Hola 😊 Welcome to Move With Ali! I am beyond ecstatic to finally be sharing this passion project with you. For years I have talked about creating a space where I could allow my creativity and personality to roam free, I just didn’t know in what capacity.
Now, this is usually the part where I to tell you some epic story on how I found my passion but in all honesty…its taken nearly 3 decades, 3 heart breaks, and 3 careers to figure it
out. Truth is, there are many stories and these stories, however painful, obscure, or hilarious turned into some of the greatest life lessons, a few of which I’m sure you reading will relate to 😉
My reasons for launching this site were more selfish than anything else. As it goes for most of us, from birth we enter some form of a relationship. Whether it be our families, friends, teachers, co-workers, or of course the “boyfriends”. But what about the most important and intimate relationship of all… the relationship with our inner SELF? It wasn’t until around 2012 that I began to question almost every decision I had made up to that point. I had moved out to Vancouver on my own at 19 yrs old and it didn’t take long for me to fall into some bad ways. In the purpose of full disclosure I was completely lost, lonely, and miserable. I had zero motivation, I slept an average of 14 hours a day, I had horrible eating habits, and I was struggling financially, life just sucked. I had no relationship with myself, in fact I didn’t even recognize who I was anymore
Then I found fitness. But let’s be clear. The “FitLife” didn’t happen over night. Sure I was active as a kid, I danced, and Lord knows I tried to play sports, but this lifestyle was a whole other ball game. I mean, TRX, HIIT Training, Macos, Carb Loading, what the hell were these people talking about!? This journey would challenge me mentally, emotionally and physically but more importantly it would teach me that it was ok to be selfish, and put myself first. It would allow me to dream again, laugh again, be ME again, only better.I was 23 years old when a close friend, who saw my struggle approached me & challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone. It was then that I was introduced to bodybuilding. For 12 weeks during my competition prep, I didn’t touch a sip of alcohol, I ate clean, I hit the gym 5-6 times a week and it transformed me. I placed top 4 and moved on to do 3 more competitions qualifying me to compete at a National level. Over the past 5 years I have had many ups and downs with fitness. Competing is not always as glamorous as some make it appear. For months after stage day I struggled with my body image. I would stand in front of the mirror and tear myself down, inch by inch. It took years to understand how to love my body on and off the stage. What I loved most about competing however was the positive impact my social media had on others who followed me & showed support. People would reach out, share their struggles and ask for advice, or guidance, many constantly thanked me for my honesty on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the endless weight loss journey.
Move With Ali is my form of expression. It’s a work in progress as I’m a work in progress. I used to think that by the time I was 30 I’d have it all figured out. Well I was 5 when I made my life plan, so life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. Only thing that hasn’t changed since I was 5 is my desire to entertain and make people laugh. Laughter is universal. If I can do anything to share a little light, in a sometimes very dark world, then I feel I’ve served my purpose on this earth.
My hopes are that you will move with me as I navigate through the adult portion of my life. Here I will share about my past experiences and how they led me to my triumphs, my upcoming projects & my dreams for the future. What I want everyone to take away from Move With Ali is simple. A good laugh, a killer workout, a ray of hope, and a winning perspective. Cuz if I can, so can you. So let’s move.