Restoring Radiance - Guest Blog of the Month
I am LOVING putting the spotlight on all of these incredible women! I have another inspirational, genuine, loving woman to spotlight this month (of course). Lex goes by "Restoring Radiance" on social and portrays her journey toward her very best health- mind, body, and soul.
Read on for her best tips and insights, you just might resonate with her and feel inspired to continue your journey to your best self.
+ If you could have lunch with anybody, who would it be and why?!
Shauna Niequist. She’s the author of a few of my favorite books (including Bread & Wine) and I just love her. Reading her books I just feel like I relate to her so much and she just seems so real and honest. I feel like we could talk for hours over yummy cappuccinos.
+ Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from, what is your favorite thing to do in your free time, and one random fact about you?!
I was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and I currently live here with my husband and our little 7 month old, T. My favorite thing to do in my free time is probably explore somewhere around Richmond. Like trying a new coffee shop or restaurant or walking somewhere fun. I’m super into walking places when I can! One random fact is that I lived in Barcelona Spain for 2 months, and almost moved there if it wasn’t for Thomas convincing to come home to go on a date. Now I haven’t been back, but we plan to travel there as a family in the future!
+ What got you into the health and wellness industry? I know you've gone through quite the journey yourself and so many women can relate. Could you tell us a little bit about that?
It all started back in high school right before I was going to college. It was the summer before and I wanted to learn how to cook because I didn’t know how to make anything. My mom and I spent the summer reading nutrition books (she was always super into it) and exercising and cooking. I started feeling really good, and honestly got pretty over obsessive because I can have that all or nothing approach so I dove in deep. Definitely too deep where I ended up having a binge eating disorder, but that’s how it all began. I’ve finally come to a place where I consider myself a normal eater and I have peace with food. I don’t stress like I used to and no longer have any restrictions. I feel better than I ever have and I think a lot of that is mindset and letting go of stress and all the rules.
+ What was the key component that helped you find your healthy lifestyle and a loving relationship with food and your body?
Intuitive eating (if you’ve never heard of it, this is the book on it) helped me to let go of the diet mentality. Actually just to let ALL that go and finally start living my life. I finally found more of a place of balance. Of applying gentle nutrition and eating foods that made me feel good and tasted good but also allowing myself to eat a piece of cake if I really want to. It took time and was a process, but it’s been the best thing that ever happened for me.
+ If you could share one thing to help other women looking to not only improve their health and fitness, but their self-love too, what would it be?
Don’t try to be anyone else. You are perfect exactly the way you are. Comparing yourself and trying to be like others only makes you more discontent with yourself. Tune out the noise around you, and start relearning yourself. What do you actually like to do? What are you good at? What do you enjoy eating? Etc. Everyone is so different, and thank goodness, because if we were all the same that would be boring. So be YOU, because we need one of you in this world!
+ What is your favorite type of workout?
Barre 100% or walking because I feel like walking is so underrated. It’s the best exercise in my opinion and you can walk to places and get things done all at the same time. Or just stroll and enjoy the fresh air and hopefully sunshine!
+ If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh my gosh, seriously? Haha this is always the hardest question! Maybe pizza but also peanut butter!
+ What is the most unique workout you've ever done?!
Soul cycle was pretty unique for me haha and I did not like it at all. I just felt so uncoordinated, but I know people who LOVE it. Just not my style.
+ What is your favorite quote to live by?
I don’t have an exact quote but my favorite thing to remember is: to always be thankful.
+ Where can everyone find you? (social media)
She said she would eat peanut butter forever, ugh I found my long lost twin!!
Until next month :)