My name is Elena Soboleva. My story starts far far away in cold and brutal Siberia.
Raised on a farm, growing chickens and milk cows, I never knew any better. I was very shy and unmotivated girl. Never fit the “Beauty standards” . Back then the standards was to be very skinny, showing bones. I was far away from that. Instead of accepting myself the way I am , It pushed me to start all kind of diets. It became addiction and latter I got anorexia. Latter after that for a whole year I had bulimia.
When I turned 21 I had a chance to move to US, Florida. I was hoping it will change my life. But moving to a different country by myself, not knowing anyone, not having money or not knowing language, was a very challenging decision.
I had to sleep on the beach, eat from a Dollar menu at McDonald. Working endless hours at the mall. Everyday I wanted to give up, but I didn't. I refused to be the same little girl who is scared of the world and herself.
Instead of running away I was running forward. And the first step I took was to start loving my body and take care of it. I started learning about food and nutrition. I was running outside at night, because it was too hot to run during the day. And sooner after that I decided to try herself In NPC bikini contest. I didn't know anything about fitness, but my desire to change and be better helped me. I prep myself for my first show and got overall and 1st place. After that I competed in two more NPC shows and won top 5.
That's when my journey began. Not only Fitness change my body, it helped me to grow mentally.
It made me stronger, motivated and the most important don't give up on your goals and dreams.
My other big dream was to live in the big city. And one day I bought one way ticket, sold my stuff and moved to Chicago. The city stole my heart.
Now I am certified personal trainer at Equinox, motivator and social media influence with over 28k people who following me for daily inspiration. I share fitness tips, workouts and my city lifestyle.
“Never give up, you are so much more than you think" that's what I say to myself and to all my followers everyday!