70kg later, slimmed-down Amy is an inspiration to others
AN EXTREMELY overweight Caloundra woman who felt "useless" and struggled with thoughts of suicide, has become a "superstar" at her local gym after shedding more than 70kg in rapid time.
Amy Moody, 30, who just 12 months ago tipped the scales at 174kg, has turned her life around and is now inspiring others after getting her weight below 100kg for the first time since her teens.
"I felt useless because there was nothing in my life for me to achieve. I existed but I wasn't really living," Miss Moody said of her obesity.
"I was depressed ... I hit rock bottom quite often, even to the point of suicide attempts.
"Basically, (I realised) I could live another 10 to 15 years - if I was lucky - so that's when I decided to do something."
Miss Moody discussed her predicament with her mum Renee and Mike Debenham, a trainer at the local Goodlife Gym and eventually decided to have gastric sleeve surgery in July 2012, to limit the capacity of her stomach.
This radical procedure was followed up with dedicated exercise.
Mr Debenham said the results had been astounding.
"I've been in the fitness industry for 25 years, and I spent about eight or nine months pulling my hair out over this," he said.
"There's been a bit of tough-love training, and she had some emotional issues, but it's been absolutely inspiring.
"She's a superstar at the gym. Every day she's getting pats on the back."
At her heaviest, Miss Moody could not fit in the shower at home, and she couldn't use exercise machines.
But in an ironic twist, people at the gym are today keen to ask her about her achievements and look to her for inspiration.
"I'm getting more and more people coming up to me and saying, 'I'm just inspired by the things you're doing', which is real humbling for me, because how could I inspire anyone?" she said.
"It's not just the physical, but the emotional and mental side as well; my whole outlook on life has changed.
"I'm starting to live my life at 30, rather than just existing, and now I'm planning my life, what I want to do."
Miss Moody hopes to lose another 25kg to reach her target weight around 75kg.
She has also set a goal to compete in a triathlon.
She also hopes to one day fall in love, marry and have children - a scenario she never before believed would happen.
"I suppose I want to use my experience to inspire others. Even if you're having a bad day, you're not alone. If you reach out to people, there are people there to help you."