women, it's almost impossible not to have a difficult relationship with food and weight and body image at one point or another in our lives, but remember this always because it's important and it's true.

Second: before I started all this, I did a lot of reading on diets and fitness plans and pretty much everything having to do with losing weight. I highly recommend doing this. There are SO many diet/fitness plans out there and a lot of them will seem totally unreasonable to you, and that's ok. Find a balance that works with your schedule and your budget so you're not stressed out the entire time, and don't get frustrated if it takes some getting used to.

Sure, cardio feels great NOW but I came into this program as someone who never worked out or played any sports, so it definitely took an adjustment period. Allongee was definitely a comfortable place to deal with this, definitely lacking much of that "pretentious" feel of your typical boutique studio.

And lastly, don't be afraid to cut yourself some slack every once in a while. I turned my tracker and calorie counter off during Christmas and New Years - I didn't go crazy, but I did leave myself the room to really enjoy time with my family and friends. 

What do you feel that the proprietary work at allongee has done to transform your body?

The biggest reason I like this program is that my body, at any size, is hourglass shaped. The sculpting at Allongee is very curvy conscious, so watching my body change wasn't just seeing the pounds come off and the muscle form, it was also accentuating the curves that I already had. I imagine this program would be great for someone less curvy who wants to accentuate the curve as well.

How did you manage to stay motivated throughout your entire transformation process?

First off, my FitBit was extremely helpful and although it's not perfect, it was definitely a motivator for me to have personal stats. But I also work with Excel all day so maybe I'm just weird.

Second, the staff and the regulars at Allongee are some of the most badass ladies I've met.

The classes are fun on their own but are made way more fun by the women who are sweating to death with you. 

 

SUBMITTED by Amanda Stockwell. Do you have a success story to share with our readers? Please email us at bodylogicinfo@gmail.com