Janet Dent ~ Winnipeg, MB
I am so excited, and honoured, to be one of the Ambassadors for the Spring 2020 Autumn Journey.
This is my 11th leg of an incredible, LIFE CHANGING JOURNEY. I began in the Spring of 2015 when our daughter, Leslie, introduced me to the Healthy Role Models community. My husband had passed away in the summer of 2004, at the age of 52, and it took me a long time to realize I needed to drag myself out of the dark hole that grief dragged me into.
I was never an athletic person. I tried something new to “get me into shape” during each decade of my adult life; but the actions, and results, were short-lived. This community is different! We have an amazing support team that provides us with workouts, including follow-along and instructional videos created by a professional personal trainer; nutritional information so that we can make healthy choices; and physiotherapy support services. More importantly, to me, we are always learning and practicing positive mindset strategies, and creating new habits. These new habits, and meeting so many like-minded women across Canada, and around the world, have opened many doors of opportunity for me.
Active Travel is on my list of goals, and because of the HRM community, I participated in 5k runs in Nanaimo; 10k runs in Victoria; hiked trails I never would have sought out in Scottsdale, Nanaimo, and Manitoba; attended a spin class in Las Vegas, and tried one time events of Crossfit and Boxing. In September 2018, I joined a group of 8 other HRMs to hike Mt. Rainier in Washington. I made it to the 10,000’ mark, and one of our group made it to the Summit! In September 2019, a group of 12 HRMs spent 5 days cycling the roads of Lake Garda, Italy!!! And in January 2020, a group of 12 HRMs and ripples visited Cambodia to see the impact our HRM fundraising has made; and to help paint a school. It was a life-changing trip. All of these opportunities are with people I would not have met without this community of like-minded women.
Every week, there are Group Events in many cities where HRMs can meet up and workout together. For example, if you visited Winnipeg you might find us running Stairs at the Forks on Sundays; running around St. Vital Park on Mondays; doing Hill HIITs on Tuesdays; sweating through spin classes on Wednesdays; stretching at yoga classes on Thursdays; and running trails on Saturdays. Many HRMs from other cities have joined us when they visit Winnipeg, and I know I can join up with someone for a workout or Group Event when I travel to many other cities!
Organizing and participating in Group Events is one of my WHYs. My main WHY is our 7 grandkids. I want to be someone they want to hang out with, and I want to participate in as many activities with them as possible. Being retired, I have the time to learn new things, and, being fit allows me to try more new things with them - pushing my comfort zone. Keeping up with grandkids who range in age from 3 to 18 can be fun! I am grateful I am ABLE.
Another “reason for being” is helping others find their potential. As a member of the Healthy Role Models community, we are accountable to ourselves and each other through a private Facebook group. This is also a place where we can inspire, nudge, cheer, and (virtually) hug each other. Personal Growth through Sarah Gilks’ teachings, listening to audiobooks, attending events, and learning from podcasts, has given us tools to support and bring each other up.
This community is so strong and powerful. We learn from each other. We push each other. We encourage each other. We relate to some, admire many, and yearn to be like others. The Healthy Role Models community is really the best place to be; for me; for the rest of my life! I am grateful to Sarah Gilks for following her VISION and creating this safe place for all of us. I really believe it has saved my life.
And, as an Ambassador, I am grateful to share my learnings with as many other HRMs as possible.