Kurt Salquist

The secret life of Fat Amy

I wasn’t overweight as a child and I’m not overweight  now, heck  I’m in the best shape of my life! So why the title? There was a period in my life from about 7th grade to 10th grade where I was eating my fair share of Oreos!  By the time I was in 10th grade I weighed somewhere between 50lbs to 60lbs more than my current weight, with a lot less muscle mass. It’s fair to say I’ve lost close to 70lbs of fat since I was 15 years old. Before I started losing the weight I knew nothing about healthy eating, it didn’t concern me in the least bit. I really didn’t even become aware of my weight, until I started losing it and people started noticing. People always ask me how I got started, or what triggered my sudden interest in a healthier lifestyle, my answer is not so simple. There was no defining moment in my life. I didn’t find myself sitting on the couch watching a Netflix Marathons, mowing down on a pint of ice cream wondering how I got here. I was always athletic, enjoyed playing sports, and took as many P.E. electives as I was allowed to take in high school. My freshman or sophomore year in high school I signed up for weightlifting as my elective because it looked like it could be fun!  I guess that’s how my journey began! Weightlifting led to running, and that led to some changes in my weight, which led to me being more conscious about the things I was eating, and now here we are! My journey was slow, and was a gradual learning process. I learned almost everything (right or wrong) from the internet, television and books. In the beginning I did a lot of things that I now know to be wrong and even harmful to my health. I was misled by the non-fat, low-fat, low calorie craze that our society has been duped into following the last 30 years. Today my diet is by no means perfect, but my understanding of nutrition and healthy eating has taken a drastic turn. Nutrition and the information behind it is ever changing, but all we can really do is try our best to keep up with the information and be the healthiest, kindest selves that we can be.

In closing, the best advice I can give someone who is looking to change their lives for the better is this; It took me a years to gain the weight and it took me even longer to work it off. Don’t get discouraged when the weight doesn’t fall off in a couple weeks or even a couple months. Be patience, be persistence and most of all, be kind to yourself!

Amy Eneroth, TPI level 1, Crossfit Level 1 certified coach 

Therese Martinez, MS, RD, CPT

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