A health scare kicked the 48-year-old into action, losing 12kg in three months.
There was healthy food, yes, but “a lot of bad food, too.”
The 48-year-old was “unhealthy, unhappy, and in constant pain”. Her biological age, which is a measurement of your age based on various biomarkers, was 52; four years older than her chronological age.
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A trip to the doctor confirmed the busy mum-of-two was in poor health. She had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and was borderline type 2 diabetes.
“It was a scare,” she says, “I was in constant pain all the time and I wanted to be healthy for my kids.”
Thanks to support and inspiration from her friends, Mel and Steve Franklin, Amanda joined BFT Hobart—a chain of fitness centres founded by Princess Diana’s former PT Cameron Falloon—on their recommendation. Not long after she signed up, Amanda signed up for the BFT 12-Week Challenge, whereby she was given an app for her meal plan, shopping lists, and unlimited training at any BFT facility. Amanda was training about four times a week.
Her diet also experienced an overhaul and was encouraged to track her macros: 1500 to 1700 calories made up of 90-150g of protein, 50-80g of fat, and 115-200g of total carbohydrates each day. Within a few weeks, Amanda was hooked.
“The change in my mental health within weeks was amazing,” she says.
“The challenge for me was about improving physical health and avoiding medication.”
After completing the challenge, Amanda had lost 14kg of fat and gained 1.5kg of muscle. Her doctor is no longer worried about her aforementioned health issues, and perhaps the best part is that she’s shaved seven years off her biological age.
“I hope that means I can tell people I’m 45, not 48 which is my actual age,” she laughs.
“I am happier, healthier, I have more energy for my kids, I am a better daughter, mum, and friend because of this journey… I love coming to the gym, which is very funny because I never thought I would hear myself say that.”
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