How much weight have you lost? Lost about 50 pounds (highest 196; lowest 148)
Tell us what the “old you” used to be like. The old me used to eat fast food a lot and tons of bad carbohydrates. I had no knowledge on severing sizes; more like never paid it any attention. I’d work out just to end up at a drive-thru with the thought, “I worked out today so it’s okay.” I know I’m not the only one who has done this.
What prompted your weight loss? A few things. The first thing was I saw a picture of myself at my kid’s birthday party and was disgusted by how I looked. I thought, “how did I let myself turn into that?” That was the last picture that was taken of me for a long time. Then, I worked with a few ladies that started Weight Watchers (I tried the old way of WW and thought it was too hard to track points). As I noticed these ladies losing weight, and looking fabulous might I add, I decided I would give it a try. I lost 12 pounds before I went to weigh in (my starting weight was 196), so I was excited about how much I lost by only following WW at home. Then … I sat in a chair and that thing folded over. I was down on the ground embarrassed, but nonetheless, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.
How long did it take? It took me about six to seven months to become a lifetime member. I knew how to workout, but never knew how to eat.
What was the hardest part? By far one of the hardest parts of weight loss is the maintenance! This is something that I struggle with, even today. I currently have six pounds to lose to get back to my lowest.
Most fun part of your weight loss? Most fun is wearing BRIGHT-colored workout gear and getting disgustingly sweaty; also trying new fruits and veggies.
Most rewarding experience? Inspiring others! Life gets busy, but we have to make time for our health.
Who/what inspires you when you feel like quitting? What keeps me going when I want to be lazy is the FitBit challenges. I have found myself to be competitive and am always up for some competition.
How has this weight loss changed your life? Weight loss has changed me tremendously. I went from hiding behind food to having enough self-esteem to use my voice. I have gained so many new relationships because I am not ashamed of what I look like. I am not at my goal weight, but I will continue to work for that. Plus, shopping is fun; I don’t have to put on so many layers to hide all that jiggle.
Your must-have fitness equipment: My must-have equipment are Saucony shoes and a cool-looking water bottle.
Favorite training song: My favorite song is by Deitrick Haddon- “You are my strength.”
Favorite healthy food: Any roasted veggies and carrots with hummus. I LOVE hummus.
Favorite not-so-healthy food: Any and all candy.
Funniest/weirdest/most awkward experience during your weight loss journey: Funniest thing that used to happen to me is when I started WW and decided I would start running. Well, my tummy would keep hitting the emergency stop button and the treadmill kept stopping, but I didn’t let that stop me. I enjoy running. The longest I’ve gone at one time is 11 miles. I believe I’m ready to do a half marathon.
Future goals: Goals for my future are to become a fitness trainer and to continue to encourage others.
Wow Amanda! We loved hearing your honest answers about your struggles and triumphs. You’ll be an amazing fitness instructor and we welcome you to the industry. You’re already a true inspiration. Fitz and the entire team at Fitzness.com
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Brief description of your workout routine: X-Force negative
resistance weight training
Brief description of your eating habits: 50% complex carbs (fruits
and veggies; the stuff your Mother tells you to eat), 25% protein and 25%
Favorite workout: X-Force
Least favorite way to workout? Interval sprints
How does fitness affect you as a professional? I have to get up early
and sometimes work late. My health is everything; I never get sick and
I attribute that to clean eating and exercise.
Would you be as good at what you do if you didn’t pursue fitness?
Getting up at 3:30 a.m. requires discipline and a healthy body. Exercise
is a very important part of my success.
How do you squeeze fitness in on a crazy busy day? I always put my
workout first by making an appointment with myself and carve out the
time when necessary.
How do you fight the urge to skip workouts? Just put my head down and
get the work done. I always feel better after I workout.
If you travel, what kind of workouts do you do on the road? Walking
What other obstacles do you face (health-wise) as part of your work? Have you found a way to overcome them? I have high blood pressure and I
am a cancer survivor. My blood pressure is managed by my diet and
exercise. I beat the cancer with caring doctors and vigorous
exercise during my chemo and radiation treatments.
Does your company offer incentives for exercising or eating right?If so, how do you take part? We have a lot of healthy people who
encourage each other to stay healthy; nothing formal.
Must-have training equipment: Just body weight and a clear mind
Favorite training tune: I don’t listen to music when I exercise; I
just concentrate on making the last rep to failure.
Favorite healthy food: I eat a lot of veggies that I prepare in a
variety of ways: curries, stir fries, Asian, Mexican, etc. I make very
flavorful, tasty dishes where the protein is a minor player.
