Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your fitness journey began…
I felt no pressure to begin getting into shape but was simply drawn to it because it provided an outlet for me!
My name is Evelyn, I am a food and fitness enthusiast from BC, Canada. I have always loved being active and started running and
working out in high-school. I quickly made fitness a part of my everyday life by running before school in the mornings, hitting up a local weight room in the afternoons, and taking, as well as teaching, dance lessons.
I was rather lucky in the fact that I felt no pressure to begin getting into shape but was simply drawn to it because it provided an outlet for me. Currently I am a full-time student studying kinesiology. I work part-time at a gym and volunteer as a Special Olympics coach. I also take extra classes to learn sign language and am well on my way to becoming a BCRPA certified personal trainer.
What is your training philosophy like and how does your workout program look like?
Being active shouldn’t necessarily be a chore but a positive outlet for stress and a way to escape our everyday pressures!
My training philosophy is constantly growing as my knowledge of the exercise and fitness world is expanding! I like to challenge myself in the gym by trying out new things and putting my new-found abilities to practical use. I believe that the main reason we should engage in any sort of physical activity is because we want to treat ourselves to a healthy and wholesome lifestyle.
Being active shouldn’t necessarily be a chore but a positive outlet for stress and a way to escape our everyday pressures. I love making exercise a social activity by hiking, running, going to spin classes, yoga classes, and TRX classes.
What are your beliefs about nutrition? Can you give us an example of what your daily diet looks like?
I used to be a big label reader and still am, but these days I seldom buy processed foods.
In the past I’ve had negative relationships with food, it’s finding a balance in the good, the bad, and the not so bad that has lead me to the diet I eat today. I don’t restrict my diet but eat in a way that is centered around lifestyle choices and personal goals, short and long-term. I don’t stress about calories but rather pay attention to the micro and macronutrients that I am ingesting.
I used to be a big label reader and still am, but these days I seldom buy processed foods. I really do enjoy cooking and creating new recipes out of fresh local foods, its me time! My daily diet contains a variety of plant-based proteins, natural fats from avocados, nuts, seeds, and coconut and a moderate amount of complex carbs from sprouted grains.
How do you stay focused, disciplined and committed to your fit and healthy lifestyle?
I truly am a planner! I love making lists and charts and am constantly making short-term goals. Keeping a workout and sometimes a food journal helps me stay on track and feel accomplished. It’s also a wonderful reference source if anything goes awry. I plan out my workouts every week so that I can’t make the excuse that I don’t have enough time. I find tons of motivation from my “fitfam” on instagram, they are always there to keep me on track!
What is your biggest achievement when it comes to fitness so far?
My biggest accomplishment so far with living a healthy lifestyle is the way I’ve changed my views on food!
Before food (or the lack of) used to rule my life in a very negative way.
My self-image was distorted and I had no love for my body. Working out and running has really changed this for me as I soon learned how I needed to change my eating habits if I wanted to perform my best. Since then I have taken it upon myself to appreciate food and treat my body as a fine tuned machine. My self-image has completely changed and confidence puts a smile on my face everyday!
What are your current and future fitness related goals and projects?
I have many goals for the years ahead, career wise I want to work with persons who have intellectual disabilities as a health and wellness coach in preparing them for independent living. This is a field where fitness and nutrition will be my main focus. Personally I want to take my running more seriously and finally do that marathon I’ve been dreaming of.
One day I would like to step on stage as a bikini competitor. During the school year I am incredibly busy so I make short-term goals like quickening my running pace by a few seconds per a km, or reaching a new personal record in the weight room. Food wise I plan on adding to my recipes and enjoying a stress-free holistic dietary lifestyle.
What advice would you give to people who are struggling in staying committed and reaching their fitness goals?
I think the first step to staying on track is to understand that fitness and nutrition really are a lifestyle choice. Making only short-term goals will set you up for inconsistency.
Understanding that you will have ups and downs when it comes to staying on track is key.
Taking a break from your routine and then not coming back because you have anxieties about your abilities or self-image is common. We need to understand that sometimes life happens. You gain a few pounds, you plateau, your pace slows down, you get married, move, or go on holidays… Just because our lives are changing rapidly doesn’t mean we need to associate hiccups with guilt or anxiety that hinders us from getting back on track.
Bottom line is that it is your body and your life, do things that will set you up for happiness in the present and the future.
What are your top 2 favorite exercises?
To me running creates a feeling of utter ecstasy!
Ultimately my favorite form of exercise is running. I may not be genetically predisposed to be great at it, but when I run I feel as though it is what my body is meant to do. To me running creates a feeling of utter ecstasy. In the gym I’ve started doing some Olympic lifting and I am really liking it! My favorite so far are cleans. I love to work my back as well with any form of a row.
Can you give us 3 Fun Facts about yourself?
- I’m 20 years old! What was your guess?!
- Deep down I’m a big nerd and love Harry Potter with all my Heart.
- I was a Highland dancer for 16 years and toured the UK and Spain with my group, kickin’ butt and takin’ names!
Stay tuned for next week’s Diet & Nutrition post by Evelyn Boe!
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