After being discovered by the Internet as a lookalike for the fictional character Chun-Li from Street Fighter, Natascha Encinosa has amassed a huge following on Instagram. But then again, she says, “I’m just ahead of my time, or I try to be.” This Fitmark Ambassador redefined herself and left her overweight childhood behind to pursue her lifelong dream. Fitmark Ambassador: Natascha Encinosa
Lifestyle: Personal Trainer, Model, Student
Meal Bag: the Shield
I was always overweight as a kid, and my dream was always to become a model. I knew I would never achieve that unless I cared for my body and got out there. Initially, it was just a hobby to try to slim down and get more in shape. But I grew to love it more once it became my therapy. Nothing else matters when I’m lifting weights with good music blasting in my headphones.
Redefining Fitness Through Transformation
What started out as a “hobby to slim down” turned into a huge passion for Natascha. She found therapy in working out and getting in shape. She told us:
I’ve always been afraid of falling behind in life and not doing enough with my time and I knew I’d never achieve my dream unless I cared for my body and got out there.
It was a decision that changed her life forever. Taking care of her “well-being and health” not only resulted in a weight loss transformation, but Natascha was surprised by the amazing health benefits it had on her mind too. She told us:
It has mostly changed my outlook on life. The transformation I went through (and continue going through) with fitness was more mental than physical. It’s brought such positivity and determination to my everyday life. It’s really only something we understand once we experience it. Aside from that, I’ve met some extremely amazing people! Pushing each other to achieve what we want is incredible support.
The Secret To Weight Loss: Meal Prep
Finding motivation through an online diet community, Natascha lost weight while inspiring others to do the same. That’s the kind of thing that can happen online. Fitness enthusiasts bands together and one thing they all agree on is: “Protein, protein, protein!” Natascha told us:
I always like to get creative with what I eat to see how certain foods affect my body. But ultimately, protein is my best friend (and carbs, LOL!) I meal prep every morning for the day, that way the food stays perfectly fresh all day in my #nicebag.
Natascha continues to work on her transformation and hopes to open her own gym one day. Entering a competition isn’t too far off the horizon either. She told us:
I’d like to see how much more my body (and mind) is capable of! The rest is for me to know and you all to find out!
Follow Fitmark Ambassador Natascha Encinosa on Instagram @nataschaencinosa
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