Tag: Woman Warrior Wednesday

Profiles the Inspire – Natasha

Natasha is 34 years old and resides in Lloydminster. She has two boys ages 8 and 4.5 months. She is currently on maternity leave and works full-time as an educational assistant.

I joined Women Warriors because I needed motivation and support and I felt a group setting would be beneficial to me. I enjoy walking and working out (now).
Before Women Warriors I really didn’t do a whole lot of exercise, but since joining I make sure I get in my 10,000 steps a day and I’ve started using my workout DVD’s that have been collecting dust for years. I’m going to joining a gym soon, and I’ve investigated a few around town. I try my best to get a workout in when the baby is napping.

My self-love practice is learning to take time for myself.

My philosophy on healthy living is to do what works for you, and don’t compare. Don’t let fitness and diet hold you back from achieving a healthy life – make it fun!

My favourite treat is chocolate. I LOVE chocolate.

My daily struggle is food. From the time I wake up till the time I go to bed. Since joining Women Warriors I have made a lot better choices and I am learning that food doesn’t have to be the enemy if I know how to use it.

My advice to my younger self would be to love and believe in yourself, and stay active.

My inspiring words for others is only you can make a change! Don’t let one bad choice influence how the rest of your day goes – get through it, and move on.

Thanks for sharing your healthy living message Tasha!

Profiles the Inspire – Wendy

Wendy is 46 years old and resides in Kitscoty. She has two sons – Chandler, 18 and Spencer, 20. She works full-time as a realtor and spends a lot of time travelling between Kitscoty, Lloydminster and surrounding area.

I joined Women Warriors in hopes of being more active and making healthier food choices. I focus on work and my sons and not enough on being active or on eating well. This is my year to change these things. My sons are grown, both will be gone to university soon and there will be more ME time. I no longer want to focus on my weight or size; I want to eat healthy, stay active, and think positive. No more gimmicks, clubs, shakes or diets. Those things are a temporary fix. What will last is caring about myself and feeling I’m important enough to treat myself well.

My daily physical activity consists of taking stairs when I can, and parking farther away from doors so I have to walk.

My self-love practice is taking time to read a good book, a hot bath, and I get away for a couple of yearly vacations

My favourite meal is pasta, and chocolate is my weakness.

My daily struggle is after a long day of work to find the energy and motivation to work out and eat healthy.

My advise to my younger self? Take care of yourself now! Make taking care of yourself a habit you’ll keep throughout your life.

My inspiring words to encourage other are it takes weeks for the habit of exercising and healthy eating to become a habit. A bad day or a bad week of eating doesn’t mean you give up. Get back on track! You can do this!

Profiles the Inspire – Genevieve

Genevieve, or Jenny or Gen to her friends and family is 43 years old and resides in Lloydminster. She has five children, age’s 20, 19, 16 and 11 year old twins, and three grandchildren, 2-year-old twin boys, and 11 months. She is a proud grandma and would do anything for her grandkids. She works full-time as optometric staff/receptionist.

I joined Women Warriors to become more active and make healthier choices for my family, and myself, and to keep up with my grandbabies. Activities that I enjoy are anything that keeps me outside including walking, sliding with my family, quadding, hunting, and swimming. I try to exercise at least 15-20 minutes per day, even if its just walking around the office or going up and down the stairs – just keeping mobile. I schedule fitness when I can between a full-time and casual job, housekeeping and spending time with family – mostly on my days off and weekends. I am not a member of a gym or fitness club, but I am a proud member of Women Warriors.

My self-love practice is smudging/praying first thing in the morning and thanking the Creator for giving me another day. I also smudge and pray just before I go to bed to thank the Creator for all that was blessed to me.

My favourite meal and treat is an Indian taco (mmm just thinking about a taco makes me want some) and my weakness is chocolate.

My daily struggle is after a long day of work trying to find the energy and motivation to make a healthy meal for my family.

My advise to my younger self would be to keep fit, stay active, and don’t eat much junk food.

My inspiring words to encourage others are the Creator chose us women to give life because we are mentally and physically strong. We can carry a child, give birth to a child, and raise that child – give it a home, and future. We are strong women and can overcome any obstacle, and continue to become stronger within!

Thanks for sharing your message Jenny!

