Manifesting Motivation: Part 1

Trust me. You can do it.

By Amy Lohbihler

I started The Amy Affect in 2015 because I had under gone a total lifestyle change for the better, and wanted to share my recipe for success. It’s hard to picture me as anything but this positive, healthy and motivational person, but I’m only this way because of the unhealthy years I spent abusing my body and dwelling in negativity. My depression started at the age of 13 and caused me to isolate myself to avoid social anxiety, and develop a negative body image. I had my first cigarette when I was 16 years old because it was a way I could make friends. When I moved out of my parents’ home to go to college, my addictive personality immediately latched onto recreational drug and alcohol. But at this time I didn’t have any concept of the consequences it was having on my body, my mental health, or my future. In 2013, I started off fresh by moving to Toronto. I cut off all my hair and went by the name Mimi.

Mimi | Photo provided by Amy

Mimi | Photo provided by Amy

I got a job right on Queen West and I felt like I was an essential part of the Toronto scene; going to parties where I would be on recreational drugs, smoke a whole pack of cigarettes and drink till the sun came up was my lifestyle. My typical food choices were a Tim Hortons bagel, vegan chicken nuggets, chips, and Red Bull.  After almost 2 years of this, I was hurting. I gained 25 pounds, could hardly walk upstairs without huffing and puffing, was barely passing my classes and I did not have any healthy relationships. It wasn’t until this one night, the last night, of crazy partying that I woke up feeling disgusting and could not even recognize myself anymore. But looking at this reflection of this unrecognizable person in the mirror made me realize that I could be whoever I wanted to be. All it took was deciding who that was and then to find a way to get there. I learned how to manifest what I wanted. 

Change

Change

 I wrote down what I wanted to achieve and then a plan to execute it. My goal was to get healthy and I worked backwards in small steps to get there. The first was to stop doing drugs, drinking and smoking. I didn’t overwhelm myself with having to instantly be eating healthy or working out like crazy, but recognized the things really impacting my health first. Once I removed these from my life, I had room to add things. The amount of money I was spending on cigarettes easily paid for a gym membership, so I made the trade. I used money as a motivational tool. Since I was paying for the gym, that helped keep me accountable to going, and the more I went, the more I enjoyed it and started to see results. Results then became my motivation. And then sharing my motivation through The Amy Affect became my motivation. If you are in the same space I was 2 years ago, I hope this gives you faith in believing that you can make a healthy lifestyle change and manifest anything you want in life.