This gorgeous chick speaks my language. A gym lover and brunch addict; what else could we ask for? Well, besides that, Teagan not only has a booty to die for she’s also one of the loveliest gals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Her real and honest attitude is what makes her such an inspiration to so many girls! Even if you’re already following Teagan on instagram, take a seat and get to know this #inspo a little better!
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these Teagan, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m half Australian and half taiwanese, and now living on my own in Melbourne! Being really connected to two cultures that are complete polar opposites meant that I was exposed to a lot of traveling and a lot of experiences growing up. I was always a happily chubby child, and the cultural variety that I was used to is definitely what shaped my current food-obsessed self. Because having access to so many delicious types of foods was such an important part of my life, when it got out of hand after I moved out of home in first year of University, I had no idea what to do. Living a super restrictive lifestyle with a really regulated diet was not the way for me. This is when I turned to exercise to try and help me sort out my life – after trial and error and ups and downs, I finally realised that weightlifting was exactly what i needed to be doing and the only way I could change my body while still loving it. I went through ‘fat’ phases and ‘skinny’ phases, but after weightlifting I stopped caring about that and started prioritising being strong. Having this focus on being healthier and stronger, while still being able to eat everything you love, is exactly what I want to achieve and communicate to other people. I’m not a body builder or personal trainer, so I don’t feel the need to count my macros at this point in time and I think this is how I’ve found the balance between a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Has health and fitness always been an interest for you? If not, what do you think drove you to it?
I was never interested in sports growing up but suddenly wanted to feel stronger and fitter so I started up with youtube fitness videos then BBG before sticking with weightlifting full-time. This has been the best fitness routine for me so far because I’m addicted to the feeling of being strong and improving myself, and weightlifting let me see progress in my body thats so rewarding!
What are some of the struggles you have encountered throughout life, and how did you overcome them?
When I first started to workout i lost a lot of weight and was very strict and limiting with my food, I did improve my fitness as well but because it as such a drastic change I struggled with trying to maintain this body. This led to lots of stress and anxiety when i couldn’t keep up with my workout and I would gain weight very quickly from eating anything. But I’m glad I went through this stage and its helped me understand my body and be able to develop the sustainable way I live now, and I’m able to always make sure i’m being healthy but not obsessive over my body.
Do you have any big, bold goals or intentions that you want to smash this year?
This year is my last year of university and I’ve been getting extremely busy with classes and exams, so I mainly wanted to focus on being able to still workout as frequently as I want and be organised enough to meal prep. Trying to juggle making sure I’m eating enough to fuel my workouts while studying has been hard but so far so good!
Who are three people that really motivate and inspire you?
My favourite babes on IG that I always love are @amandafinniee @madalingiorgetta @fit_sarah177, they always have real goals and are so genuine and personal online, its like talking to friends!
Do you have a favourite quote or saying? What does it mean to you?
‘Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it’
This is so important to me, because along my fitness journey I had plenty words of encouragement but as i improved there was always people that would question why I hated my body so much that i wanted to workout every day to change it??? But this is so far from the truth! No matter who you are, you should be able to love your body while wanting to help make it stronger and healthier, having goals and being motivated does not have to mean you dislike anything about yourself. by first accepting your body for what it is, then giving it the nourishment and care it needs, is the only way to make a sustainable change.
Lastly, do you have any tips for girls just starting out on their health journey?
My major tip would be, to be as consistent as you can possibly be! The first step is the hardest and then you’ll grow to love your journey and learn so much along the way, but you need to give yourself time to improve, so don’t give up!
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