Profiles the Inspire – Cheryl

Cheryl is 50 years old, resides in Lloydminster, and raised four children– three sons, Warren 25, Shane 24, Jacob 23, and only daughter, Desiree 22. In addition, she’s a happy, blessed Grandmother with granddaughter, Austyn. She joined Women Warriors to get motivated and step outside her comfort zone and build self-esteem.

Physical activity in her day: Cheryl enjoys walking and water aerobics. Her mobility is limited, so she needs low-impact exercise. She tries to set aside a quiet time each day, but struggles to schedule fitness.

Favorite treat/meal: Her favorite meal is salad and her favorite treat is blueberries.

Health philosophy: “Healthy Living is a state of mind and takes motivation and persistence – progress not perfection! I struggle with mobility and feel defeat, but I do my best to not complain and try to stay positive.”

Advice to younger self: “My advice would be practice self-care, follow a good diet, rest, and take care of your personal appearance. Join a group like we have and bring confidence in conversation. Ask people how was your week? Show gratitude with leadership, and be honest with yourself – know your limits and be ok with that. Take what I have learned at Women Warriors and work with it all week.”

Cheryl is running in Lloydminster’s next election as a mayoral candidate!

“I am passionate about community and appreciate our diversity. I believe that we need accountability to serve everyone’s best interest. I believe I can be a voice for those that perhaps have felt they have not been heard in the past. It is really important to have different thoughts from a range of community residents as we do carry unique perspectives. I am kind, caring and pride myself as working towards expanding my comfort zone and getting involved with activities that are new to me. I love to volunteer and meet new people. I am looking forward to a continued accountable and transparent campaign to be Lloydminster’s Mayor and embrace everyone’s support.”

Thanks Cheryl for sharing your message!

Profiles the Inspire – Ashley

Ashley is 32 years old, resides in Onion Lake Cree Nation, and is a financial clerk for Onion Lake Energy Inc. She is a mother to five – three boys and twin girls, and loves spending time with her family. She joined Women Warriors to have some time to herself and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle for her children.

Physical activity you enjoy: Dancing, swimming, walking, and playing with my kids.

Amount of time you exercise everyday or per week: I try fit in at least half hour a day of actual moving my body whether it is cleaning, dancing to music with the kids, housework.

Are you a member of a gym, in a sports team, or do fitness at home: I use my gym equipment when I get the chance. For the most part it is dancing, and wrestling with family, it gets crazy with 6 of us wrestling.

How do you schedule fitness in your day? I am trying to get up earlier to walk on treadmill; otherwise, we walk our dogs as much as possible. Helping my husband with yard work is a workout too.

Name one daily practice you do to show self-love: My drive in to work and home is when I self-reflect, listen to music, sing my heart out to all my favorite songs. I live for music, it heals my soul.

Your favorite treat or meal: Pizza (Bad I know but I can’t resist the darn thing).

Your philosophy on healthy living: If it isn’t fun it isn’t worth doing it. Don’t kill yourself by trying to be healthy.

Your daily struggle: Staying away from fast food.

The advice you would give your younger self: Take better care of us. The older you pays for it!

Words of inspiration for women trying to get healthy or more active: Do it for you! You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. Once you love yourself, the ripples will follow through and everyone else will follow suit.

Thanks for sharing Ashley!

Profiles That Inspire – Trysta

Trysta is 29 years old and resides in Onion Lake First Nation with her 9 year old son, Kenyan and extended family. Her motivation for joining Women Warriors is to be a good role model for her son, and family which has a history of type II diabetes. She states, “there are too many sick people in our communities, kids being obese and getting diabetes.”

Her health philosophy? “I strongly believe if I balance my mind, body, and spirit I can be happy, and healthy inside and out. If you really want something you can make it happen. Our minds are a powerful thing.”

Her nutrition philosophy? “I wake-up at 5:30/6 am everyday so I can make my meals for the day. I don’t count calories – I enjoy cooking. I take my vitamins and shakes in the morning, and eat 4 meals a day. I drink lots of green tea and peppermint tea.”

Physical activity in her day? Trysta enjoys running, and playing competitive volleyball and basketball. She workouts out at least 60-90 minutes per day, and try to fit in two 120-180 minute workouts per week. Sports played an important role in her life and she just returned to both volleyball and basketball after injuring her arm and needing surgery in which she had a metal bar inserted.

Future goals? Trysta wants to be in the best physical and mental shape of her life for her milestone 30th birthday. Her new challenge is training with her friend, Jo at Muscles & More Bodybuilding and Supplements. She inspires other women by posting healthy, active images and philosophies on her Facebook profile.

