Cleo of the Day | Alex Haley

Contract Attorney | Fitness Enthusiast

What is your go to indulgent meal?
Chips & salsa – basically any Mexican food.

What is your favorite song on your workout play list?
Anything by Pitbull.

Who would you consider to be a Modern Day Cleopatra and why?
Reese Witherspoon and Blake Lively. Both women are very supportive of other women. They are successful and driven. They are always so gracious and kind to others. They’re able to accomplish everything and still have a family!

What is your ultimate goal in the fitness industry?
To be tone and in shape.

What has been the greatest challenge or obstacle you’ve overcome in your life?
Not letting my circumstances growing up shape who I am. I was a product of divorce with parents who did not get along. It wears on you.

Did you make your transformation on your own or were there people that helped and supported you along the way?
I had an amazingly supportive father, step mom and grandparents. They are still my backbone.

What advice would you offer to other woman that are facing challenges, struggles or obstacles in the life?
Never ever give up. You are not your circumstances and you can create the change you want to see.

What is one of your favorite motivational quotes?
You can’t change your past, but you can learn from it and change your future.

Do you find it easier to workout/be active by yourself or with someone else, and why?
With someone else. I am very good at convincing myself I don’t need to workout.

What kind of pointers can you give regarding your success in maintaining a healthy diet (or competition diet for those who compete)?
Moderation. Enjoy your food but don’t lose sight of your goals.

What ways have you found to make eating healthy more interesting/tolerable?
Make an easy meal plan that you won’t get tired of and allow yourself rewards.

Who have been your biggest life supporters? Have you been surprised by anyone that supported or didn’t support you?
My dad, my step mom, my grandma and my boyfriend. They have all been my biggest supporter and cheerleader! I’m more surprised when family doesn’t support you. When they don’t see to care. That’s rough.

Which traits do you admire about yourself?
I’m strong, independent and successful.

What is one thing you would like to experience in life?
Getting married and raising a family.

What’s one thing you value the most in relationships and friendships?
Honesty. You can’t have a relationship without that.

What’s one skill or talent you would like to master?
Public speaking. I’m awful at it. It makes me nervous & my mind goes blank.

How do you spend your free time?
Spending time with family, friends, catch up on shows. Cleaning.

What is a habit you wish you could break?
Assuming the worst. Being so critical of myself.

What does the term “Transformation” mean to you as a Woman?
To make a change that is beneficial to you and others. Something that makes you better.

Was there a specific time or event that catapulted your “transformation” and why?
I would say moving to Houston started my transformation. I became more open, joined more organizations. Sought out volunteer opportunities.

For other women that struggle with self change and how to begin that transformation, what advice or encouragement would you give them?
It’s ok to be outside of your comfort zone. It means you are trying. Also, do thinks one step at a time. If you are always looking at the big picture you’ll talk yourself out of progress.

Looking back into your past do you see yourself as a before and after or an ongoing change?
Ongoing. Everyone can benefit from change.

Do you have self doubt and how do you handle those negative thoughts/feelings?
All the time. It’s what makes us human. I usually talk it out with my friends or boyfriend and that usually makes me realize I’m being silly.

If there is one thing you could tell your “pre-transformation” self what would it be?
Take it one step at a time. Don’t give up. Stop comparing yourself to others because you are good enough!

What is your next obstacle that you will overcome?
I’m currently trying to get back in to shape. It’s a tough process. I have the meal prep down, just need to form a habit on the working out side.

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