FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How did you lose the weight 11 years ago?
A: Well, it took 9 months of intense dedication. After many failed attempts, I hit what I call My Breaking Point. Basically, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I decided to start with small changes and worked my way into the lifestyle you see today. Read more here at My Weight Loss Story.
Q: How did you keep the weight off for 11 years?
A: Let me start off by saying, losing the weight was the easy part. Keeping it off has been the biggest challenge. In the last 10 years, I’ve experienced many ups and downs. But through it all, I’ve managed to make this lifestyle a priority. Did you know that the majority of people who go through extreme weight loss gain it back within 2-3 years? When I heard that early on in my journey I was determined to not become that statistic. So, I set out to make this lifestyle sustainable. Read more at My 10 year Weight Loss Anniversary!! The years in review.
Q: How did you avoid loose skin?
A: This was another priority for me throughout my journey. Through research, I knew that if I just stuck to cardio I likely wouldn’t achieve my desired goals. I incorporated weight training into my regiment early on. This helped me tighten and tone as the weight came off. And of course, it allowed me to maintain my curves! More tips on this can be found at My Top Tips to Avoiding Loose Skin.
Q: How old are you, how much do you weigh, how tall are you, and what are your measurements?
A: Age: 31
Weight: 140lbs (approx.)
Height: 5’2 and a half
Q: What were your before numbers?
A: Weight: 220lbs (approx.)
Q: What is your current regiment?
A: Well, I aim to head to the gym 4-5x per week. Each workout will have 20-30 minutes of cardio, and I’ll tackle a muscle group each day. Usually, it looks like this:
Monday: HIIT Cardio & Arms
Wednesday: Steady Cardio & Shoulders & Back
As for my diet, when I am not traveling, I eat 4 meals a day. My meals are heavy in complex carbs and lean proteins and I avoid processed foods/refined sugar. For the most part, I have a heavy plant based diet! I follow the 80/20 rule where 80% of my diet is extremely clean and plant based while 20% allows for some fun!
I limit dairy because it effects my skin. My animal protein of choice is always fish. I LOVE wine (all types, especially sparkling) so I treat myself to a few glasses a week and I try to avoid hard liquor.
Q: How do you remain so motivated?
A: First, I should note that I’m not always motivated. I struggle too! But, I always bounce back. It comes down to the fact that I just love feeling amazing. When you get to this optimal state of health, you simply never want to turn back. Having energy, happiness, joy, and confidence all comes with this lifestyle. Any time I feel like straying (which happens often), I remember it simply isn’t worth giving up this feeling. It’s really hard to describe it until you get there. Trust me, once you do, you never want to look back.
Q: How did you grow your social media following?
A: Truth is, I went viral. I never set out to grow my following, it just happened. Many accounts/media/influencers got a hold of my before and after photos and would re-post it. I would say I am able to keep and continue to grow my following based on content. I ensure my posts add value and have purpose behind it. My followers are loyal because of this. I have been consistent over the past 5 years and people recognize my approach, so they continue to follow and share my page with their friends!
Q: How did you become certified and start your business?
A: I took an in-person course! I am a practical learner, so online courses wouldn’t work for me. I prefer classroom style teaching, so I signed up with my local gym (under a national association) and completed it! Then, I was able to take on clients. I decided to start an online business because of my love for travel. I knew I couldn’t commit to one country for too long so it made most sense to have offer my services virtually.
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: Well, at the moment I am a dedicated Online and In-Person Trainer. But this is only recent. For the last 8 years I was in corporate HR. I decided however that it was time for an indefinite break from corporate to live a more purpose driven life. To learn more about my story, you can find details here here.
Q: How do you afford to travel so much?
A: About 4 years ago I went on a journey to get out of debt. My full and detailed story can be found here. But in short, after a few years of intense frugal living, I did it! Once I was out of debt (about 2 years ago) I had more disposable income than I was used to. It was around that time that I decided my new disposable income would go to experiences vs. stuff. I’ve now adopted a bit of a minimalist lifestyle. I no longer shop and have very few expenses. I live humbly and really just enjoy spending my money on things that bring me joy. This lifestyle change allows me to live the way I do! My first priority is always saving, and my second is seeing as much of the world as possible! All of my disposable income goes to travel ☺