Who’s Laura?

Hello everyone! I’m Laura DeAngelis. If this is the first time you’ve landed here, thank you for stopping by. To all my repeat readers, thanks for sticking around! It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since my very first blog post. It’s even harder to believe how much the world has changed since then. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a pandemic would change the course of our daily lives in 2020.

When I started this blog in 2011, I thought I’d be posting mostly about fitness routines, nutrition tips and ways to avoid injuries. However, I quickly learned taking care of one’s health and well-being goes way beyond keeping up with an exercise regimen and following a healthy diet. There are so many other crucial components including getting enough sleep, managing stress and finding those precious moments of “me-time” in an increasingly challenging world. Then there are the “game changers” – marriage, divorce, death, illness, changing addresses, changing jobs – the events that affect us physically, emotionally and even spiritually. So, my blog evolved into more of an in-depth journal, where I’ve shared my life-changing happenings and how my passion for fitness and healthy living has helped me through each and every one.

NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix September 2019

Fun fact: In 2019, I spent 16 weeks prepping to compete in my first (and possibly my last!) fitness competition, the NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix. I came in third place for my height class (5’7″ and taller) in the Bikini Novice Division. (Click here to read more about that bucket list experience.)

Basic facts about LauraLovesFitness:

  • Age: 48
  • Where I Call Home: Long Island, New York
  • Fitness Certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); Aerobics & Athletics Association of America (AFAA)
  • Day Job: Contact Monitor, New York City Health + Hospitals Test & Trace Corps
  • Previous jobs: Broadcast journalist, corporate video producer, TV host, media relations manager.
  • Education: Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism (MSJ ’96, BSJ ’95)

To my parents, husband, family and friends – thank you for giving me the confidence to get this blog started and keep it going. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond, I hope my musings inspire you to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!  

  1. Loretta Freire

    I’m so proud of you! Love you! Can’t wait to read more of your blog!

  2. Congratulations– your blog looks fabulous– and your photos too! 🙂

  3. hey there! finally got to the website! its awesome! so amazingly proud of you and what a cool direction to start your career in. hope its everything you ever dreamed of and that your fitness career is as rewarding as mine. welcome to the club! xoxoxox

    • Hello Amy, Your kind message means so much since you are the reason I got started on this path in the first place! I look forward to hearing your thoughts as I move ahead…Many, many thanks!

  4. Enjoying your blog, Laura. Keep the good tips coming!

  5. Great Blog, Laura. Who better to start it than you along with those killer abs I so admire. Well, my main goal for this year is all about fitness so i will be checking in regularly.

  6. Thank you, Liz! I hope you find my posts helpful in reaching your goals – and please feel free to leave specific questions or topics you’d like me to address.

  7. Ethel Soterakis

    Congratulations Laura!!! This is a great website. I can not wait to read more. Keep writing.
    You look great!!!!

  8. Claire Calcagno

    Laura, you are a star and an inspiration always — so glad that you are following your dream and that you can share your energies and enthusiasms while doing it! Much love to you, my fair cousin — Claire

  9. Hello Claire, Thank you for your kind words and support! If you have any questions you’d like me to address, please let me know and I’ll do my best to get a thorough and correct answer. XO

  10. You look absolutely stunning in these photos! The blog looks fantastic – I’m all ears! Hugs!! xx

  11. Hello Jeanne Marie, Thank you for the support, dear friend! Stay tuned for new pictures to come soon and please do check in with questions and comments at any time!

  12. Laura: Congrats, just heard about this site from your Father-in-Law.

    Good luck and I will be following along.


    • Hello Cheryl, Thank you so much for your support and for subscribing to my blog! I hope you’ll let your friends know about it, too! Also, feel free to submit questions or ideas for future posts. Would love to hear from you!

  13. Hi Laura,
    Like you my life is going in directions that I could of dreamed of. However, working out has been the one thing that has always been honest with me. I have subcribed to your blog and look forward to hearing from you.

  14. Hello Mike,
    Thank you for subscribing to my blog! Happy to hear working out has had a positive impact on your life, too. I hope that you find the information here helpful and would welcome any questions or topics for discussion you would like me to address. Have a great day!

