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Meet Jillian: Client Transformation

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Jillian has had the most success on fat loss out of any female client I’ve ever trained to this date. She lost just a little over 65 pounds. Below is a testimony to the FrankWallFitness plan. There were some ups & downs along the way. But in the end, she came out on top & made a lifestyle change. I always say you need to prioritize your nutrition first. In her case, she pretty much had no choice but to eat 110% better to avoid health complications that couldn’t be solved through conventional medicine. Don’t just take my word for it, read it from her.

JILLIAN’S TESTIMONY

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My journey with weight loss has been a battle I have fought for since I was 12 years old (currently 26). I was never the smallest girl. In fact, I became one of the “curvier girls” quite fast at a young age. With an average weight in the 140’s through middle school & high school, “small and fit” was not me!

My relationship with food unfortunately was unhealthy from a young age also. I used food as my comfort zone. I ate when I was sad, depressed, anxious, bored, or when I felt rejected. I also ate food to celebrate….celebrate ANYTHING!

When I was 19 years old, I was introduced to Frank Wall. I began training with him once a week. He began to teach me about eating healthy, & eating for fuel.  I started to change things in my diet, & learned the basics of good nutrition. Within a few months, I lost over 40 inches, & was the strongest & thinnest I had been in years! I was able to do hand stand push ups….I mean, who knew!

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Within the next few years, life happened. Due to several things (death in family, took anxiety medicine that caused weight gain), I had fallen way off track, & gained 60+ pounds…which left me to be 200 pounds.

I joined back with Frank twice a week in 2011, slowly changing my nutrition again. I went from eating 2 meals of fast food a day, to eating 4-6 small meals filled with good sources of protein, carbs, & fats. My diet then consisted of meats: chicken, turkey, lean beef, & tuna mostly. I also ate veggies, nuts, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, some fruits (mostly after workouts with Frank), brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, coffee with cream, protein shakes, & cheat meals on the weekends.

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Within 8 months I lost 40 pounds & grew stronger than before. In the summer of 2012, I stopped training & saw a functional doctor for some health issues I could not get solved by conventional medicine. My doctor then put me on a strict paleo/auto immune disease diet. For two & a half months, my diet only consisted of meats: chicken, turkey, beef, also sweet potatoes, other veggies, coconut oil & avocado for fats, coconut milk, extra virgin olive oil, green tea, & water. I kept out: eggs, tomatoes, all nuts, dairy, all grains, all gluten(bread, pasta, crackers, cakes,etc.), coffee, all sugar (including fruit). In those 2 and a half months I lost 20 pounds. In a year, I lost 67 pounds. After healing from the auto immune strict diet, I stuck to a paleo based nutrition plan. I saw this fit best for my body personally. I felt healthy, my mind was refreshed, my skin was smooth & clear, I had more energy, & not to mention my metabolism sped up too!

I began training with Frank again in the beginning of 2013, & continued to have my ups & downs. I have formed extreme amounts of passion & knowledge for not only fitness, but for nutrition too!

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Jill getting in a nice outdoor workout at Stone Mountain Park.

I prep my food the night before as I cook my dinner. I also go ahead & cook the next day’s lunches/dinners as well. When eating out with friends/family, I try & make the best decisions possible – grilled chicken & veggies or sweet potato, a good steak & veggies…sometimes a salad. There are always better choices. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask the restaurant! 🙂

My advice to someone beginning their journey to a healthier lifestyle is to hold steadfast & stay strong. You will have your down days when you feel like you are not mentally or physically strong enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Take it a day at a time, small goals turn into big successes! Every workout counts, & every meal too! When you do fall, get back up & throw self hate away. It will only stump your success. You will not see results over night. You may not see them in one month, but believe in yourself & keep pushing forward ALWAYS! Remember…this journey is for a lifetime!

*Height: 5’1″

*Starting weight: 200 lbs.

*Weight I got down to: 133 lbs.

*How long it took: a little over 1 year

*What I used to eat: fast food, processed foods, sugar, sodas

*Favorite foods now: avocado, asparagus, sweet potatoes, bacon (yes bacon)

*Favorite exercises to do on my own when I have little time: body weight circuits(push ups, sit-ups, squats, lunges, sprints)

*Favorite weight lifting exercises: DEADLIFTS! POWER CLEANS!  (Did you just hear that!? Deadlifts & Power Cleans! These are two phenomenal exercises that work a lot of major muscle groups resulting in a huge calorie burn, strength gain, explosiveness, & lean physique. )

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