Inspirational Person: Dominique Matthews IFBB Fitness Pro and Bodybuilder

Inspirational Person: Dominique Matthews IFBB Fitness Pro and Bodybuilder

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Dominique who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Dominique?

I’ve met Dominique through the Athletic Club in Nanaimo. She had just moved from Quebec and started to work at that facility. She told me that she was a body-fitness competitor and also a pro. I checked her on social media and was literally mind blown. Competing in the fitness category requires so much ability, you need to be strong, flexible and agile. You need so much discipline and commitment. I really admire her and wanted to make sure everyone in Nanaimo knew that we have such an amazing and talented person in our community. Check her out.

1.What motivates you to exercise?

Since I begun weightlifting in 2008 I would say the thing that motivates me the most to keep on pushing everyday is first the chemical reaction that is so rewarding after a hard workout. We all have different body types and genetics so for me it’s to always try to create the most balanced body possible.

2. What activity/workout do you prefer?
I LOVE training shoulders and back! You feel like Hulk when I finish haha

3. What is your biggest accomplishment?
From this day I would say to have participated in the Olympia 2016 (it’s like the Olympics of our sport)
And the Arnold Ohio + Arnold Australia

4. What is your superpower?
My MIND! Everything starts from a strong mind. Instant changes can be done if you focus on positive and powerful thoughts! I’m not a super woman, I do have my days to. I simply always try to push myself outside of my comfort zone to create new opportunities.

5. What is your favorite dish/recipe?
Then my healthy treat are my home-made No-cooking Protein bars that I can share with you!

6. What is your cheat treat?
So, my favorite Treat meal is: Pizza and Glosettes!
Or those ice creams mixed with all kinds of chocolates and cookie dough in them!
When I treat myself, I enjoy a lot of yummy things 😊

7. What are your goals and dreams?
I always live 1 year at a time. I plan my fitness shows and focus on achieving everyone. I’m that girl that takes 1 day at a time. If there are to be changes I go with the flow.
My dreams might seem to be boring, but I just dream to have a fun life! I enjoy the simple things and love challenges!

8. Advice for a newbie?
First, do it FOR YOU! Fitness is not for everyone but is certainly the thing that lights me up. Find that reason you want to push and push everyday. We have only 1 life so make sure everyday counts.
Second, find a GOOD coach. You need someone that will guide you towards a healthy and fun journey!

Third, be patient and proud of EVERY progress you make! Remember baby steps 😊
Like any goal in life, you must start somewhere to create your empire. When you get discouraged because you find you get stuck on a plateau, give it your all because your probably just by the tip of the mountain!

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Inspirational Personal: Laura Jesson Love Yoga Teacher

Inspirational Personal: Laura Jesson Love Yoga Teacher

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Laura who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Laura?

I’ve met Laura when I moved to Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community. Laura been living there for a few years and was moving out as we were moving in. Right when I met her I was touch by her nurturing and calming energy. Then I kept seeing her all over town biking everywhere. Laura is definitely walking the talk in so many ways. She is a beautiful soul and believer. She currently teach Yoga classes at Wellness studio and Om town Yoga.

What motivates you to exercise?

Knowing how good I feel in my body and mind when i do. it’s like glue for me; if i don’t move enough I get grumpy.

What activity/workout do you prefer?

Cycling on the road for long distances, mountain biking in nature, and various forms of yoga. I vary the time and intensity needed by how i’m feeling that day. A push, a challenge leads to me stronger, healthier and happier for it.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Spending a lot of time alone, living simply, growing more myself and happier with less stuff and more peace; then later in life, naturally birthing my two boys at home.

What is your superpower?

Listening to others and tuning into needs, and riding my bike fast!

What is your favourite cheat treat?

mmmmm chocolate is a food group, so pastry or licorice.

What is your favourite dish/recipe?

Whole simple foods at home usually, yet Indian is my go to favorite.

What are your goals and dreams?

Living in a naturally built home by my family and friends on water, teaching yoga and meditation in my own earthen structure space, freedom to travel and teach more often.

Advice for a newbie?

