HI! I’m Alena, a 28 year old woman from the beautiful State of Oregon (located on the West Coast of the United States), currently living in Portland.
I started my Healthylivingdreams instagram account Summer of 2014 to share my own personal journey, towards finding a balance, and from there my passion for health and fitness grew. Since then I have studied and became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise, have co-written and developed a Women’s Lifting Guide Ready To Lift: Leg & Booty Guide, and have travelled to and participated in numerous fitness events.
Getting into fitness changed my life and in some ways it saved me. I feel so much Healthier, Stronger, Fitter, more Confident and more Emotionally Balanced every day. I definitely still have my ups and downs, my good days and bad, but with each day that comes I learn a little bit more about how to take care of myself and live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and I do my best to focus on the positive things.
Change doesn’t always happen quickly, but with enough determination and self-belief anything is possible. My goal everyday is to focus on the little things that make me happy and keep me motivated and inspired, like the people in my life and all the accomplishments I’ve made, big and small, in the past couple of years. I have learned so much about Health and Fitness, through my own personal experiences and my Personal Trainer studies. How to Respect and Take Care of my Body and Mind. I’m still learning everyday, but appreciating every moment of the journey.
A LITTLE HISTORY:
I was raised by what I would describe as a very health conscious family, and even decided on my own at 5 years old to be come a vegetarian. But somewhere along the way I got lost and confused during those rough transitional teenage years. I started caring too much about what others thought of me and wanted to fit in so badly that I stopped caring if I was hurting my body in the process. From the age of around 14 to 23, I struggled with balance of eating and drinking, and battled eating disorders, binge drinking and severe mood swings and depression as I have a family history of bipolar disorder. Shortly after my 24th birthday, I realized neither my body nor my mind could continue to live in this way, I needed to commit to making a real lifestyle change, and so I did. While I would go back and make different choices if I could, and guide my younger self, I do not believe in living a life of regret. So, I do my best to move forward, continuing to become the healthy and more balanced woman that I am, and sharing my journey and story in hopes of helping others.
RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:
- I have also lived abroad in Germany, France and Spain, and during each experience I learned so much about Life, my body and the importance of creating healthy habits of which I struggled to do at the time.
- I have a passion for Languages, I speak my native English, French, Spanish, German, and have also studied Swedish, and a bit of Basque.
- I love board sports, grew up Skateboarding and Snowboarding, and was on my High Schools Snowboard Team, and later coached the same team for 3 years.
- I love Traveling, Cooking, and all things Fitness & Health related!