Here at barre n9ne studio, we are excited to celebrate the one year barre-o-versary since launching the first official barre n9ne studio 60 day challenge, a challenge we kicked off after our winning spokeswomen Jolene and Jess had such success with it in May 2011 (more on that in a later post, when we’ll hear from them and their 60 day journeys, which has continued on to this very day!).
Today, we bring you Amanda Hathaway, one of our (many!) rockstar clients who has been doing the challenge since August 1, 2011 and she has not looked back since. Not only is she incredibly motivated, she is inspiring and mentoring so many other challengers and truly paying it forward.
We are kicking off a new series of Q&As with some of our clients and Amanda is our first! She has worked incredibly hard, and has seen amazing results. She has lost 53 pounds, and more than 35 inches! Her proudest? More than 8 inches from her THIGHS alone. Her totals:
Amanda, you look amazing, you are beautiful, confident, happy and the epitome of the barre n9ne® spirit in every way. Thank you for embracing every aspect of our program, giving it 110% and allowing us to travel on this journey with you to the NEW & IMPROVED, Amanda! We have loved watching you transform over the past year!
And now…5 questions with…Amanda Hathaway.
Why did you decide to do the barre n9ne challenge (and when did you start)?
I had been following barre n9ne® studio on facebook and saw the results of Jessica and Jolene’s 60 day challenge. My son was 6 months old at the time and I couldn’t use the excuse, ” I just had a baby that’s why I am overweight” anymore. I emailed Tanya about it and knew it was the right thing for me to do. I went to my sisters wedding on July 16th, 2011 and felt so uncomfortable in my bridesmaid dress. I knew it was time for a change. I signed up for the August 1 challenge…I am very competitive so when I saw “challenge” I knew it was perfect!
What have your results been – both physical and mental?
Physically I have lost about 35 inches. More than 8 inches in just my thigh!!!
Mentally this challenge has been a life changer. After 31 years of living I finally know how to eat. I know how many calories to put into my body to lose weight and how many calories to put in my body to maintain. If that isn’t the key to being healthy, I dont know what is!! I feel like I am a better person, Mother, wife, friend, sister. Exercising and barre n9ne® are my happy pill. I feel confident in myself again and feel comfortable in clothes again. Any woman who has had a baby knows that it is a huge adjustment in your life. I feel like while learning the ropes to being a Mom, I was also able to change my life by doing this challenge.
What was your biggest a-ha moment during the challenge?
I feel like I have one everyday! When I saw my 6 month change from b9 I felt proud. I am very hard on myself and feel like that is some of the key to my success but I was able to reflect. At that point I had gone from a shy person (NOT ME) hiding behind huge bulky clothes to a confident woman with her hands on her hips smiling. The 6 month picture was my sons 1st birthday party. Gaining 65 pounds while pregnant and being where I was that day, made me feel like I had done something awesome for myself. I felt like I hadn’t given up on ME which can be easy to do after pregnancy.
How have your eating habits changed or evolved since embarking on the challenge?
OMG where do I begin!?!? I eat foods that are good for me- and enjoy them. I also realized that in order to eat well you have to plan well. When I go to the grocery store there isn’t a box of pizza or Mama Celeste in my freezer. The few times I’ve actually saved enough calories to splurge on food like fried clams…I decided to eat a salad before and then have a few clams. I knew I wouldn’t feel well if I pigged out on them because my body wasn’t used to eating crap! Doesn’t mean I cant have any but to fuel my body the whole day on something with 0 nutritional value, I was all set. 1 year ago I was eating steak bombs and chips and ice-cream and pizza. 1 year ago I looked like a steak bomb. haha!
What motivates you to continue the challenge and what advice do you have for anyone embarking on the 60 day challenge?
I LOVE IT! I know that is a vague statement but I just love everything about it. I love the 10k steps a day goal, the food log and the 4 classes a week. (sometimes 5 if my husband was being extra nice that week) I love being measured and seeing my success.
If there are ANY WOMEN out there that haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?!?! Never in my life has there EVER been a time that I enjoyed working out. Every class is different, every teacher is awesome. When I first started I was SO OUT OF SHAPE! I could barely get the first set of anything without stopping. Every class you get stronger and feel great when you are done. I was so nervous to start because I thought I would be that fat girl in the corner everyone was staring at. I never felt that way. Everyone is there for the same reason and SO SO supportive! If you are unhappy with yourself and feel insecure about your weight, you have to try this challenge. The results you will see if you give it your all are fool proof. You will lose weight and inches and feel great after.
My motivation for this challenge is 100% my son. I feel like if I am happy with myself and have energy it will make his life that much better. I feel like I can now give him the correct tools and education to eat well and be active. That to me is PRICELESS!
Bonus question! What is your favorite and least favorite barre n9ne® signature ‘move’ and why?
My least favorite move is pretzel because it hurts like CRAZY!!!!! My favorite is wide plies, and glutes with the blue ball behind your leg at the barre that Tanya uses in Toned Firm Fit & Ready!
Bonus bonus bonus:
I also just want to say how much of a huge impact all the teachers have had on my life and how incredibly supportive and awesome they are! barre n9ne® is much more than a place to sweat! Its a community of awesome, supportive girls that I consider my friends.