Favorite not-so-healthy food: Dark chocolate
Greatest accomplishment in fitness/athletics: I was captain of the Nova High School wrestling team my junior and senior year. In the last two years, I lost 65 pounds of fat and gained 17.5 pounds of muscle in 12 weeks with the X-Force exercise program at Gainesville Health and Fitness.
Weirdest/funniest/craziest thing that you’ve ever experienced while exercising: I guess it’s a pet peeve, but people who go to fitness centers and leave looking like they haven’t worked out. When I leave, I’m drenched in sweat and wrung out. I’m a busy guy and don’t have time to dawdle.
When in the gym, put in the effort for results!
Do you think fitness is a factor in being successful in business? Why or why not? Fitness is a big factor in my success. I stay busy early
to late, with a lot of charity events in between. To maintain my
schedule I have to take care of myself.
What fit professional inspires you? Joe Cirulli, Owner of Gainesville
Health and Fitness Centers
Advice for others trying to become more fit: Start now, ease into it
and make it part of your routine. My cancer doctor, Dr. Cherylle
Hayes, told me, “Be the CEO of your own health.” You are in charge of
your body and you need to take care of what you’ve got!
Best piece of business advice you’ve ever received: The harder I
work, the luckier I get.
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Instead of using the cold temperatures and/or snow as a lame excuse to be lazy, let’s use winter as an opportunity to have some fun while getting fit! Fitz teaches a wise winter workout strategy on the nationally syndicated morning news show, The Daily Buzz. Thanks to host Jared Cotter and my favorite fitness model Victoria for helping make fitness so fun!
Fitz and Jared Cotter on The Daily Buzz. Fitzness.com
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We all have the sweet tooth that just keeps aching, right? Nothing’s worse that having to stare a bowl of cake batter or cookie dough in the face. Here is a minty trick that will help you save yourself from some unwanted calories! It works when you’re baking and making regular meal food too! Join our Holiday Hottie Fitzness Challenge today!
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Saying ” no, thank you” to delicious treats around the holidays is a hard thing to do, but it may just save you thousands of calories over the course of the season.. That apple pie and cake may look amazing and taste great, but you’ll be surprised how far this policy will get you each day. Let’s get to the New Year FITTER, not FATTER! Join our Holiday Hottie Fitzness Challenge today!
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Holiday baking can cause you to gain a bunch of weight. Let’s face it. Licking the bowl and noshing on treats left on your counter are hard to avoid. Take my advice and make this rule your rule, you’ll save thousands of calories and hopefully get to the New Year FITTER, not FATTER!
Join our Holiday Hottie Fitzness Challenge today!
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Hi Hotties! I’m so happy to have you join us for our Holiday Hottie Fitzness Challenge. Do YOU want to make it to the New Year FITTER, not FATTER? Heck yeah, you do! Major weight gain during the holiday season is both incredibly common and totally unacceptable. I’m so proud of you for planning ahead to be proactive from the get-go. My team and I have planned an entire season’s worth of workouts for you. They’re packed with solid cardio, so you keep burning major calories at a time when you’ll be continuously assaulted with high-calorie options. We’ve also created a well-rounded strength training plan so you’ll increase, strength, power and definition along the way. Strong curvy muscles are sexy and increase your metabolism!! You’ll also need to read the EXACT FORMULA FOR WEIGHT LOSS to discover exactly how much of the right types of foods you should be eating to reach your personal and unique goal weight.
Like us on our FITZNESS Facebook page for daily workout updates, healthy baking tips and constant motivation to get you through the season looking and feeling better than you do right now. Okay Hotties! Let’s go!
Double click on our Holiday Hottie Fitzness Challenge Calendar at the right and it will grow bigger so you can read it correctly. Utilize the strength training videos below to train along with me during the strength training portion of your daily workouts!
Posted By: Fitz KoehlerNov, 23Comments: No CommentsCategories:
This featured recipe is brought to you from the kitchn! Zucchini Parmesan crisps are delicious treats for any type of event or occasion. Bake them to avoid using unnecessary fats from oils. Give this recipe a shot because healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring! Be creative and get to cooking!
2 medium zucchini (yellow, green or one of each!)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 egg white
1/2 of whole wheat panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup of coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and lightly grease baking sheet with olive oil or just use a non-stick baking sheet
Slice zucchini into 1/4 inch rounds. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Drizzle olive oil and egg white (or just the egg white) over the top and toss to coat evenly.
Mix panko crumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a separate, shallow bowl. With a few zucchini rounds at a time, dredge the zucchini in the panko-parmesan mixture and transfer to the baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Cool for about 5 minutes and transfer to a serving dish. Serve with your favorite salsa or dip and enjoy the deliciousness of these amazing treats.
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