My name is Leah, and I am a 26-year-old adventurous, easy-going soul currently working in the Supply Chain Management field. I grew up in Ontario, Canada, but my love and passion for nature, wildlife and the outdoors drove me to the beautiful west coast. Since moving to British Columbia in the spring of 2016, I have been on a journey to finding my best, healthiest self.
I have always been active. With a sports-oriented upbringing, I have been involved in sports all my life and will forever consider myself an athlete. I played both volleyball and baseball competitively for years, but eventually had to quit baseball in order to move forward with opportunities playing volleyball. I have represented Canada after being named a member of the Canadian National Women’s Volleyball Team, and this has been once of my biggest successes and accomplishments thus far. I also love watching sports – a few of my favourites being the MLB, NFL & NHL.
I graduated in 2013 with a diploma in Chemistry. While attending college, I was a member of the Varsity Women’s volleyball team. After graduating, my involvement in high performance sports also came to an end, and this was a huge lifestyle adjustment for me. This meant my day-to-day routine, including fitness and meal planning, would change drastically. With this loss and a few other events I was dealing with at the time, my struggle with anxiety and depression began, and resulted in a lot of weight gained over the next 2 years.
With lots of patience, hard work and a strong commitment to changing my lifestyle, I have lost 60 lbs since 2015. I am proud of myself for reaching this goal as this was not an easy process by any means. My journey has included many ups, downs, trials and errors, slowly learning and adapting to a new lifestyle that didn’t involve vigorous training and strict meal plans. I tried numerous diets, and while many of these offered some results at first, they all would eventually fail. This would sometimes send me on a downward spiral mentally as I was constantly obsessing over my weight and criticizing my body. Through these experiences, I learned that diets are not the way to go. They are only short-term and will not provide long-lasting results.
I truly believe it is all about creating a healthy, balanced lifestyle, not restricting yourself.
A Mostly Healthy Life
I fully embarked on my health and fitness journey in the summer of 2016, and I haven’t looked back since. Health and fitness have become an imperative part of my life. With hard work, dedication and commitment to health and fitness, I feel the strongest I ever have and I am closer than ever to becoming my best self. I’ve learned that in order to be my healthiest mentally and physically, my fitness routine must include structured workouts and exercising a minimum of 5 days/week, while also following a mostly gluten, dairy and sugar-free diet. I am a strong believer in the 80/20 rule and this is the only ‘rule’ I abide by in terms of health and fitness. A little Netflix & some chocolate once in a while never hurt anyone! Treat yo self.
Through my journey I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge about living a healthier lifestyle and caring for the mind and body. This has helped me build a balanced, mostly healthy lifestyle that works great for me and helps me feel my best. I created this blog with the hope of sharing my health and fitness tips, tricks, successes, failures and experiences with those on a similar journey.
My ultimate goal is to motivate, inspire and support others on their journey to building a stronger, healthier body, boosting self-confidence, and becoming their best self.
Thanks so much for supporting my journey. I can’t wait to share more with you and follow your progress!