Amanda Hagan started gaining weight soon after meeting her boyfriend and what she initially thought of as a ‘relationship weight’ gain, soon spiralled into an addiction to junk food and feelings of insecurity and depression.
Over time, she stopped going out with her friends, making excuses to not see people and eventually stopped being intimate with her boyfriend as her size became more of an issue for herself and him.
Her boyfriend had to have a tough chat with Amanda, explaining that her weight gain was affecting her and their lives, that she wasn’t the happy person he met and something needed done. He was worried about her health and wanted her to make a change.
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Amanda realised that she was becoming someone she didn’t want to be and set out to make the necessary changes, dropping over 30 pounds and completely transforming the way she felt about herself.
“When I started a relationship in 2013 with my current boyfriend, I started gaining weight drastically. I don’t know why, but it definitely started to affect him as well as me.”
As her increasing size started to affect how she felt about herself, Amanda and her partner stopped having sex and they both were starting to become unhappy in the relationship. So much so, her boyfriend felt he needed to step in.
“We started not being intimate with each other anymore and he was the one who actually first told me one morning at breakfast while I was eating pancakes, bacon and sausage that I wasn’t being healthy and that he knew I wasn’t happy in my body.”
“When friends asked me to go to the beach I always had to make up excuses each time due to me not wanting to put on a bathing suit.”
It took some self reflection for Amanda to see the truth and she saw that she wasn’t living life the way she wanted to.
“I woke up and looked at myself in the mirror and I realised I didn’t want to live my life feeling this way anymore.
“I was insecure, very depressed and eating my emotions away.”
After this, Amanda started to make healthy changes to her diet and exercise routine. She counts all her macronutrients and calories, making sure she hits her targets of carbs, fats and proteins. Consuming around 1300-1500 calories day.
She also goes to the gym 5 or 6 times a week and loves cardio and resistance training, developing a love for the results and how it makes her feel.
“Before I would maybe workout a couple times a week or go every day for a month and then stop going for six months and then start all over again. I was never consistent and that’s why I was heavy for a couple years.”
“I ate pretty much whatever I wanted because I thought it was okay since I went to the gym sometimes. My diet now is very clean and I track everything I eat, I do have cheat days for sure though because no one is perfect.”
Having dropped over 30 pounds and feeling full of confidence, Amanda admits people hardly recognise the girl in the before photos.
“People honestly don’t even recognise me in the before pictures when I show them, they ask, who is that girl on the left, when my friends first saw me in person they were in shock and super happy for me.”
“I have motivated a lot of my friends to start their fitness and weight loss journeys as well, my family is super supportive of my weight loss and my current lifestyle change.”
Amanda’s main secret to success, is staying consistent with the plan you create and don’t quit if you don’t see results as fast as you want.
“The best advice I would give anyone just starting out is that everyone starts somewhere.”
“You can’t just snap your fingers or take a magic pill and lose twenty pounds overnight. It takes consistency, hard work and dedication. It’s a lifestyle change and you have to change your mind set to change your life.”
“Also something to remember, you will fall down and fail sometimes but it’s how many times you get up and start again that really counts.”