Yesterday morning as I was finishing my application for a bridging visa I literally could not believe how quickly the past 2 years have gone. On completing the section about work history I realized that I have been working at Groundworks for the best part of 2 years now… how time flies. So what better topic for this weeks blog than the things I have learned/discovered in my time here at GWA and in Vancouver.
1.Vancouver is literally the best city to keep fit in. This may be a slightly biased opinion having only lived in three other cities, one in the North of England, another in the South of England and one in the South of Spain. Having said that, I have never experienced a city - even when travelling, where people are so active. This is an amazing thing and as people of Vancouver we should really appreciate how this community is great for our health and well being. If we lived in a city where fitness was not a priority I can guarantee it would be much harder to motivate yourself to workout and lead a healthy lifestyle. Here though, you can barely walk for 5 minutes without seeing someone on a run, a health food shop or a picture promoting fitness. I have heard that Sydney is a prime competitor, I guess I will have to venture there one day and find out for myself. For now though, I am pretty content ranking Vancouver as number one.
2. Similarly to the above, it is true that surrounding yourselves around like minded individuals will help push you to achieve your goals and aspirations. I am lucky to work with a team of people who share a common interest of fitness and health. So even when there are days you don't feel like it there will be at least one person who will help you keep on tack and keep you motivating yourself; for me, this person is Brandon, “So Sofie, what did you lift today?” After a while it is hard to keep saying, “well today Brandon I didn’t lift weights, I did spin and Nash360 blah blah blah”. Thanks to Brandon though I now include my weekly lifts ;)
3. The number on the scales REALLY doesn’t matter. This one I think is of key importance. We constantly tell our clients that the number on the scales doesn’t matter, that it is better to look at measurements, lean body weight and body fat. However, maybe it’s because I’m a female or because I used to be a dancer but I always weigh myself, and I always see that number fluctuating up and down week in week out. In the 2 years I have been here I have gained 3lbs, this may not sound much to some but still, 3 pounds is 3 pounds. I have however lost inches, the same clothes fit perfectly and I can squat far more weight than I would have ever thought possible. I think that is enough to say the number on the scales is irrelevant!
4. A little party never killed nobody!
Being a Brit we have a reputation for being hardcore partiers, or more so… hard core drinkers. This is very stereotypical and even though it is potentially true to some extent, it is not true for the majority of people. I feel I may have done my fair share of partying here in Vancouver, sometimes I feel I have to as I am wanting to enjoy every moment as I never know where life will take me next. Having said that I am still regularly exercising, eating healthily and most importantly enjoying the life I am living. Please however, do not think I am one if those hard core British partiers…I am not! I said “a LITTLE part never killed nobody”
5. To conclude, I have learnt it is possible to love the job you do :)
Thanks for reading,