I didn’t always like to move my body. In fact I was the chubby kid in the corner who didn’t like PE. I struggled with my weight throughout my childhood, teens and into my 20’s. In the summer I was 19 something shifted. I fell in love with running. That year at my summer job I met a bunch of real people who ran for the love of running and the pursuit of personal goals (not to win the race, be the best or anything else). It was an “aha” moment for me.
I began running and before long I was hooked. Next thing I knew I was doing a triathlon, then a 1/2 marathon and before I knew it I was completing Ironman Canada (an ultra-distance triathlon). I surprised many people in my life – but most of all I surprised myself. I never knew what I was capable of until I stepped out of the box and went for it. It was transformative. Once I had experienced the transformative power of getting active I had to follow my heart and my passion and help others find their love for movement.
I knew I needed the knowledge and skills to back my passion. At the time I was enrolled in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University with the hopes of moving into a Masters in Physiotherapy at UBC. I continued with my degree in Kinesiology but with new found focus and inspiration. I completed my degree in Kinesiology and obtained my registration with BC Parks & Recreation Association as a Group Fitness Leader and Personal Trainer. I’ve since acquired my Trainer of Fitness Leader status which enables me to help train other up and coming fitness leaders in BC.
For the past 15 years I’ve been fortunate to work in the fitness industry. I’ve been blessed to help others find their love of movement & developing programs for people of all ages and abilities. I’ve helped hundreds of people learn to run, improve their fitness, lose weight and most importantly feel fit & confident.
My personal journey to health & fitness continues to be a winding road. I’ve gained and lost over 50+ pounds with each beautiful baby I brought into this world. I’ve re-learned to run more than a few times, pushed my personal perceived limits with running and sweat a tonne. And while I haven’t loved every minute of it (let’s be honest, it’s hard work!) I have found a way to enjoy doing it. Whether it’s the accomplishment of completing my first 1/2 marathon post babies or reclaiming my “body after baby” I’ve found a way to feel fit & confident (again).
What does that mean? She’s an advocate, a cheer leader & a champion of body positivity. She believes in health at every size and that our bodies are more than just an ornament. She believes that your body is a vehicle to your dreams. Find out more: Body Image Movement.
As an ambassador Gillian is working to transform the relationship women have with food & fitness from one that is fueled by negativity & hatred to one that is inspired by acceptance, love & respect. She is doing this one on one and in groups through her work as a Coach and Personal Trainer. She is also doing this by spearheading a shift in the traditional fitness paradigm by informing, educating & inspiring fitness professionals to change the way they engage with their clients.