It happened in January of 2009 on a cold evening when Amiel was limping down a street, with passengers in passing cars pointing and staring at him, that he hit his rock-bottom moment. At 370 pounds and with a sixty inch waist, limping on a broken ankle and after having been academically dismissed from his community college, he was, as they say, nowhere.
To make matters worse, he had no job or career path, had never been on a date, and recently had developed tinnitus. (A constant ringing in the ears). It was at that moment that these words came to his mind:
What in the world am I doing to myself and my life?
Acting to combat his frustration, he went for surgery on his ankle, followed by physical therapy. Where before, he was in his own world with no set schedule or direction, he now saw progress first hand as he began his rehabilitation process. He began to develop a regular schedule and have contacts with professionals and other people, which was lacking before.
Experiencing a better feeling mentally and physically from the physical therapy, he made a decision to sign up at a gym when it ended. At the gym, he did his first workout. While the workout was brutal at 370 pounds, the feeling afterward was great; better than he felt in years. This led to the next question:
If I do this everyday, is it worth it, in order to be able to have a normal life?
When he experimented and made some dietary changes, the result in terms of weight was dramatic. At that point, he began educating himself on nutrition and exercise, mainly through videos, articles and books. He returned to school rejuvenated and excited, and with a new attitude. He also gained insight into himself and learned how to approach and deal with challenges. Over this time, spanning a year and a half, he lost the balance of his desired weight loss.
As Amiel lost weight, people were complimenting him and asking how he did it, and some people asked for his advice and sought his help. Amiel met with some individuals and offered his advice. He also hosted a group session, which felt completely natural. It was then that he realized that this line of work is for him.
At first, Amiel wanted credentials in weight loss, diet and exercise. He realized however that a broader knowledge in counseling skills and psychology were needed. Through research, he discovered that training to become a life coach would be the right way to proceed. With better direction, he made sure that he enrolled in the best schools and learned from the best mentors in their respective fields, in addition to attending workshops, seminars, coaching circles and live training.
Through his education and life experiences, Amiel has developed a coaching style, a way that he works with clients, and philosophies he adheres to. These can be summarized as follows:
- There’s no one solution that’s right for every person. Amiel will work with you to help you find solutions that are right for you.
- As you seek improvement, the focus should be on change rather than on results.
- Many clients, before coaching, see life as something to get by. Through the process, they slowly make a shift from living to survive to wanting to thrive.
- All challenges with food, weight and body are here to teach us something, and are a doorway into living a better life.
Amiel asks powerful questions, noticing things that you may not see, and offering his own suggestions. By creating a supportive environment and by holding you accountable, you can make a significant transformation, leading to a life desired.
Amiel holds the credential of Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation in addition to several other credentials in nutrition, exercise and coaching. He is a Certified Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Eating Psychology Coach with the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a Certified Life Coach with the Institute for Life Coach Training, a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant and Weight Management Consultant with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates and a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. He’s also been featured in the Queens Ledger, Forest Hills Times, Glendale Register, Lead-Observer, LIC/Astoria Journal, Queens Examiner, Greenpoint Star and the Brooklyn Star.
Amiel currently resides in Queens, New York and in his spare time plays and performs on six musical instruments and participates in 5K runs a few times a year.