Find Out How Amanda Lost 137 Pounds and Counting!

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7/13/2012 10:00 AM   :  205 comments   :  85,972 Views

Meet Amanda Pruss (DANDYMANDERZ), a bright young woman who has lost 137 pounds and counting! Find out how SparkPeople helped her on her journey to healthy living.

What is your age?: 22
 
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople?: I joined SparkPeople in 2010. If I remember correctly, I heard about it in a magazine article.
 
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople?: I love the Motivational SparkPages feature. When I was first starting out, seeing how other people had lost the weight was a huge motivation. I knew if they could do it, I could do it.

How much weight have you lost?: In total, I have lost 137 pounds. I've lost 54 pounds since joining SparkPeople. 
 
How long did it take to lose the weight?: It's taken me about four or five years to lose the weight.
 
What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight?: My mom kept telling me she was afraid I would have a heart attack. I went to the doctor and I remember stepping on the scale and seeing 280 pounds. I was in shock--that was the heaviest I had ever been. I knew I needed a change.
 
What was your biggest obstacle while trying to lose weight?: Food. I love food because it just tastes so good and it is very comforting to me. I still struggle at times, but I keep a food journal to help me stay on track.
 
What does your weekly exercise schedule look like?: I exercise five days a week, usually at home. I have done everything from yoga and Pilates, to Tae Bo and weight training
 
What is your favorite way to exercise?: I would have to say using workout videos. It's in the privacy of my own home and I can do it on my own time. I love doing a mix of cardio and strength training.
 
Do you have any personal fitness goals coming up?: I would like to start using heavier weights during my weight training. I have been using five-pound weights and they are getting easy for me, so it's time for a challenge. I would also like to start jogging or running.
 
What does a typical day of food look like for you? How does this compare to the way you ate before your transformation?: I typically eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks in between. I eat lots of fruits, veggies and protein. I use measuring cups to measure out all my portions. I also keep a food journal so I know how much and how often I am eating. Before, I would eat everything and anything all the time. I could eat entire boxes of cereal, pretzels, chocolate and pizza. I just ate to eat and I wouldn't stop even when I was so full I was uncomfortable.
 
What is your favorite healthy food?: Burritos. When made right, they can be delicious and healthy. I also measure out all my portions so I know just how many calories I am eating.
 
What is your favorite treat food?: Chocolate! I love anything chocolate, and I let myself have a few pieces during the week as long as it's in my calorie range.
 
Who is your biggest inspiration?: Richard Simmons. He is such an energetic and positive person. He has also kept off over 100 pounds for over 40 years. So many times I have heard it is so hard to lose the weight and keep it off for good, and he is one example of success.
 
Do you have a personal weight-loss philosophy that you live by that you’d like to share?: You have to go through the mental preparation before you can go through the physical transformation. If you are going to lose the weight and keep it off, you have to change your mindset. I think picturing yourself practicing your new lifestyle is a great way to keep yourself motivated and on track. Picture yourself exercising, making healthy eating decisions, and how those decisions fit into your daily life. If you can see yourself doing those things, it will be easier to stick with your new lifestyle.
 
Does Amanda inspire you? What tips of hers can you use in your own journey?
 


