New York Woman Shares Her One-Year Body Transformation, Loses 65 Pounds

“Went from not working out to riding front row at SoulCycle and am this close to holding myself in a wall walk handstand for one minute.”


We often tend to plan our New Year’s resolutions every January. However, within a few weeks, we fall off the wagon and forget about our resolutions.

Well, that is not the case with Amy Edens, who shared her one-year transformation journey, losing 65 pounds in a year after taking her Ney Year’s resolution really serious.

Edens, who hails from New York, was utterly determined to stick to her weight loss goals. She decided to get started on January 1, 2019, and now she is a proud soul to achieve her goals by proving that even you can turn the tables.

She posted a before-after photo on Instagram, captioning, “I lost 65 pounds and went from a size 18 to a size 8 [sic]. Went from not working out to riding front row at SoulCycle and am this close to holding myself in a wall walk handstand for one minute.”

Undeniably, her transformation is pretty impressive but she had to undergo a lot of hard work and determination to get to the shape she has today.

She told Shape, “For most of my life, I’ve struggled with body image issues, something many people can relate to. Those insecurities directly impacted my confidence, and as a result, I turned to food for comfort.”

She explained, “I was stuck in a negative cycle that I couldn’t break until I hit rock bottom. The saying is cliché but so true: Change is hard. I was terrified of feeling more uncomfortable than I already was.”

Waking up determined on January 1, 2019, she said, “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. For the first time in my life, I decided to put myself first.”

Edens explained that she spent a lot of time and money on books, classes, and workshops that focus on diet, weight loss, and personal development but nothing worked for her.

She knew she had to do something and find a place where she can feel comfortable starting her weight loss journey. “I found that in SoulCycle,” she said. “It became my sanctuary, a safe place for me to be me, and show up where I was physically and emotionally accepted.”

“I was on Bike 56, which sits in the back corner of my studio between the wall and a pillar. I had my first ‘Soul Cry.” It was the first time I had experienced that mind-body connection everyone talks about and I was hooked,” she added.

She went to SoulCycle three to five times a week. She said, “I truly felt like an athlete again. As I became stronger, I knew I wanted to push myself to the next level and incorporate strength training into my workout routine.”

Working with NYC-based personal trainer, Kenny Santucci, Edens said, “I hadn’t strength-trained in years, so I was very much a beginner. I wanted support to ensure I was pushed to my limit while learning to work out correctly and safely.”

You can have a look at her detailed journey of weight loss on Shape.

Sharing her future plans, Edens said, “My long-term goal is to continue this journey of strengthening my mind and my body.” “By sharing my story, I want to inspire and show people that change is possible. You really can change your life in a year.”