Inspirational Person: Sarah Raymond and her dance school

Inspirational Person: Sarah Raymond and her dance school

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

I want to feature people like Sarah 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 Sarah Raymond?

I’ve met Sarah when both of our little ones were a year old. We had coffee together and talked about our passion for dance. I was so impressed by Sarah’s business women skill. Years passed and we didn’t see each other until last spring. We surprised each other at Jumping Jimmy each with one more kids. We tried catching up and discovered we would both be doing homeschooling with Island Connected for kindergarten. I feel really happy I now get to see Sarah on a weekly basis and that our little ones are connecting with each other. I’ve tried Sarah’s dance classes and she is really knowledgeable. I really like that she tries to make affordable dance classes for families. Enjoy reading and getting to know her.

What motivates you to exercise?
My body just needs it. I find if I sit around all day, I start to get so sore! Exercising also allows me to have more energy, and I certainly need energy having two kids, homeschooling and running a business!

What activity/workout do you prefer?
Well I dance a lot! And I love to go out social dancing at events as that is quite a workout! I also love going for long walks with my family outside seeing new places.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Aside from giving birth to my two most beautiful babies, I’m super proud of my dance business. When I had my daughter, I realized how expensive dance was for children to learn. My vision was to have a place where all families can afford to put their child in a creative atmosphere. Within three years, we are over 200 students! We teach kids to adults and offer many dance styles! Hip Hop, Ballet/Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Breakdance, Contemporary, Latin Dance, Swing, Line Dance and more! Our website has our full schedule: www.srdanceacademy.ca

What is your superpower?

I’m a great multi-tasker. I never seem to be able to do one task at a time. I always have five projects on the go. I also have a great memory. Its rare for me to write notes down on paper. If I do by chance write it on paper, I usually lose it! lol

What is your favourite cheat treat?

Red Wine and Chocolate 🙂

What is your favourite dish/recipe?
I love creating fun salads. Tonight I made a green salad with mangos, tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers and dates. Topped it with olive oil and it was amazing! Another one of my favourite recipes are my chicken enchiladas!

What are your goals and dreams?
For 2017 I plan on getting myself back on track with competitions. I compete in the UCWDC dance circuit and the world championships are in San Francisco next January. I’m going to start with a competition in March in Calgary and go from there. Who knows, maybe I will make it to worlds this year!

Advice for a newbie?
Find something you love and stay dedicated. If you miss a day/class thats okay just get back into your groove. Your body will thank you for it!

Inspirational person: Kathryn Hazel stay fit at seventy

Inspirational person: Kathryn Hazel stay fit at seventy

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

I want to feature people like Kathryn 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 Kathryn?

I’ve been living at Pacific Gardens Co-Housing Community for almost three years now. Kathryn lives one floor below us, she has been ever so patient with us and I am impressed by the fact that she is one of the cofounders of Co-Housing. One day we were eating together during our weekly potlucks and she was saying that she is the queen of fitness at Co-Housing. I thought cool I didn’t know that, and that means that I am then, the princess of fitness of Co-Housing, lol!  She goes to her morning classes really regularly and I admire her commitment to fitness. It’s so important and the only way to show it to people is to lead by example, so this is what I do, enjoy reading!

 

What motivates you to exercise?
My mother was a great example.  She was a phys ed teacher and active every day of her life, even into her-mid-80s, swimming, weight-training, golfing, and walking.  I don’t share her athletic abilities, but I love the way exercise makes me feel.  I sleep better, sing better, am more relaxed, and enjoy life more.  It baffles me that people don’t do it.(But then I don’t understand why people eat fast food. Yuck!)

 

What activity/workout do you prefer?
I like variety, and activities with small groups (that motivates me more) and personal instruction (because I’m a klutz and could easily injure myself if I didn’t have that).

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Hmmm.  That’s a difficult one.  I’d say helping my son deal with mental illness.

What is your superpower?
I’m not sure I know what that means.  If you mean what gives me a spiritual connection, I would say being in nature, and contemplating the mystery of life in our universe.

What is your favorite dish/recipe?
Vegetable beef stew on a cold winter’s night.

What is your cheat treat?
Hazelnut butter on an oatcake with a dab of wildberry jam.  Yum!

