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Friday, March 2, 2012

Fitness Spotlight of the Month: Waychaun of LBN (LuvBeinNatural)

Hey guys!
This month's Fitness Spotlight is the lovely, athletic and natural haired Waychaun of LBN (LuvBeinNatural).  I first took notice of Waychaun when I was on Youtube one afternoon looking for style ideas.  I found her "Formal Black Tie Affair - Near Disaster" video and checked out the rest of her channel.  Low and behold, she was also a fitness enthusiast!  I've been a fan ever since.  Keep reading and I'm sure you'll be one as well.   

1.      Briefly tell us about yourself.
I am a California native and I moved to Indianapolis a little over 4 years ago. I began working out quite a bit and decided to go natural, which started my hobby of making youtube videos.

2. How'd you get started/interested in working out?
Actually, I got started because my husband works out so much, it became something we do together. But believe me.... I used to HATE working out! Lol! But the more I did it, I started to see results that I liked, I felt better, my confidence improved, it was all around beneficial!

3. How do you do stay fit in the gym (ex. cardio, weights, calisthenics, etc.)? I do a mix of cardio, strength training mainly lifting weights, and circuit training, where I mix cardio and weights together, keeping my heart rate up the entire time.

4. How do you do stay fit out the gym (ex. other sports, hiking, etc.)?
I try to stay active outside of the gym by going on walks, I love flag football, and neighborhood sports when we can get everyone together. Usually anything fun and active I'm game! In fact I just ran my first mini marathon (13.1 miles) last year! It was REALLY difficult, lol but I survived!

5. What's your favorite body part to train?
Surprisingly... Leg day is my favorite day! Most people hate legs, but I have a love hate relationship with leg day. I used to have toothpicks for legs, and I hated them! I would hide them at all costs! But my legs are starting to get thicker and in my opinion look better, so Im starting to feel better about them! So, I have come to like leg day... Even though I'm usually sore for the next three days! Lol!

6. What advice would you give someone who's recently decided to live a healthy lifestyle?
I would say take it one day at a time. Everyday isn't going to be perfect, but as long as you get more good days than bad days, you're on the right track. Also, don't be too hard on yourself if you have a bad day. It's not the end of the world, just make the next day better than the last!

7. How do you stay inspired and motivated?
Honestly, it was tough at first, but once I started to see results, there was no stopping me. Now I look forward to it. . Not to say I don't have days where I don't feel like doing anything, but not near as many as when I first started!

8.  Who's your role model/hero and why?
I have a lot of role models. I look up to people who challenge themselves to do things that are difficult for them and succeed. Not just physically, but mentally as well. It's always nice to see and motivating as well.

9.  I am a big fan of your site LBN.  How did that come about?
It all started on YouTube actually. I started making videos there about natural hair. I was really surprised when people actually started watching them! Lol! I loved interacting with everyone and learning with them, then it got bigger and bigger. It expanded to Facebook, then the website, - where you can download you free mini e-book on natural hair... *shameless plug* lol! - and I just recently started a twitter account! Who knows what will happen next. Im just going with the flow!

10.  You have a lovely head of hair girl.  How do you maintain it?  What's your regimen like?
Haha! I like to keep it simple! I wash once a week, and I keep the products simple. I try to make my styles last as long as possible. There are two things that I watch out for, and make sure I do. The first is to be careful with detangling, and the second is to make sure I cover my hair at night!! Those are the two things that I absolutely must do!!

11. What kind of music do you listen to when you workout and/or train?
I listen to all kinds of music as it is, so It's impossible to guess what is going to pop up on my iPod. There is a mix of hip hop and R&B, all the way to country and alternative! But one thing that I do that helps, is create a playlist of all of my favorite songs at that time. Just about anything that makes me want to sing and dance. Then I only allow myself to listen to that playlist when I'm working out. Surprisingly enough, that small detail creates a tiny bit of excitement for my workout.

12. If you could pick anyone, dead or alive, who would you love to train/workout with?
I would love to work out with the Under Armor models, or the athletes in the commercials. They are in such good shape and it looks like theyre getting a good workout in. I know it's not real during the commercial, but they have to work out on a regular basis to stay in shape like that. Id like to see what they do!

13. If I looked in your fridge, what would I find?
As of lately, well... the last 3-4 months, we have been eating really well. So you will find lots of veggies, fruits, water bottles, chicken breasts, tilapia, etc. Not too many processed foods, if any at all. So when it's time to go grocery shopping at the end of the week, our fridge looks extremely bare! haha!

14. Got a favorite cheat meal?
Oh yes!! Burgers and Fries, or pizza! ... wait ... Mexican food, or Chinese food! wait Italian!! Haha! I love it all!! Don't get me started!

15. Words to Live By/Got a Favorite quote?
You never start living until you start living for yourself!! I have learned and the surprising thing is, once you start making yourself happy, usually in doing so, you make the people around you happy too! This is what I'm working on! #workinprogress :0)

16. Name Five Things you can't live without.
-My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
-My family & friends
-My Denman Brush

17. What's the one question you're asked the most?
How long have you been natural ... by far!!

18. What's one thing people don't know about you?
I am a horrible public speaker! My palms get sweaty, my vision gets blurred, my heart starts racing, I start stuttering and I feel like I can't catch my breath. It's pretty bad! lol! I'm thinking about taking a class for it or something. Because it gets ridiculous! But put me behind a camera in my bathroom, and you'd never know ! :0)

19. Where else can we find you online?
LBN Website

20.  Parting words . . . ?
Just to never give up! No matter what your goals are, as long as you stick with them, you will achieve them. It all comes down to how bad you want it!

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