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Transformations

AMANDA MCPHERSON

Amanda McPherson Shares Her Transformation Success Story
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I am from a small town of 800 people just outside of Kincardine, Ontario. I met my husband when I was 7 and we have been together since we were 15. This year we will have been married 20 years. We have 2 girls: Kate-Lyn and Brooke.  I work as a 911 operator for an ambulance in Mississauga. We are your typical family – 2 kids, a dog, and a cat, balancing life the best we can.

I WAS ALMOST 200 POUNDS IN MY 20S AND AFTER TRYING MANY FAD DIETS AND WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENTS MY WEIGHT STAYED THE SAME. I REALIZED HARD WORK AND PROPER NUTRITION IS THE ONLY ANSWER. SHORTLY INTO MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, I FOUND THE BABE CAVE.

What makes Becky so special as a trainer? 
Becky has incredible energy and a passion for fitness and seeing people exceed their goals. Nothing is impossible with Becky; she is a great trainer because she leads by example. Becky has hundreds of men and women come through her gym and yet knows everyone by name!

Fitness Goals:
To build muscle.

Training Plan:
I do strength training and cardio 2 hours a day 4 times a week

Nutritional & Supplements:
I try and stick to whole foods, and supplement with multivitamins and amino acids.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
I’m not much of a cook, and a picky eater to boot so my meals are pretty simple.

Special skills? 
I can wiggle my nose like Tabitha from bewitched – lol

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents both walked out of my life when I was young. This forced me to be independent of a young age. I’ve learned a lot from their mistakes. My husband and kids mean the world to me.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love that anyone of any age, sex, gender, and fitness level can pick up this magazine and benefit from the articles, there is so much useful information packed into one magazine.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be? 
What has been the most impactful article you’ve published?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren made the process extremely easy. I was shy and nervous going into this but warrens professionalism and warm demeanor quickly put me at ease. Warren made this a fun and memorable experience.

Things people would not know about you: 
At my heaviest, I was almost 200lbs.
I hate bacon.
I love real crime shows.
I have great aim with a bow and arrow.
I play the trumpet and piano and I belt out the tunes while I clean the house.

Who inspires you?
Becky Overbeck

Who do you wish to inspire? 
My 2 girls. I want to set a good example for my kids so they know the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between faith, family, friends, fitness, and finances.

Transformation story: 
When I was 24 I was diagnosed with PCOS. This has been a huge obstacle in my weight loss journey. Anyone with PCOS knows how difficult losing weight can be. I was almost 200 pounds in my 20s and after trying many fad diets and weight loss supplements my weight stayed the same. I realized hard work and proper nutrition is the only answer. Shortly into my weight loss journey, I found the babe cave. I fell in love with Kangoo and started attending regular strength, training classes. After many months of hard work and a proper diet, the pounds started coming off. I feel stronger, more confident, and more energetic than I ever have.

I LOOK AT WHERE I WAS AND HOW FAR I HAVE COME AND I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK. I WANT TO KEEP SETTING AND ACHIEVING NEW FITNESS GOALS.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
My newfound love for fitness keeps me going, I look at where I was and how far I have come and I don’t want to go back. I want to keep setting and achieving new fitness goals.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
I try my best to stay on track, especially with nutrition, when I do have a slip I try not to beat myself up over it, I remind myself that this is a lifestyle change and it takes patience and practice.

Life goals: 
Continue setting higher expectations for myself to become the best I can be, mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Lessons you have learned:
Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Patience, integrity, trustworthiness, willpower, and dedication.

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
People always say find something you love and stick with it. Exercise to me has always been a chore until I found the babe cave. I love it! Keep trying new things until you find that thing you love – don’t give up!

Favorite Quotes:
Limits only exist in the mind,

I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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