I am beyond excited today to share an interview with long-time friend and client, Lillian, of lilmorewell.com. She completely transformed her life by losing over 30 pounds while following my online training program and has continued to blossom as a wellness blogger and holistic lifestyle lover. Read on to learn more about how she went from couch potato to fitness guru and developed strength and confidence in her day to day life!Hi Lillian! Thanks for joining me today. How about we get started with a little introduction. Tell us about yourself!
Hi! I’m Lillian, I’m 25, and I live in Hawaii. I work full time in e-commerce and digital marketing (which is why I have no tan). I live with my husband and my dog, Badger. I have a wellness Instagram and blog that I started a little while ago, and I love finding ways to just live life better. I started online personal training with you over a year ago.
What is your background with fitness?
I have never been naturally athletic or anything like that (I have terrible flashbacks to the sixth grade fitness tests…) I danced in show choir in high school and played volleyball for a little while, but other than that, I had really no fitness background before starting with personal training.
What made you decide to seek out a personal trainer?
I remember pretty vividly the moment I decided to start personal training- I was eating foods that made me feel awful for the sake of “YOLO” and my idea of exercise was walking from my desk at work to my car. I had no energy, no self-esteem, and I honestly didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. I was on a walk with my husband (then fiancé) when I just blurted out that I wanted to get healthy. And then I signed up for personal training with you!
What do you wish you had known when you started? Any advice for beginners?
I wish I had known that while the exercise portion is so important for building muscle, you really only start seeing results when you change the way you eat. I’d say it’s at LEAST 80% about food. Once I changed my diet, I started shedding weight like crazy. But don’t expect results on day 2. It took me a while to notice a change, but once I did (and especially when we added in the diet portion), it was the absolute best feeling.
What were your goals when you started? Have you reached them?
My most immediate goal was to lose weight- I think I started off wanting to lose 20 pounds, and here I am 30 pounds lighter! I wanted to slim down for my wedding (#sweatingforthewedding) so I was happy that I saw results before then. My other larger goal was just to live a healthier lifestyle- I didn’t want it to be a struggle to make healthier choices, you know? I wanted to learn enough about my body to know what foods would nourish it and what kind of exercise it needs on a daily basis.
What are your goals now?
My current goals are to build more muscle and to continue listening to my body. I’m still learning what foods I need to avoid (hey there gluten and lactose) and which foods I should eat to support the natural processes of my body. I’m also doing as much yoga as humanly possible- it’s something that you added into my workout plan one month and I now have an obsession with Yoga with Adriene, so thanks for that!
What would you say to others thinking about starting personal training?
First of all, do it! But in all seriousness, be ready for your life to change. I don’t just mean that in a positive, “be your best self” kind of way. The way you relate to your body will be different, and your eating habits will do a complete 180. I find sometimes that I still carry myself like I’m heavier, and the adjustment period is ongoing- I was so accustomed to not liking what I saw in the mirror that sometimes that feeling will creep back in. But the great thing about following a healthier lifestyle is that now, I can compare how I looked and felt before to the way I look and feel now, and I can see how wildly different the two are!
Also, habits that used to bring you comfort (fast food, TV marathons on the sofa) might start to feel very uncomfortable- and for me, that was a great thing. I used to stop at McDonald’s after a hard day at work. Now, on those days, I reach for restorative yoga and fresh veggies. I can’t imagine going back to the way things used to be now.
When you follow a healthier lifestyle, you may start to feel alienated from other people- that’s definitely been my experience. But as long as you are happy and healthy and doing what’s right for you, it will all be worth it.
Any final thoughts you want to leave us with?
If you’re reading this, you’re probably already interested in making a major change in your life, so go for it! I may be a little biased, but Sarah’s been such an instrumental part of my wellness journey. She’s amazing at planning workouts that really target what you want to work on, and she’s been a constant source of encouragement. If she can kick my butt into shape from across the country, it can happen for anyone. Seriously.
I can honestly say that personal training has been hands down one of the best decisions of my life. I know what it feels like now to put in the effort for myself— I know now that I’m worth it! (And so are you!) This has been a transformative experience for me, and I can’t wait to see what the coming months and years will bring. I’m slowly becoming the person I’ve always wanted to be, and it’s an indescribable feeling.
Lillian, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me, it is such an inspiration to speak with someone who has put so much time and effort into building healthy habits and I’m honored to have played a part in your journey.
To everyone else, I hope this conversation was as enjoyable for you as it was for me! Lillian is incredible, but so are you and I know that you can transform your life as well if you commit yourself to a healthier lifestyle. All it takes is one day at a time!