After losing her father to heart failure three years ago, Iriel Franklin, who is a senior accountant by day, began posting about her journey online and quickly grew a following of over a collective 18,000 followers between Facebook and Instagram, developed a product line Get Fit or Get Fat, and now hosts digital fitness challenges and inspires thousands of women along their weight loss journey.
Franklin is a mother, a career women, and an inspiration. She lost over 100 pounds in just one year, helps others create their dream job with her new start-up company, plus balances being a mother and having a full-time job.
Q: Business person, public speaker, counselor or… which title best describes Iriel?
I’d like to think of myself as an Inspirational Coach.
Q: Is there a specific person or persons who helped pave your current walk?
My deceased father helped pave my current walk that I am on. I saw firsthand, how being unhealthy can take your life. I suffered with regret for a while, wondering if I could have helped him, had I taken the initiative sooner to change my lifestyle. Going through that experience, assured me that my job here is to inspire and uplift others.
Q: Why a dramatic weight loss and how does this journey help your story?
I felt it was necessary. Being almost 300 lbs isn’t healthy, nor is it safe. My story is just that; a woman who took control of her life by eating right and exercising. I ended up inspiring others in the process, and have an army of people who are motivated by my success.
Q: How does this new season play out in Iriel’s personal life?
I want to continue to empower others and give them a reason to take control of their health. By being transparent, and open with myself, and others, my personal life remains the same. I’m still the same person, just healthier, and more motivated to inspire.
Q: How does Iriel dream at night?
I dream with ambition and contentment. With thoughts and ideas brewing about how I can effectively spread the word about Get Fit or Get Fat.
Q: Do you cling onto a specific faith? If so, describe.
I believe in God. I’m a Christian. I grew up in church, so my beliefs remain the same.
Q: What would you address at a Woman’s Conference?
The main three lessons I would provide for women at a Woman’s Conference is: believing in yourself, building an empire, and teach moms how to juggle a family, career, and business.
Q: If Biography were to contact you regarding your life’s success…which strategy would you convey knowing your words would live a legacy?
I live my life by the strategy of motivating and inspiring. If I can show, or even tell someone about my life, and where I’ve come from. I know that people will be inspired, and motivated at the same time.
Q: Have you reached your life’s purpose?
I don’t think I’ve reached my life’s purpose yet. There are so many people who aren’t aware of the health risks associated with being overweight. Young women who don’t care about themselves enough to want to take control of their health, and young kids who don’t have the right foundation at home, to know the right choices to make when it comes to eating, and staying active. When all of these happen, and Get Fit or Get Fat is a household name, then my purpose will be met.