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"My Weight Needed a Checkup"

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FITNESS gave ER doctor Amy Walsh, 29, the winning prescription for peeling off the pounds.

Amy's Weight-Loss Goals

My Goal

Here's my problem: As a medical resident, I am not only on duty 60 hours a week but also often pull overnight shifts in the Iowa City ER where I work. During my internship and residency I lived on lemon bars, chocolaty French silk pie, and fried cheese curds -- batter-coated cheddar served by the bowlful -- from the hospital cafeteria. I was too wiped out after 11-hour workdays to lift a finger, much less ride my mountain bike or find a pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee, my two favorite hobbies. I gained 20 pounds in two years -- and I'm a doctor! Although I tried jogging twice a week to lose the weight, the scale stayed stuck at around 160 pounds. I was griping to my sister Karla, editorial assistant at FITNESS, that I was running out of time to trim down for both my graduation and my June wedding. And before I knew it, I became the next makeover for this column!

My Moment of Success

FITNESS set me up with a trainer and a dietitian, and suddenly I realized I did have pockets of time that I'd been spending watching hours of sports on TV and sleeping in rather than going to the gym. By following their advice and by swapping a few take-out and restaurant meals weekly for homemade ones, I've dropped 15 pounds and two dress sizes. Instead of dreading looking bloated on my two big days, I can't wait to see myself in all those photos looking the slimmest I've ever been.

By the Numbers Untitled Document
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Weight 162 lb 147 lb
Height 5'5" 5'5"
Chest 40" 36"
Waist 33" 29"
Hips 42" 37"
Body Fat 35% 29%

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suhubu2 wrote:

Great job! Thinking you can't do it because you can't afford dieticians and trainers is really just an excuse, people. There is so much great info out there. Find a buddy and motivate each other!

2/22/2012 05:44:59 PM Report Abuse
porshanb wrote:

To all you geniuses obviously the pic with her dressed up is the after. I applaud her for doing something about her weight, she looks great. I guarantee those of you commenting negatively are unhealthy yourselves and t'd off because she had the gumption to do something about it. Speaks to your character, she tried to be a motivator by sharing her story and you idiots criticize her and her efforts. GROW UP!!

2/22/2012 08:50:56 AM Report Abuse
julierotermund wrote:

To e.kent1, I agree. I am a mom of 4 who also has a part time business and money to get those things is not available either. I have lost 18 lbs almost 3 months. Would love to e-mail on how I did that and spur you on in your goals. My e-mail is

2/21/2012 11:24:55 AM Report Abuse
smhoppock wrote:

I didn't see a lot of useful advice for me since I don't have a personal trainer or a dietician to help me out. and I agree with the folks above, she still has a ways to go.

2/21/2012 06:12:56 AM Report Abuse
fransien54 wrote:

I think she is still overweight. Clothes can hide a lot!

2/21/2012 12:28:41 AM Report Abuse

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