Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Walker.
Hi Jordan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Being active with swim meets and generally healthy throughout my childhood, I never imagined becoming sluggish, overweight, or developing an unhealthy relationship with food. Fast forward to freshman year at Arizona State University – I was hitting the books almost every day after class, developing friendships, and submerging in dorm life (with a mini fridge filled with hot pockets). By the end of the year, I had a 3.8 GPA and ‘Freshman 15.’ After countless nights of studying until 2 or 3 am, eating whatever was available at that hour (usually pizza), and living a mostly sedentary lifestyle, I felt drained. I couldn’t help but think, “Why do I feel 100 years old when I’m only 20?” This realization came at the right time, I started laying the foundation of goals that would one day be surpassed beyond what I originally imagined. In 2017, I began climbing my way out of the hole I dug myself in and took accountability for what I chose to fuel my body with and how I made use of my time. I decided to workout for 1 hour a day for 5 days and to eat at a caloric deficit to lose 2lbs/ week, but other “side-effects” came with this. At first, I rarely went to the gym by myself since I felt awkward in a male-dominated space, and didn’t want to perform exercises incorrectly so I would usually take a friend. Sometimes their schedules wouldn’t align, so I would either do a home workout or skip it. Eventually, after watching enough YouTube videos about how everyone at the gym is focused on themselves, I felt motivated enough to go on my own. I began doing body weight exercises and cardio (jogging on the street or treadmill) for the first few months. I slowly progressed to utilizing resistance bands, then dumbbells, kettlebells, then utilizing machines and the squat rack. However, I quickly shed weight and like many, became obsessed with what the scale reported each week. One day, I saw a picture that my family had taken of me and my stomach sank… I wasn’t who I was intending to be. Again, I felt tired but for the reason of not eating quite enough and over exercising. I redirected my behavior to accommodate the nutrition my body needs while being mindful of how I received those nutrients. It feels so fantastic and strange to think that my original goal was just to lose 20 lbs. and about 4 years later my goal is to help others see their dreams come to fruition by developing workout plans and meal guides, and becoming a certified personal trainer in the coming months. At this moment, I provide as many tips or knowledge about food and fitness that I can on my Instagram page @jordanilyanna.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As I began to lose weight and see results from the changes in activity and diet, I received comments from friends or family like “you’ve lost your curves, you look skinny now” or “who are you trying to impress?” as if it was ever for anyone else but myself. As I started to change for the better, I noticed who was supportive and who was not. I tried to let comments like this roll off my shoulder, but sometimes it bothered me and I questioned if I was on my path for the right reasons. When I felt this way, I gave myself the capacity to feel sad, but I also would think about the beginning of my journey and remember I did this only for me. There will always be highs and lows, but when I feel low, I remind myself ‘you can only go up from here’.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in fitness plans tailored for overall muscle and glute growth, customized meal plans, and meal guides for the regular diet, vegan, vegetarian, and more (coming soon!). My story can resonate with those that have struggled to control their outlook on their body, exercise, and eating. My values in respect to health, and love for physical well-being is unwavering. I believe my name sets me apart – Jordan Ilyanna Walker. My name characterizes my individuality and personifies my ethnic background and heritage. I hope everyone is as healthy as possible, and I definitely want to show that my community is able to achieve their goals as well! I would say I’m known for lifting others up when they feel down. I believe people should treat themselves like a respectable person. I have the knack for wanting to coach people to be 1% better than they were yesterday.
We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Risk is defined by any activity that might result in loss, harm, or exposure. Leaving the safety of home requires risk, so if someone has managed to do this, they can continue to build their tolerance for risk taking. This requires engaging in sometimes new activities or increasing the intensity of activities we already do. Setting goals is a risk, you might achieve them, you might not but you can increase the probability of achieving them by controlling what processes you set to achieve those goals. Anyone can say they want to do something, but what are they willing to risk to possibly accomplish it? Risk can come in many forms – you might risk your time, your relationships, your money, your mental health, etc. I think risk is often associated with encountering extreme pain or struggle, but it should encourage someone to craft their dreams to become reality. Risk taking should empower everyone to hone their skills and is simply essential for personal advancement. If you haven’t, I would strongly encourage you to start taking small risks and gradually building risk tolerance. For example, if you want to run a 5k start by walking ½ or 1 mile for a couple weeks. It’s refreshing to start something new and learn a bit more about yourself.
- Meal Guide: “The Regular One” $20
- Meal Guide: “The Vegan One” $20
- Meal Guide: “The Vegetarian One” $20
- Customized 8 Week Meal Plan: $40
- 12 Week Fitness Plan: $75
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: jordanilyanna.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jordanilyanna/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009668135669
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKofODByycju4K8qRQLuH-A/featured
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@jordanilyanna