Meet My Assistant Coach, Leanne

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Today I would like to introduce you to my assistant coach, Leanne.  I could not support and serve all of the members of Lift to Get Lean with out her!  She brings her own expertise and experience to the group.  Many of you will relate to Leanne because she works a stressful full time job in addition to teaching her own group fitness and yoga classes.  She has has tremendous success with macronutrient tracking and strength training and I cannot wait for you to get to know her a little better. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Leanne!

What is your current career/job?  I'm an accountant for a publicly traded telecommunications infrastructure company.  I work long hours and spend a lot of time at a desk but I really like what I do and I love being an accountant! I’m a numbers nerd !

What is your favorite class to teach?  A sweaty, high energy, power yoga class. Love teaching HIIT too!  

What is your favorite body part to train?  Glutes and legs!
What's your favorite type of workout?  Any workout with a killer playlist! I love an intense workout that makes me sweat. I love any workout that challenges me to think about why I’m even doing it because it reminds me why I love training hard. 

What do you like the most about strength training? I love the variety of movements and I love tracking my own personal progress over a longer period of time.  I also love how strength training has transformed my body to be strong, toned and feel so great. 

Do you currently track macronutrients? Yep! I have gone on some tracking breaks when I need to but I have tracked consistently for the last year and a half. I like having the data and the accountability that tracking provides for me

What is your favorite part about leading the groups?  I learn so much every time I lead a Life to Get Lean group. I love the group accountability and the encouragement everyone receives through the program. On the days where I am looking for that motivation to get my workout done or prep my food or just needing a pep talk in general, I can log on and see that others are having similar experiences and it helps me to know that we’re all doing this thing together. 

What's the one piece of advice you would give to someone starting a new program like this?  Trust the process.  This isn’t easy stuff but trust this process, stay as consistent as you can and be honest with yourself. 

What's harder for you: nutrition or training? Nutrition just because it requires so much planning for me at the point I am in my life and career right now.

What's your go-to breakfast? My two favorites are plain greek yogurt, PB2 mixed in and fruit OR egg/egg whites with a chicken sausage or vegan sausage scramble

What's your favorite snack?  Icelandic coconut or key lime flavor greek yogurt.  I also make a mean, GREEN vanilla protein shake

Final thoughts: 

I like to share with others that my experience is a reminder that "It is never too late".  In the last several years I went through a pretty substantial body transformation and complete lifestyle shift.  I had my ups and downs, great days and frustrating days. This way of living is a LIFESTYLE. 

I left college, a stressed out, depressed, unaware of any connection between my mind and body. I was overweight and unhappy with what was happening to me physically. I was struggling with food, binge eating, not exercising, but I was desperate to find an instant solution and I practice unhealthy habits.  I didn't know anything about proper nutrition or macros and I was basically eating eating eating then not eating/starving myself because I wanted to lose the weight so bad. I found a yoga class, or should I say a yoga class found me. I had a friend recommend I try yoga and I began to consistently go to that same class every Saturday morning yoga for over year before I was ready to advance to other exercise.  I met an inspiring coach and mentor..... Kylie enters scene.... and realized that I had the ability to set goals that make sense for me and be in control of MY life. I have done a tremendous amount of work and been super dedicated and I am so proud that my hard work continues to pay off.  I feel healthy. I think it's also important to point out that that every version of yourself is beautiful in a different way. You are always enough, wherever you are in your journey right now, that is enough. With commitment to your goals, careful planning, and a strong desire to stick with it, the possibilities of seeing the transformation that you want to see, is possible. 

In my story, Lifting weights AND nutrition PAIRED with my cardio/spin and cycle classes, yoga and active lifestyle were what I needed to get to that next level. Be patient, be disciplined, and results happen, even in surprising and more subtle ways.