Neeta is a qualified personal trainer who specialises in yoga and pilates. She is a world of motivation and I am privileged to be answering questions with her, regarding our healthy lifestyles.
How did we both get to meet?
Laura: “I cannot remember the first time that I stumbled upon Neeta’s Instagram, but I remember thinking that she was amazing at yoga”.
Neeta: “Virtually! – Laura gave me a lovely comment on Instagram, Autumn 2016, and then we kept liking and commenting on each others posts from there. Hopefully we can meet soon – as we both LOVE eating, red lipstick, fitness……and libraries!”
What do you find you like best about each other?
Laura: “I really admire Neeta’s story. She has overhauled her life and has changed her career to follow her passions. Her determination and desire to go for what she wants, makes me want to push for my dreams as well. As a person, she comes across as genuine and sweet. Really, I would call her a friend”.
Neeta: ” I love Laura’s business woman vibe – she’s a Model, Writer, and Makeup Artist. She draws me in with her posts – especially the ones involving her poetry. There’s always a positive message and they always involve Health & Fitness – physical, mental or spiritual”.
When did you first make health and fitness a priority?
Laura: “For those that have read my previous posts, you are most-likely aware of my dieting battles. I think it was after I came back from my holiday in Miami, that I gained loads of weight and felt really bad about myself. Eventually, something snapped and I quit dieting and researched nutrition. I learnt how to cook and made very slow adaptations. It took a year to see the physical change that I wanted.”
Neeta: “When I was 22 – by joining a Gym. Although I was still partying! More recently I’ve taken it to another level by incorporating the mental aspects too, and trying to have a more focused Mindset”.
What’s your not-so-clean weakness?
Laura: “I have a huge sweet tooth – cookies, chocolate and ice-cream. I also love breakfast foods – pancakes, waffles, french toast etc – luckily there are healthy ways to make these!”
Neeta: “Jam & Cream Scones – I can eat a LOT of these. A LOT”.
Is there a well-being mentor that inspires you?
Laura: “I don’t know many people in the fitness world. I suppose Jennifer Lopez has made the biggest influence. I love her discipline and the fact that she has maintained her fitness. Also – she’s honest – she openly admits how hard she works and doesn’t pretend that it’s easy”.
Neeta: “Kate Hudson (Actress). She’s uber cool and she married someone cool, which accentuates this! Marisa Peer (Therapist) – is also uber cool and she used to be a Fitness Instructor!”
Why is having an optimistic mindset so important?
Laura: “Your thoughts are the communication to which you see the world. Talking negatively is equivalent to chatting to spiteful people. Many unfortunately, will want you to fail – you need to be the person that forever commits and believes”.
Neeta: ” I think to stay focused and positive in daily life; to be the best you can be – especially when you have a vision that you want to achieve”.
Detoxing – are you both on one?
Laura: “It was Neeta who made me realise that a detox doesn’t have to mean juicing and food cuts. I suppose I am always detoxing; trying to banish bad food sources and energy”.
Neeta: “I am on a 6 month Detox – which ends on 1st June 2017. I’m just taking myself to the next level in terms of health, fitness, and wellbeing; lot’s of healthy food (if the rare pizza is involved, it’s freshly baked), walking as much as I can, exercising, and doing my best to promote my fitness business – as well as living life, and keeping everything balanced.”
What can be expected of you both for the rest of 2017?
Laura: “I hope to go self-hosted, continue to publish my writing, work with more designers and just generally be happy. If I can continue to take care of myself and find better peace, I will be satisfied”.
Neeta: “Collaborating. Many more collaborations – hopefully with Laura, and other people I’ve met in the Fitness Industry. Posting more Fitness videos and photos, writing on my website blog, and developing as a Yoga & Pilates Instructor by doing as many courses as I can (ongoing), as well as improving and enjoying my own practice.”
Best lifestyle tips:
Laura: “Don’t expect overnight miracles. When in doubt, stick to the basics. Try to eat a healthy variety, exercise, and remember to feed your mind. Everyday, find a way to tell yourself something positive – be your constant source of motivation”.
Neeta: “Always listen to your body. It’s such a clever machine and will always let you know when you’re stressed, and in need of some balanced tlc, to get you on the right track again”.