Hey there! I’m Coach Amy 🙂
And I didn't grow up fit, athletic, eating all the things (I was actually super picky), confident or super healthy. I was the definition of "late bloomer" and I am so happy for that because it gives me a place to help you learn as an adult, because I did. And the "chronic helper" in me is why I'm Coach Amy and keep coming around again and again.
Since I can remember I was the kid that was obsessed with magazines and makeovers. I loved the thought of a big transformation and I thought it happened overnight, ya know - like the movies. I remember using my allowance to buy Seventeen Magazine and my first set of weights so I could "lose 10 lbs in 10 days" and get the hot guy to ask me to the homecoming dance. Only, guess what - it didn't happen, again and again. Instead - I learned unhealthy habits, and an unhealthy relationship with my body. In fact, I got into sports my senior year of high school "so I wouldn't be fat."
Where did that get me? Well, very unhealthy. And when food allergies that eventually led to an undiagnosed autoimmune disorder surfaced in my early 20’s and the scale tipped 200 lbs, I decided I had to change my life. I couldn’t be the girl to live on medications – because, well, I couldn’t afford it. I lost the weight and in an effort to keep it off once and for all I sought help from a personal trainer and became a Beachbody coach so I could get a discount on some healthy supplements and extra workouts. Maybe help a few people along the way to cover my costs.
What happened instead was such an extreme amount of personal growth, learning that food is fuel and nourishment rather than simply enjoyment, how to cook and make healthy foods taste good and getting results with my own experience lit a fire in me to help over 1000 people over the past 8 years to change their lives for the better, too.
Two pregnancies - two incredibly different journeys.
My first - my body was primed for pregnancy, I followed a conception diet and we made a baby our 2nd month of trying. I prided myself on working out as often as possible, and ate whatever I wanted to help the baby be exposed to foods. I was so prepared - until after the birth and postpartum life hit me dead in the face. I first developed PPA, then later PPD - and realized I could no longer outrun my fork and my "exposure method" didn't work leaving me with an allergy kid and hgih needs baby. I was ashamed of myself, my body, and our story.
The next time around - it took a while to conceive. And I had THE HARDEST pregnancy, my body was not happy with me. But then instead of punishing myself, avoiding "getting fat" I decided a different approach. I would listen to my body, treat it as a vessel - and I began autoimmune eating and focusing on gut health. What foods would make ME feel good. Smooth delivery, smooth postpartum.
I fostered pride in my body instead of shame and "getting my body back" as I grew into the role of a mom of 2. No hiding behind the stroller...and this is a week postpartum.
Using myself to test my own nutritional methods I really do believe change a mama, change a family. We are all so much healthier, happier and freer when we are more tierd and busy than ever - because our health is the priority, and my passion in my coaching.
When I coached live, I would tell my class that there are 2 kinds of coaches - (1) The ones that are the experts and better than you, instilling their wisdom. and (2) The ones who make it their mission to be the best at helping you, inspiring you to succeed where you are - all while working on themselves.
I am the latter, I am a constant work in progress honing my craft and learning alongside you - and this "leading from the trenches" mindset has led me to create a team that has consistenly ranked in the top 5% of all Beachbody coaches in the past 6 years, and in 2022 the top 1%. Since starting my wellness journey, I left my full-time marketing career and am now a stay-at-home mom. During my Beachbody journey I've put myself through nutrition classes, switched gears from the Registered Dietician track to a more holistic approach and earned multiple certifications, fought (and am winning) my own invisible illness and gastrointestinal issues,
My hope and prayer is this - that my girls will grow up healthy and strong, loving the skin they're in...and I can help you and yours do the same, wherever you are in your life's story, it's time to begin the adventure...small changes, big results.