After a pregnancy that lead to an irregular heartbeat, Julie got back into fitness in pursuit of her previous fitness level - See how she did it!
Tell us about yourself
I am 26 years old, from Ontario. I am a single mom to a 2 year old girl and a full time student pursuing an education in nursing so I am very busy and always on the go. I always maintained an active lifestyle but was never able to achieve the body that I had always dreamed of having until I put the proper tools to use.
What made you decide to start your transformation?
Prior to my pregnancy I was quite fit and in shape. During my pregnancy I was put on bed rest due to an irregular heart rate. It was a downward spiral from there. Once I had the baby, I felt very run down and unhappy with how my clothes fitting and overall uncomfortable in my own skin. I knew I had to make a change.
How did you get started?
I started putting myself in social situations with active, fit individuals, always asking questions and developing my knowledge base within the industry. I would follow fitness models on Instagram and acquire information in regards to their training and diet regimes. I slowly started putting the pieces of advice into practice one day at a time. First by making healthier food choices than increasing my exercise regime.
What supplements do you currently take?
I swear by my multi vitamins! I take one specified for active women. CLA, L Carnitine as directed, Amino Acids during workout, Protein Powder is always on hand for post workout and throughout the day if I might miss a meal. I really love my VegeGreens in the morning. I have seen significant improvement since starting to have a Casein Protein shake before bed! I will occasionally use a pre workout drink to boost my energy on heavy lifting days.
Hows your diet?
My current meal plan is set at 1530 calories. 115g protein, 153g carbohydrates and 51g Fat per day. I try to switch up the foods often but I always stick to those numbers. I fill up on a lot of green veggies throughout the day. My carbs are generally sweet potatoes or basmati rice. I am a peanut butter lover so usually a tablespoon of natural nut butter before bed!
What about your training?
I follow a standard split program. I am in the gym 5 days a week lifting weights and 2-3 cardio sessions per week. A lot of trial and error went into developing my training schedule. I usually try to hit my back and glutes twice a week – but different things work for different bodies!
Closer to the summer time I will utilize circuit training to stay a little more lean during bikini season but I really enjoy lifting heavy weight!
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How has being fit changed your life?
Fitness changed the outlook I had on myself. It gave me an outlet to utilize where I could feel comfortable and at peace with myself. It taught me to love myself every step of my journey and to never lose faith, but most importantly, it boosted my confidence to where it should have been all along. After having a child and becoming a single mother not too long after, it's easy to let yourself feel crushed but being able to over come that and prove that you are strong, not just for you, but your kids.. the confidence I have after all of that is something that no one will ever be able to take away from me again.
What advice would you give to others who are looking to make a change?
My advice is – just make a commitment. If this something you’ve wanted to do, commit to it. I’m not suggesting that you jump in with both feet straight out of the gate but you need to commit to making changes and sticking to them. The moment most people feel discouraged and want to quit is the moment the changes are coming. I guarantee if you stick to it, the changes will come and lastly, own up to your mistakes. We all make them – not one person is perfect so if you slip up on the diet you laid out for yourself, OWN IT and get back at it for the next meal!
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