A Shift in Perspective | Las Vegas Boudoir | Duende Boudoir

I met Aurora while in Vegas for the Spoil Me In Rhinestones shoots. From her head shot I knew that she was gorgeous, had great skin and kind eyes. What I didn’t know until she showed up was that she was fit. Like…FITNESS fit. My brother is that type of fit as well so I recognize and admire the discipline involved. We only spent an hour together and didn’t really get a chance to talk about her journey so I’m very happy that she agreed to give me a piece of her body experience story.

Without further ado here it is!-


“So, being a personal trainer, everyone assumes that I've always been in shape, I love working out, I eat clean all day long, and I only hydrate with that high quality h2o...

I WISH.

I've been a certified person trainer for almost a year, and I've been on my "fitness grind" for about 3 years.

I've always been athletic, playing sports in high school and then in college.. but I've never been that girl who LOVES fitness. I didn't even know much about fitness, even though I played sports.

I was that typical cardio bunny, you know what I mean.. I would go on a run every day, and follow that with some type of abdominal workout (crunches, sit ups, basic stuff).

As if that training regimen wasn't bad enough, to make matters worse, I had no clue how to fuel my body.. I would either completely starve myself, or binge eat recklessly. Nothing in between.

I mean, seriously, after high school cross country practice I would regularly go to McDonald's for a post workout McChicken... Yay for protein, right?

(LOL) WRONG!

This routine was what I did all throughout high school. I would run 20-30 miles a week, do my little ab workout, and then eat fast food or processed foods for all of my meals.

Once high school was over and I went to college, I knew I'd have to make a change. My body was extremely unhealthy, I felt tired and grouchy all of the time, my skin was rough and blotchy, and my athletic abilities didn't seem as strong as they once were.

I met a friend who introduced me to weight lifting. This was a new type of working out for me. It wasn't stressful or excruciating, like having to run 3 miles in less than 20 minutes, or having to do 400 meter dash sprint repeats (you runners will know what I mean)..

Weight lifting was therapeutic to me. It changed the way I thought about fitness. Rather than trying to lose weight, I started focusing on building my muscle. Little did I know, this small shift in perspective was exactly what I needed to help me achieve having my Goal Body.

I stopped shaming myself for the way I looked, and I started to feel confidence because I realized how strong I am. I mean, it's a pretty bad ass feeling to know how to use barbells and do squats or deadlifts with them.

All of this confidence made me crave MORE. I wanted more knowledge, more experience in the gym, more of this lifestyle.

I scoured the internet for articles about everything fitness: exercises to do, foods to make, macro-nutrients, all of that fun fitness stuff.

Fast forward to now: Im a fitness model, I have a body that I love and cherish, and I still work on it every day!

In addition, I'm a certified personal trainer, I get to help others achieve a healthy & happier lifestyle.

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to use my story to help and inspire others on their fitness journey. 😊”


 

Vegas-City of Artists | Vegas Boudoir | Duende Boudoir

Vegas, in my mind, is the City of Artists. Showgirls, burlesque stars, singers, aerialists, pole dancers. I recently went to Vegas to work with some of these amazing beings in a whirlwind two days of back to back shooting in collaboration with Spoil Me in Rhinestones. I didn't get very much time with any of these women but we created some amazing stuff!

This is Dani. She's a gorgeous woman who knows her way around a pole. (If you haven't taken a pole class before I suggest you do, it's SO HARD but gratifying!) Here's what she had to say about her experience and how pole dancing has helped her to love the body she's in- 

"I had a really exhilarating shoot with Paige at The Cosmopolitan, I wish we had more time. I love to dress up, put my face on and pose for the camera. The lingerie was stunning, the rhinestones were shining and I truly felt beautiful in that moment. I feel free to be myself, to follow my dreams and to seek my true potential. That is what everyone deserves.

Body confidence for me came from mostly pole dancing, it really is a sport and there is so much athleticism but it's more about the way it makes you feel. It's sexy and the more you do it the better you feel, it became sort of addicting to me. You need your skin exposed so you can grip so I needed to feel comfortable in a two piece. Once I started taking pole dancing classes I became more confident in myself. I noticed that the more I loved and took care of myself the more I realized that it does not matter what anyone thinks as long as you are happy with yourself. I spend time with people who have a positive influence on me and are interested in similar things. I still have body issues and things I would like to work on but overall I am happy and healthy. I am very thankful for all of the positive things that are happening and many more to come!"

And without further ado, DANI!