Elizabeth is a Serbian model, fitness/health blogger, certified personal trainer and has her MBA in Finance! She is ready to change stereotypes and take over the world!
HealthGreatness: Where did you grow-up?
Elizabeth: I grew-up in Northern Minnesota (specifically Duluth), on the beautiful (but cold) shores of Lake Superior. I am an outdoorsy girl that loves make-up and heels. I have two older siblings that I am extremely close to. My sister is a psychologist and my brother works in law. My parents have been married for 40 years and are from the former Yugoslavia. They came to the United States thirty years ago with no money and with the ability to speak only a little English (They worked very hard and raised the three of us with the same work ethic).
HealthGreatness: What inspires you?
Elizabeth: My sister (my best friend) has always been my inspiration. She was in a terrible car accident when she was 18 years-old and is in a wheelchair now (she is a quadriplegic). She has always inspired me to push myself harder, as she has gotten her undergraduate and graduate degrees AND had a baby, all while working full-time and being in a wheelchair. She is a positive person who has the ability to find the good in every situation and every person, and I often look to her for advice and understanding.
HealthGreatness: What got you into fitness?
Elizabeth: I have always been into soccer…I was sorta obsessed with it from a young age. I have a very competitive spirit, but, at the same time, I love to work with other people on a team.
Soccer was my first love and will always have a special place in my heart. I strongly believe that I did not fall victim to a lot of the pressures teenagers face due to my soccer training and the support of my teammates (Peer pressure is a lot easier to avoid when you have 20 other girls who support you!). This is also why I love going to the gym and taking classes, it is truly my fitfam!
Elizabeth: My diet is really not that strict. I don’t eat processed food or fast food. I eat carbs in the morning (typically an Ezekiel English muffin with peanut butter), lunch and dinner are fairly similar, they both usually have a protein like chicken, turkey or salmon (I like to get a whole chicken or a turkey breast that has been roasted from the deli at my local grocery store). I typically add veggies and some quinoa or sprouted rice for my carbs. That is basically it, honestly, the less complicated the better!