Lani is a 21 year old student, Tik Toker, Youtuber, and body positive activist. She encourages her followers to adopt a healthy and balanced lifestyle, while also learning self-love along the way! She has almost 17k followers on instagram and 25.6k followers on Tik Tok!
When did you start your health journey and how has it improved your overall life?
I started my health journey in January 2018. Even though I went uphill to go downhill to go back up, I am so much happier and healthier now. Even through all the downturns, I had found a community of like-minded individuals who supported me and I could turn to. I feel so much more grounded and connected with my body, experience periods of sickness (colds and viruses) very rarely.
What do you do on bad body image days?
I put on an outfit that makes me feel confident, do my makeup, and style my hair. Most importantly, I don’t restrict myself with food or overkill it in the gym. I try to refrain from looking at myself in the mirror too often, body checking, and just try to acknowledge the feeling and let it go.
What are some specific affirmations you try to remind yourself of?
I like to write in my journal ‘I am in love with myself and my body’ every morning. I go through ebbs and flows of being more or less self-confident, with respect to my body image. This affirmation helps keep my mind in the right headspace.
How do you balance a healthy lifestyle with school, work, social life, etc. Any tips?
Using planners! I organize my LIFE on Google Calendar and in my Passion Planner. I love colour coding (different colours for different classes, work, appointments, workouts, plans with friends, etc.). It helps keep me sane and gives me a visual representation of what my day, week, or month look like. Google Calendar seamlessly syncs to my iPhone, Apple Watch, Macbook, and iPad, make it super helpful with giving reminders of when assignments are due and my upcoming appointments. I think it is important to cut yourself slack sometimes and learn how to say no. You’re not going to always be able to say yes to every opportunity, shift at work or plans with friends. It is important to have downtime and time to yourself amongst all the hustle and bustle. Figure out what you want to prioritize, for me it is working out, school work, work shifts, and chilling. Time with friends and family are then scheduled in once I can check those boxes off. Some weeks I am a ‘socialite’ other weeks I am a homebody.
What is a tip you would give someone who wants to start their own health journey?
It can be overwhelming, challenging, and intimidating, but you’ve got this! Focus on what you can ADD as opposed to what to take away. Look at adding more water, more movement throughout the week, more vegetables at lunch and dinner, more whole foods, etc. Start with small things and slowly add. Don’t follow a fad diet like Keto or Whole30, be flexible and continue to eat intuitively. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect, no one’s diet or workout routine is 100% perfect. It’s all about everything in moderation, listening to your body, and going with the flow. Some weeks you may workout once or may not at all, some weeks you may dine out more than others. That is ok! It is all about the bigger picture. Progress takes TIME!
What inspired you to start making body positive content online?
Honestly, I am not sure. I think it had a lot to do with my own self-journey and what I was looking for from others for my own journey and needs. I went through a lot of ups and downs last year and this year with my weight fluctuating quite a lot and that affected my body image. I felt that if I put out content focusing on body positivity I would start to believe it myself, and I did. Fake it till you make it sometimes will actually work.
Were you afraid to start making body positive content?
No! I have honestly just gone with what I wanted to do as opposed to worrying so much about others. Even though I am such a people pleaser, and grew up wanting to have everyone like me, I always would choose what I wanted to do. I figured out quickly that being raw and real with my community is what allowed us to really connect and bond.
YOu have so many followers on Tik Tok and instagram, did you expect your platform to grow so much? How has it affected your life?
Holy, no not at all. I started my Instagram page for fun in first year when I was starting my health journey and because a bunch of girls my age were making fun little food accounts. I had always wanted to be a YouTuber when I was younger, since the age of 12. So I guess I manifested it in a way. This platform has allowed me to discover myself, find my voice, and connect with people I most likely would have never connected with. Some of my closest friends I met through my Instagram and I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. I have even gotten job offers from my platforms, it’s crazy what social media can do for someone in today’s society.
What do you hope others take away from your content?
I hope that others take away a positive, yet realistic outlook on life and that it is okay to not always love yourself but how to find that self-confidence. I want people to feel motivated and inspired to live a better life for them. To take care of themselves so that they can put their best foot forward no matter it is in their relationships with others, their career, school, etc.
what advice would you give to someone struggling with their body image?
It gets better, I promise. Work on you for you. Focus on the inside and it will start to shine through the outside. Journal about how you’re feeling, be aware, and process those feelings, find the why. We all have our own insecurities and you’re not alone, I promise. That girl you aspire to look like and think is gorgeous, I bet you she has just as many struggles with her body image as you do.
Thank you Lani for being on the blog!
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Youtube- Allana Blumberg