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Transformations

JESSIE LABROSE

Jessie Labrose Shares Her Transformation Story
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I was born in Montreal, QC. I moved to Barrie when I was 4 years old. I loved to play outdoors and draw as a kid. I also loved nature and bugs, can’t say the same now though, I hate bugs. I also grew up listening to a lot of Rock and Alternative music surprisingly, which I still do listen to.

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
What makes Becky so special as a trainer is her energy. Like this girl literally teaches 3-5 classes 6 times a week. Having to get up to get to her 10 am classes in the morning is already tiring for me, but I feel so good and uplifted after every class of hers.

IN MY FIRST 2 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL, I WAS THE MOST INSECURE OF MY BODY BECAUSE, DURING THAT TIME, EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT BODY IMAGE. I TRIED GOING VEGETARIAN, I TRIED GOING GLUTEN-FREE, I TRIED CUTTING OUT SUGARS, BUT I COULDN’T KEEP UP WITH THESE DIETS BECAUSE I DIDN’T SEE ANY RESULTS.

Fitness Goals: 
Tone and gain more muscle.

Training Plan:
I work out 1-2 times a day, mostly weight training.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I try to avoid carbs as much as possible. I’m also lactose-intolerant so I do avoid dairy as well. I used Drip Dry by Magnum Nutraceuticals for this photoshoot but other than that I do use their Pre-Fo and Opus for that extra pump during weight training. I also love Primer and their Quattro protein powders.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
My special go-to recipe for when I’m craving something sweet is Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies by Georgia Overbeck. She posts the best recipes on her Instagram @blondiesbaking_ that are very low calorie and sooooooo good.

Special skills?
I can flare my nostrils. Apparently, not everyone can so I guess it’s special.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents mean so much to me and I am so grateful to have them. They’ve taught me pretty much everything that school hasn’t taught me. They taught me a lot of lessons on how to save money and you know the basic essentials in life like cooking and cleaning. Another thing that they also taught me is to not hold onto little that makes you upset which is really a really good lesson for me.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status Fitness isn’t only for the fittest people on earth. They include a variety of athletes of different sizes and colours which I find so inclusive and so inspiring for others.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
What do you enjoy most about editing people’s stories?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren is so easy to work with. He doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable at all, especially since he is a guy. He’s so nice though and really good at helping with poses.

6 things people would not know about you: 
1. I can’t whistle.
2. I can play the Flute
3. I’m allergic to grass. Yes. Grass.
4. I’m actually really good at Algebra but I still don’t know what it’s going to be useful for in real life.
5. I’ve never had a pet; goldfish don’t count y’all
6. I took swimming lessons when I was younger and to this day, I’m still scared of jumping into the water.

Who inspires you?
My mom because I mean I wouldn’t be where I am now without the help and encouragement from her.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I want to inspire people my age and people of color because I know it’s not easy to have confidence in yourself when you so focused on body image and how people might look at you especially being a minority, but I want y’all to know that it’s okay to feel that way and if you want to change yourself, go ahead and don’t care about what others think.

Transformation story:
I was underweight a few years ago because I would barely eat anything. I was such a picky eater. I used to take Zumba classes during that time too and even though it was helping me stay active in a way, I still didn’t feel good about myself. When it got to a certain point, I knew I needed to change something. I started eating more however I stopped exercising. I just ate whatever I wanted. At this point, I started to gain so much weight. I was eating more than the average calorie intake for adults. I did feel better about myself knowing that I had grown a decent figure, but I still wasn’t happy with the way I looked. In my first 2 years of high school, I was the most insecure about my body because, during that time, everything was about body image. I tried going vegetarian, I tried going gluten-free, I tried cutting out sugars, but I couldn’t keep up with these diets because I didn’t see any results. It was because even though I was cutting out all these different food groups, I was still eating more calories than I should’ve been. When I started training with Becky about a year ago, I noticed that I was still gaining weight even while doing cardio. I couldn’t remember exactly what she told me cause my memory ain’t that good but it was along the lines that my cause for weight gain was because I was eating more than what my body burned. That had changed everything for me. I started going on a calorie deficit and I could instantly see a difference in how my body looked. Just that taught me so much about why I was gaining so much weight in the past.

WHAT KEEPS ME GOING IS THE FACT THAT NOW I CAN FEEL CONFIDENT IN MYSELF AND NOT CARE ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK CAUSE I KNOW THAT I AM DOING THIS FOR MYSELF.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
I started this transformation because I was so insecure about my body and I always compare myself to others. What keeps me going is the fact that now I can feel confident in myself and not care about what others think cause I know that I am doing this for myself.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip? 
I think about the fact that I have been training for about a year and stopping now will just show how much money and time I had wasted for something I worked so hard for.

Life goals:  
-Start teaching Kangoo Dance Classes
-Go to school for Hairdressing
-Learn how to play Bass Guitar

Lessons you have learned:
Stop being too generous. Period.

Favorite books:
I don’t read lmao.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?  
1. Confidence
2. Humility
3. Determination
4. Genuine
5. Integrity

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Sis go for it. Don’t get caught up in how others might think of you. Set that goal and GET IT.

Favorite Quotes:
“Life is never completely without its challenges.” – Stan Lee

I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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