Meet PumpUp member, @layla_sg. Liliane is the definition of mental and physical strength, and her wellness journey brings to life #NoExcusesNovember. Liliane is a great inspiration for the PumpUp community. Learn about what motivates her and how she stays focused:
PumpUp Name: @layla_sg
PumpUp Member Since: 2015
Current Location: Coimbra, Portugal
Favourite Workout Song: Everlong – Foo Fighters
Mantra: You only fail if you quit
Who are your top 3 favourite people to follow on PumpUp? What do you admire most about them?
- @limitlesstyle is one of the kindest and most inspiring members on PumpUp. I relate a lot to her, and I was inspired by her story of how she overcame depression and transformed her life “not only physically but especially mentally and emotionally”. She is very open about [her journey], and is always willing to help and comfort other members who might be going through the same.
- Most people find excuses to justify an unhealthy lifestyle, like lack of time, poor health, too much work, kids, lack of money, and so on. @highjinksfitness proves that if you really want to have a healthier lifestyle, none of these things should prevent you from doing it. She has one of the most beautiful physiques on PumpUp, and she gets it by working out at home while raising her daughter and dealing with chronic pain. She is a fighter, and that is the kind of women that I look up to and aspire to be.
- Another one of my favorite people on PumpUp is @dany_ny. her profile is full of amazing pictures. She is extremely creative, and her meals almost look like a work of art. You will always find something inspiring that will almost make you drool. She is also very sweet, and always willing to share her recipes.
What advice would you share with someone who’s looking to keep motivated?
Motivation should come from the inside, so when you are struggling just remember what made you want to change in the first place. Make small goals and celebrate as you achieve them. And remember that everyone is different, and you shouldn’t compare yourself with anyone else.
What’s a new, healthy habit you’re working on?
For someone who lives alone, it’s very tempting to get pre-packaged meals at the supermarket. But now I’m working on preparing/cooking myself every meal. In the beginning it may be difficult and a little bit boring, however, it can be fun to look and try new recipes, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be too time consuming. Now I even feel more adventurous, and once in a while I try new ingredients and if I like them (obviously doesn’t always happen), I will try to incorporate them in my diet. I have to admit I’ve always had a sweet tooth and this has been one of my biggest struggles in my fitness journey, so I’m always looking for healthier alternatives for snacks and sweets.
Now that I know exactly what I’m putting in my body I’m no longer afraid to eat and I don’t spend my days counting calories.
What's your favourite way to keep active?
I love walking and that was the first exercise I started doing to lose weight. Since I live close to where I work I always walk there, and instead of taking my lunch and eat in the office I just walk back home and do some extra exercise. Sometimes when I go grocery shopping I prefer to walk instead of driving, unless I have to buy to many things or heavier items. Walking and hiking are also good ways to spend so time with friends or family.
What is a fitness or health goal that you're most proud of?
When I first started this journey I felt miserable, and I thought that if I lost about 35Kg my life would finally change - That I would be “normal” and happy. Three years later I was down 41Kg and, except for the way I looked, nothing else seemed to change. I was feeling even worse. It took me some time to realize that my problem wasn’t the way I looked, a number in a scale, or a clothing size. My mind was playing tricks on me, and was making me believe that I wasn’t worth anything. I started looking at these achievements differently, and realized that it takes strength to be able to change your entire lifestyle and maintain the changes. I started to learn to fight for what I want instead of giving up easily like I used to, and this change in my mindset has to be my biggest achievement so far.
How has PumpUp helped you reach your fitness goals?
I love the PumpUp community, its just like a big family where everyone is trying to help and motivate each other. There is always someone willing to share fitness tips, share recipes, answer questions or give some pep talk. There is no judgment or negative feedback!
What makes you feel the most confident?
Knowing that I am a survivor, and that now I am strong enough to overcome anything that life troughs my way. Last year I had an accident that completely changed my life. For some time I could barely walk until 5 months ago I finally had surgery. If this happened a few years ago I would probably just be feeling sorry for myself, but now instead of just giving up on myself I’m working hard every day to make myself stronger. I know that I will never be able to do the things I used to. I’ll probably never be able to run or lift heavy weight ever again, I may have to do some changes in my professional life and I even gained some weight back but none of this things is going to stop me from trying to reach my potential.
What advice would you give to someone new to the PumpUp community?
Never give up on yourself. Nothing worth having comes easy, so keep that in mind and remind yourself when you are feeling discouraged. In the PumpUp community you will have the opportunity to learn from members who understand you, and might be able to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice or even some extra motivation when you need it. You should also forget the crazy diets seen in fashion magazines or on the internet, and instead try to search for information given by professionals and try to understand what works best for you.
Thanks Liliane! Cheer on Liliane in her fitness journey by following her @layla_sg on PumpUp!