TSC: Who are you? Name? Age? Where do you live? Married/kids? Occupation?
JG: My name is Jillian Golden and I am 28 years old living in New York City. I am currently single and am an accountant who loves to bake!
TSC: When did fitness first become a part of your life? Have you always been an athlete? Did you start working out as an adult? Did you workout earlier in life and start up again? If so, what and why?
JG: I started working out in college to “offset” the alcohol and junk food, but I didn’t really know what I was doing any definitely wasn’t pushing nearly as hard as I needed to in order to truly get a good workout. Once I had my first full time job and was getting ready to move into the city I realized that I was never going to get fit without knowing what I was doing. I found an amazing trainer (who has been featured on this blog before!) and my life was changed forever. She taught me countless new types of exercises, while also teaching me good form. Working out quickly became something that I loved because it made me feel great physically and it was exciting to see my progress.
TSC: What is your current workout routine? How many days a week/hours a day do you workout? What types of workouts do you do? All one type or switch it up?
JG: My favorite type of workout is HIIT (high intensity interval training). I generally do about three of those per week, with 1-2 low impact cardio days in between. Every now and then I will take a HIIT or spin class at a studio for a little extra push.
TSC: How do your prioritize fitness and wellness in your (busy) life?
JG: I was never a morning person and still don’t really consider myself one. But when I was missing lots of workouts because of having to work late, it became clear that mornings were my only option. Switching to morning workouts in the dead of winter when it’s dark and cold was one of the hardest adjustments I’ve ever had to make, but now I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I get up a few hours before work, kick some butt at the gym, and then I’m ready to go for the day!
TSC: Why is working out/fitness important to you and your lifestyle?
JG: When I first decided to get serious about my fitness, it was strictly about losing weight. I had truly enjoyed myself in college but that was over and I just felt sluggish and fat. While I have lost weight, working out out means so much more to me now. Not only have I lost fat, but I have gained muscle and it feels amazing to feel strong. I may still have trouble opening jars, but when I work out I can FEEL that my body is strong and it makes me able to work out that much harder. I also feel like I’m healthier not only physically, but mentally. I have had confidence issues my whole life and I don’t anymore. I look at myself totally differently and I love it.
TSC: What other aspects of healthy living do your incorporate in your life? Wellness? Sleep routines? Meal prep? Favorite healthy places to eat out/recipes readers should try?
JG: Working out is great, but I don’t think you can be truly healthy without looking at the other aspects of your life. I always make sure to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep. If I’m up really late for whatever reason, I’ll skip my morning workout because I know how important sleep is for me, plus I know that I won’t be able to put in 100%. I’ve also found personally that when I do want to lose weight, food is the most important thing. I’m constantly learning about how to eat healthy, but what I’ve found works the best for me is high protein and low sugar. One of my favorite dinners that I make all the time because it’s delicious and easy is salmon with a lemon/garlic/dijon mustard marinade. I make a few pieces all at once and freeze the extras so all I have to do is reheat! It’s perfect for after work when you don’t have the time or energy to cook a full meal.
TSC: If you could share one thing with readers of The Sweat Chronicles what would it be?
JG: It sounds cliche, but hard work truly does pay off. If you have the mindset that it will take time to see results, reach your goals, or get into a new routine, you won’t fail. It’s better to make changes slowly because you are more likely to adopt them for the long term. I am still learning, changing and growing and I have never felt better in my life.