  • Live your life the way you want to live it.
  • Create it for yourself.
  • Go out and do what you want to do.
  • Be who you already are.
  • Ask, Believe, Receive.
Inspirational Person: Leigh-Ann Smith and Weight Training Athlete

Inspirational Person: Leigh-Ann Smith and Weight Training Athlete

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Leigh-Ann who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Leigh-Ann?

I’ve met Leigh-Ann while going to Can Fit Pro conference in Vancouver in December. I took the first ferry and saw someone that I knew that was with her. At first I was a bit intimidate by her beauty and strong physique but she definitely sweet talked me, lol. Often we can judge people by their appearance, thinking they are superficial, but we don’t know their story. Leigh-Ann story is amazing, she is a strong woman inside out. She is a role model and has so much to offer to other. She strikes me as a down to earth, strong, beautiful, open-minded, perseverant woman. Big congratulation to Leigh-Ann, she just became N.P.A.A. Pro in the fitness model category. Enjoy reading!

What motivates you to exercise?
When I work out, I feel this amazing sense of strength, both mentally and physically, it empowers me and helps me center myself. Being in the gym, pushing forward, gives me this natural high that I can’t seem to find anywhere else. Fitness has changed my life in so many ways. It’s enabled me to achieve goals that I could never have imagined reaching. The gym is definitely my church. I am so grateful for the fitness family that I’ve been adopted into. The support and friends that I have made in the gym, have been so positive and have always helped lift me up. I am definitely inspired to help others in return. I love it when people come up to me and let me know I have inspired them when they’ve wanted to quit! I believe that working out is eighty percent mental and twenty percent physical, it’s all in your head. If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re absolutely right!

My favorite exercise in the gym:
That would have to be lifting free weights. I love the empowering feeling of strength I get from lifting. I find most women have the misconception that to loose weight they should do cardio. Although cardio is great! You actually burn more calories with more muscle at resting periods. Meaning, while you are sleeping, you are actually burning double the calories if you put in a solid workout before. I also believe you don’t have to look masculine with muscle. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I look manly at all when competing with a shiny bikini, spray tan and the long nails. I believe you can look very feminine with having a lot of muscle as a woman. I also love incorporating hot yoga into my routine. Starting my day with an early 6:30 a.m. class really centers me and helps me stay focused so I can channel all my energy in the right direction.

My Biggest accomplishment:
The greatest achievement as of late would be receiving my N.P.A.A. Pro Card in the fitness model category. Becoming a professional bodybuilder hasn’t been easy. Doing my first competition 5 years ago in Kelowna took a lot of nerve, but I would have to tell you, I am now addicted.

What is my superpower:
Well I definitely don’t feel like I have a superpower all the time. Working out in the gym always has its ups and downs. It is what you do with those downs that defines you. It’s a lot like life in general, you have a down, you can stay down, be depressed got get back up and push yourself through it. I believe anybody can achieve their goals in the gym. We all just have to beat our own self limiting thoughts. Planting positive seeds, being proactive and telling yourself you can is ninety percent of the work in the gym. I find having a likeminded great group of positive friends is a great catalyst which helps push me through. If you have people in your life that are positive and always telling you that you can, chances are you’re going to do it. I love positive energy, I enjoy encouraging others including my eight year old son, not to give up if you want to be good at something. It takes failures to succeed in this life. So many times I’ve wanted to quit before a competition. I would have a mini meltdown but then I would remind myself of what I would tell my son. I love coming home to him seeing me with new trophies, it’s priceless. To show him that if you don’t give up, you can accomplish anything. When I’m feeling down and want to give in, he always reminds me that “no matter how hard it gets, if you want to accomplish your goals, you can’t quit!”

Favorite dish:
Well I love creating my own masterpieces in the kitchen. Since embarking on this bodybuilding adventure, I have really turned my diet around. What you eat is so important as to what you’re going to get as your striving for it. I’ve become quite the mad scientist in the kitchen. I’m big on egg whites, salmon, seeds, veggies, oatmeal and I make various dishes with all the above. I really enjoy taking a recipe and turning it into a healthy one. Pumpkin pie with an almond crust or as crazy as it sounds pizza into cauliflower crust pizza. “If it’s not green, it’s not clean!” Protein balls are always fun, quick, easy and they always get better with different twists. They are always very easy to bring with you on the go so that you don’t have to eat any of that unhealthy fast food in desperation.

