about amanda

hi guys! my name is amanda leigh tyson and i am a 23 year old born and raised in a beach town in maine.  i am currently on the journey of my life right now – my weightloss journey!

tipping the scales at 260 pounds, i knew it was time to make a change. i decided to take a chance and auditioned for the biggest loser season 12. i ended up making it as a casting finalist for the show & they flew me out to LA with 30 something other BL hopefuls. after more than a week of appointments and interviews, i was told that i didn’t get on the show.

after that letdown, i made it a point to say that i COULD and i WOULD do it on my own.

my weightloss journey officially started in december, 2011 when i spent a week at the biggest loser resort in malibu, california. the biggest loser resort ultimately changed my life. it opened my eyes to a world full of new possibilities and made me do things i never thought possible.

my life is now focused on inspiring others who are going through the same thing. i am here to motivate and guide people in the right direction. i graduated college with a degree in exercise science so that i CAN achieve these goals!

this blog is going to be a place where i share my struggles and my achievements while on this journey.

because i AM worth it.

loves: cooking, shopping, celebrities, exercising, E!, breakfast at tiffany’s, the beach, friends, wine, reading, chocolate peanut butter ice cream, family time, taking pictures, audrey hepburn, kindness, the today show, writing, making jewelery, modern family, mumford and sons, pedicures, driving with the windows down, raybans, toms shoes, traveling, cleaning



9 thoughts on “about amanda

  1. […] our friend amanda has started a blog. go read yesterday’s post. and i say that with no amount of shameless self-promotion at. […]

  2. Tay says:

    Love this! We love a lot of the same things! 🙂 I’m so glad to find out more about you and your life! Love your blog and I am so glad I found you! Ya gotta love MK for helping me find you!

    • i am SO glad you found me too, darling!!! yes, we definitely love and thank MK for bringing you here! i had a feeling we might have a few of those things in common 🙂 i’m always here for you, friend! xox

  3. Barry Curran says:

    Hi,my name is Barry,im from Dublin,Ireland…
    Hope you dont mind me saying….But you looked amazing BEFORE you started on weight lose program….
    I understand WHY you have done it but your beauty ISNT in your size,its in EVERY part of you….
    Think youre a real inspiration to others and i hope you continue to be the person you always were before you started on this journey….

  4. Desiree@ichoosehealthyandfit says:

    I came across your Facebook page which lead me to your blog. I’m excited to hear more about your journey! You are truly inspiring.

  5. Paul says:

    keep up the good work. I saw your facebook page… by the way picture you posted http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/photo.php?fbid=466636850033233&set=a.333918099971776.82344.333638689999717&type=1&theater

    you look super hot.

  6. Amanda Allen says:

    Amanda I just want to tell you how much of an inspiration you are to me. I’m 294 Ibs and ice been following you on Facebook thinking god bless this girl for everything. I look to you for ideas with good and exercise plans. And I think to myself, if this beautiful young girl can do it, why can’t I? I just wanted to say that. And I’m glad I have someone so hopefull and confident to look to on my journey.

  7. Jamie Ostergaard says:

    Amanda, I just recently came across your blog because I follow Jacqui McCoy from Extreme Weight Loss on Instragram and she posted a picture of you saying we should follow you. Normally I don’t follow random people, but I decided to check out your Instagram anyway since Jacqui stated you were “inspirational” and frankly I was in dire need of some inspiration. So, I reviewed some of your pictures and saw you made a tremendous change in your life and as a result, I began following you and I must admit I am so glad I did!

    What I enjoy most about you is how real and honest you are. My story is pretty similar to yours, and a couple years ago I lost 40 pounds after hitting an all time low in my life and being fed up with the way I looked, but soon enough I gained all the weight back and then some and I was so close to my goal!! Since then, I have been on and off, mostly off. I just haven’t had the motivation or the drive and usually give up within the first few weeks because I don’t feel full at every moment of every day or I want to go out with my friends who have zero problems with their weight and not worry about counting calories and chewing on what tastes like leaves in comparison to the fried, fatty goodness they are shoveling in their mouths. However, reading your blog and seeing that I struggle with a lot of the some things has helped me. I usually grow impatient and give up if I don’t see an immediate change, but, thanks to you and your honesty about your struggles, I am taking this journey day by day and choice by choice. So thank you for being an inspiration, thank you for sharing your stories, and thank you for daring to not only to dream big but also reach and make those dreams a fantasy. You may have not been a finalist on Biggest Loser, but you’ve impacted many lives, including mine. Thank you, and God bless. 🙂

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