For the very first installment of my Q&A with inspirational health and well-being experts, I am excited to bring you an interview with my dear friend, Libby Charles. I have known Libby for quite a few years and think she is a massive inspiration – as a person and for the work she’s doing! She also recently completed the Surf Coast Trail Marathon as a solo female, and came 6th in her age group and 14th for all female participants!! I believe exercise (especially functional exercise) is an important aspect in overall health and well-being.
Libby is a qualified Personal Trainer in Melbourne, Australia. The reason why Libby stands out above other personal trainers for me is because she has a real focus on training women and recognises that all of her clients are going to require or want different training. She also recognises that exercise alone does not achieve overall health. She is also studying nutrition, so she can properly assist all of her clients. If you are interested in getting in touch with Libby about some one-on-one strength development/weight loss/weight gain/muscle targeting, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Libby Charles, 23. Into fitness, health and wellbeing. Qualified personal trainer and currently studying through the Integrative Institute of Nutrition.
Where did your passion for health and well-being begin, and how did it begin?
After struggling with depression/anxiety for a long time I turned to fitness and found that it helped so much. Later on came my appreciation for the over all Heath/wellbeing side of things. The two in conjunction with each other have completely turned my life around and I love the way I feel now compared to say 10 years ago. Being healthy has been so good for my mental state I wouldn’t change it for anything.
What is your philosophy around food and eating healthy?
I believe that everyone is different when it comes to this. What works for one person, probably won’t work for another. Healthy eating to me is all about finding balance and what works for you. Experimenting with foods can be a fun experience, and you should see eating as an opportunity to fuel and nurture your self.
What is your philosophy around self-love, and how do you practise it?
Self love is very important to me. Having experienced many lows through depression I have found it is important to always look after yourself first. I take time to do things I want to do, when I want to do them. I find quality time alone for me is crucial for checking in with how I’m feeling and to pay attention to these emotions and nurture them how I see fit.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully helping others on their personal journeys through health/wellbeing coaching.
If you could offer your younger self one tip, what would it be?
Nothing in particular. I was by no means perfect but Being young is for learning and making mistakes!
If you could chose to eat anything for one meal, with an intolerance free pass, what would it be and why?
I’m usually okay with most foods, but I would definitely say a huge bowl of Pasta. I love the stuff but unfortunately my stomach doesn’t.
What motivates you to be the best version of yourself on a day to day basis?
The feeling I get when I achieve something I’ve challenged myself to. Setting goals is very important for self growth so I try do this everyday.
What are your tips for eating out and still being able to choose a healthy option?
Don’t stress! Stressing in situations like these ruins the fun experience it’s supposed to be. So many places offer altered options these days you’re bound to find something. But researching before you go is always a good idea.
If we opened your pantry and fridge on any given day, what would be likely to find?
Majority vegetables and fruit! Lots of small home cooking experiments. Jars! Nuts, seeds, powders. And of course a few treats here and there.
What does a typical day of food look like for you?
– Fruit/vegetable smoothie for breakfast
– Huge mixed salad of whatever’s in the fridge for lunch
– Stir fry is a favourite for dinner
And I don’t go a day without eating carrots and hummus EVER!
What is your favourite way to move?
Running and circuit training. Anything high intensity.
What or who are you thankful for today, and why?
Anyone around me who has had a positive impact on my life.
Would you like to share your favourite recipe or ritual with us?
Ritual: Taking time every morning to drink a litre of water without fail. Usually very early before gym, I find it relaxing and a good time to reflect/mentally prepare for the day ahead.
Where can we find you on social media?
Stayed tuned as Libby will be doing a guest post shortly!