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Transformations

AMBER MCLEAN

Amber McLean Shares Her Transformation Story
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Team Thibod, is so much more than “just a gym.” It is truly like a family.

Who is your trainer?
CRISSY THIBODEAU

Occupation details:
Project manager for a building firm
What does it mean to you to be involved with TEAM THIBOD?
Team Thibod, is so much more than “just a gym.” It is truly like a family. I have met people here that I now can’t imagine life without! The people and connections are what make a difference. They care and want to see you succeed; to be the best and happiest you can possibly be.

What is your biggest take-a-way from working with Crissy?
Crissy saved my life. I was on a very destructive path and she gave me the knowledge and guidance to change that. She taught me how to live a healthy yet balanced lifestyle, but more importantly, she taught me to love myself.

How was the shoot even experience for you?
It was a dream come true! I never would have thought I would be doing a photoshoot for a fitness magazine.

Crissy taught me how to live a healthy yet balanced lifestyle, but more importantly, she taught me to love myself.

Relationship status:
Married

Fitness Goals:
To continue my fitness journey of improving myself from the day before.

Bio:
I was born and raised in a sleepy fishing town that transformed into a renowned tourist destination before my eyes. I am the eldest of 3 children and my brother and sister are my heart. My husband and I were best friends all through high school and starting dating and got married soon afterward. We started our business right away and our family soon after that. We have three children whom we adore. I am a sucker for a dog or cat without a home. Because of this, I always have way too many animals that I’m trying to save.

The fact that I am strengthening my body and mind is empowering.

Training Plan:
I like to train legs at least 3x a week as it is our biggest muscle group. I love to lift and I feel like it is so important for physical and mental health. It’s so much more than aesthetics. For example, I know that when I lift weights, I am taking an active approach to improving and maintaining my bone health. The fact that I am strengthening my body and mind is empowering.

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I prefer HIIT. When I started HIIT, is when I really started to notice significant weight loss. It’s such an effective tool for fat loss and overcoming fitness plateaus. Also, my endurance increased when I started HIIT training.

Nutritional & Supplements:
During my weight loss journey, I tried numerous supplements. When I discovered the Magnum line, I knew I had found what I had been searching for. I wanted quality ingredients and I didn’t want to pay a fortune. The results I got after starting on Magnum, speak for themselves.

Special skills?
Thinking of that quick-witted comeback. (Unfortunately, saying it aloud is also a special skill I possess.)

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents taught me if you want to make something happen, you have to go out and make it happen. Happiness is a choice that is entirely up to you.

Happiness is a choice that is entirely up to you.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status is more than just a magazine for the hardcore fitness competitor. Status magazine has great and pertinent information for those of us that simply want to live a healthy, fitness oriented lifestyle.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
I can’t even begin to fathom this. It would be so empowering as a “thick fit” woman. I am definitely not your typical fitness model. I am a 6 foot, thick woman. For most of my life, I felt like being fit was not even an option. My fitness journey has proved otherwise.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
What is the biggest misconception about you/your magazine?

What was it like working with photographer Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
From the moment I met Warren, I knew he really wanted to do his best at capturing that perfect shot of me and he did not disappoint. He made me see myself in a light that I never had before. He gifted me with a confidence that I did not even think possible. I treasure this experience.

Warren made me see myself in a light that I never had before. He gifted me with confidence that I did not even think possible. I treasure this experience.

6 things people would not know about you:
1 – I genuinely enjoy talking and getting to know people. Even more than my friends realize. But I was a painfully shy child.
2 – Even though friends call me “Glamber” I was the biggest tomboy growing up.
3 – I hated being tall (6 feet tall) until I lost weight. I felt like it made me stand out even more. Now through my weight loss, I embrace and even cherish my height.
4 – I have seen every single episode of Star Trek the Next Generation. Trekkie for life.
5 – I love the hiccups. It just breaks up the monotony, ya know.
6 – With as cheerful as I usually am, nothing is better than a rainy day.

Who inspires you?
My friends Jackie, Brittney and Lisa. Jackie teaches me to be pure of heart. Brittney teaches me to be myself. Lisa teaches me what to strive to be like.

Who do you wish to inspire?
My daughter.

I knew that I had to do it for my children and more importantly for myself.

Transformation story:
I have lost over 125 pounds at Thibod. Crissy has laughed and cried with me. She’s worked with me day in and day out. She was a big part of the reason that I kept at it. She encouraged me and pushed me. She taught me how to eat healthily and to not see food as the enemy.

I had been overweight for all of my adult life. I had 3 children within 4 years. My husband and I started a business which consumed most of my time and energy. It was easy to make excuses.

One day I saw a picture of me. In this picture I wasn’t doing all the tricks I typically did. I would hide behind my long hair or put a child in front of me. But not in this picture. It was a picture of someone else, but with a clear shot of me in the background. I was horrified. I realized that’s how I really looked and I knew that I needed to do something to change that immediately.

The next Monday I started with Crissy and never looked back. That first day I barely made it home. My husband begged me to not go back. He said he loved me the way I was. But I knew I had to go. I knew that I had to do it for my children and more importantly for myself. I knew that even though life sometimes made me feel helpless, that when it came to my body, I was in control. So I went back the next day and the next.

When I was bigger, my insecurities held me back from living life, speaking up, or meeting new people. I was truly consumed with my insecurities. How I lived my life was dictated by them. Gradually, under Crissy’s loving yet steadfast guidance, I emerged as the woman I was meant to be. I became the even more outgoing, confident, warrior that I am.

Crissy saved my life. She gave me the knowledge to live a healthy lifestyle and to love myself. I can now teach my children these same lessons. And for that, I will eternally be grateful to Crissy and Thibod.

Love others. It’s really that simple.

Life goals:
To raise kids that grow up to be cool, good-hearted adults.

5 lessons you have learned:
1 – Happiness is a choice.

2 – Do no harm, but take no bull.
3 – Be kind. Not nice. There’s a difference.
4 – Love others. It’s really that simple.
5 – How people act is a reflection of their character. How you respond is a reflection of your own.

Music and artist you listen to while training:
I love empowering songs while training. Something that’s really going to give me that extra “pep in my step” to push out those last 3 reps. When I leave the gym, I want to feel like I can take on the world.

How people act is a reflection of their character. How you respond is a reflection of your own.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
1 – Happiness
2 – Empathetic
3 – Confidence from within
4 – Friendly
5 – Initiative

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Make exercise part of your social life and you won’t even realize you’re working out. You may even make some “like-minded” friends along the way.

Favorite Quotes:
“Do no harm, but take no bull.”

“Happiness is a choice.”

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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