Q&A with @leishs.journey

When did you start your fitness journey and how did you get into it?

I first started my journey during 1st year of uni (end of 2016). I wasn’t ever happy with how I looked before, but if I’m being real, it was after going out for freshers, I had truly realised how unhappy actually I was. After seeing all the girls in the dresses I would have liked to wear, comparing my body to theirs, I just remember feeling so insecure with the way I looked that I couldn’t even enjoy myself, so that’s when it clicked in my head, I had to make a change! I lost around 10kg and then I got into a relationship with my ex and fell off mid 2017 (I regret stopping SO MUCH) But then in November 2018 I got back on track and I will NEVER STOP AGAIN.

What are your current fitness/training goals?

I am currently still trying to lose my lower belly fat and then I will work towards gaining a boooooty. Other goals include being able to climb, as lame as this sounds, I would love to be able to climb things, and be fast on my feet, almost like parkour vibes but I will not be jumping off building!

What’s your favourite way to train?
I love love love lighting weights, it brings out a different side to me. I like cardio too, not as much as weights, but you can definitely make cardio fun by doing circuits using free weights, instead of running on the treadmill for 40 minutes.

What does a typical week look like for you?
At the moment I’m quite lazy because of this lock down but I always make sure I get in some sort of workout, whether that’s resistance training using my bands, cardio, core or glutes. I aim for at least 2 a day, on a good day all 4 – EXCUSES ARE FOR LOSERS- and then after that, I’m in bed watching Naruto, YouTube and Netflix.

What is your relationship with food like, do you track what you eat?
Food, especially now, it’s difficult. But I’ve started Intermittent Fasting, which has definitely helped me, and I would 100% recommend it! Writing down what I’ve ate in my notebook, has always helped me, that keeps you accountable and you can clearly see how much you have ate in a day!

Do you have any advice for beginners in fitness?

Yes! My advice would be to:
-Take it slow, you can’t go 0-100 in a week, ease yourself in slowly! It’s a journey, not a race!
-Don’t compare yourself to others, they are them, and you are you! Different mindsets, different bodies, different people
-Start with food! Food is and will always be more important than working out. “You can’t out-train a bad diet” and it’s true.
-Discipline! Motivation doesn’t last forever, you must be disciplined! You don’t want to work out today? Okay.. but in order for you to make a change and see results you must, so you will. DISCIPLINE.
-& consistency, you have to be consistent with your new lifestyle change. It will be hard but you must!! Once you have mastered both discipline and consistency YOU WILL BE UNSTOPPABLE.

What do you do when you’re not feeling motivated?
It comes back to discipline and consistency. People look at my Instagram and must think “gosh she’s always on it, she’s so motivated” yes, I am motivated but my motivation probably lasts like 10 minutes per day, the rest is discipline. I don’t want to get out of bed to get to the gym or do this workout, but I will. I don’t want to go gym after a 9 hour shift, but I must. It’s discipline, I can’t stress this enough!

What is your proudest achievement on your journey so far?
Losing 20kg is my biggest achievement so far, but my proudest achievement is becoming this new person that loves and respects herself. Losing weight is expected with this journey but the change in mindset is something I wasn’t expecting and it is the best transformation.

What quote do you live by?

Trust in the process and believe in yourself 🤍

What are some of your favourite accounts to follow?

@g2rfitness

@_chafitness_

Follow Aleisha on Instagram here.

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