In today’s episode of Girl Talk, we interviewed Lexi Smith-Taylor, who will be sure to inspire you about all things health and wellness! Among many other achievements, which you will hear during the interview, she is currently the Founder of Ambrosia Meals and owner of an Insta food blog called @babyimhungryyy.
Q: Elevator Pitch: Tell our readers who you are and about you. What do you do for work?
I’m Lexi and I live in Manhattan but was born and raised in Baltimore County, MD (hi Owings Mills/Reisterstown!). I landed in the big city because I moved here for college and never moved back home. I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology & graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Advertising, Marketing, and Communications. I’m now the Founder of Ambrosia Meals, Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, freelance social media marketing manager, food blogger (@babyimhungryyy), and former bodybuilding bikini competitor.
Q: We know you went to FIT, what made you decide to get into the wellness/fitness industry?
I initially went to study Fashion Business Management, where I received my Associate’s Degree, but through the courses and various fashion industry internships, I knew it wasn’t for me. I have always been athletic and had a curiosity for how fitness and nutrition affects the body. When I recognized that it was something I could speak on for hours on-end in any conversation, felt an urge to help someone reach their specific goals, and had fun doing it all, I knew that I’d found my passion.
Q: How did you get started on your fitness journey?
I was always involved in sports growing up/in high school but was never great at anything. Growing up, I saw my mom go to-and-from the gym, do full weightlifting workouts at home, and I’d even go to the gym with her and watch everyone by the weights or in the group fitness classes. I was also a “class bunny” hopping into different exercise classes, but when I moved to NYC and joined a gym, a trainer approached me and showed me a weightlifting routine, as I was warming up for a spin class. Let’s just say I didn’t make it to spin and I never entered a group class again! That was the start of my bodybuilding journey too, where I competed in my first show 2.5 years later and won the overall champion title.
Q: How do you stay motivated to work out/eat right during these crazy times?! Any tips for our readers?
I don’t believe in motivation. You’re not always going to feel like doing something, but staying disciplined and consistent is what breeds success. If something (not just fitness/health related) is truly, and I mean TRULY, your goal, excuses aren’t in your vocabulary anymore—you’re literally pulled to the vision and no one has to convince you/motivate you otherwise. Bodybuilding taught me these lessons that can be applied in every aspect of life — business, relationships, friendships, personal growth, etc. That’s my general advice for life, but for eating well and workout out, my biggest tip would be to do what feels right for YOU! There’s a million types of exercise too, there’s bound to be something you’ll find enjoyment in and maybe you’ll discover something new about yourself!
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Talk less & listen more, everything really does happen for a reason, and a fun one that my grandpa passed to my mom, who passed to me: no one is your friend when it comes to sex, drugs, and money!;)
Q: What are you most excited about in your future endeavors?
Learning, connecting with new people, accomplishing my mission of strengthening the health of our country, gaining new life experience, having fun, and laughing lots!
Rapid fire questions:
Go-to drink order? (Can be non-alcoholic)
Coffee, black! I drink very rarely, but when I do, my signature is vodka, cucumber, fresh lime, & mint muddled/shaken (also great for keeping the calories low when drinking). I’ll also go for an extra dry martini or a classic glass of vino.
How old are you?
22, turning 23 in July!
What are you currently reading? (or any recent awesome reads?)
My reading game was so strong thanks to you guys but I’ve been slacking since work has taken over every second of my life (no complaints though!). I just finally finished “A Day in December” which was so good!
An outfit you’d wear for the rest of your life?
Sweatpants, hoodie, sneakers...but make it fashion. Or dresses!
Favorite self-care product?
Face oil! I never used it before because I thought it would make my skin oily, but that’s not that case at all!
If you were a fictional character who would you be?
Oh gosh I have no clue! Maybe Zoey from Zoey 101, one of the twins from The Parent Trap, or Dora...she’s always exploring something with her friends and traveling
If you could choose to be any city which would you be?
Also a tough one since my travel game is weak and I live in arguably the best city on Earth! It’s so cliche to say NYC, but since every neighborhood is basically a different city, I’ll say West Village/Greenwich or the outskirts of SoHo!