  15. Nice website and happy new year to you and your great husband. Also please extend the same to your mom and dad. We all miss you and can’t wait to see you both again in July. I also hope your 2012 brings health and happiness.

  16. I just found your blog, and can’t wait to read more! What a big, but awesome career change, and even more importantly, it seems like you love what you are doing now!

  17. Thank you for sharing your story! Looking forward to reading more.

    ~ Tiffany

    Transfer of Health
    Healthy Recipes and Wellness Tips

  18. Safora Macdonald

    Loved reading about ur experiences and how life turns out different to ur expectations and yet can be so good. I have a serious chronic illness but am so grateful I can still work out, albeit the machines that I’m hooked up to 24/7, fitness brings joy to my life and helps me stay fit even in my condition. Keep spreading the word!

    • Thank you for taking the time to check in Safora. Your commitment to health and fitness despite your health condition should be an inspiration to everyone! Fitness is something that can lift your spirits and make you feel better even on days you simply just want to shut down and turn your back on the world. Amazing what some endorphins can do, right? Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week and I hope to hear back from you again soon!

  19. Laura, connecting on Twitter led me to your blog- inspiring messages, lots of great advice here. Also, for me an important connection between mindfulness and fitness and exceptional athletic performance.

    Anyhow I’ll be happily following your blog as well. Tom

    • Hello Tom! Great to meet you in “Twitterville” and grateful for your support of my blog! Thank you for your kind words. It is wonderful to meet like-minded people who share an appreciation for balancing physical and mental wellness – and have fun at the same time! Have a great night and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

  20. Hi, Laura! I came across your photo today and found it very motivating! I will be starting a new exercise program at home and am looking to other bloggers such as yourself for some motivation and health tips. I look forward to reading more, take care! 🙂

    • Hello Jennifer and welcome to LauraLovesFitness! It’s nice of you to take the time to leave a note here and I’m thrilled you found some motivation in one of my posts! If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, and hopefully if you type “motivation” into the search box on my home page, you’ll find some other helpful information. (Also, the archives will list each post from the past year.) I look forward to checking out your blog for inspiration on the healthy cooking front and to exchanging ideas here in Cyberspace. Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

  21. Hello Laura,
    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘anytime’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners & #Marathoners who follow me on Twitter and have something ‘important’ they want mentioned…)

    All the very best for the rest of 2012 and beyond Lou. Laura forward to hearing from you…


  22. hi laura! I just watched your video, and discovered your blog today. I am a high school student who did gymnastics when I was younger as well (: I aspire to be a wellness coach someday and I am enjoying your blog! I look forward to learning more about your journey and seeing more posts. Your information is awesome and motivating (:

    • Hello Nicole and welcome to LauraLovesFitness!
      I appreciate the support and kind words – especially from a fellow one-time gymnast! 🙂
      It’s been a fun ride here so far and look forward to hearing from you regarding any questions or topic suggestions you may have to offer. Keep me posted on your progress on the wellness coach track…
      Hope you’re enjoying a great weekend so far!

  23. I love your introduction, you seem so genuine and I am sure you make a great trainer! i am studying for NASM certification and I have been thinking of creating a blog (only type of blog I have created was tumblr) and maybe even a youtube channel documenting my fitness journey. And I don’t mean just ”here’s a healthy recipe”, ‘here’s the proper form for this move”, but also rawness. I have been struggling with my fitness due to injuries, and a lack of motivation…..leading to gained lbs and low cardio health. So i think it would be a good idea to document my struggle and that includes the fails and the things the most people going through this struggle maybe mention but don’t show. EX: video of me trying to learn a move. Video of me binging. Health very much includes mental health, so I figure if I can show the world how I can get through this, then it will motivate other people too. maybe you can give me some tips? I would love to have some advice from you!

  24. Hi Laura! As we are “Keep Fit & healthy” friends in Twitter:) Your blog is def helping those people, who want to have best of their lives and especially be healthy, no matter of gender, age and race.

    • Hello Matti!
      This thank you may be a bit belated, but it is very sincere. I am so appreciative of your kind comments – especially since they come from a fellow “fit friend.” I am glad you find my musings here helpful – and it’s great to have found likeminded people like yourself here in Cyberspace to share the message that health and happiness can be found at any age!
      Wishing you a wonderful end to the weekend!

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