It is funny how life happens sometimes. A conversation begins, it alters your thought patterns and your life is changed forever. I was very fortunate to have met Cam MacDougall back in 2008 at BCIT. We didn’t know it then, but it would be the beginning to the biggest challenge and longest adventure in our lives. We didn’t stay all that connected after BCIT, and it wasn’t until fitness and the decision for me to make my health a priority that we began speaking the same language, and found our priorities very much in line with one another.
This journey began in the summer of 2016 when Cam helped me out with some meal planning and training to allow me to get a sense of what feeling good actually felt like. It was then I knew I was hooked, but didn’t know how to maintain it. I struggled through the winter of 2016/17 and fell back into my old ways. I became depressed and started eating poorly, drinking more than I should and ended up putting on all of the weight I had worked so hard to lose the summer before back on. As the snow melted, and I started getting back on my bike more and more, I realized how crappy I felt and how much of a struggle it was compared to the summer previous. I knew it was time to make a change and become the me that I knew I could be.
Cam and I went for a hike, and started talking about our future plans, what our ambitions were, what we struggled with in the past and wanted to figure out a way we could leverage that to improve our lives for the better while having an impact on others to open up their minds to the limitless opportunities they have ahead of them and how to make intentional decisions to get them to where they truly want to be.
I told Cam I wanted to ride my bike more, eat healthy and exercise as much as possible because I knew when I was doing those three things I am my best me and feel truly fulfilled in life. I didn’t know if this was going to work, I had an uphill battle. I needed to get the buy in from my family, my friends and make sure this was all possible while still running a successful business throughout all of this. Me being me, and always looking for the next shiny object or a quick fix, there was a lot of doubt that I would even start this, nevermind be able to complete it.
I doubted myself in the beginning as well because I wasn’t even sure I would be able to do this. We announced to the world that we were taking this on with no real idea of how to make it happen. This was the scariest and best decision of my life. And it worked. My mindset, my drive and my passion for life again has taken on a whole new meaning that I didn’t think was possible before. My health has improved, I see a shift in those around me as well making different decisions in their lives to better themselves, it is an incredible thing. Making the switch in the mind is a powerful thing, and the ripples it has is truly amazing.
We are still in the early stages of this whole thing, but the excitement I have for the months ahead is something I have never really felt before and have a hard time describing, as it is something I am all in on because I know how much it means to myself, my family and those who are cheering me on to make this happen.
Thank you for your support through this journey. It is going to be an incredible one.