LG Sister Spotlight: Joanna

The LG Sister Spotlight is the community’s way of highlighting LG Sisters who are making a difference… both in their own health and fitness journeys and in the lives of other LG Sisters.

Today’s spotlight goes to Joanna who has been an LG Sister since the very beginning. I thought she was the perfect pick to start off our LG Sister Spotlight game of tag! All summer long, each LG Sister who is spotlighted will tag another LG Sister who has played an important and supportive role in her life. Check back in next week to see who Joanna tagged!

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Name:  Joanna Ponseti
IG Handle:  @joanna_lgfit
Age:  33
Location:  New Orleans, LA
Occupation:  Business Development/Marketing
Hobbies:  Spending time with family, going out to eat, festivals, traveling

Meet Joanna:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Joanna and I am 33 years old from New Orleans, LA.  I love everything about being from NOLA and try to take advantage of this city any chance I get.

I’ve lived in about a 15 mile radius my whole life and still live in the same area :). I went to an all girls Catholic high school and then to the University of New Orleans where I got my degree in Psychology with a minor in business development.  I have been working in the construction industry since I was in college and have continued to stay with due to the fact that it is such a booming industry in this city.
I am the baby of 6 kids, the baby of 48 cousins on my dad’s side, and the baby of 22 cousins on my mom’s side.  Needless to say it’s a huge family!!  And love spending as much time with them as I can.
And I just love living life….whether it’s working on my health and fitness, going to happy hour with friends, trying new restaurants with my parents, floating in the pool…I just enjoy it is all!

How did you get started with your health and fitness journey?

I’ve always been very active from a young age.  Dance played a major part in my life throughout grammar school and high school, and continued with me teaching for a few years after college.  Once that stopped, I knew I needed something to keep me feeling healthy and happy.  I started researching different workout programs back in 2012 when I stumbled across Lauren’s IG account and I have been hooked ever since.

What does a balanced, healthy lifestyle mean to you? How do feel that healthy balance in your life?

To me, a balanced, healthy lifestyle means taking care of my body and knowing how important that is, while also enjoying all the moments life presents us.  I try very hard to be conscious with my meal choices and workouts throughout the week, so that on the weekend if I get a phone call from a friend to come join them for wine and a cheese plate, I don’t hesitate. Also, finding and creating delicious healthy recipes keeps me motivated to stay on track.  I am not a girl who can do grilled chicken and veggies every single day….

Do you have a go-to healthy meal that’s quick and easy?

My healthy go to meal comes from ingredients that I have on hand 99% of the time.  Chicken breast seasoned with Italian seasoning, topped with non fat Greek yogurt and Parmesan cheese.  It bakes for 20 minutes and you’re good to go!  The yogurt keeps the chicken so moist and it tastes like a restaurant quality meal.

How has the LG Accountability Community played a role in your success?

I cannot express how much the LG Accountability community has played a role in my progress.  Every girl that has become a part of this community is so positive and up lifting.  Everyone understands the bad days, and congratulates the good days.  I truly call several of the girls in this community good friends and I love watching every #lgsisters journey.

What advice would you share with a fellow LG Sister looking to get healthier and happier?

Take it one day at a time, and Take advantage of the community!!  Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need advice, encouragement, or just a friendly word.  Use this fantastic community as a resource.  It has completely shaped my journey for the better.

Quick Favs:

Favorite Quote:  “See the beauty in everything.” 
Favorite Book:  The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo
Favorite TV Show:   Friends
Favorite Movie:  Forrest Gump/Sixteen Candles/The Notebook (couldn’t pick just one lol)
Favorite Vacation Spot:  Any beach!!  Pensacola, FL is where I frequent the most.
Favorite healthy food:   Butternut squash 
Favorite Treat:  French bread
Favorite weekend activity:  Weekend workouts are my fav – followed by brunch with friends to treat myself 🙂

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