What are your goals and dreams?
I’m almost 70, so goals are more like dreams.  I dream of writing a book, and getting it published (I’ve already written one, non-fiction, based on my doctoral thesis, which didn’t get published, despite numerous attempts.) Being a singing semi-star and making a CD.

Advice for a newbie?
Do what is right for you in terms of exercise.  If you like yoga and walking, do that.  If you like swimming and golf, do that.  If you like going to group classes, do that.  If you like working out or running alone, do that. There’s too many fitness gurus marketing a particular form of exercise who tell you, “You must do it this way,” which is not helpful. And keep at it.  Start out slow and build it up for a period of six weeks or more, and see how you feel.  Change your exercises so you don’t get in a rut, and then quit.  Make exercise a part of your day and schedule it in just like brushing your teeth.  You will be thrilled with what a difference it makes!

And that’s it!
Cheers,
Kathryn
www.pacificgardens.ca

Inspiration Person: Caity Howell losing 80 lbs and becoming Personal Trainer

Inspiration Person: Caity Howell losing 80 lbs and becoming Personal Trainer

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

I want to feature people like Caity 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 Caity?

I’ve meet Caity when I went to the Can Fit pro-convention in Vancouver in November 2015. We travelled together and shared stories. I went back to the same convention this year, as I was sitting on the ferry I noticed her, she was sitting in the row next to me. We reconnected, shared the travel time together again. Caity is a nurse and teaches group fitness classes part time at VI fitness. She is inspiring with her commitment to exercise, health and fitness. She has been on the road to transform herself and has lost so much weight. Enjoy reading.

What motivates you to exercise?

Knowing how great and strong I’m going to feel once I start. Even on days that I really don’t feel like exercising, it just becomes that thing you do, like eating breakfast or brushing your teeth, and you feel like something is missing when you don’t do it… Sometimes I just need to remind myself how happy I’ll be and how good I’ll feel, and it usually works.

What activity/workout do you prefer?

I love doing any kind of exercise with friends, I’m very competitive and I love having someone next to me to make me push harder. But I also love getting into the zone and lifting some heavy weights on my own.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Losing 80 lbs and completely changing my life from lazy and unhealthy to fit and motivated and becoming a personal trainer! Then going through a divorce, new relationship, gaining weight, and eventually finding balance between healthy body and healthy mind.

What is your superpower?

Picking up heavy things then putting them back down again! Oh, and being such an awesome motivating trainer/fitness instructor/teacher!

What is your favourite cheat treat?

SUSHI!!! Or anything with chocolate

What is your favourite dish/recipe?

I dunno… Everything? I just like food

What are your goals and dreams?

I am currently considering working towards the goal of competing in a bikini/fitness/figure competition. I’ve been building this muscle for so many years now, it’s about time to shred down and uncover it all!

Advice for a newbie?

Find something you love to do, and it no longer feels like work, it’s just something that you enjoy. And surround yourself with like-minded people!! Support is so important.

Inspirational Person: Tricia Klein from overweight to Obstacle Course race

Inspirational Person: Tricia Klein from overweight to Obstacle Course race

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

I want to feature people like Tricia 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 Tricia?

I’ve met Tricia during the Can fit pro-conference at the beginning of December 2016 in Vancouver. I took a partner movement workshop and she was my partner for the full hour of the workshop. I am so glad we connected because we had lots to share. She was recovering from a surgery and I was recovering from the accident I’ve been in. We were perfect partners for each other, lol. I had noticed her Vancity obstacle course race tank top and was totally intrigued by it. We shared some stories and thought that she would have some inspirational story to share with others. She is a great role model to everyone. Enjoy reading.

What motivates you to exercise?

In elementary and high school I was the overweight/obese kid. When I started junior high I had no interest in participating in PE and as such manipulated my mother and my doctor in to writing me notes to say I couldn’t run so I couldn’t participate. In fairness I had torn ankle ligaments when I was 11 that were never rehabbed properly but that should not have completely stopped me from participating, particularly by the time I hit the age of 14. Subsequently I was kicked out of PE in grade 9 near the end of the year, during the small games unit, which was a unit that actually interested me. I was an honor student otherwise, so being kicked out of class didn’t sit well for me. This motivated me to do something about my health and fitness (at 14).

