Amy Martin was overweight for as long as she could remember, but could never find the motivation to do anything about it.
“I did not see my weight as an issue and neither did anyone around me,” she tells body+soul.
“I knew my weight was unhealthy, but I just never made it a priority to do anything about it.”
She attempted to lose weight several times, but never succeeded.
“Every now and then a doctor would say that I should try and get my weight to under 100kgs and I got very close a number of times but I just could not maintain it,” she adds. “I would balloon back to around the 120kgs faster than it came off.”
But after 10 years of having difficulties falling pregnant, Amy decided to visit an IVF doctor – and their advice was the motivation she needed to hear.
“After a visit to an IVF doctor who very honestly said, ‘it would not hurt you to lose 10kgs’, I knew if I was to try and achieve the one thing [my husband and I] so desperately wanted, I needed to actually make a change.”
Tipping the scales at 110.5kg with 43.8 per cent body fat, Amy took immediate action and signed up to 12RND Fitness.
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Amy’s workout routine
Prior to joining 12RND, Amy had no fitness routine other than walking her dog a few times a week. Naturally, Amy was “scared”.
But despite not being able “to do all the exercises that were on the boards,” Amy was proud she completed the entire 12 rounds with the help from the supportive trainers.
A few weeks into her new workout routine and she began to see results.
“Initially, it was a huge shock to my system but I persevered, consistently showed up and within weeks started to see progress.”
Amy then decided to take things to the next level and sign up to the 12RND 6-week challenge.
“Going into my first challenge I was nervous, a little scared and pretty overwhelmed.”
From the challenge alone, she lost 10.2kg and 6.1 per cent body fat.
It wasn’t until Amy participated in the 12RND Training Camp in which she realised she needed to make immediate changes to her diet.
“I learnt about portion sizes, complex carbs, how much to eat and when to eat, and I began to stop eating foods of convenience (like pasta, white bread or white rice), and managing what actually went on my plate,” she explains. “Rather than having a coffee with nuts and a banana for morning tea, I know that I only need 60g of nuts to have enough protein and sustenance to get me through until the next meal.”
Here’s what a typical day on a plate looks like to her now.
Breakfast: “I’ll usually have porridge or muesli for complex carbs, and if I’ve trained I add in a protein shake. I’ll also add things like chia seeds for additional nutritional value.”
Morning snack: “My snacks are often veggie sticks, rice cakes with hummus, or a punnet of berries and herbal tea.”
Lunch: “My biggest thing is that I always cook three portions for dinner, which is enough for me and my husband and then enough for lunch the next day. If I can’t cook, my go-to is a tuna sandwich.”
Afternoon snack: “I don’t often do afternoon snacks, but if I feel hungry before dinner I’ll go to either a protein shake or boiled eggs, which I always have in the fridge as a quick snack.”
Dinner: “My main meals are always a combination of a protein source – especially plant-based sources like chickpeas – and white meats and fish rather than red meat, and then vegetables and a complex carb.”
“After 257 workouts with 12RND in just under 2 years, I’ve lost 26.1kgs to date. I’m now 84.4kg at 26.5 per cent body fat,” Amy confidently says.
Although she believes she still has room to improve and is currently going through her third IVF cycle, Amy strongly believes she’s made incredible progress so far.
“While I am still working toward my ideal weight and fitness goals, I can proudly say what I have accomplished so far has been my greatest achievement.
“I want to continue to build my core strength, build lean muscle and lose fat in my problem areas. I am training to see if I can maintain my current fitness level and lifestyle because I’m much happier in this lifestyle.”