AMP New Year, Best You Round II- let's make health great again

Hey hey hey! We are at the tail end of the current 8 week- 2017 AMP New Year Best You Challenge program and the girls have done SPECTACULARLY! Check out their progress pictures below!!! Collectively the 46 participants have lost over 200 pounds and TONS of inches! They have regained their confidence, their focus on health and have made lots of other positive choices in their lives because of it. We have shared life struggles, job losses, moments of grief, hardships, happy stories, birthday's, non-scale victories, recipes, advice, book recommendations, tips, work outs, food and we even did pin-pals! Every participant has a different story and a different way about tackling her success. Some hike, some walk, some run marathons, some frequent the gym, some have personal trainers and home gyms. Others do yoga, take classes, do Orange Theory and Pure Barre and others bike ride or swim to exercise. It has been amazing to watch such a diverse group of women come together all wanting a similar goal: to heal, to recover their bodies, to learn something new about themselves, to grow positively, to regain their health, to push their boundaries, to feel stronger, to feel good in their skin and clothes and bathing suits. Knowing that this challenge has helped even just one person validates why I host these. It gives me the warm and fuzzies helping others. I am so proud of these strong, brave women and their dedication to getting healthy: mentally, physically, emotionally and beyond. It wasn't always easy but they persevered with the help of one another. The top 3 winner's with the highest weight loss percent will be selected March 15th. First place will win $2000, second place will win $250 and third place will win $50! Not bad if you ask me. So stay tuned on that!

UPDATE: Congrats to our winners!!! Their pics are below! Melissa for winning 1st place, Caitlyn for winning second and Beccy of taking 3rd! 

With that said some of the girls feel like they are just getting started and want to keep it up! I have decided to host yet ANOTHER challenge to help even more women change their lives around and get healthy! WAAA-HOOO! But forewarning... round 2 will be a bit different this time- more stricter, more expensive and more commitment. The challenge will be 12 weeks long and there are mandatory rules involved. Only 15 avaliable spots: first come, first serve. If you have no clue what I am even talking about concerning weight loss challenges please visit my blog posts about my previous challenges here, here, and here.  I can't wait to hear from you! If you are on the fence jump over the damn fence. You deserve this.

AMP New Year Best You 12 week challenge round II roster (I will update as people sign up)

  1. Jessica Nguyen
  2. Briana Widen
  3. Donna Hunter
  4. Shewan Elizabeth 
  5. Jessica Silhan 
  6. Laura Elliott 
  7. Camilla Spencer
  8. Anna Marasigan 


Every participant will sign a contract that understands the following terms:


·       Challenge starts: Monday, March 20, 2017

·       Challenge ends: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

·       First weigh in: Wednesday March 22, 2017

·       Last weigh in: Wednesday June 14, 2017  

·       This challenge is not about getting skinny. This challenge is about health recovery.

·       $300 buy in. ($200/pot, $100/host = $300 total investment)


·       Winning prize: The sum of the $200/participant pot buy in. The winning prize is dependent on the amount of participants

·       Winner is determined by the highest weight loss percent

·       Payments are welcomed. Payments are due by April 10, 2017. Preferably the host would like to receive two $150 payments or three $100 payments. If payments are not received by April 10th all monies paid are kept and the participant will be removed & eliminated from the challenge without refund

·       To book a spot in this challenge: Shoot an email to Once you have received a response I will send you the contract to e-sign online. Once the contract has been signed please send the $300 via Venmo to

·       Mandatory weigh-in video's are DUE EVERY WEDNESDAY BY 10PM EST

·       If videos are not turned in by the following day (along with an explanation of why it is late) the participant will be eliminated from the challenge without a refund

·       Video submissions will be uploaded thru the private FB challenge group by using a given "code word" the evening before. For honesty and validity in this challenge you must write this word down on a piece of paper, set it aside on the floor or tape it to the scale, step on the scale, say hello and be weighed in. You must weigh yourself in the same place every week at the same time for accuracy. Must upload to the video thread I will open for posting

·       Mandatory weekly pictures are DUE EVERY WEDNESDAY BY 10PM EST. If pictures are not turned in by the following day (along with an explanation of why) the participant will be eliminated from the challenge without a refund

·       Mandatory weekly pictures need to include a front, side, and back shot. Participants need to wear black active wear (black sport's bra is fine) in the same spot, using the same angle, with the same lighting (preferably) each week. Select a place with good light and a clear background. Mark the floor so you know where to stand each week. Participants must upload their images to the designated weekly folders

·       Not mandatory but highly encouraged to do so: multiple postings in a single day, food pictures, group discussion, creating a health IG account, number swapping with other participants, recipe shares, book recommendations, local work out and hang out meet-ups, video posts, reflection etc. Group activity is what makes these challenges so effective... the support, interaction, synergy, and accountability is so important!

