Helloooo lovely humans! My name is Nati. No wait, my name is Natalia, but the only people who call me that are either 55+ years old or asking for a punch in the face. Just call me Nati or Nats and we’ll get along just fine 🙂
I’m 25 years old, and I’m from Santiago, Chile. I studied in an International School, which explains why I prefer speaking/writing/reading in English instead of Spanish. Feel free to talk to me in Spanish if that’s your language! If you happen to speak to me in Spanglish then we’re probably gonna be besties.
In college I studied Advertising, and when I graduated I thought I’d never do anything related to Advertising ever again. And here I am now, promoting myself and a healthy lifestyle. Life has it’s ways of saying AHA! DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING DID YOU? 😂
All my life, I never once thought of myself as an athlete. I was never good at sports (clumsy + basketball/baseball/volleyball/soccer don’t mix well) and I was never an active person (spent most of my time on the internet, on my bed, hungover). After I graduated from high school I gained a lot of weight due to my lack of any physical activity and my constant drinking and partying.
In 2011 I finally started to do something about my weight, so I did lots of stupid diets that never really worked (though I did lose a bit of weight). I never really understood the meaning of being HEALTHY until I stumbled upon Kayla‘s Instagram and starting her Bikini Body Guide and her H.E.L.P. Nutrition Plan in late 2014.
I did BBG for months and managed to obtain great results, physically and mentally. I fell in love with living a healthy, balanced lifestyle (as opposed to being on a diet and depriving myself of basically everything). When I started using the guide, I stopped making excuses and started creating healthy habits.
Since then, I’ve been experimenting with lots of other workouts and trying to find what works best for me. I use BBG now and then but always try to mix it up and try new things.
The guides helped me begin this lifestyle, but it was Instagram that helped me stick to it. After 3 months of doing BBG, I thought “hey, maybe I should share some of my progress pictures!” so I created my instagram (previously @natsbbg, now @squatmango) one night and uploaded three progress pictures. I woke up the next day and my instagram was flooded with love. I received so many comments and messages in my first day I almost broke down crying with tears of joy. I felt like I had entered a new world where EVERYONE IS SUPER NICE and everyone says things like “YOU GO GIRL”. I discovered a community of loving, encouraging and motivational women who have kept me going ever since.
I began sharing my recipes on my instagram. Lots of people asked me how I managed to eat healthy and keep it simple but fun, so I decided to make my own recipe book to share my everyday recipes with anyone who’d want them!
I’m so glad I decided to change my life back in 2014. By starting to live a healthier life, I transformed on the outside AND on the inside. I learned that my body is capable of so much more than I thought it did. I became a strong, fit, healthy and confident woman. And most importantly, I became a part of a community of amazing women who empower each other on a daily basis. I’ve made so many new friends all over the world and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without each and every one of them ❤️
If you want to know more about my story, read my blog post How I Went From Lazy Bed Bum To Healthy Fitness Lover 🙂
I hope i’ll be able to answer all of your questions! Feel free to ask me ANYTHING! 🙂
If you want to check out my progress pictures, click here!