Meet Gabby | Coach, inspiration and role model for women

Meet Gabby from West Chester, Pennsylvania -- for such a youthful woman she is so wise and has a great perspective when it comes to fitness and health. We love how she appreciates balance and takes ownership for her own life, a great role model for females everywhere to take control of your life and love yourself. Check out her awesome Q & A below and follow her on Instagram for more on her journey >>> @gabbygetsfit

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and why you began your fitness journey? 

A: Growing up I was considered overweight. I remember my doctor telling my mom that I needed to go on a diet. If you lined up my school pictures, you can see how much my weight has fluctuated over the past 27 years of my life. One year I looked like a healthy kid and the next, I look like I was stuffing food in my cheeks like a squirrel. Looking back, it was no surprise to me that when I went to college, I gained 40 pounds. That much weight on a 5' 2" girl is A LOT. I was having trouble with my thyroid, had acid reflux and high cholesterol.  I graduated from college at 180 pounds and felt terrible about myself from the inside out. At that point I started working at the YMCA in childcare and that's where I began my workout journey. I would run & take group exercise classes.

Q: How did you get to where you are now and why? 

A: Working for the YMCA, you get a free membership to use their gym & group fitness classes.  I would try to go to group exercise classes or the gym about five times a week. As I got promoted and had more responsibilities with longer hours at work, it left me with no time to workout. Also, I didn't want to spend any more time at work than I had to, so I would just leave after I was done for the day.

My best friend, Jess is a virtual health coach and asked me to join her monthly accountability group. I started with a new program the 21 Day Fix. It consists of 30 minute workouts with a mix of cardio, weights, pilates and yoga. I didn't think I would like working out at home, but I absolutely loved the support and accountability the group gave me. In 21 days I was about to lose 5.5lbs and 6 inches. I felt great! My results gave me just the boost I needed to keep going. I love inspiring others & I love helping people even more. When Jess presented me with the opportunity to coach with her, I was hesitant, but I signed up and I haven't looked backed! I am the fittest I have ever been in my life. I have done many 5ks, four 10-milers and two half marathons! 

I struggled with self love and it's something I am constantly working on, as well as helping other women love themselves. Coaching has been one of the most fulfilling jobs I've ever had. 

Q: What is your ultimate goal? 

A: My ultimate goal is to maintain my healthy BALANCED lifestyle and continue to be the best version of my self I can be. I want to continue to grow and work on myself every single day. I hope that my passion for my goals help inspire other women to become the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves.  

Q: What does the term "embrace your journey" mean to you? 

A: "Embrace your journey" means to me that you need to accept where you are RIGHT NOW and OWN IT. There are going to be ups and downs, failure and successes. The days you feel like you failed, you need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, put it past you and move on. You can't let one bad workout or one binge eating session to throw you into a downward spiral.  We are all human and no matter what journey we are on, the most important thing we can do is just keep swimming. 

Q: Who/what are your biggest inspirations And why? I have several ladies that inspire me daily: 

i. My coach Jess--she's my soulmate in girl form, a badass OBGYN and a health and fitness coach. She's always supporting, believing and helping me every step of the way in my journey. 
ii. My success/accountability partner Caitlin-- we text each other every day and make sure we get our workouts in. When I don't want to wake up early to get my workout in or go for a training run, Caitlin will text me and make sure I am doing it. I will always do the same for her.
iii. All the ladies in my monthly accountability groups--these ladies work SO HARD every month to crush their health and fitness girls, how can I NOT be an example and work on crushing my goals every single day? They make my heart so full every day. 

Q: What is your process for tackling a challenge and the hard days? 

A: Honestly, this is something that I am still working on every single day. The one thing that has helped me tackle the "hard" days is personal development. Personal development is simply trying to improve yourself. It has been crucial to me working on my self confidence, loving myself and over being more positive. 

I listen to podcasts like The Charged Life by Brendon Burchard, read books like You Are A Badass and I am currently reading Mastering Your Mean Girl (it has seriously been life changing). Incorporate personal development into your life and I guarantee the harder days will become easier. And always get a workout in. You'll NEVER regret a workout, just the ones you don't do! 

Q: A piece of advice you'd like to give others on their fitness journey?

A: Don't compare your chapter 1 to some one's chapter 20. It will get you no where. You need to do what is best for YOU and not someone else.  On Instagram, it can get very discouraging seeing girls with six packs, when it is something you have been dreaming of. Own where you are right now and make a plan to where you want to go. Put your blinders on, keep your eye on the prize and focus on YOU and crushing your goals. <3


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