In The Spotlight: Meet Alana S.

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 best, 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 met Alana almost 8 years ago when I was working part-time as a server at the Keg while simultaneously starting out my teaching career in Edmonton.  I have to say out of all of my jobs that I have had, this one provided some of the best people I still keep in contact with today, and Alana is no exception.  When I met Alana she was a young adult, just starting out in "life".  She was always full of energy and humor!  These qualities are still present in her, and I am amazed and proud to see the wonderful WOMAN she has become!  She has taken her life and her health into her own hands, always staying true to herself.  I am so happy for her, and the successes she has achieved in such a short amount of time on this earth.  I look forward to seeing what greatness the future will hold for this amazing woman! Please read her story...

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

Alana Sorochan; I am 26 years old, unmarried, and a Starbucks fiend. 

I work as a criminal defense paralegal in the City of Edmonton and I grew up and still currently reside on an acreage in small town Stony Plain. I still work evenings & weekends slinging drinks for fun.  I’m always down for whatever, especially if it involves traveling, and I’m always looking for a good laugh. I’m one of the busiest people you’ll ever meet; I rarely have an evening off, I sleep about 5 hours a night, have an exasperating schedule but I wouldn't have it any other way. I’m overly-independent, sarcastic and stubborn.The majority of the time you can’t tell if I’m joking or completely serious – have fun figuring out which.  I’m currently prepping for my first stage show in June, actively involved in kick-boxing and I strength train 4-5 days a week, all between the two jobs.

2. What does STRENGTH mean to you?

Strength is finding the beauty in the ugliest days.  It’s about knowing when to be selfish, and when to be selfless, and knowing when to ask for help. It’s about taking risks and stepping out of comfort zones. Sometimes you fail miserably, but sometimes you CRUSH it. Situations can define or destroy us and our attitude definitely determines our direction. It’s all in how we react to difficult situations.

3. What does BEAUTY mean to you?

It’s such an open-ended definition. Beauty isn't simply vanity. Sure, I’m into physical appearances; I can’t sit here and preach that I’m not like every other woman who enjoys dressing up and feeling like a total babe. I love wearing make-up and high-heels and all things girl, but at the end of the day there’s a huge difference between “that girl looks beautiful” and “that girl is a beautiful person”. I believe it’s about being the best possible version of yourself, inside and out and it’s a direct reflection of inner contentment. We literally become what we believe the most about ourselves. Confidence and self-confidence are contagious; they come from within, and it’s one of the most attractive qualities a person can have. It’s also about having a sharp mind, quick wit, and a pretty heart.  Beauty is in your character. It’s made up of your successes & your failures, your enthusiasm, the deeds you have done, how you treat yourself and how you treat others. It’s in your honesty, your intentions and who and what you stand for.

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

There’s also so much behind this question. It’s all in whom and what you surround yourself with. My friends, some mothers, some professionals, are all incredibly smart, and powerful women whom I respect more than they know.

I was never an athletic or “fit” person growing up or in high school. I got involved in the fitness lifestyle about two years ago after I was dealing with some personal circumstances and needed an outlet that wasn't detrimental to my own quality of life. I had a few eye-opening moments that made me realize how easily the ability to enjoy every day life could be taken away. I became overweight during my last years of high school and tried every crash/fad diet on the market and was generally unhappy with myself as a person. It was affecting my relationships and how I viewed and treated myself. I watched an incredible family member go through her own physical (and mental) transformation after her son was born.  She consequently ended up running her own successful (and hilarious) fitness & nutrition based company, and she was a huge inspiration to kick-start my own and I haven’t looked back since. Meg, thank you!

Over the course of the last few years I've grown into a person I didn't know existed. I no longer look for the end before I focus on the beginning.  Tomorrow I could be hit by a car, or diagnosed with cancer, or lose my best friend. I want to be here as long as possible, but I want to do it with as much enthusiasm and as much effort as I can. If I want to book a trip and get on a plane for the hell of it, I will!  I’m not into "what-if’s" or “I wish I would have done that” moments anymore.

5. What is your proudest accomplishment?

I pride myself in being self-reliant, so putting myself through University while working and landing an amazing job with a great firm in the criminal field was a big one for me career-wise.

Sometimes you just need to become your own hero. For months I spent hours flipping through magazines and Instagram accounts and saying to myself “oh, I wish I looked like that girl” or “wow, I wish I had those legs for days”.  I've recently hit a point where I don’t wish I looked like anyone else. I've accepted the fact I will never look like the slim 5’9 dancer with legs up to her chin, and I’m okay with that.

I also recently won the Edmonton World Health’s transformation challenge and ended up being featured on billboards, TV commercials and radio ads around the City. I met some really amazing girls throughout this experience who are all incredibly inspiring each in her own way and they put in some really hard work that deserved to be recognized.

6. What is your biggest challenge?

Overcoming the feeling like I should be farther ahead than I am. These days we’re raised to always be aiming towards something bigger and better. We’re expected to graduate, land good jobs, buy fancy houses, get married, get rich and raise kids. We’re all expected to know exactly what we’re doing and constantly dealing with the push and pull of the right and wrong ways to act. Sometimes I have days where I’m sitting here with my hands up going “where the hell do I go now?” Most of my friends are married and having kids and building houses and I’m over here thinking about pizza & my next vacation. Sometimes life doesn't flow the way we expect it to and we just need to trust the timing of our own lives.

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

I've gotten to a point where I can’t be shaken by much. If you’re not a good person and you’re not here to make me feel good about life, or love, then I'm better off without you.

There are three simple rules in life: "If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you never ask, the answer will always be no & if you never take a step forward, you’ll always be in the same place”.


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