Read about how Kelly Slattery-Pennington joined Amplify, lost 9lbs, and even learned some tricks and tips along the way all while managing 3 young kids!
Q: Whats the most important thing you learned from doing Amplify? How has that translated into your daily life?
A: The most important thing I learned was how to be more mindful of my food choices and plan better. Having a plan makes my daily choices easier and healthier. I am paying more attention to the balance of carbs, fat and protein, something I also never thought about before. Although I knew I was a carboholic before Amplify!
Q: What was the most challenging part of doing Amplify? What are some tricks you learned that have helped you meal prep, maintain or stay on track?
A: Well the first three days were the hardest, I was so hungry! I realized I hadn’t really felt hunger in awhile because I previously would eat throughout the day, and I never paid attention to how many calories I was eating. I learned that while the unhealthy choices (hello pizza!) were giving me immediate gratification, afterwards I would feel some guilt that I didn’t choose something more healthy. I learned that fueling my body with better options made me feel better in general (less bloated, less tired) which is why I wanted to do the Amplify program to begin with.
Q: How much weight did you lose? Did you implement some of the things you learned from Amplify into your family life or family meals?
A: I lost 9lbs, which is crazy. I figured I would lose a few pounds but didn’t think it would be that much. I haven’t weighed this much since before I had three kids. It was more about how I felt though, than the number of pounds I lost. I had more energy and just felt happier in general. I liked the idea of my kids seeing me eat more variety and healthy options too, 2/3 of them are picky eaters so I’m hoping it will help them over time as well.
Q: How does having a career and children impact your ability to stay on track with your weight loss? Does having children make it more challenging not to snack or be around some unhealthy food?
A: Amplify definitely helped me plan better for work. I work part-time, but one of the days I work 13 hours and I am on my feet all day. I would skip lunch, have no energy by the evening, and order and eat almost a whole pizza around 9pm. Then I would feel like crap the next day- this happened every week. Now I am making time to sit down for ten minutes to eat lunch at the right time, and make sure I bring plenty of healthy snacks. It is really hard with young kids and having so many snacks in the house! Yesterday my oldest brought a box of donut holes outside for the neighbors, then handed me the half-eaten box to hold for her. So I’m following my 2 year old around down the street trying my hardest to not have three handfuls of Pop-ems! The old me would’ve finished the box for sure. But the new me didn’t even have one! I am so glad I did the Amplify program. My husband Chris got me a gift certificate for Amplify for me as a Christmas present, which he wasn’t sure how I would feel about that. But he knew I was looking to find a way to stop eating like a 5 year old and feel better, and I am really thankful for the experience. Next year though maybe I’ll take some Ugg boots or new jewelry ;).