Austin & Amy roudebush
What did life look like before you focused consistently on nutrition and fitness?
Amy- I was following up every dinner with 3 or 4 mini candy bars- telling myself that it was ok because they were little ones- and then wondering why I wanted to fall asleep at 6 or 7 every night. I went weeks without eating real food like fruits and veggies. I tried to get into working out a few times but I never could quite make myself commit.
What made you decide to make a change?
Amy- After I had Riley (my oldest son) I started working out and using diet pills to help me kick start my weight loss. Thankfully I realized that the diet pills weren't the easy answer and bought my first workout video- "Slim in 6". After my second son, I was determined not to go back to the weight I was before. A friend invited me to join the gym at work and I started to lose my baby weight. Austin came home from his yearly physical telling me that the doctor had put him on cholesterol medicine and said he really needed to change or he was in trouble. His father had triple bypass at 44 so I immediately freaked out. It was then that I decided that we needed to change our eating habits. Since I made all the food, Austin didn't really have a choice in the matter.
Austin- Amy was reading an article in a fitness magazine to me that said- it's not about having a six pack, but about being able to enjoy life and not worry about whether or not you'll be able to do it. It made me think about the simple things; being out of breath and always feeling tired. It was as simple as that. I decided it was worth changing.
What has changed (race times, blood work, attitude, etc)?
Amy- The main thing that motivates us is being able to enjoy and do anything we want and not worry about physically not being able to do an activity. We went on a trip with some friends last year and we went zip lining. There were lots of stairs and most of our friends had to quit in the middle because they just physically couldn't handle it. After they quit, Austin looked at me and said "Thanks for pushing me to workout and eat better so we can enjoy activities like this together." From the very beginning, Austin has always been skeptical of the things I tell him to do and eat- finally for once I'm the one that gets to be right! Working out is something that we enjoy doing together and way that we can find to connect. He’s always trying to catch up with me!
Austin- Not sure about the last part but the rest is true! My Cholesterol was at 227 and my Triglycerides were at 674 before I started working out. Fast forward a little over a year and I'm sitting at 133 and 160. BIG changes in the way I feel and how my body Is working.