We got talking with Elizabeth (@Liizfiit), she struggled with depression and poor self image since middle school. She has an amazing ongoing fitness journey. Here’s our latest QnA with her Learn her methods and how she has managed to overcome depression and dealing with social anxiety. Get Stuck In!
To start off, tell us a little about yourself, who are you? What do you do?
My name is Elizabeth! I’m a full time student at Texas State Univerisity in San Marcos, TX. And I work part-time at Nike.
Alright so when did you begin your fitness journey? What made you decide to start?
I started my fitness journey January, 2016. I made the decision a few months prior Nov, 2015. I had struggled with depression and poor self-image issues since middle school. I was so tired of not being in control and that day in my bathroom I decided I’d never come back to that place again. I realized being unhappy accomplished nothing and I was ready to give my all to do something about it
What was your lifestyle like (Before embarking on your fitness journey)?
Before my fitness journey, the only time I was active was during sports in high school. I played basketball and did track and field. When I got to college my inactivity increased. I really just went to class, smoked weed, ate and slept every day.
What kind of programs did you start off with? How many days a week did you have to work out?
I started off with weight lifting and cardio. Thanks to sports in high school I was familiar with a good amount of workouts; although, I had so much more to learn. I started off working out 3 days a week. I would do 1 mile on the treadmill (walking .5 miles and running .20 until I reached a mile.) Afterwards, I would go lift either legs, arms or back and core.
And what kind of program are you doing now? How much different is it from when you just started?
I still do weight lifting and cardio. My program is a lot more advanced (fasted cardio, push/pull days, higher volumes). I went from working out 3 times a week to 6-7 days a week. My training is now tailored more towards body building. I now do cardio about 2 days a week.
Did you acquire the services of a coach/Work buddy?
No. I gained all of my knowledge through research!
That is Fascinating! What kind, if any, type of diet/eating habits did you develop? What kind are you currently practicing?
I developed a great habit of clean eating. I’m still practicing being more whole-food based. I truly believe it is the best way to improve your body’s functions while still reaching your goals
Do you Prep your meals? How is that like? (Time, energy, Is it something you enjoy doing?)
I do my best to meal prep every Monday. It used to take me about 4 hours but now it only takes me about 2. I love cooking so I enjoy doing it!
Do you count calories often/what apps do you use in doing this?
I don’t count calories
Motivation/Lack of is a major factor for most, How do you stay motivated? (both to exercise and to meal prep)?
I had to learn that motivation is fleeting. It only puts the idea of ‘doing the thing’ in your head. So with this knowledge I adopted a saying “in sight, in mind.” I follow a lot of fitness pages, I go out of my way to make meet more like-minded people, and I do what I can to keep my goals in front of me.
You quickly gain/lose from what/who surround yourself with. Many people do not understand this. In real life and on social media.
Discipline is key in all of this, Can you differentiate, what you enjoy doing vs what needs to be done? How do you ‘’Stay disciplined’’?
I think it comes down to a choice of what you’re willing to give up now for what you want the most. I also don’t like wasting my time so I had to understand that I could not outwork a bad diet. I use several tools to help me stay disciplined: meal prepping, sleeping early, scheduling my meals and scheduling my day around my health goals
Did/do you supplement?
I love pre-workout supplements. They give you the energy to push you to go harder during your workouts.
What’s been the major challenge? Before starting, when you first started and Right now? How have you been able to overcome these challenges?
Binge eating and body dysmorphia were my major challenges especially during 2017. I had to learn how to overcome and manage these things by having a healthy relationship with whole foods and less restrictions. I’m learning to be at peace with scars from my rolls (that make me feel like I still have them) I’m also still working on mastering patience when it comes to building my physique and understanding that my happiness doesn’t rely on a certain look.
Are you still affected by social anxiety when you go to the gym? How do you deal with it?
I now know how to manage my social anxiety a lot better. I have a detailed workout plan that I am confident about. When I’m having a panic attack at the gym I acknowledge it and continue to tell myself that it’s okay if others judge me because I know who I am. I consciously breathe (when i panic i usually forget to). And I have an awesome playlist!
We’ve had in some cases people say they’ve had to let go of people close to them, even family, was this the case with you? Or were you always supported by those close to you?
I wasn’t always supported by my family. They doubted ne before they even tried. I decided to stay lowkey and smash my goals. Now they’re asking me for help. Funny how that works!
Funny really, it’s interesting that people doubt what they themselves cannot achieve and try to channel it on others. Way to go!
What would you say you have gained the most from living a healthier lifestyle and your journey all together?
My life has done a complete 180. I’d say the most important thing I have gained is a winner mentality. My self-image has improved, I’m disciplined, committed, and patient when it comes to my life in and outside of the gym.
What was the biggest lesson/advice you were given?
The best lesson I have learned is that any long term goal is a compound effect. The small, every day, boring things have to be mastered every day because it all adds up.
Success is a continuum. This cannot be truer.
Have you any advice/tips for those reading this, especially those who are yet to begin?
A lot of your journey will be a mindset shift. Whatever happens, do not quit. Pick up the next day, assess what happened, and make the choice to do better improve on the day before. It is vital that you take your journey one day at a time. Go conquer the day
Knowing the journey is an ongoing one, what’s next for you? How can those interested in following your journey reach you (social media, Website, mail)?
A: I’m going to help people all around the world turn their lives around by adopting a healthy lifestyle. I plan to continue studying areas of health and fitness in order to serve more people every single day! You can find me on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and facebook @LIIZFIIT
Thank You so much for sharing your story with us, we look forward to your constant progress and we will definitely be following your journey!