In The Spotlight: Meet Lindsay Orange


THE FIT LIFT’s In The Spotlight category will interview active, inspiring women from all walks of life who demonstrate strength in many ways. Whether you've made small steps to lead a more healthy lifestyle or train like a beast, we want to celebrate YOU. We believe that by sharing our stories, we can help others to both start, and continue on the path of living a healthy lifestyle by leading by example.  If you would like to be featured on our blog, please email us.  


I am constantly looking for ways to learn and grow in all areas of my life, and Lindsay Orange was someone who I knew I wanted to learn from. I knew that she was very involved in the fitness industry and competing as she trains at the same gym as I do, and hoped to get a bit of knowledge and insight into her type of training. I respected her as an athlete in her field, and the determination and dedication it took for her to accomplish all that she has. What I didn't anticipate happening (but am glad that it has) was to get another friend, and occasional workout partner out of the deal! I have so much respect for this woman as a stellar athlete, driven professional, and wonderful human being. She is successful, positive, humble, inspiring and very real. Please enjoy her insightful and motivating responses, and follow her on Instagram @orangezilla



MEET LINDSAY...


1. Provide us a brief introduction about who you are. 

My name is Lindsay Orange, and I am 31 years old born and raised in the Edmonton area. I work as a paediatric nurse at the Stollery Children's Hospital as a floor nurse on the surgery unit, and also hold a position in Bed Utilization Management. I have been physically active my entire life. Growing up I played many competitive sports including volleyball, basketball, rugby and track and field. I adopted the gym-life after high school as I wanted to stay in shape throughout University. Upon completion of my nursing degree, I was hungry for a new challenge. I decided to enter my first fitness competition without any expectations. I placed second in my first figure show and the rest is history! 9 shows and 5 years later, I am now at a National Level in the figure category and hold 4 top 5 placings out of 5 National shows. Currently I am taking a bit of a breather from the competitive stage and focusing on restoring some balance in my life. I give 110% to any challenge I sign up for- sometimes that can be a double-edged sword!! I am enjoying re-learning my passion for fitness and what works for ME: making myself feel happiest and healthiest :) I also a certified personal trainer, and coach others who are either wanting to compete in figure or looking to improve their lifestyle.


2. What does STRENGTH mean to you? 

True strength to me is resiliency.
I see it everyday in my line of work within my patients. To face a challenge/problem/some type of adversity and the will to overcome that challenge against all odds, to take it on with your all- THAT to me is strength. Life is never perfect. There are always going to be hiccups and heartaches. How we react makes all the difference. Cliche, I know- but it's true!!


3. What does BEAUTY mean to you? 

Beauty to me is more of an adverb. A beautiful person to me is kind hearted, gives themselves to others but is true to themselves in the balance. Someone who is confident, but not cocky- knows what she or he has, but doesn't give off an air like they are better than anyone. A beautiful person will contagiously make you feel beautiful. Some of the most attractive people I have ever met have dulled their lustre with nasty or negative behaviour; it is so disappointing. I would rather be seen as less attractive and be known as super nice, than known as gorgeous but super nasty!


4. What inspires you? What is your driving force? 

Although I am an incredibly busy person- it's mostly by choice. I get inspired by other women who are doing much of the same yet have families to care for! I do what I do for me, and it's a little easier since I only have myself to look after. All those fit and active working moms have my head nod! It inspires me to keep doing what I am doing, because one day I will have a greater balancing act to perform! I will say my driving force is when I am told by others that I have inspired or motivated them. That is a feeling like no other. To simply live out your passion(s) day in and day out, and to be told that it is making a difference in someone's life truly makes all the effort worthwhile.


 5. What is your proudest accomplishment? 

There are many things I am proud of! Anything I have been able to achieve independently makes me feel proud. I would say putting myself through nursing school and achieving my Bachelor of Science in Nursing is number one. I really feel education is priceless. There are a lot of opportunities I wouldn't be able to take part in or afford without a solid career.


6. What is your biggest challenge? 

Self-doubt is an ever-existing challenge. I would say I am confident the majority of the time, but I am also incredibly hard on myself. To overcome this, I'll often confide in someone close to me that usually helps me snap out of it. Lately I have been coping with self-doubt by forcing myself to look back on my achievements and known strengths to give myself that kick-in-the-pants. We as women can be our own worst enemies. I am trying to focus more on what I DO HAVE to offer, and less on the things I feel I lack. The power of the mind!


 7. What is your mantra? What are your favorite words to live by? 

"Lead by example" is currently my mantra. 

My goal in life is to inspire others mainly with my actions and less so on what is preached. My lifestyle habits, how I treat others, how I present myself in public all should give indication to my character. I don't feel my way of life is perfect, nor do I feel everyone should adopt all the same habits- but I would love to set an example of a consistent, balanced, healthy life. I would like my passion and enthusiasm for this lifestyle to be infectious… in the best way possible.



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