Thanks for visiting my site! My name is Lori Faren and I’m passionate about all things fitness and nutrition related. My greatest passion is helping others to make nutrition and lifestyle changes -at any age or stage in life. I’m all about quick, EASY and tasty healthy meals! (Make sure to check out my blog for recipe’s and my “Monday night Meal Prep” videos). I wasn’t always as health conscious as I am now, and here’s a bit about my story;
Growing up, many of my family members were overweight, and I was told I had the “genetics” of that side of the family. Like many young girls in our society, I started to worry about my weight. I started working out to my mothers VHS exercise tapes (ok, I’m showing my age here!) and even asked for a stationary exercise bike one Christmas. As soon as I got my licence and was able to drive, the first place I drove to was the gym. I attribute a lot of my passion for healthy nutrition to my mother, who was always trying to “remake” meals a bit healthier. I remember our “treats” sometimes consisted of home made “zucchini cookies! ”
In my teen years, I started to turn to binge-eating and dieting. I desperately sought the figure that I “thought” I had to have and along with the fear of being like some family members, I turned to starving myself during the week and then binge on the weekends. I just didn’t have the knowledge how to safely lose or maintain weight. As soon as I started college, and my exercise regime fell by the wayside, then all those late night pizzas and heavy nights at the bar started to catch up with me.
My life reached a turning point in my early twenties, when I came across a copy of Oxygen Fitness magazine in the gym (in the days before the internet!). The models inside were stunning, and motivated me to do whatever it was they did to stay looking great. From then on, I began to educate myself as much as possible on exercise tips, nutrition concepts, and, most importantly of all, how to fit it all into my regular lifestyle. It was then that I learned the importance of proper nutrition in order to maintain your weight.
I knew someday I wanted to follow my idols and compete in a fitness competition but it took many years until I was ready for the strict diet regime that comes with competing. It wasn’t until my late thirties that I became tired of working out and not seeing any results. I remember thinking, “I want to look like I go to the gym.” It wasn’t enough to just stay slim- I wanted the muscle definition and lean physique that I could be proud of. It was time to really buckle down, and take things to the next level.
I entered my first competition at thirty-seven, and, to my surprise, placed first in my age category and second in my height category. This shock motivated me to work even harder, as my dreams were finally within reach. I earned my Pro Card with the WBFF (World Beauty Fitness and Fashion) at my third show, and I went on to compete as a WBFF Pro twice. I competed in a total of five shows before it occurred to me that I had achieved far more than I had set out to achieve. For the first time in my fitness journey, I let myself relax, and eased up on all the restrictions that come with the competition lifestyle. Instead, I switched my focus to living a more balanced lifestyle, while remaining fit and having fun.
In the latest chapter of my life, I’m dedicated to sharing with others what I’ve learned about nutrition, health, fitness, and personal growth. I find it so fulfilling to encourage and provide support to those looking to live a healthy, balanced, and FUN lifestyle!
I currently live in Lake Oswego, Oregon with my husband, and our Chihuahua, “Nacho.” I also have two full grown, beautiful step-daughters!
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