Welcome to my page! If you’re here it’s likely because, like me, you are on a journey of health, fitness and living an authentic life. My name is Jillian Kaplan. Right now, I share my life with my husband, Doug and our dogs Fenway and Sydney. In the future, we hope to share our lives with babies, of the human and canine variety.
I wear the badge ‘math geek’ proudly and currently work at a Fortune 10 company as New Product Developer and Manager. I’m an animal lover at heart and along with training my own dog (who is the highest ranking Basset Hound in the country in World Cynosport Rally) I also volunteer with dog rescue. The fulfillment and purpose that helping hopeless and neglected dogs brings me is one of the great joys in my life. My love for animals doesn’t end with dogs, though. I am an avid equestrian and try to get to the barn as often as possible. The running joke with my friends is, that while it’s an expensive hobby, it’s much cheaper than therapy
After many years of feeling lost and hopefully, I finally have found a HAPPY ME and want to share that with the world. Growing up, it was always apparent to me that I was bigger than other girls who were the same age and I could never participate in sports. I graduated High School at 200 lbs on my 5’4” frame and decided it was time to make a change. I tried crash diets, pills, wraps…you name it, but the reality was I didn’t make long term changes and ended up yo-yo dieting and never really stayed on track.
Eventually enough was enough. I was getting ready for a big, girls trip to Vegas and I was determined to look my best. I found P90X online, bought it, and and began. When I put that DVD into the player and pressed play, something in me clicked. I can’t say it was easy and some days the workouts seemed to last forever (75 minutes/6 days a week) but I was hooked. This workout made me feel amazing and inspired
I fell in love with Beachbody and many of the programs. Slim in 6, Insanity, and the Brazil Butt lift pushed me along. Somewhere though, I got off track without any accountability and low and behold, the pounds began to creep back on. The muscle tone I had worked so hard for dissapeared and I was back to feeling uncomfortable in my own skin again.
In March of 2014, one of my friends was posting about a program called 21 Day Fix and Shakeology, on her social media page. It is brought to you by Beachbody, you know those people that created P90X and Insanity? Instantly, this felt like magic to me. This program wasn’t just about working out, but also guided you with your food choices! Something in my logical, math geek brain went off, and I knew this program was just what I needed. It’s brilliant and simple. You get color coded portion containers and your job is to fill them with food and eat it. It takes all of the guess work out of portion control and to be honest, there was never a time where I felt hungry. This allowed me to change my relationship with food. Now instead of it being something to fight against, food became my ally. Food is what fuels me and allows me to work out, live life and be healthy. The change in mindset was key! Of course on top of the eating portion, the 21 Day Fix has 30 minute daily workouts that you do at home. They are inspiring and challenging and I could carve out 30 minutes, even on my busiest days.
I’ve lost weight and gone from a size 10 to a size 6. The weight loss has been awesome, but in reality, the change in my heart has been greater. I am healthy, I am strong, and I am happy. I finally felt comfortable in my own skin and have learned to chuck aside any comparisons with other people and focus on being the best me that I can be.
Then again in August 2016 my story changed…again. I was walking my dog in a crosswalk and I was hit by a car. I don’t remember anything. I had emergency brain surgery to save my life. I shattered my pelvis, face, sacrum and sternum. The doctors were not sure I would survive, live a normal life or walk again. I truly believe that being fit saved my life and is the reason i recovered. I spent a challenging 5 weeks in the hospital and 2 months totally wheelchair bound and unable to stand. BUT I physical and mental strength helped me get through the accident. Just 3 months after my accident, I started and completed my first fitness program. It wasn’t easy, it was hard work but I was determined to keep taking care of my body the same way that it took care of me.
If you are looking for a real woman, one who has struggled and overcome, to be your fitness coach, then send me an email. I believe in keeping it real, keeping accountable and most importantly keeping it positive. I believe you need these four things to succeed:
- A fitness program
- A healthy eating plan
- Accountability and support
Together, we can get you to where you want to be. I promise that with the four points above, and me as your personal cheerleader, you can change your body and your life. I’m feeling incredible today, and I want to share that feeling with you. Are you ready? Email me at FitResQ@gmail.com