Favorite Cheat:
I think when you stat leading a healthy lifestyle you really don’t crave sugars or unhealthy oils etc. When you feel so good in eating healthy you really feel the effects when you don’t eat healthy. You have to balance everything, I would say if I do cheat sometimes I love to have that sinful sushi with tempura and sauces with a glass of red wine. So yummy, but hold the white rice please. I only do brown.

Goals and dreams:
Well like I said I find eighty percent of the work in the gym is your mind. I think the rest becomes a lot easier when you find your inner strength. For that you need to work on your mind as much as your body. In 2017 I want to practice meditation more and being mindful. Do more in personal development and practice more on being centered. Outdoor adventures are great with friends, I really love being in nature, it’s such a positive feed for the body, mind and soul. I would also like to compete in April for my Pro card Elite or go to do a competition in the United States for I.F.B.B. In doing that I love helping others go through their challenges of doing their first competition. We have a great group of girls that go to these competitions together. A lot of times I feel I wouldn’t have been able to compete without them. The support I’ve received from the bodybuilding community is awesome. We are not competitive with each other, we travel together, tan, eat, etc. Our little family, helping one another and sharing big memories together in our lives.

Advice for newbies:
Make a clear goal, visualize it and know why you are doing it. Do something small everyday positive to work towards achieving that big goal! Don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. The more challenges and barriers you have to go through to get there, the sweeter the victory!

Inspirational Person: Lorena Beutler and her love for Zumba

Inspirational Person: Lorena Beutler and her love for Zumba

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Lorena who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Lorena?

I’ve met Lorena years ago when I was teaching Zumba at V.I. Fitness. She came to my class and I kept looking at her while teaching. She definitely knows how to move and dance. We introduce after class and she was so kind to me. Lorena is so modest and seems to want to uplift other people. She is so kind with her words and is an amazing instructor. She teaches Zumba and Strong by Zumba at Northridge and Vancouver Island University. Enjoy reading!

What motivates you to exercise?
My motivation is that I definitely enjoy the instant gratification that I get when exercising that causes me to feel more energized, positive, happier and less stressed.

What activity/workout do you prefer?
I love Zumba, Zumba is so much fun is a workout in disguised.. When doing Zumba you totally forget you are actually working out as it feels you are in a party….It is impossible to leave with a big smile at the end of the class… is a fitness class for everyone… Zumba has become an activity I really look forward to teach every week.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Started losing weight doing Zumba (check my Zumba bundle). I started loving fitness and after a year and a half  of being a Zumba participant myself, I finally became a Licence  Zumba Fitness  instructor and then became a BCRPA Group fitness leader.

What is your superpower?
I think is just being myself God made me the way I am for a reason.

What is your favourite cheat treat?
I look forward to my family pizza night

What is your favourite dish/recipe?
I will say “Tostadas de Salpicon” (is a Beef flank or Skirt steak salad on a toasted corn tortilla) It is so easy to make and so healthy.How to make: Mix the following ingredients  in a small bowl lime juice, oregano, black pepper, a bit of salt and olive oil then add the beef flank previously. Cook and shredded into threads. Add 2 potatoes previously cooked and cut in small squares, chopped fresh tomato, chopped fresh onion. Chopped radishes, chopped cilantro and mix all together once all mixed add finely chopped lettuce and a chopped fresh avocado. And Mix. All again… serve on a tostada !!!!

What are your goals and dreams?
My Goal is just to live my life to the fullest until my last breath…

Advice for a newbie?
Do not worry about what everybody else is doing you will get distracted from what you are doing, What sets you apart and what makes you “unique” Use other people’s achievements as a motivation but keep your focus on being your own person and reaching your own goals!!

 

Inspirational Person Jessica Reed chiropractor and Yoga Teacher

Inspirational Person Jessica Reed chiropractor and Yoga Teacher

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Jessica who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Jessica?

