This week I have the pleasure of featuring @lizbinla as the Pretty Little Lifter of the Week! I met Liz at a Reebok photoshoot and loved how strong she was and her good attitude! Liz has a full-time job, lives a healthy and fit lifestyle, and is a blogger. Today is especially exciting for this girl boss because she is appearing on The Love Connection reboot with Andy Cohen TONIGHT on FOX at 9pm!! Now what makes this even more awesome is that she is breaking the mold and is the first lesbian dater on the show…heck yes! You definitely don’t want to miss it so TUNE IN!
Read my Q+A with Liz below for some insight into her fitness and life!
Well hello! Name please:
What’s your fitness background?
I always played sports growing up including basketball, volleyball, and tennis in high school. After high school I played USTA tennis until I moved to LA and found CrossFit in 2013. That was when I really fell in love with fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Favorite movement/exercise? Least favorite??
I love squats! Anything from super heavy back or front squats to air squats…I just love that movement. My least favorite movement…that’s a toss up between ring dips and pushups, which are similar movements.
How has CrossFit and lifting impacted your life?
I refused to try CrossFit for a very long time simply because I was always annoyed hearing people talk about it. Then when I finally tried it, my life was changed and I totally became “one of those people.” Haha! Most of my close friends I have met through the gym, and I am the healthiest that I have ever been in my life, now. I never considered food as a source of fuel for my body before CrossFit. I used to despise going to the gym and now I look forward to it!
How often do you train? Do you follow any specific programming?
I typically train 4-5 days a week, but sometimes as little as 3 when my work schedule gets super busy. The best part about being a member at a CrossFit gym is that they provide varied programming for you! I usually just take class and sometimes the Olympic Lifting class. I also like doing abs after class sometimes 🙂
What’s your daily eating like? How to you keep a good balance?
I am not someone who follows a strict diet, but overall I eat super clean and healthy. I do not shy away from healthy grains like brown rice, buckwheat, and barley. I also eat little to no meat, which is something new for me in the last 6 months or so. I was worried about protein intake, but I have been feeling great! I try not to stress out or be hard on myself when I am eating out at a restaurant and order something that I normally wouldn’t eat when I am eating at home. It is so much easier to eat well at home right?!
Treat yo’self!…what’s your favorite treat meal?
I have the biggest sweet tooth and I particularly love ice cream! Any type of chocolate and peanut butter combo is heaven.
You have a blog called https://yourfriendlyneighborhoodlesbian.com …share with us why you started it and what you hope to share!
I was totally inspired by my involvement with the Love Connection and Andy Cohen. I figured that if I was going to lay it all out there on TV, that I might as well have a chance to really tell my story in writing. I think it is so important that people tell their stories so that others out there know that they are not alone. I love combining real life issues with humor in a way that makes personal stories fun and interested to read. I hope that my blog can be a source of education and exposure as well as entertainment.
Liz, you’re making HERstory (see what I did there!) on the reboot of The Love Connection as the first lesbian contestant! What made you decide to be a part of this show?
Yes (nice work on the pun, haha)! I am so pumped. I was initially hesitant of being involved in a reality dating show but the Love Connection is a classic and Andy Cohen is so amazing. When I found out that I might have a chance at being on the first ever gay episode I was sold. How cool to be a part of history and also to help break stereotypes and hopefully promote awareness and inclusivity. The more exposure the LGBTQ and specifically the lesbian community is in the media, the more “we” are normalized. Which is so important because we are normal…just like your friendly next-door neighbor (see what I did there…taking notes from you).
You have a full-time medical sales job, have done fitness modeling, and now have been on a national tv show…oh heyyy! What advice do you have for women who are struggling with self-love, finding their place in the world, and dealing with societal pressures to look/act a certain way?
The most important thing for me has been surrounding myself with the right people. People that believe in you and are supportive of who you are and your goals. This means choosing whom you spend time with wisely. Cut the negativity out. Don’t follow people on social media if it just makes you feel bad when you see their posts…follow people who inspire you and make you smile. Don’t let others’ insecurities project onto you in any setting. Also, I have been reading so many motivational books recently that have really helped keep me motivated and positive.
If you could use 5-8 words or a phrase to describe how awesome women are, what would you use?
The future is female! I truly believe this and it will be made possible by strong women supporting each other…no matter how different.
What are some of your favorite things about being a strong bad ass female in the fitness community? What do you hope to share with people?
I love meeting creative women who inspire me to think in ways that totally broaden my horizon and take me out of my comfort zone. I feel like when you are able to OWN being a badass woman, you become a magnet for other similar women. I have been so lucky to attract so many incredible females into my life once I started to embrace ME. I hope that people will see that when you stop trying to fit the mold that you can become something more amazing that you would have thought possible. I love journaling, having a vision board, and meditating. Those things have added so much to my life and allowed me to get to know myself better and practice gratitude on a daily basis.