Amanda The Real American Bada$$
Usually, for these blog posts I write a few sentences then post the photos of the model. That's not gonna be the case for this one. This particular model shared a story with me that was so inspiring, I knew I had to share it.
Amanda showed up for the shoot ready to work. We jumped right in and started shooting. As the shoot unfolded, she started telling me how she used to be 100 pounds heavier. If you look at the photos below, you'll say its impossible, but its true. I inquired how she lost all the weight and she proceeded to tell quite an inspiring story.
Amanda had been overweight her whole life. She suffered from a heart condition and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), a condition which wreaks havoc on women in various ways, one which is weight gain that is extremely difficult to lose (up to 5x harder than normal). Amanda decided she was not going to accept the hand she was dealt and would regain control of her life. She started dieting and exercising, setting small goals for herself, and she achieved each one of them. She ended up losing 100 pounds and regaining control of her life, despite the odds.
Amanda has kept the weight off and maintained a healthy lifestyle for 2 years. She works out 3x per week and has a strict diet. No doubt, she has every excuse to give in and let her condition take over, but she absolutely refuses to do so. Amanda should be an inspiration to us all and there is no doubt she is a badass!