Amanda Freeseman
STRONG is the new Skinny!
Location Champlin, MN
Age 27
Gender Female
Interests Cooking, working out, dancing, shopping, boating, decorating, learning....
Smoke? I do not smoke
Drink? I occassionally drink
Education Graduated college / 4-year / BA
Favorite movies Romance/Action/Comedy
Favorite music Anything I can dance to! And oldies.
I am 27 years old, very tall (6'1") and married to the man of my dreams. I grew up in Williamston Michigan, I now reside in Champlin, Minnesota, and I have played sports most of my life. I was on the Okemos High School volleyball team played club volleyball as a USA Michigan "Run Bird" during the off season. I loved playing sports, was very dedicated and in shape, and I was offered a volleyball scholarship my junior year of high school to play on the Iowa State University volleyball team. Life couldn't get much better, but it could definitely get worse, and did. The first volleyball game of my senior year I tore my ACL and meniscus in my left knee. I was heartbroken that I would have to miss out on my senior year of volleyball, but I sat on the bench and cheered on my teammates the entire year with a forced smile. As months went by after my surgery I realized recovery was not going very well. My knee was not healing correctly, and I had lost a lot of mobility and strength. Unfortunately this did not get much better, and resulted in 4 more knee surgeries over the next eight years to try to fix the problem, and I am still recovering from my last knee surgery (a micro-fracture of my femur to stimulate cartilage growth) that was performed almost one year ago to date. While I was on the ISU volleyball team (sitting the bench of course) I was able to stay in fairly good shape while practicing with the team (and icing my knee A LOT). However, once I graduated from college in the spring of 2007 I no longer had that support and guidance of my coaches and teammates, and I have been gaining weight and getting more and more out of shape every since, and a lot of the time would blame the weight gain on my knee pain. My knee wasn't the problem though (though it is an obstacle that I will always have to deal with and does make training more difficult for me). What my problem really comes down to is that I have no idea how to get in shape and stay in shape without a team around me pushing and motivating me. I am like a lot of people where I have spurts when I try to get in shape, and sometimes successfully do, but then will gain weight and loose the muscle that I had worked so hard to get, never allowing myself to enjoy the benefits of how hard I had worked to get there. It is almost like I work out for the duration of what would be a volleyball "season", but once the season is over I completely stop and go right back to my old bad habits. I become very unmotivated, and no one pushes me to keep going like I was used to as an athlete. The worst part is, every time I am in shape and then get out of shape, I always gain back MORE weight than I did the previous time. It has become completely out of control. Now we come to the reason why I decided to get back into shape on November 11th, 2011, and STAY in shape this time. This is a secret that no one knows, not even my husband (Sorry I kept a secret from you hun!). This past fall, while on a family vacation to Mackinac Island, Michigan, I was in a restaurant bathroom and was greeted by a nice woman. She smiled at me and asked, "When is the baby due?" I was very confused at first, then became ice cold once I realized she thought I was pregnant. "I look like I'm pregnant?!?" I thought to myself, but politely replied, "Oh, I'm not pregnant." The woman was embarrassed, apologized, and left the bathroom quickly. I then entered a stall and balled my eyes out. I sat there and cried for a few minutes, then wiped my tears and met back up with my family to eat dinner. I never told anyone what had happened, but I will never forget those words and how they made me feel. I refuse to ever feel that way again, I owe it to myself to fight for this. I was a fighter when I got injured, forced myself to cheer on my teammates from the sidelines, tried my best to play volleyball at a collegiate level, and to recover from 5 knee surgeries. I know I have it in me to get in shape and stay in shape....I know I have it in me somewhere! So, here I am today, about 30 days into my weight loss journey, and 18 lbs down so far and am starting to see some muscle definition. I currently purchase products from Max Muscle, and recently overheard an employee talking about this MaxFormation challenge. I asked more about it and found out how to sign up, and I checked out the max muscle website and saw the online community of people just like me looking to change their lives and all the support and motivation they give each other. Immediately I knew this was EXACTLY WHAT I NEED. I need a team around me for motivation and support just like I had back when I played sports! I am so excited to join this challenge, join the team of max muscle people just like me, and get coaching from the knowledgeable max muscle employees. I know that with their help and my determination, I will be able to reach my goals and maintain what I will work so hard to get for the rest of my life. I will not let my knee pain get in my way, I will not make excuses, and I will not fail, because I am a fighter. Normally I would say something like, "I will see you at the finish line," but not this time. There is no finish line in this competition for me...my success will be in the life-long journey of fighting for my health, fitness and happiness.
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