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  • 205
    That is great, love your story. - 7/9/2014   8:36:34 AM
  • 204
    Thank you for sharing your story!!! You have done such a great job, to take the weight off. - 1/27/2014   5:03:15 AM
  • 203
    Wow ! ! ! You look like half the person you were before....maybe less. Did you know that there was such a beautiful person within you? Congrats on a job well done...Thank you for sharing. - 1/18/2014   10:28:27 PM
  • 202
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Like so many others have said, you are really an inspiration! - 1/18/2014   7:41:47 PM
  • 201
    I love this lady! I'm going to start building some of the healthy habits she's mentioned, like measuring my food. - 1/18/2014   1:33:58 PM
  • 200
    Wow!! I'm so impressed & inspired! - 1/18/2014   11:34:46 AM
  • 199
    wow very inspiring .. I was having one of those bad days !!! .. no more though - 1/18/2014   7:42:49 AM
  • 198
    Thanks for the inspiration - 1/18/2014   7:15:24 AM
  • SHORTSTORY2
    197
    You look wonderful!!! I joined Sparkpeople today and hope to have some success to report in time. You are motivational! - 12/21/2013   7:03:00 PM
  • 196
    You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your story :) It inspires me to keep going! - 12/21/2013   8:42:49 AM
  • AMBER461
    195
    Thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration to us at Sparkpeople and you look great. - 12/3/2013   8:53:26 PM
  • VDAVID
    194
    I love Richard Simmons too. And have his work out video's in the closet. It's time to take them out and work out with Richard Simmons. I love to dance so why not. Thank you - 11/12/2013   12:42:41 PM
  • 193
    That was awesome, just 2 days ago I got my ayah moment I'm going to participate in my life... that physical transformation from being emotional eater to healthy life style BAM! - 10/24/2013   5:39:37 AM
  • CUTIEPIE43
    192
    Amanda, Great job ! Most of all, thanks for sharing how long it took for you to lose that much weight. - 10/15/2013   8:54:05 AM
  • DEBORAHZEBORAH
    191
    I am 220 lbs and you are an inspiration to me - 8/30/2013   4:00:10 PM
  • 190
    Wonderful!!! - 7/22/2013   11:40:52 PM
  • VLADNDEE
    189
    A-MAZ-ING!! - 7/21/2013   8:55:53 PM
  • 188
    You look great - 6/29/2013   3:09:01 PM
  • 1954MARG
    187
    Congratulations and thank you. It helps to know that the long hard slog is possible and works. - 6/23/2013   8:14:35 AM
  • 186
    Thank you for sharing your journey..It helps all of us see that hard work does pay off..and the benefits are there for all to see.. You do look much healthier and happier..Congradulations ! - 6/22/2013   1:22:35 PM
  • GA2NEGIRL
    185
    Congratulations! I'm inspired by your long-term (several year) dedication. - 6/19/2013   11:38:53 PM
  • SHARONCAPPS
    184
    I joined SparkPeople about 3 weeks ago and you show me that it can work. Great Job. Thanks for sharing. - 6/17/2013   8:30:36 AM
  • 183
    Such a great point Amanda and I believe it with my whole heart. Our minds must be ready and strong for the journey of weight loss and a happier life. - 6/4/2013   12:48:37 PM
  • KIMEORTIZ
    182
    I recently joined spark and it is so refreshing to read Amanda's story. I think when you have been so heavy as long as I have it is hard to see the light. You want to see success so quickly that you have to remember this is years of unhealthy eating the weight will not disappear overnight. Her story has reenforced patience and staying honest by measuring and logging accurately. Winging it does not work you can be estimating less or worse overestimating. Thank you!!! - 6/3/2013   6:32:16 AM
  • 181
    What a great success you have made in your life. It was hard for you but you kept at it. Great job! - 6/1/2013   11:39:56 AM
  • ZAHRA2LOSE
    180
    for one so young, you have some great advice - you have to change your mental attitude to keep it off.
    so true.
    i am striving to change my mental attitude and all that comes with it!
    never doubt it, you are inspirational! - 5/27/2013   11:51:18 AM
  • 179
    So inspirational - 5/19/2013   11:33:44 AM
  • 178
    Awesome! - 4/29/2013   1:05:31 PM
  • 177
    Amanda you're amazing!! Congratulations!! Its success stories like yours that keeps me going!! Thank You!! - 4/24/2013   8:19:30 PM
  • 176
    WOW Amanda! Way to go! I too am finding inspiration from people like you, just as you stated you did. I related so well with so many of your answers. Especially, how you felt about food.
    At times I think I'm just gonna end up this fat girl forever. Then I read articles like yours & it makes me hopeful. Thanks for sharing - 4/1/2013   10:10:31 PM
  • WILLOWBLUE2
    175
    Amazing, congratulations - 3/28/2013   10:14:41 AM
  • DIETER27
    174
    Wow Amanda! Congratulations you are a true inspiration. I too believe that your mental attitude has alot to do with your weight loss . You look great. You must be so proud! Thanks for sharing...... This has inspired me to not give up. . - 3/13/2013   9:25:39 AM
  • CYNDEEELI
    173
    You look wonderful... - 3/12/2013   2:06:07 PM
  • 172
    This is so inspirational, and you look great. I have a total of 40 pounds to loose; So far i've lost 15. Hearing your story just makes me feel even more motivated to achieve my goal. Thank you so much for sharing. - 3/7/2013   5:53:31 PM
  • 171
    You should be proud of yourself. Great job!! - 3/7/2013   2:02:27 PM
  • LIZCON2009
    170
    Amanda, you look so good you've have done such a great job. - 3/7/2013   12:55:09 AM
  • MYHOPEFORHEALTH
    169
    Congrats, well done, hope I do as well as you :)
    thanks for sharing - 3/3/2013   3:29:44 PM
  • TEXASGAL65
    168
    Amanda, you look so beautiful! I am struggling trying to lose 20 pounds and you lost 137! Wow, that is awesome. I really enjoyed reading about your journey! Love your short hair also. Pat yourself on the back...you so deserve it! - 3/1/2013   10:46:51 PM
  • 167
    Thanks for sharing! You look great! I love working out with fitness tapes too. - 2/25/2013   8:48:58 AM
  • 166
    Congrats on all your success! Your story sounds just like mine. I love Sweatin' to the Oldies with Richard Simmons. They are the best workout videos I've used.
    - 2/14/2013   12:33:06 PM
  • 165
    Really inspirational! I prefer working out at home with videos too so it's good to know that if I stick at I can achieve those sorts of results!
    - 2/14/2013   7:24:40 AM
  • 164
    Your story in particular inspires me because you are around my age!! Congratulations! You look great! - 1/19/2013   12:10:00 PM
  • 163
    Congratulations. You are an inspiration to us still trying to make it work - 1/2/2013   3:32:15 PM
  • BALOCKW
    162
    I definitely need to get into the right mind set like you did! Way to go! - 12/30/2012   6:03:49 PM
  • 161
    Thanks for sharing!
    You're completely right about getting the right mind set to losing weight, this time around for me it is my mental attitude thats gonna get me where I want to be :) xx - 12/30/2012   4:44:43 PM
  • 160
    you look great! def an inspiration to me. thanks for sharing. - 12/27/2012   8:11:12 PM
  • 159
    Great story! Thanks for sharing. I especially appreciated your comments about the mental preparation. I think we all want to lose weight - and wouldn't it just be delightful if it melted off while we were sleeping (grin) - but psyching ourselves past the "it would be nice" to the "I can buckle down and do this" is a huge leap. - 11/15/2012   8:52:44 AM
  • ALYSSA451
    158
    your story has really got to me saying I can do this. Thank you for sharing your story, you are a great inspiration. - 11/7/2012   12:30:11 PM
  • 157
    You are so very inspiring! I'm currently 21 and am looking to lose 102 pounds total. I'm already 4.5 pounds down, and reading your story really makes me want to persevere! - 10/25/2012   1:24:07 PM
  • 156
    Very inspiring and encouraging!

    Paula - 10/25/2012   10:35:40 AM

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