Not long after being kicked out of PE, I began to go to a local gym and started training to try and get in to the Military. Although I didn’t fully join the military I did train myself just enough to pass the fitness test. I taught myself how to exercise through observation. Back then Personal trainers weren’t a thing, you joined a gym, and they gave you a circuit and sent you on your way. I fell in love with being at the gym. So for me my drive to exercise began by failure.

These days I recognize the need to exercise for my own mental stability, if I’m unable to get in some form of training due to life my mood drops. And this is easier said than done, I’m a mom to a crazy 3.5 year old boy, have a full time job, partner and also personal train and teach group fitness. For this reason I try to set goals throughout the year of what my main focus is so I can capitalize on my time when I have it.

What activity/workout do you prefer?

I honestly am one of those people that love all activity, but my big thing right now is Obstacle course racing. I found it in 2012, had a brief time out when I had my son in 2013 (now 3.5) and now I’m a full on OCR addict (I train for it, travel for it and coach it). The beauty of OCR is it requires you to train your body in so many different ways, through trail running or hiking, playground fun, strength days in the gym, crazy interval training days with burpees (I really do like burpees), flexibility and mobility. I truly do believe that OCR athletes are some of the fittest (and nicest) people you will find.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Wow now that is a tough one. Over the last few years I have really seen a huge jump in my fitness level and have accomplished things I couldn’t even do as a kid. There are 2 things that stand out for me at the moment.

The first is when I finally got my first hand stand, and then when it escalated to be able to step in to a handstand. Like I said I was a big kid, I couldn’t do monkey bars, handstands, forward or backward rolls as a kid. So a couple of years ago I began taking a gymnastics class that was held at my gym, and after months and months or trying and many tears I finally got my first handstand. It’s now something you’ll find me doing regularly at the beach, in the gym or at local parks when out playing with my son. My goal now that I can do it, is to not lose it.

Second, due to injuries I never thought I would be able to run, particularly nothing longer than 5k, in fact I’ve had medical professionals try to tell me I wasn’t built for running. I’ve since completed 2 half marathons, 2 Spartan Beasts (25 plus km) plus about 30 other obstacle course races and other smaller road and trail races. My most recent race in Seattle has been probably my biggest accomplishment and most emotional. I had taken the year off of intense run training due to injuries to focus on obstacle technique. I recognized my fitness/cardio was struggling so with one month left before my final race of the season, I took that month to really kick my butt in gear prior to an upcoming race. My goal at this race was to qualify for the Obstacle Course Race World Championships. I chose to race in the open division which only had a window of top 5 in your age group to qualify. Well not only did I hit top 3 in my age group, but I was 11th place out of 168 people. So from being the kid who got kicked out of PE to almost placing top 10, that’s amazing!!! And something I’m still struggling to believe. When I crossed that finish line I burst in to tears, I had no idea at the time how well I had placed but I knew for me I had just raced my best race ever. Later as the results came in, and the accolades from my coach and friends started to flow my tears kept flowing. I did it!!! I had broken my own personal stereotype of being the fat kid who couldn’t run.

What is your superpower?

Vibe readerJ I tend to read people really well. This translates in to having a very strong ability to teach and educate naturally without me being aware I’m doing it. Apparently I’m very clear and easy to understand. (these are comments from clients and those people that I train along side with).

What is your favourite cheat treat?

Chili lime chicken is an absolute favourite, plus yam fries with chipotle dip (home made with veggeanise)

What is your favourite dish/recipe?

I’m generally gluten free/dairy free so when I’m really splurging it will be pizza, I LOVE PIZZA!!! And beer J

What are your goals and dreams?

This year I’m qualified to run in the Obstacle course race world championships so my first goal is to get my grip and upperbody strength up to hopefully keep my band (you are given a band at the start of the race, if you can’t complete an obstacle you lose the band. You still earn a medal upon completion but the big deal is keeping your band).

Otherwise I’m just venturing back in to the fitness industry on a work level, a lifelong dream would be to run my own training facility.

Advice for a newbie?

