It might not be easy to lose those extra pounds but it is not impossible. The excuses we give ourselves of busy schedule and not-that-fat rant are never ending. However, what if you lose everything else and just have yourself left to work on?
Natalie Jill, an entrepreneur who lost her marriage, house, and retirement at 40, had nothing left for herself. She was overweight and a mother of a new baby. She even had some serious debts to pay. She decided to not quit and lose her mind but instead she began to get back her life and has inspired many since then.
Who is Natalie Jill now?
She is now a popular online personality, fitness goal trainer, a licensed master sports nutritionist, and USA Today bestselling author. She owns Natalie Jill Fitness and helps others like her.
Jill told Entrepreneur Network, “I can’t control anything else, but I can control my body. If I can just move every day, if I could just start eating better foods, I can control that — and everything else has to start getting better.”
She is an inspiration and motivation to many in the most simple and truest sense. The life lessons that can be learned from Jill will get your feet moving to make your life wonderful.
1. Be yourself.
Jill’s journey had not been easy. She learned her lessons the hard way. She got to work on her dreams when she almost lost everything. She decided to not lose herself in the process. She gained over 50 lbs while she was pregnant, and is now 60 lbs lighter. She did it by not starving herself or going on strict diet regimes but simply by listening to her body and requirements. Natalie Jill’s motto is straightforward: “Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Fit.”
2. Face reality.
Natalie Jill’s world came crashing down after her divorce. She did not anymore have fancy big house and nice salary cheques to hide behind. She faced the bitter truth and started to fix things. She made a clear vision to get the negativity out of her life. Jill made sure to not try anything intense or fad. She provided herself time to work out things.
“I made this vision board and thought to myself, If I could just stare at this vision board a few times, maybe I can start to believe that this is who I can be and work toward it.”
3. Always learn.
The fitness trainer describes her rock-bottom phase as ultimatum time. She took up the challenge but kept a clear mind in learning things from scratch. Natalie Jill suffers from autoimmune disease that does not allow her to consume gluten so she made gluten-free diets. She also has back pains at times so her exercises and workout plans are designed to prevent them.
Apart from learning from herself, she advises entrepreneurs to keep learning from everyone. She believes that by learning, you will know your strengths and something new that you can try out.
“Every entrepreneur out there — we leave trails of stuff. You can see what we did. We have products. We have blogs. We have videos. We leave all that information out there. Be a student!”
4. Share your story.
In hard times, we all think that we are the only one who is suffering such turmoil in life. When Jill started to work out and exercise to look her better self, she started to share her journey and diet plans over social media. Soon, she had a following and that is how Natalie Jill Fitness was born.
She shared her story and efforts without adding anything fancy to it. Turned out that her fitness lessons and weight loss strategy does wonder to not only her but many others.
5. Don’t get offended.
There will be many instances when someone or the else will try to pull you down. Do not let your life and success be offended by those who just wish to play the blame game.
“Walking on eggshells and trying not to offend people does NOT work because those people who are constantly ‘offended’ are not ready to be their best selves…yet. They are still in the blame-game mentality and they feel it necessary to place blame outwardly onto others, instead of being real and looking at themselves.”
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