Happy Tuesday my peeps!! I have a wonderful Fitspo Feature for you today, allow me to introduce Lana LaRouche of @LanaBananaFitness!
This girl is OH-SO-inspiring and I just KNOW you're going to fall in love with her! I've been following her on Instagram for a few months now and she is BY FAR one of my #1 favorite fitness gals around, bar none! I wanted you to get to know her a little better so I interviewed her! Enjoy this wonderful discovery of a beautiful & inspiring fit gal!
1. When did you get started on your fitness journey and what method have you stuck to to achieve your results?
I'm coming up on about the 2 year mark since I changed my ways. Before then, my idea of health/achieving the body I want was to "eat less, do more" now my motto is basically to do what makes you feel happy in the healthiest way possible. At first since I was new to working out and didn't no a thing about nutrition seeing as my favourite food before was mr.noodles, I started online looking up at home workouts and purchased some light weights. Started working out at home maybe 20 mins a day and meal prepping which I found to be the biggest influence for me. Abs are truly made in the kitchen and just by changing my diet alone without exercise made the biggest difference. Once that was established I started running 4-5 x a week about 20 mins just around the block where I lived. Once I realized after I had lost weight (and didn't notice either until I came home from school and all my family was like holy you've changed!) I figured out that I actually want to get bigger. But in a fit way, gain muscle and eat more. So I added more protein, and got myself a gym pass for the first time which was intimidating walking into the gym not knowing a thing and not wanting to resort to just going on the treadmill because my goal was to lift weights and gain muscle. Been learning more from both experience/online/ and even just commentary from people at the gym or via Instagram on tips/tricks.
2. What inspired you to get fit and what keeps you going now?
My biggest inspiration has been my boyfriend. He hasn't directly influenced me but we have been together for 7 years now and as of 2 years ago we have had to do the long-distance relationship as we both go to school in different countries. The first year apart was very hard for me, I was depressed, self destructive (drank a lot and starved myself) and was overall unhappy and felt that I couldn't be happy on my own. It was a battle but one which I have overcame. Soon as I realized, yes he does bring me happiness, but no I can make myself happy to and do things for ME is when I started caring about myself more and became a more independent person. I bought healthy/expensive treats, bought a gym pass, started working out and focusing on ME. The first time I felt "selfish" but soon realized everyone needs to love themselves and treat themselves how they treat the ones they love.
The more I workout and feel happy about me, the more confidence I have, the more I smile, the more he smiles and when I see him as happy as I am because he sees how I;ve changed it does truly keep me going. He too has his own fitness battles and has struggled with his weight his whole life so if I can now be a help to him and motivate and give back, that too motivates me.
Oh and not to forget! Since starting an Instagram account I cannot believe how supportive and kind the people of the world are! Anyway I can help someone by answering a health question, motivate someone to work out or to start doing what makes them happy truly effects my life in a positive way too.
3. What is your occupation? What is your ultimate career goal?
I currently work for my mother-in-law at a Liquor store, often in the back unloading beer which I find to be a workout in of itself. But it is far from my life goals/expectations. I have always been an artist (what I attend school for) and hope to be a high school advanced art class teacher and a tattoo artist with my sister as we plan on opening an all female run tattoo shop together one day.
Although I must admit recently have been thinking about getting my training certification as it would be good to have as fitness has recently become a huge influence/enjoyment in my life too now..hmm
4. What kind of diet do you follow? Does it include cheat meals and what are they like?
Basically I am a sucker for candy. Its my weakness. To keep it simple
Breakfast: steel-cut oats, eggs or greek yogurt and fruit
Lunch: salad & veggies and some sort of protein, (chicken or shake)
Dinner: veggies, some type of protein and a complex carb (either brown rice, quinoa, or yam)
Snacks: yogurt, cottage cheese, apple, protein bars, cashews/nuts, fruit, quinoa salad, Peanut butter on celery or apple or anything pretty much haha.
I just keep it simple, I am truly no chef but I do take good photos of my food which tend to trick people into thinking I am! The things I avoid are simple carbs, any breads or pasta-type things, candy and sugar and most dairy especially cheese but that is mostly because of my digestion issues with dairy. And absolutely no alcohol.
I never really consider cheat meals because if I go out with friends and I decide hey I want sushi too, I will, because if you eat right and workout regularly 90% of the time you can indulge in things like that when you want I believe. My cheat "meals" are often a thing or two here and there, for example, my boyfriends parents I live with constantly keep a stock of chocolate covered raisins/almonds on the counter which I'll have a handful here and there or if I'm craving chocolate I wont go buy 3 chocolate bars but maybe put a scoop of chocolate Hazelnut spread on an apple or find a slightly better alternative that still fixes the craving.
5. What does your current workout routine look like?
Something different everyday and trying new things each day, best results come with spontaneity.. and it keeps things interesting! I often post workouts on my Instagram too :)
6. What is your ultimate fitness goal?
Basically to compete in a Figure Competition (hopefully in 2014), even if I don't place at all I just want to take part in one and say look how far I've come and what I did. Oh and another silly goal is to be able to bench press the weight of my boyfriend, and if he continues to lose weight like he is this may actually be possible sooner then I thought! :P
7. What is YOUR biggest excuse when you don't feel like working out?
I have a few main ones, one being "Oh theres not enough time till I need to leave for work" which is usually a couple hours since I get up early and then I tell myself "All you need is 10 mins!" because in reality anything you do is better than nothing.
The other being more of a real reason, because I only see my boyfriend during summer and christmas time when he is home and I am too I don't like to leave to go to the gym (working on getting him to come with me) but I want to spend as much time with him as I can so if that means skipping work out I will but ideally I hope to get him more involved with working out with me.
8. Who is your fitness role model?
Most people are virtual role models via Instagram. I'm not into the super "insta-famous" type that posts "booty progress" or practically nude photos. Although I am not saying they haven't put in the work and truly deserve the bodes they have and to show them off but thats just not me I try to stay conservative to a degree (and hope people will let me know if I stray from!) But who does inspire me are the average girls, attending school, working, providing for a family, and doing all they can to better themselves. Wish I had a name in particular but there are too many!
9. What is your one food weakness?
...Candy, in particular; rainbow ropes, and anything green apple! XP
10. What advice would you give to a person who wants to make a healthy change to their life but is intimidated by the whole thing?
Small steps, each little change over time will make a huge difference. I know this quote is overused but its true. Progress is a progression, it takes time and is a process because these things don't happen over night, over a week or even a month. Don't look at your goals as a goal because you're already setting up a limitation, a finish line, Instead look at it as a life change with no finish line and to continually do what makes you happy and what will better your life or motivate and inspire those around you to do the same!
11. Name something others might not readily know about you (hobbies outside of fitness, a unique talent, etc etc.).
I want to be a tattoo artist. I have a twin brother (and 2 younger brothers and an older sister), I own two guinea pigs, I can sing, I can bake a wicked cheesecake from scratch, and I've always wanted to shave my head and to have a mohawk but hesitant because my man loves long hair :P ...one day!
I hope you enjoyed this Fitspo Feature! Leave me a comment, and GO FOLLOW Lana!! ;-D Have a motivated Tuesday!!!! xoxoxo
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