I’ve met Jessica while teaching kids Yoga at Pacific Gardens Co-Housing. We quickly became friends and since then she has been an inspiration to me. Jessica is a chiropractor and with her husband Glenn they own Reed family chiropractic. She homeschools her two children, is a Yoga instructor and owner of Wellspring Yoga studio. I often wonder how she balances all of this! I advise anyone that needs a chiropractor to go see her or her husband Dr. Glen at their office Reed Family Wellness. After all they are both from chiropractor families and they lead their life by example. 

What motivates you to exercise?
The need for sanity!

What activity/workout do you prefer?
Running for sure. Yoga is a very close second. I do love a good workout with weights though!

What is your biggest accomplishment?
It is hard to choose between a) my children (I’m so proud of them) and; b) graduating from Chiropractic college in 2004.

What is your superpower?
Balancing homeschooling, my chiropractic practice at Reed Family Wellness Centre and teaching yoga at The Wellspring. Plus, I can wiggle my ears!

What is your favourite cheat treat?
I believe in balance and chocolate is definitely my Achilles’ heel!

What is your favourite dish/recipe?
Mango prawns

What are your goals and dreams?
To feel serene. I feel that’s a pretty big dream!

Advice for a newbie?

Inspirational Person: Denise Bonin and her love with running

Inspirational Person: Denise Bonin and her love with running

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Denise who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Denise?

I’ve met Denise at a Yoga class at Om Town Yoga. We soon discovered that we both taught Bootcamp and loved fitness. I’ve been following Denise on social media and I am inspired by all the running she does. She doesn’t let anything stop her and she wants to make a difference in people’s life. She teaches running clinics and helps people with all the knowledge and experience she has.

What motivates you to exercise?

I exercise for health, and because it just feels good.  If I can get outside and run or jump or ski or snowshoe or swim or whatever with friends, it is so much fun.  Sure it is exercise, but it also feels like play.  I like to play outside! I know people who get to my age, 60, or are even younger and think that they are too old to exercise or to get into better shape, but there is never a “too old” age or a “too out of shape” to do that! 

What activity/workout do you prefer?

I love to run.  I especially love to run on trails in the woods with friends.  The soft trails, the roots, the rocks, the ups, the downs; they are all challenging and makes me feel so alive. Even if I’ve run the same trail, over and over again, I still see beauty in every vista, just as I did the first time I ran it. 

Um, can I have a second favorite?  I love running on the track.  I love running fast for short distances, i.e. sprinting.  I recently joined a track club and oh my goodness, I found my people! 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

To still be running and being competitive at 60+ and to keep inspiring others to do the same. 

What is your superpower?

I can run trails, road, track and cross country.  I can pretty much run anywhere, on any surface and any distance… no, wait, I have never and will never run a marathon or anything longer!  Maybe with all these different types of running, you might think that I have an inability to make up my mind about which event I should specialize, but if I can do them all and still have fun, why shouldn’t I?  I’m just going to keep doing them all as long as I can! 

What is your favorite dish/recipe?

I love fresh locally caught, wild BC salmon (Coho, Sockeye or Spring).  I like it cooked on a BBQ or under the oven broiler with a simple marinade of olive oil and soy sauce.  Salmon is so delicious and nutritious. 

What is your cheat treat?

Some might think I love Nanaimo Bars because of my Nanaimo Bar Trail Run and sure I do, but my real downfall is bread. I love it in every format, with eggs, with cheese, with butter, with honey, etc.  Oh, wait, I mustn’t forget Cheezies and rosé wine. Yes, even athletes must indulge once in a while!

What are your goals and dreams?

I want to take people running in wonderful places all over the world.  I want to travel, to run, to tour, to eat, to drink and to share. Oh and to keep running as long as I can!

Advice for a newbie?

Just pick a sport and give it a try.  If you don’t like it, try another one.  Keep moving. Don’t think that just because you age, you have to give up! And don’t let anyone talk you out of what you really want to do! 

If you want to run, join a “learn to run clinic” at a running store or download a “learn to run program” (e.g. Sun Fun Run) and do it with a friend (that’s how I did it… best thing that ever happened to me!) and keep on running!  If you think you are too old to run, partner with someone younger: they will keep you young and you will inspire them – it works both ways! 

Denise Bonin 

GottaRun.ca