·       Dishonesty is not tolerated. If there are any fair suspicions of dishonesty the participant will be removed immediately without a refund given

·       No medical procedures allowed that would directly alter the weight loss (such as liposuction, abdominoplasty, skin removal, steroid use etc.)

·       Wraps, supplements, fat burners, weight loss pills are acceptable to use during this challenge but not encouraged for use

.        What to look forward to? HEALTH AND RECOVERY! Positive changes. Support, guidance, direction, motivation and accountability. This is an intimate, private group of women helping women. This is your sacred place. This is a way we all stop body shaming and start loving who we are by putting our health first. 


AMP 2017 Weight-loss Competition| Ladies Let's Do this

In January 2011 I was your typical girl trying to look good in her wedding dress. I was 40ish pounds overweight, feeling miserable about my body and all I wanted was to look like a string bean in a white gown. My focus was all wrong. I didn't really care about my health, though I promoted it on social media like I did, because I was a liar. Let's get real here, ladies, I wanted to be skinny. Aren't we all guilty of this? "I just want to be healthy." Uh huh, sure. Code name for "I want to be a skinny bitch." One of the 'many' basket-case ideas in my life was to host weight loss competitions (in 2011 and 2013/2014) thru my business page. I felt like it would be a great idea to create a small, intimate group of like-minded women that all wanted the same thing- to lose some damn weight. I lost my 40 pounds and then boom- pregnant. Luckily, all these years and lots of babies later, I am still friends with some of  my competition girls and have been able to see their lives progress. Some of us have kept the weight off, some of us haven't and some of us are sorta just in a rut, somewhere in the middle, not sure what to do or where to go from here. Unanimously I kept receiving emails/messages/comments telling me how much the competition meant to them and also asking when was I going to host another one. I have been off social media for 2ish years now drowning in my victimhood dealing with untrustworthy relationships, divorce, girl drama, ups and downs of owning a photography business, co-parenting drama, depression, a nasty breakup, family issues, a dad being sick and weight loss and also weight gain and I just couldn't handle being an online personality anymore. I needed to step back. It was exhausting trying to keep up. But slowly I am finding some balance in my life, teetering between being sociable and private, and finding myself back to feeling 'normal-ish' (normal is a silly expectation of life anyway) striving to live a more balanced life and wanting to connect and help people again. I crave a life of health; mental health, spiritual health, emotional health and physical health. I don't want to be the skinniest girl in the room. I just want to be healthy in my brain and in my body. I want us all to win. I don't care about competing with the social norm or to look like the most relevant hollywood star whose famous for God knows what. I want to feel energetic when I wake up. I want to be able to run and play with Henry. I want to be the chick who hikes and roller skates and does yoga classes and shit like that without feeling like I am going to die. I want to take dance classes again! And I don't want some quick fix or some trendy New Years resolution that i'm going to drop the ball on. I want to fix my metabolism. I want to see some serious shift in my life rooted in a new found self-discipline. I don't want to feel insecure at the beach anymore. Like I said on my Facebook Page this past week I am aiming to rock this mom bod in her one piece with strategically placed cut outs from Target like a boss. But I digress. Those are my goals. What are yours? So let's do this damn thing. You guys want a weight-loss competition? Fine let's do it. Let's reclaim our lives back. Let's do it for the right reasons. I want the focus of the competition to be about building health, connecting the mind to the body, stripping away the insecurity, putting the confidence back on our bones to feel whole again. Life is HARD, we all know that, but I promise we can do this together, one day at a time. I see you, I'm with you. So if you want to be apart of an intimate group of woman, apart of a private Facebook group, to be apart of a community of women who want the same kinds of things you do, that can support you when you feel down, that can help you reach your goals then do this. Also there is money to win! ;) Details for the 6 week long weight-loss competition below! 


  • Competition starts January 18, 2017 and ends March 15, 2017 (8 weeks) 
  • Cost: $30 to join, $50 in the pot, $80 total. Venmo this to alexmichelephotography. (if you guys want to bet more we can talk about it later) 
  • Shoot me an email,, introduce yourself, tell me about your goals and why you want to be apart of this! I will create a private Facebook Group for the competition ladies! 
  • Winner with the highest weight loss percentage wins the pot. (I will also be scouting out local businesses who want to donate their health-related services & products for the winner as well.) 
  • Must be over 25+ years of age or older and can partake/commit to chatting in the Facebook group daily. Must submit photos and weigh ins every wednesday by midnight. You don't need to be local to Jacksonville, Florida. First 25 girls to sign up are in! 

Screw this new year new me garbage... it's new year, BEST me.