A:I was born in Los Angeles and raised in sunny San Diego. I have been in Southern California my entire life.
Q:How did you get into fitness?
A:Ever since I was a young child I have been active. My grandmother would always shove me outside to play, and I would run around the jungle gym and play sports with the boys. I played basketball in high school and taught dance. My fitness went to an entirely new level after losing a tremendous amount of weight after a breakup when I was 18. After coming out of a slump, I wanted to feel and look amazing again- so I decided to hire a trainer and I trained for about 4 years off and on. Through the process I realized that it was more than lifting weights, it was a lifestyle. I began to change my diet slowly year after year. My lifestyle now is very active, I bike, play basketball, lift, teach boot camps in San Diego, swim, and more. I then decided to become certified by NASM and share my lifestyle with others. My trainer Kendra Lewis had a large part in my learning process.
Q:Awesome. What kind of diet are you currently on?
A:Every day I make strides towards educating myself on the foods that I eat. I am always making changes in my eating habits so I don’t really have a diet. If I had to describe my diet I’d say a high calorie one. I have to work very hard to put on weight and to maintain weight. I try to eat around 3,000 calories a day and let me tell you- it’s a job. I wake up early and my breakfast usually includes a veggie scramble, oatmeal, avocado and tomatoes, and sometimes turkey bacon. I eat around every 2.5 hours. I’m a huge fan of fruit infused water and coconut water, it’s so delicious and it has done wonders to my energy levels, skin, and happiness. When I’m in the grocery store I shop for things that have minimal items in the ingredient portion. For example, I get excited when I buy orange juice and the ingredients say, “squeezed oranges”. That simple. If I can’t pronounce it, I’m reluctant to eat it.
Q:Describe your typical workout sessions.
A:A typical workout session with me involves heavy lifting with low repetition. My staple workouts are hip bridges, step-ups, squats, curtsy lunges, lunges, donkey kicks, hip extensions, split squats, and hack squats. My favorite abdominal workouts are the reverse crunch, Russian oblique twists, planks, side plank with hip dip, side plank with rotation, pike ups, and scissor kicks.
Q:What is the key to personal development?
A:There are a few things I would recommend as the keys to personal development. First, develop small habits that you can implement daily that will have a huge impact on your life over time. For example, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, waking up early, cutting out sweets, completing 2-3 things on your to do list. These have a great influence on your life when it has been compounded over time. By doing these small things every day you will see an exponential difference the more time goes on. Second, write everything down. If you want to lose or gain weight, log your food. If you want to save money, write down where your money is going and analyze where you can save. If you want to work on time management write down your to do list and prioritize it on calendar. The same thing goes for any of your goals big or small. I also think your mentality is everything! A lot of the time we don’t realize the way we speak to ourselves. Our self-talk can be harmful or uplifting. Next time you say, “Ugh I’m so annoyed” tell yourself, “This situation is teaching me patience”. Or if you tell yourself “I hate my life” immediately correct yourself and say something like, “Actually I have a great life, I’m alive, I’m fed, I’m loved and I have opportunities to make things better”. These three things contribute greatly to motivation, personal development, and confidence.
Q:I’m a firm believer in mental affirmation myself. What is next for you and your career?
A:Currently, I am at Fox Sports working in production and I am also a fitness instructor. Right now I have teamed up with Kendra Lewis, a personal trainer and dietician Jenny Doumit to bring fitness and health related programs to people around the world. Our website will be up in a few months and we are working hard. You can look forward to our blog with informative, fun, and insightful videos and articles. I have a BS in psychology and personal development is an important element I plan on adding to the mix. If you are interested in personal development, motivation, fitness, nutrition, and self-improvement than Loraleibayette.com is a website to create the healthy & happy life you love. Website coming soon! Stay tuned!
IG Handle: @Loraleibayette
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com