Before & After: How Amelia Became the Smallest She’s Been in a Decade

Australian Amelia Dyer| our next Before & After success story| was tired of being unhappy with how she looked| so she made little changes that turned into big results. “I have struggled with my weight between kids but now have finally gotten down to a weight I haven’t been for 10 years|” Amelia says. “I went from being lazy and doing very little exercise to working out five to six days a week.” Read how Amelia finally found success below!

Amelia: Before

POPSUGAR Fitness: What made you decide to start?Amelia Dyer: I was so unhappy with how I looked| jumping on the scales and seeing I was over 100 kilograms [about 220 pounds] and being a size 18 creeping up to 20 made me snap and want to do something about it. I had constant conversations with my sister about the Michelle Bridges 12-Week Body Transformation program| and the more information I got from her| the more I was motivated to give it a go.

Amelia: Before

PS: What’s your favorite way to work out?AD: I love my boxing DVD. I find it therapeutic after a stressful day (normally I can juggle workouts at night when the two kids are in bed asleep) and doing running programs on my treadmill.

Amelia: Before

PS: What’s your weekly exercise schedule?AD: Normally I work out five to six days a week. I do a mixture| two to three days of strength training| two to three days of cardio and one day of something low key like yoga or big walk.

PS: How do you keep your workouts exciting?AD: I work out with friends when I feel I’m lagging ¡ª that helps me keep motivated! As I normally work out at home| I’m constantly on the hunt for different workout DVDs| so I have a variety and don’t get bored.

Amelia: After

PS: How much weight have you lost?AD: I’ve lost about 38 kilograms [about 83 pounds] and still aiming to lose a bit more before the end of the year comes.

PS: What was the first big difference| other than the number on the scale| that really made you feel proud and excited?AD: Before I lost all this weight| I found a pair of pants I absolutely loved (but at the time| weren’t in my size)| so I bought them in hopes that eventually I would fit into them. The day came| and they fit. I was so amazed| and that’s when it hit me that there is a big difference. Now those pants are baggy on me!

PS: How do you track your weight loss?AD: I use an app on my phone| MyFitnessPal| which tracks my weight and what I eat daily.

Amelia: After

PS: What’s a typical day of meals and snacks?AD: I aim for low-calorie meals that are around 250 to 300 [calories]. One of my favorites is slow-cooked teriyaki chicken with steamed broccoli. Snacks through the day vary from Greek yogurt| fruit| smoothies| Cruskits| and I sneak in the occasional milk coffee biscuits!

PS: What’s the range of calories you eat per day?AD: I try to stay| on average| each day| [around the] 1|200 to 1|300 mark while I’m still trying to lose weight.

PS: What are the healthy staples that are always in your fridge?AD: Greek yogurt| low-fat cheese| various vegetables (carrot| cucumber| capsicum| shallots)| and fruits (strawberries are a big one at the moment!)| whole-grain mustard (LOVE having on my wraps)| sliced ham| and minced ginger and garlic.

PS: How do you strategize for meals?AD: Each week| I make a meal planner for the family and one for myself of what I will have for breakfast| lunch| and dinner| and what snacks I’ll have through the day. By being organized like this and knowing what I’m having and where the calories are separated out| I feel more in control| and my willpower is strong.

PS: What advice do you have for anyone starting out on a weight-loss journey?AD: Make sure you also take photos of your progress| so when you are feeling weak| you can look back and see how far you have come and why you are| in fact| doing it. It will be hard| and you will feel like you’re going to break| but you need to soldier on and give it all you can| because it is worth it. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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