Rebecca joined Women Warriors to be a better role model for her daughters and sisters, self-care, nutrition information, and to socialize and support fellow women in the community. The types of physical activity she enjoyed at Women Warriors include the relaxation from yoga, the fun, laughter and smiles from Zumba, and the sweating from WAR. She is also active in sports playing in a women’s volleyball league in the fall/winter and a women’s fastball and Slo-Pitch team in the summer.
Her daily self-love practice is to smudge and pray. She states, “I haven’t always done it, but lately I’ve noticed I needed something for me. It has been helping with my emotional and spiritual health. That little moment of me time.” Her favorite cheat meal is pepperoni pizza.
Her philosophy on healthy living and message to women trying to get healthy or more active:
I have always loved this quote by Winston Churchill, ‘Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.’ Apply this to every moment in your life and you will get through it. Women carry the greatest burdens in a family and it is tough to overcome moments, as long as you remain positive, you will have a positive learning experience. That applies to your health as well. Being a mom, full time job, and taking care of the household is a lot but in order to have a healthy active family, it has to start with the heart of the family. Take it day by day. Start small and keep going. There will be setbacks, but just keep trying. It is better to get up and try than to say if only.
My name is Amanda Lameman and I am 41 years old from Onion Lake Cree Nation.
I self-identify as a proud Cree woman from the Treaty Six Territory.
I am an Undergraduate student at University nuhelot’ine thaiyots’i nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills. I have been blessed with seven children and five grandchildren.
I joined Women Warriors because I wanted to have a support system to help me get on track toward a healthier life. Everyone knows that it’s hard to achieve goals when you don’t have a positive support and for that reason I am thankful that I heard of Women Warriors. Some of the physical activities I enjoyed at Women Warriors are yoga and meditation because I believe these are great ways to reducing stress.
Being a full-time student, mother and wife makes it hard for me to exercise daily but I go to the school exercise room when I have the time. Smudging, meditating and journaling are my ways of showing self-love.
My favorite meal is moose meat, potatoes, vegetables and gravy. My philosophy to healthy living is to balance all aspects of the medicine wheel, keeping positive thoughts, getting enough sleep and drinking lots of water. Through my own struggles I realized that everyone is different, and we must learn to trust our own bodies and therefore not everything will work for you.
The first step toward healthy living and an active life is to love yourself first and loving your surroundings will get easier after that.