Victoria Lymburner is a health coach. She’s not only a master trainer, but this 24-year-old is also s worldwide coach. She’s on a mission to empower people and she’s making a killing at it! Positive provider and showing people how to live a healthy happy life, she’s all in! This week, she took some time in between her workouts to tell us how it all started.I
What inspired you to become a health coach?
To make a long story short, I was overweight as a kid. Grew up with a slow metabolism and wasn’t well educated on eating healthy. I began as a dancer from age 5 to 12. After that, I got into Zumba. I was teaching like crazy and not eating well. By 17, I was hospitalized with thyroid issues, immune system crash and anemia. Doctors told me I needed 3 months of bed rest to boost my body back to normal. I began studying nutrition to make sure I could get back on my feet ASAP.
After a month, I got an email about a fit club concept. When I walked in, I was given a coach and a program. I loved the concept and the community. Afterwards, I started my personal plan as a challenger. Within 4 months, I lost 40 lbs. That’s how I knew this was it. I could share my journey, inspire people and ensure no one would live the life I had lived when I was younger. I began hosting transformation challenges helping women with their physical and psychological well-being. Two years later, the community grew so big we opened a health club!
How did you become a health coach? Did the opportunity come to you or were you already heading towards that path?
I was in the zumba community and I had applied to every single gym in my area. Eventually, I got a job teaching 4 people and it was hell. I told myself I couldn’t quit because it was SOMETHING. One day, I’ll work my way up. I had done several free events and volunteering just to get my name out there. When I was 19, I received an email to come and see this new fit club concept.
Originally, I was approached, but very casually. I wasn’t hired. I was simply explained the concept and told that if I liked it, follow my own plan and share my results. From there, if I did the training and applied myself, I could become a coach. I loved how simple it was.
Would you consider yourself a health freak? For example, do you only eat healthy food or do you indulge once in a while to your cravings (carbs, chocolate….)?
This is funny! During the journey of getting my health back, I began competing for Miss Canada and bikini fitness. I did 4 competitions in 2 years. So, from 19 to 21: no wine, no sugar, no chocolate, no carbs and no soda. Basically, you’re only eating lemon water, shakes, asparagus and fish. After those 2 years, I lost myself. Yes I looked great, but I was miserable inside. There was no balance.
I personally do not cheat every week. If I did, I would gain weight. I work hard and only plan 1 cheat meal every 2 weeks. So am I a health freak? To be honest, I don’t want to be but it’s about learning and knowing your body. If I cheat, I’ll gain, so I have to follow it pretty strictly and I know what works and doesn’t with my body.
In your opinion, what are the habits of a healthy person?
I always say, there’s a difference between healthy and getting results. Someone who’s healthy might eat fruits and vegetables, protein and won’t eat many sweets.
But for me, I would say to really live in your best & healthiest body, it would be having a routine you stick to. More specifically: be disciplined, drink 3L of water per day, plan a cheat meal if you need it, meal prep or plan your meals, live in moderation always, work out 3-4 times per week and represent healthy living 80% of the time.
How do you manage to stay in shape and healthy? Do you have days where you say “screw it I’ll skip workout and eat what I want today” or has it become natural for you now to work out and eat healthy on a daily basis?
As I mentioned earlier, I know my body very well. Sometimes, I wake up and have days where I want to cry and ask myself why is it so hard for me to maintain my image and shape. Some people eat pizza and cookies and still have a six pack. I find if I skip one meal or one workout, I gain weight right away. I’m human, of course I have off days.
What I tell myself and all my clients is, don’t expect amazing results if you only put it 50% effort most days. So I know if skip, I can’t be hard on myself the next day when I wake up bloated. Recently, I started taking Sundays off. I used to train everyday, work everyday and never cheat. At 24, I should be able to go to parties, go out with friends and have a glass of wine if I want. So I would say I really stay disciplined and put myself first. I have my meals prepped and scheduled in my agenda, I plan my workouts and my off days.
What is your biggest accomplishment? What are you most proud of?
The fitness world is a cool industry…It makes you proud if you stay consistent. That’s one of the first reasons I started because you see results right away. I’m most proud of competing. First of all, I competed against all odds. I’m not a skinny girl, I’m not a typical model, and my body is sensitive to gaining weight. I worked my butt off and against all my haters, I did it and won 2nd and 3rd place.
Second biggest accomplishment would be when I quit my job at 22 to pursue my health coaching business. Saying no to a job I went to university for was very hard. I cried every day for 2 weeks. Before fitness, I worked at a senior home in rehabilitation and recreation. I had this feeling that if I leave, what will happen to these people? I felt like I had a mission to impact the world. When it hits you that your passion is bigger than what you’re currently doing, you should know its time for change. So I said no. I quit and worked hard with my mentors to open a gym and health club.
I’ve met the most amazing people and I’ve completely transformed my own mindset and perception on life. My clients, challengers, ambassadors and seniors in my contracts have become like my family. I’m now impacting people around the world.
At BWR, we focus on women entrepreneurs. We understand the challenges that they face and the daily struggles compared to male entrepreneurs. Can you tell us if you’ve faced any challenges as a women entrepreneur?
There are so many challenges I’ve faced but I would say two things.
- Having other women extremely jealous of your success. I’ve made it my mission to work towards women empowerment. We need to work together and not against each other.
- I think a lot of the challenges stem around money. Women want and NEED money. Compared to men, it’s a stereotype that we don’t make money, only men do. So It’s been my mission to show women not to be scared and fight for your worth.
It’s also funny when I buy myself expensive things, people don’t believe I paid for it. These are stupid stereotypes. But I think as a whole, women empowerment is getting better and better.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What is your main goal?
Wow, in 10 years?! So much has changed in just 2 years that I actually can barely imagine 10 years. In the next year, I’ll be 25 and I plan to buy a house and expand 3 health clubs. I just opened a spa, so I plan to work on helping my technicians open their own spas too.
My focus right now is to help people have the lifestyle and freedom I have. With my business, it’s very simple to help my clients get results through health coaching and have them inspire others too.
So, my goal every year is to help over 100 new clients to get new health results. Then it would be to help 50 people start this business part time or full time, to help build their self-confidence and realize that we don’t have to settle working a 9-5 job. People can make an income by inspiring people with their results.
Of course I want my own family, and I want to be a present parent. Although I”m probably a workaholic because I truly love what I do, I want to be able to give my kids and family whatever they want. What fuels me is that I want my team to have the same freedom. Many of them have families now and some struggle. The goal is to expand and show people that anything is possible. There are opportunities out there that WORK, and are amazing, and I’m so glad I’m living proof to help others.