Our featured Mom on a Mission this week is Lauren Allen, Owner of L.A. Fit Life. Lauren tells us about her background and mission, and has some tips for living a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to stay tuned for her upcoming MomCo fitness posts!
In her own words:
I got caught up in some of the wrongs of the world simply to find failure when searching for success and acceptance. Three things changed my life and transformed me into the healthy and fit woman I have become: God, my foundation and support system, and dedication to health and fitness. Living a fit life became my priority and my joy. It’s a lifestyle allowing me to always push for greater limits while helping others do the same for themselves.
Today, I am a wife, a mother, an employee to Corporate America, and a woman who understands the importance of living a fit life while juggling everyday responsibilities. I have recently competed and placed in the NPC Bodybuilding Competitions. I am a personal trainer focusing on motivating women to live strong, to be healthy and to inspire others to do the same while maintaining a balanced and fit life. It is easy to get caught up in our lives (the to-do lists, work, friends, etc.) and take the simple things of life for granted such as an outdoor stroller run in a neighborhood, teaching our little ones to swim in a pool, and chasing after our kids at the park. Many people today, including myself, forget that these are behaviors that encourage our children to live a healthy and fit life, as my parents once did for me. Our kids watch our every move and it’s important that we encourage an active lifestyle so our children can prosper and live long healthy lives.
In our time-consuming demands of life, it can be near impossible to incorporate a workout in our daily regimen. We need to remember that we are doing it for those that we love. I like to encourage moms to bring their children to a training session or to encourage participation from their kids while working out on their own. Doing this sets an example and influences the active life we hope they will have.
Motivation is a key component in developing a new lifestyle. There will be many great days that we will feel alive and eager to be healthy but there may also be days that we stumble. We need to find that thing or person that motivates us and makes us tick. As a mom, my son motivates me. I want to live a long and healthy life. I want to be able to chase him around the park. I want to help him practice his sport of choice as he grows older. I want to influence his choices so that he too wants to live a healthy and active life. Developing relationships with other moms who share interests in the same active lifestyle is motivating. We encourage each other, motivate each other, and reach out to one another when needing advice or an extra push to continue pursuing our goals. The people surrounding our lives can be our greatest influence. Each of my loved ones has supported and encouraged me to succeed in reaching my healthy goal and my dream of living a healthy and fit life and I know you too can find this same passion and encouragement with the right motivation in your life.
I am recently taking a leap from my financial security in software development to personal training, as my passion lies in motivating women and inspiring others to live a healthy, fit life. I host monthly, and soon-to-be biweekly, boot camps locally in Carlsbad, and also train women in private one-on-one or group settings for exercise and nutrition. I’ve been focusing on incorporating child participation in a lot of my workouts because as a new mom I know how difficult and expensive it can be to constantly try to find a babysitter.
Making the decision to live a healthy and fit life will not only help us to achieve personal goals but it helps others live a healthy and fit life as well. We don’t always realize that our friends, family and little ones are watching, but they are, and they will be encouraged to share in the same active lifestyle we choose. We will begin to see the change in others. Encourage, motivate and inspire; and never forget, we are our child’s greatest example.
Lauren Allen – Owner of L.A.FitLife