Athlete Profile: Jessie GibsonInstagram: @jessiegfitness Category: Transformation Do you use a Trainer? Yes Trainer: Orville Brown
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
I just couldn’t stand who I saw in the mirror anymore.. I hated myself. That’s the honest truth.
If you have transformed yourself what do you attribute to arriving at your starting point:
At one point I was over 270 pounds, disliked my job, partied every weekend, drank, smoked and ate whatever I wanted/whenever I wanted, didn’t workout and I didn’t understand the importance of meal prep. One day I just couldn’t stand who I saw in the mirror anymore.. I hated myself.That’s the honest truth. So I had a choice change or go on hating myself. First step I quit smoking, second I quit my job of 10 years and started working for my family in October and the following February I started working out at home mostly HIIT and cardio. I lost 60-70 pounds and kept it off for 2 years. Which left me at about 201 pounds in August of 2014. I have lost a total of 130lbs.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
It’s important to find a balance. In off season I am on 5 days a week and prep is more aggressive. Generally speaking I weight train 4 days a week with some cardio and abs. I always do abs just to keep more core tight just because of my dramatic weight loss. I do a HIIT circuit once a week also.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
I am a clean eater. It’s just what works best for me with a cheat meal once or twice a week in off season.
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings:
I have done one show UFE Summer Sanitarium.
How many years have you competed?
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Short term goals are to just find more of a balance lifestyle. I can be pretty extreme when it comes to reaching my goals. Long term goals are to continue to put on lean muscle mass.
Who do you look to for motivation and why:
Myself! I believe in never settling and that you should always push yourself out of your comfort zone.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Losing 130 pounds. Weight loss is a huge mental game. Slow and steady is the way to do it but you just want it off. So its hard to see numbers slowly coming down. I used to take measurements because I found that more beneficial for my self esteem.
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
Egotistical people. Honestly who cares if that person likes to take selfies, talk about their training and such. They have worked hard for it and should be proud. Just wish more people could be happy and supportive of each other in the industry as we all put in our work.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Remain humble with your head healed high.