Amy Barnes from Woodbridge, Va., dropped 340 pounds all on her own. She didn’t have cameras following her to publicize her weight loss, nor did she have plastic surgeons, personal trainers or nutritionists. Barnes created her own weight-loss plan, set her own goals and succeeded.
Her success has given her new opportunities. She now owns her own fitness facility, Inside & O.U.T. Fitness, which was featured on the front cover of Oxygen magazine, she competed in a muscle-fitness competition, and she appeared on many major news shows such as the “Today Show.”
COLLEGIATE TIMES: If you don’t mind me asking, what was your starting weight before you lost 340 pounds?
AMY BARNES: 490 pounds.
CT: Again, if you don’t mind me asking, how did you get to this original weight and what was the cause?
BARNES: I’ve been overweight all my life, never morbidly obese, but I had my first child when I was 21, put on weight after that pregnancy and never really took it off. I don’t ever remember not being on a diet. As long as I can remember from 17 or 18 years old I have been dieting.