Find something that you enjoy! There are so many different activities out there, don’t get roped in to signing up for something that you won’t find fun, you just won’t do it. On top of that, find a like-minded friend or a trainer that can help you get started.

“I was honored to have been asked by Veronique Rioux to be apart of her inspirational people blog. I met Veronique through a partner workshop at the Canfit pro conference this year and was blown away by her energy. For those on the island (Nanaimo area) be sure to check out her classes, if I was local I would 100% be attending all the various things she has to offer.

And for those that dont know me that well. Here is a bit of background of where I came from with regards to my health and fitness, where I’ve gotten to so far and some goals for this year.”

Inspirational Person: Jacinthe Thibodeau

Inspirational Person: Jacinthe Thibodeau

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

I want to feature people like Jacinthe 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 Jacinthe?

 I’ve met Jacinthe while working at the Cegep de Gaspésie et des iles a Gaspe. She was working out weight training and I was helping her with her fitness routine. We quickly became friends and I’ve always loved being around her because of her incredible sense of humour, contagious laugh and ease to make everyone comfortable. I like her honesty and she became the mother of two beautiful kids. I am so grateful that our paths crossed and I am looking forward to come for a visit out east with your family xx

What motivates you to exercise?
Of it all… MUSIC!!! I love listening to music while I train… plus it is really a moment for me, just me… In my life I’ve trained to loose weight and to be in good health, but after having 2 kids, I realised how important it is to be able to move and play with them… Also, exercising allows my brain to be at it’s best and I need that because my work requires that I be able to learn new concepts and apply them everyday!

What activity/workout do you prefer?
Swimming, running, playing outside with the kids…

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I ran my first 5km in Québec and Gaspé in 2013, the year after, I ran a 10km! I never thought I would be able to do that, so I was very proud of myself!

What is your superpower?
I guess it would have to be my mega sense of organisation!!… I am excellent in multitasking… With my list in hands, I get everything done! (Training also gives me the energy to get everything done!!!)

What is your favourite cheat treat?
Big oatmeal cookies so tender, but filled with butter and sugar… snif!

What is your favourite dish/recipe?
I love all kinds of ”sautés” with chicken and vegetables asian style, but because fall is starting in Québec, I will love a traditionnal fondue!

What are your goals and dreams?
To be happy and live my life like written on my t-shirt! I also discovered (a few weeks ago after my boyfriend completed his first 70.3 triathlon) something I might like to do with my kids in a few years… a relay-triathlon… I would swim, my boy would bike and my daughter would run… as for my boyfriend… he would do the whole thing! hi hi

Advice for a newbie? Take it easy, one day at a time… and most of all: Have FUN!!!

Inspirational Person: Genevieve Fournier

Inspirational Person: Genevieve Fournier

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

I want to feature people like Genevieve 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 Genevieve?

I met Genevieve probably 10 years ago in Gaspe Quebec. I was working as the weight training room coordinator and the main part of my work was to be a personal trainer. I started to train Genevieve and did for a few years. At first Genevieve wanted to lose weight but I think she quickly discovered that her workout out offered more than just looking good, it made her feel good. It has been so nice to get to know her as a teenager and to see her becoming such an accomplished adult. She is now a paramedic and I am so proud of her.

What motivates you to exercise?
I exercise to feel good and for the energy boost that I feel post training. My work as a paramedic is really demanding physically and I prevent the risk of injury by working out.

What activity/workout do you prefer?
I like to alternate between fast walking and jogging outside. I also like Shawn-T video like T25-Focus

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I do half marathons every year, every month starting in June. I have been following this 4 fitness regimen for the past 4 years in the beautiful landscape of Carleton in Gaspesie.

What is your superpower?
My friends often ask me how I can have so much energy and be so motivated. Sometime I wonder the same thing!

What is your favourite cheat treat?
Cheese Puffs and red wine

What is your favourite dish/recipe?
I like everything that has a link with Italy, since my last travel there: tomatoes, olives, cheese, pizza!

What are your goals and dreams?
Maybe one day I will try a full marathon

Advice for a newbie?
My advice to you, is to be able to listen to yourself, respect your limit physically and also psychologically. Above all to allow yourself to be proud of who you are as often as possible.