Welcome to Fitness Cheerleader!

Thank you for stumbling onto my blog. I’m Janice, and I live near Toronto, ON Canada in a little town called Milton.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University in Toronto.  I’m also a full time working mom to three adorable little girls (ages 9, 7 and 4) who loves running, and I really hope to qualify for Boston one day. 

When it comes to fitness blogging, I’m a little different.  I don’t believe that you need to have a “beach-ready body” in order to be your best. I spent years watching my food intake, stepping on a scale three times a day, and working out twice a day.  All that ever did to me was damage my self-esteem and my metabolism.  One day I threw out the scale and that’s when I started to become happier.  I now believe that true fitness is finding self-acceptance and that balance between being active, eating nutritious, healthy foods and enjoying life.

 That’s what this blog is about – motivating myself and anyone who stops by here to:

Live active * Eat healthy * Enjoy life.

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I believe in goal setting and planning:

Every Monday, along with my co-host Running Rachel, I post a #MotivateMe link up for us to share our meal and training plans.  #MotivateME Monday is for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.  You can find the latest post to link up here: http://fitnesscheerleader.com/category/motivateme/

The rules are very simple:

  1. Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up.  All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.
  2. Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.
  3. In your post, please mention that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts, Janice – Fitness Cheerleader at FitnessCheerleader.com, & Running Rachel at RunningRachel.com
  4. Read what the other linkers, are sharing.  Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other.  The more you support, the more support you will get back.

A weekly linkup on Mondays for you to share your weekly fitness plans and meal plans #MotivateMe http://www.fitnesscheerleader.com

I LOVE to run, but I’m also a triathlete!

When it comes to being active, running is my exercise soul-mate. Before I had kids I ran quite a bit but then I got away from it for five LONG years. I suffered from post-partum depression after I had my first daughter, Sierra, and didn’t manage to get rid of my “cloudy” brain until I finally returned to running four years ago while I was pregnant with my third daughter. Last year I volunteered on the board for the Ontario Women’s Triathlon (OWT), a local women’s only triathlon that raises money for Girls Inc., geared towards first time female triathletes. My involvement with the OWT caused the triathlon bug to bite me hard! These days you can find me open water swimming, cycling and strength training in addition to running, though I still need a really good run to clear my head, and I hope that never changes.  This year (2015), I’m trying to balance parenting, work, blogging with training for Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, a half-Ironman distance triathlon with a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle on a very hilly and challenging course, followed by a 13.1 mile (half marathon) run.

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This is my family:

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 Sierra 9, Amber 4, and Brooke 7

I married my University sweetheart in a beautiful garden in Vegas (10 years ago!) and we now have THREE amazing daughters. Sierra is 9, Brooke is 7 and my youngest, Amber is 4. My hubby and I love being active with them and teaching them about healthy living. These little apples didn’t fall far from the tree, they’re all very athletic just like us. Sierra and Brooke play ice hockey, field hockey, soccer and softball. They also swim like fish. “Baby” Amber also loves the water through swimming lessons and is also involved in gymnastics classes.

Future goals:

I’m a goal-oriented person, so I thrive on setting goals and creating plans to reach them as it helps me to live active. I’m currently training for a really big 2015 which I hope will include:

  • Around the Bay 30k
  • Ironman 70.3 Muskoka
  • Two sprint distance triathlons
  • An obstacle race with my friends… Warrior dash?
  • A fun run with my daughters
  • And finally to end the year I hope to qualify for the Boston Marathon!

I blog all about my training, specifically in my weekly #MotivateMe Monday posts, so I hope that you consider subscribing to follow along.

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