Thanks Trysta for inspiring us to get active and maintain balance in our lives!

Profiles that Inspire – Jolene

Jolene is 40 years old, resides in Onion Lake Cree Nation, and is employed as a truck driver hauling oil since May of 2015. She has three children – two daughters ages 22, and 15, and one son age 14. In addition, she’s a happy, blessed Grandmother with a granddaughter turning 1 this November. She joined Women Warriors for two main reasons: to be healthy, and be a role model to her kids. She doesn’t want them to get their false body image from music videos. She states, “I also wanted to reinvent myself from the inside out. The only way the outside can look good is if you work on the inside first. Working out helps to increase serotonin.”

Physical activity in her day: Jo works out almost everyday. She’s motivated by fiddle music to get her dancing because it’s so much fun she forgets the time. She enjoys the outdoors including snowshoeing, cleaning her yard, mowing the lawn, long walks or just anything to get her moving outside. Work wise she gets cardio lifting the heavy hoses, and hooking/unhooking them.

Favorite treat/meal: Her favorite meal is breakfast – eggs, toast, and yogurt. Her favorite treat is movie popcorn, which she wishes she could have everyday.

Health philosophy: “To have my spiritual/emotional feelings, and thoughts to be positive, in order for my physical to function. That is why fellowship with my friends is important. Also, reading my Bible is important because it grounds me. You’re never too old to start a healthy lifestyle and we are given new days to start again. If yesterday didn’t work then start anew, and never give up; it’s so worth it if you keep going.”

Advice to younger self: “You can have a good life with any amount you have. The key is to look at the positive – there’s always a message in the messes. There’s always a lesson in the problem, you just have to stand back and look.”

Thanks Jo for sharing your message!

Profiles that Inspire – Vera

Vera is 30 years old, resides in Onion Lake Cree Nation, and is employed as a receptionist at Native Justice. She has four beautiful children; 3 boys and 1 girl. She joined Women Warriors because, “I realize whether we know it or not, we are role models to young women, and to our children. As women we are warriors fighting daily battles. Women need to realize that we are the backbone to our homes and communities. We need to encourage other women to be well inside and outside. Our bodies are our temples and how we treat our bodies is important to our well-being.” She also wanted to “meet other women who are beautiful and encouraging.”

Physical activity in her day: Vera currently exercises 4-5 times per week and has adjusted her schedule from morning to night workouts due to her new job. She enjoys all types of activities, including ones offered at Women Warriors like zumba, yoga and circuit training. She trains with her friend, Jo the owner of Muscles and More Bodybuilding and Supplements and has a membership at the Servus Sports Centre.

Self-love: Vera practices self-love by looking in the mirror and saying, “Vera you are a beautiful, kind, and loving person.” She also treats herself to long baths to relax.

Favorite treat/meal: Pasta, pizza, and frozen yogurt from Menchies.

Health philosophy: Her philosophy is simple because it’s the simple things that make a difference and are sometimes the hardest to follow through.

“Loving and taking care of yourself is not self-indulgent, but a way of survival. We are put on this earth from the Creator to love and take care of each other and help one another. How can we continue to do all those things without taking care of ourselves? We are all important and loved the same by the Creator no matter what.”

Daily struggle: Pushing myself after work no matter how tired I am to workout.

Advice to younger self: “Everything you go through is a part of life. There is nothing in life that you can’t do. Finish school, follow your heart, and don’t chase after a man who won’t fight to keep you. You are where you need to be in life, and always trust your journey.”

Thanks Vera for sharing your message!

Profiles that Inspire – Lillian

Lillian is 46 years of age, and currently resides Lloydminster Alberta and is originally from Witchekan Lake, Saskatchewan. She is a stay-at-home mom to nine children, and has seventeen in total. She joined Women Warriors to “seek information on living with diabetes and healthy lifestyle as diabetes runs in my family for quite some time and I lost my mother in 1999.”

Physical activity in her day: I hardly have time to join any gym or exercise programs as I do a lot around the house and volunteer around Lloyd. I like to spend time with my children and grandson doing outdoor and indoor activities.

Health philosophy: Her philosophy is taking things one day at a time.

Favorite food: I enjoy baking and cooking. Our favorite treat is a bowl of jello with ice cream.

Advice to younger self: Keep active and have fun!

Thanks Lillian for sharing your message!