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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 1

Today marks Day 1 of my journey to lose weight and get my health back. Getting to meet Dr. Oz was beyond incredible. He is so encouraging, so down to earth, and just sweet as can be! The best part of bein on the show was getting to meet Nancy Schuessler, my inspiration for all of this. She is amazing!! I know that with her and Dr. Oz by my side I can be succesful. I can do this!

I walked for 30 minutes tonight with my little pomeranian-chihuahua Maggie. It was harder than I thought it would be. In fact, I wanted to give up after 15 minutes. But, I pressed on. And even though I was achy afterward, it felt so good! I did it! I pushed on, I didn't give up, and I succeeded.

Having a Coach is amazing. I am not alone in this. Nancy is so encouraging, and she just gets it. She has been there. She knows what I'm feeling before I can come up with the words to describe it. She is a soul sister, and I cherish and love her already. :)

This is going to be a rough, long, challenging journey. I won a few battles today, but the war rages on. But what is different this time, is that I feel such a peace. I know that it's going to be hard. This is most likely the hardest thing I will ever do in my life. But that will only make the victory of overcoming food that much sweeter.

I'm learning so much, even in this short time, that it is a bit overwhelming. I'm jotting down notes and journaling, trying to keep everything straight. I know my biggest battle will be giving myself grace when I need it, and not giving up when I slip up.

I'm in this for the long haul, and I feel as thought I finally have all of the support and tools I need to be successful. A huge thank you to Dr. Oz and his staff for everything they have done. And to Nancy Schuessler, my beautiful, inspiring, amazing Coach and sister along this journey, I am forever grateful and indebted to you for literally saving my life.

More to come... :)


  1. Hi Amy
    I saw you tonight on Dr.Oz. I am so pleased to hear about all that is happening in your life and I will keep you in my prayers.


  2. Amy, I watched you on Dr. Oz today, all the way from Canada. I too am battling weight and was crying when I watched you start your journey. I can't wait to see what you can achieve! You can do it!
    - Kelly :)

  3. Hi Amy,
    I too saw you on Dr Oz and am pretty excited for you! I have a lot of weight to lose too and am in such a rut that I am just gaining. I hope you don't mind if I follow your progress and TRY to do what you do to help me.
    Terrie in Mb Canada

  4. Good Luck Amy! I saw your story and you and Nancy have inspired me! It's wonderful that you have lost 13.5 lbs...i hope to say that this time next month!

  5. Amy - We at Forget Me Nots are so excited for you. You've inspired me to get active and start getting healthy. We are right here with you.
    Barb and Jen at Forget Me Nots.

  6. Amy- I am so glad you actually responded to my email! I wish you the best of luck on your journey. You have inspired a lot of people, and I think that is so wonderful. I am following right along with you, and I hope I have some of the same results you have!

  7. Hi Amy!
    Your journey is really inspirational and it encourages me to get out there and do it, too. I'm ready to make the change, and you give me hope that I can. Good job so far and good luck!


  8. Hello Amy I saw you on the Dr Oz show and you are my inspiration, since I seen the show I too have decided to lose weight. I dont have much of a support system put in place so I have made a myspace page for the sole purpose of losing this weight. If you or anyone reading this would like to add me plz DO !!!! I can use all the help and support possible. I am using your idea w/your pictures and making videos to put on my blog, so I can visually see myself changing :) THX GIRLY

  9. Dear Amy,

    I saw you and Nancy Schuessler on the Dr.OZ show a while back and was inspired by both of you. Your strength and courage is something that I am trying to find within myself. I have battled weight most of my life and have lost much of this battle.

    As I listened to you and Nancy I realized that so much of what I heard and saw is almost a mirror of my life. When I see myself in a mirror, which I try to avoid, I see an image that I do not see in my own mind. The person who is looking back at me is a stranger. What I see in my mind is a healthy, happy and active person.

    I have two young boys and I feel like a spectator in their lives. I have a fear that they will grow up and only remember me sitting on the sidelines and not as an active participant. I will be 39 soon and would like to have time to change this. I want to be around for a long time to make new memories.

    I had a quick question about what you and Nancy started off eating. On the show I saw the scrambled egg whites and squash. What I did not see/hear was the soup recipe. Since I have kids, a husband and a job I do not always have the time to think about what meals to fix. I would like to make these three dishes the no brainers that I can start with and make the foundation of my journey.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. The glimpse that you have given us into your life is a gift. And has given me hope that I can accomplish what you have and let the inner me shine.

    Best wishes.

  10. I am sending this from Italy.Saw you on the Dr.Oz show just last night.I am sure it is an old episode.A woman named Nancy was on as well.As I was watching I was on my excercise bike.I bike an hour a day even thoughI am a working mom with twin daughters. I lost about 60 pounds about 8 years ago and still battle everyday to keep it off.It is a full time job but well worth it for myself and my children.I still see a chubby insecure person when I look in the mirror even though I am in a size 8-10 and that is the hardest part for me.I do not know at what point you are now, but I just wanted you to know that there are people all over the world that are cheering you on and I wish you all the luck in the world.