“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” – Mary Anner Radmacher
Hello! My name is Lara Protenic. I am a personal trainer and NPC National women’s bikini competitor.
Here is my story!
In October 2012, I made a decision that would change my life forever. Before that time, I had struggled with my weight, self confidence and overall physical fitness ever since quitting sports after high school. I was that girl that bought all black loose fitting clothes, despised summer because that meant shorts and bikinis and hated looking in the mirror at a girl who was unhappy with herself.
I was active all of my life but never focused on nutrition. When my sports career ended and college happened, I gained the “freshman 20” and fell deeper into a vicious cycle of fad dieting, binging, drinking, being lazy and then turning to hours of cardio to try to make up for it.
“This has got change.” It hit me one day when I was trying on clothes in Kohls dressing room. I looked at myself in the mirror and just started crying. I pulled myself together and from that moment on, I wasn’t going to cry and complain about my health. I was going to do something about it!
In October 2012 I hired a personal trainer and set a goal of competing in my first NPC bikini competition. I spent 7 months dedicating every bit of myself…. to myself. I knew this would give me my self confidence and happiness back. That’s exactly what it did. I lost 20 pounds and completely reshaped my body and overall wellness. Not only was I able to
transform my life, but I decided to start helping others achieve the same goals. I switched my major from elementary education to public health and completed a wellness coaching internship at the University of Louisville. I loved it! I began training clients in my gym as well as online coaching/training, and I teamed up with an amazing health and wellness company called Advocare that is supplying my clients and myself with top level supplements and products.
I absolutely love what I do! There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to change someone’s life for the better.
If you’d like to learn more about me and my story, check out my blog called “The Girl Behind Larapro4”.
I must also say I’m very blessed to have an amazing family, boyfriend and friends who support my lifestyle and career.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain