Answers!Monday, December 01, 2014
Amy asked: If you had to live anywhere else in Canada where would you live?
I have always lived on the east coast: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI. I'm not sure I would want to live anywhere else. That said, there's a lot of Canada I haven't even seen. I haven't been to Newfoundland or BC. I visited the prairies, but never the mountains. I've spent lots of time in Toronto and enough time in Quebec. I really only see myself living on the east coast, but I could probably deal with Toronto for a few years, at least. There are tons of places I'd love to visit and that might change my answer to this question (I feel like BC and I would get along great).
Kathy asked: How did you get on your exercise/health regimen, ultimately? How do you fit it into your day?
Growing up I was always very active, but stopped exercising completely in college. I made a few half-assed attempts to get back into it during my early 20s, but my eating and drinking habits were so off the rails it didn't make a difference and I gained a bunch of weight over time. In my mid-20s, I hit a number on the scale and was like, OK, enough. I didn't have a gym membership at the time so I started off taking long walks and incorporating jogging intervals and built up my endurance over time. That's how I started running. I joined a gym to incorporate a little more variety into my routine, but what kept me going was how much better I felt being active: I slept better, I felt happier, I had fewer headaches and was less stressed. It genuinely became a lifestyle thing instead of a short-term plan.
Fitting it into my day can be a challenge. During the work week I try to go to the gym at lunch, since I'm not an early morning gym person and if I wait until the evening, there's a good chance I talk myself out of going!
These days, a typical week looks like this (sometimes Monday or Tuesday ends up being a second rest day!):
Monday: Run 6-8km at lunch
Tuesday: 5km run + core class at lunch ... sometimes yoga in the evening
Wednesday: Spin class at lunch
Thursday: Bodypump class at lunch
Sunday: Run 10km+