I have always battled with my weight. I was always the “big girl” in the group. I have tried many things. Things I am not proud of like starving myself, living off of only crackers and water and taking diet pills. None of those things worked, in fact they did the polar opposite.
I also was working out at the gym all the time. I would go 4 times a week thinking that this is the routine I needed to get myself to where I wanted to be. It wasn’t working. I was getting frustrated and began to feel even more low. AND then I met Terri and thought she was one of the kindest and inspiring people I had ever met. I gravitated to her honesty. I told her what my situation was and she told me that she could help me and show me the piece that I was missing from my routine, my eating habits.
I was 156lbs when I first started to see Terri and trust me it was not an easy journey. It took a lot of self discipline and admittance for me to get to where I am. It was hard at the beginning but Terri was always there. She was there on the phone, in a text or an email. I needed that. Terri helped me to see that you don’t have to go so drastic to get results. Extreme dieting and loathing is going to get you no where fast. You can have that handful of chips you just have to balance it out somewhere else in your day. Getting angry and hating yourself is going to cause you to retain belly fat and be miserable, not fun. Terri taught me to love myself again. I was very lost and through the amazing work of my amazing personal trainer and my amazing nutritionist, I have become the Amber-Leigh that I love and respect so much.
I can remember (and this brings a tear to my eye) texting Terri and telling her that for the first time in a very very long time, I was able to try on anything I wanted and not be scared or have that feeling of doubt. I felt free, that’s the best way to describe it. I felt so beautiful and so free.
Now I am proud to say that I am 129-130lbs and love it. I have so much energy, I work out 5-6 times a week and eat and laugh and live everyday of my life.