Former Fat Girl of the Week

Former Fat Girl of the Week is a place for us to come to celebrate and learn from the success and achievements of one another. Former Fat Girls of the Week are regular women like you and me, living normal lives, but are extraordinarily inspirational. This is their time to shine, and I hope you are as inspired by them as I am.

Name: Amanda McQueen
Age: 27
Occupation: I am a Labor and Delivery nurse.
Blog: Inside Every Thin Girl

Amanda and her hubby, before

How often do you exercise?

I exercise as often as my body decides it wants to. Usually 6 days a week, sometimes 7. But I don't beat myself up when I need a break.

Amanda, before

What is your favorite workout?

I love running and I LOVE spinning.

Amanda loves her active lifestyle!

What 5 food items are "must haves" in your kitchen?

  • Pickles: They are great nearly-no-calorie snacks when you just need to munch.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 98% Fat Free condensed soups: you can make soooo many recipes with these and just a few other ingredients

  • Light String Cheese

  • Jello Sugar-free Pudding

Please tell us what your nutrition program is like ... what would a typical day's meal plan look like?

I try to eat a variety of different foods so that I don't get bored. So I do a little something different every day. Today I had:

Breakfast: Jimmy Dean Turkey D-Light Breakfast Bowl

Lunch: Fat Free Hotdog on WhiteWheat bun with kraut and ketchup, carrot sticks and 100 Calorie Pack of Pringles.

Snack: Pure Protein Bar

Dinner: Shake N Bake Chicken breast, twice baked potato and broccoli with cheese sauce.

Dessert: Skinny Cow Frozen Yogurt Sandwhich

Amanda, now - looking fit and fabulous!

What is your favorite motivational/inspirational quote?

I really like, "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got".

My personal mantra is: "Don't give up on yourself!"

How do you find balance in your life?

I find balance by prioritizing. The laundry can wait til tomorrow if it has to. I make it a point to make some time for myself every day.

Amanda and her hubby, now

Last 5 songs listened to you on your iPod/mp3 player:

  • Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas

  • Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

  • She's A Hottie- Toby Keith

  • Poker Face- Lady GaGa

  • Right Round - Flo Rida

What is your greatest accomplishment?

I hope to one day be able to say that my greatest accomplishment is being a great role model to my son. For now my greatest accomplishment is losing 88 pounds!

You're setting a wonderful example for your son, Amanda!

What do you love most about your body?

I love my face! Its nice to see it without 2 or 3 extra chins.

Are you working towards a particular goal we can support you in?

I'm working towards running a 5K. I don't have one planned just yet, but hopefully I will accomplish this goal soon.

Any words of advice you'd like to share with someone sitting at home, reading your interview, wishing/hoping/wanting to change?

You can do it! Its going to be a long road, it will be hard and there will be setbacks, but you'll feel so accomplished, determined and alive. Its the most amazing feeling in the world to realize what you are truly capable of.
I stumbled upon Amanda's blog a few weeks ago and was immediately blown away by her attitude, determination and drive to succeed! It is a pleasure to feature Amanda as a Former Fat Girl of the Week, and I couldn't wait to introduce you to her. Thank you Amanda for being an incredible inspiration! I look forward to watching your continued transformation!



Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

GREAT Job Amanda!! I just found spinning again and love to run too!! I love how inspirational you are - and as Momma - Kudo's to you!

Marcelle said...

Well done Amanda
You are looking great and I know it takes lots of hard work and total dedication to losing the weight...not everyone manages to complete this journey - you have!!!

Tim said...

Hi, this is Tim, Amanda's husband. I have to say that she is *my* biggest inspiration, most vocal critic and loudest fan. Every day she reminds me without words why I do what I do to get back in shape and I couldn't do it without her.

Thank you Amanda for being a wonderful, caring, giving person and the best wife I could ever have!

*Fitcetera* said...

88 lbs lost! Wow, that's fantastic Amanda!
You look so radiant and happy and your son is a real cutie patootie!


MackAttack said...

Michelle, I really love these features, it helps me see that I can do it, and what that means. Thanks.

Amanda, Way to go! You are so inspirational! I'm going to check out your blog now. I need all the inspiration I can get!

Melissa Cunningham said...

amanda and tim,congrats to you both for being such awesome examples/inspirations of what people can achieve once they set thier minds to do it!!
by what you are doing now,your are speaking volumes to your son!!
keep up your hard work!!

Amy said...

Great report! Beautiful pictures - very inspirational!!

Betsy said...

What a badass! You go, Amanda! Great job!!!

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