Amy Barnes
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  • Woodbridge, VA
  • United States
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My "Proud ME" Story:
Once weighing in at a mere 490lbs. I decided it was time to get healthy. I started with 52% BMI... I have lost a total of 340lbs and my BMI now is 13%. I used food as my addiction to cope with the life I was handed. 4 1/2 years ago, I decided to take control of my life... and started on my new journey, never looking back and never letting the road blocks get in my way!
What Made Me "ME"
I have three heros. My children... my true motivation in everything I do. They are the strongest and most inspiring kids I have ever met. I was put on earth to be a wife and a mama... everything else is something I HAVE to do...they are the reason I breath. My partner/trainer/motivator and best friend Allen...he make me want to be a better woman. He encourags me, keeps me strong when I feel weak and always reminds me on days I am feeling discouraged... just how far I have come!
My Body Proud Moments
Stretching My Comfort Zone
Its about setting realistic attainable goals. The name of my company is Inside & O.U.T. Fitness. I truly believe that one must change on the inside before you can make the changes you want on the outside. Without Nutrition, you will never be able to achieve your physical goals!
Talents I Wish to Hone.
My proud moments are losing 340lbs with no surgery. Through hard work, dedication and self motivation I was finally able to make a true life change. I hope to inspire others... to be Body Proud!
Areas I wish to Solve / Resolve / Enrich:
Personal Trainer &/or Fitness Professional, Entrepreneur, CEO
My Philosophy / Message / Wisdom:
My children and my best friend/boyfriend.
My Inspiration:
Players I Wish to Associate With and Why:
I started my own health and wellness solutions company. I have government contracts, personal training, motivational speaking and work with over 500 inner city youth, to inspire them to live healthy lifestyles.
Look for ME Here:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
My GAME Play Strategy:
Have you ever thought… What inspires YOU? What is it that drives you day in and day out?
We think of creative people as being inspired and ask about their work. What inspired them to paint, draw, or produce this piece of work? Usually the answer is: a book, poem, film, experience, person or a place. Something else or someone else inspired the artist or the songwriter.

But what about the person in a regular job?

Inspiration is a desire to live life without flinching. Try taking a risk, even if you might fail. Try acting on your emotions, creativity, ability and your beliefs. Take criticism but have the faith in yourself to do it anyway. It’s hard work, but then hard work never killed anyone (or so my Dad says).

You can begin to see that if nothing inspires you or excites you or lights up your life you are really missing something. You are just like a robot performing task after task.

What inspires me, is the thought that I am more than my body. My limitations are only down to my thoughts. Thus I want to keep pushing the boundaries to find out what is there. I want to find out what I can communicate to the world. I am inspired by the fact that through what I do I may enable another person to open their mind. To remove the blinkers and reach their possibilities.

Inspiration is linked to innovation. To introduce new ways of seeing things. Inspiration is a way of understanding the essence of ourselves. Understanding who we are and what we dream about. Whatever it is that inspires you, it is the core of your very being.

So what is it? When we tap into whatever it is that inspires us we are able to share our ideas, thoughts and emotions. As we share and show our dreams, emotions and ideas and thoughts then we gradually become to understand the person we truly are.

Can you really live without knowing what inspires you
Skills I Have:
3 Months!
Referred by (and why):
From my boyfriend. We have both always wanted to compete. WE are both athletic and love the idea. Here we are... ready to compete in November

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To FAT to be FIT?

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 9:49am 1 Comment

Still at a mere 260lbs and wearing a size 3XL, it was only 4 years ago that I was getting ready to teach my first kickboxing class.  There were several people that were not happy with the fact that there was a “FAT GIRL” standing in front of the classroom, because I didn’t fit the stereotypical fit physique.

Now flashing forward to the Arnold Classic, where I am another 100lbs lighter and I found myself surrounded by several hundred of the world’s most fit physiques and still…


Be like a kid again… make exercise fun!

Posted on April 1, 2010 at 3:51pm 1 Comment

If you’re trying to add more activity and movement to your life, one place to look for inspiration is your children. When we were kids, we never said, “I have to go exercise.” We just wanted to play and move. Here are four things about being active and healthy that you can learn from kids:

1. Life is a game.…


What are you afraid of??

Posted on January 2, 2010 at 8:00am 0 Comments

It’s no secret that America's “battle of the bulge” continues to grow and it’s often attributed to our lack of movement and our over sized portions. And yes, those are the obvious reasons, but I have come to discover that it isn’t only lack of motivation that holds people back, but it’s FEAR! Fear is an emotion that often stops us dead in our tracks. So in our current uncontrollable economy, one thing we can control is our commitment to our health. If fear has held you back, the best way to… Continue

It's a New Year/New Decade....TIME FOR CHANGE!

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 3:51pm 0 Comments

It's a NEW YEAR! ANNND a New Decade!! That means it’s “resolution” time once again! Turn on your television or listen to the radio and I guarantee you will hear someone talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Some people love to make resolutions, some people steer away from them…regardless, a resolution is really just goal-setting wrapped up in a fancy package for a holiday, and in order to successfully attain any goal, you need to have a plan and take steps to set yourself up for… Continue

New Year's Resolutions!

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Let me tell you, working in the fitness industry, this is one of the busiest times of the year. Everywhere you turn, people are focused on the things in their life they need to change, and many times (especially at this time of the year after maybe indulging a little too much during the holiday season) this includes their state of health.

What I have found in my experience is that a lot of people fail to keep their “resolutions” because these resolutions are usually based on the… Continue

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At 11:18pm on June 2, 2011, Angel Alberto Garcia said…
You are an inspiration for millions of people around the world. Keep up the good work.
At 12:52am on April 28, 2011, Angel Alberto Garcia said…
I hope you are in excellent health. Take care and stay in touch.
At 4:09pm on January 12, 2011, Martone Fuller said…
I believe that I have been on bodyproud for over 2 years now
At 12:26am on January 12, 2011, Martone Fuller said…
Your fitness and life achievements are refreshing for me as a owner and fitness trainer. There is a misconception on how to do things and the biggest loser show does not help in my opinion. Congrats on your current achievements and best of wishes on your future achievements
At 6:00am on December 27, 2010, Iron Man said…
Thanks ! I do plan to compete in 2011
At 1:05pm on November 18, 2010, Fatima Leite Kusch said…
Thanks so much Amy! Sorry we never got a chance to meet.
At 12:55pm on October 7, 2010, Scott Kaufman said…
Thank you Amy. Sorry for the tremendous delay in responding. I am a relative newbie at this. I have played sports and lifted weights for quite some time. I have battled weight issues my whole life and within the past 3 years have had both hips replaced but I am attacking life to the fullest. I have lost about 40 lbs so far, am active and living a much healthier lifestyle. I look forward to connecting and sharing motivation with the rest of the BP family.
At 7:46pm on September 27, 2010, Angel Alberto Garcia said…
Amy, I am so proud of you. You changed your body into the type of physique that everyone wants and admires. Good luck and stay in touch.
At 3:13am on September 8, 2010, Kevin Friesen said…
Just saw your note on the heck are ya?
Getting ready for the DC show? I CAN'T wait!!!
Send me a message so we can get caught up with everything...looking forward to talking AND seeing you soon!
At 7:58pm on September 7, 2010, Carl Sparacio said…
Thank you for the friend request. I think of you as a celebrity. Nice of you to see the lil folk. lol...


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