Transformation Tuesday Gillian

In this week’s edition of Transformation Tuesday, we chat with Gillian Giam, a yoga instructor and fit mama on her journey to fitness.

Despite rocking a toned physique in her 40s, Gillian Giam shares that her journey into fitness was never easy. “Like most can relate, I wasn’t athletic at all pre-marriage, pre-baby or pre-yoga,” she shared on her Facebook page.

After years of struggling with fitness and weight loss, Gillian decided to make a change and remained determined to attain her goals despite all the adversities in life. Now a yoga instructor and owner of Motionwerkz, Gillian hopes she can inspire more people to take the first step and be the best version of themselves.

Read on to find out more about her fitness transformation, and how she remained resilient throughout her fitness journey:

Despite rocking a toned physique in her 40s, Gillian Giam shares that her journey into fitness was never easy. “Like most can relate, I wasn’t athletic at all pre-marriage, pre-baby or pre-yoga,” she shared on her Facebook page.

FF: At which juncture in your life did you decide to embark on your fitness journey?

Gillian: I started my journey about 11 years ago, when my second child was 2 and I was edging towards 40. This came after years of not being active, and trying different types of crash diets. I decided to make the change to gain my confidence back.

FF: What goals did you set for yourself, and what did you do to achieve it?

Gillian: My goals started out because of vanity – I wanted to be slim and toned in my 40s, but it later turned into a life-changing journey towards leading a healthy and fit lifestyle. Being not active from the start, I decided to start with something gentle like Yoga. After practicing for a few years, I felt that I wasn’t strong enough and decided to take up personal training sessions with experienced trainers that understood my goals and also starting running.

FF: What are the main challenges you faced, and how did you overcome it?

As a beginner to fitness at the start, it was challenging to overcome the aches and pains from training, juggle my time between work, family and training, and endure being ridiculed for being “big” or “muscular like a man”. I learnt that the only way to overcome it, is to stay determined and driven by my goal to be fit and healthy not only for myself, but to set an example to my children and not be a burden to them (and society, especially in the later years).

After a while, I overcame the aches as I got stronger and learnt how to stretch and relax my muscles. I also started waking up earlier and set a schedule to allow me to better balance my time for family and fitness. At the end of the day, I had to ignore the naysayers and be happy with how I feel about myself – having great support from family and friends definitely helped too.

4. My goal was to be fit and healthy so though the diet was a challenge in the beginning, it got easier as I learnt to appreciate the natural taste of food without all the added preservatives and seasonings.

FF: Based on your experience, what advice would you give beginners who are thinking of starting their own fitness journey?

Gillian: I would suggest that you firstly set achievable & realistic goals, take it slow but be consistent. It is also a good idea to get a trainer or teacher to guide you so that you start out with the right form and technique to prevent injury. Last but not least, try to surround yourself with the support of likeminded friends and family.

FF: What are some of your favourite ways to workout?

Gillian: I enjoy being outdoors with nature a lot! My favourite outdoor workout is to trek with a 6-8kg back pack & trekking poles in Bukit Timah hill – As there are steep inclines and stairs, it gives me a full body workout and allows me to destress while enjoying the fresh air.

I also enjoy indoor wall climbing! I love that it is a full body workout that challenges your mind and body and teaches you to overcome your fears.

FF: How do you maintain a balanced diet? Any tips to share?

Gillian: I try my best to food prep, and avoid deep fried food, processed food and refined sugars. My diet consists mainly of proteins, vegetables and fruits.

A typical day for me would start with freshly pressed vegetable & fruit juice, followed by homemade Acai bowl and avocado at noon with some boiled eggs, nuts or protein bars as snacks. Learn to appreciate the taste and quality of food in its purest form!

FF: What has been the best part about getting fit?

Gillian: Definitely feeling more energetic, happier and having the ability to do things that I never thought I could!

Catch up with Gillian on at Motionwerkz, or catch her LIVE at the Transformation Panel at FitnessFest 2019!