Hélène Sinclair

Name: Hélène Sinclair

I'm part of: Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute

#1 Health Goal: Live a balanced healthy life - mind/body/spirit. 

Biggest Challenge: I was faced with many difficult life events (divorce, death, bankruptcy) in a short period of time which made emotional eating a source of comfort. I gained weight and was faced with having to take medication to control my health issues (depression, anxiety/stress, high blood pressure). With a family history of depression, heart disease, stroke and cancer, I knew I had to make a change. 

Biggest Accomplishment: 

(BODY) Losing the weight (I have lost 25lbs and no longer in the obese category of the BMI scale), getting off blood pressure medication and using physical activity as a way to deal with my anxiety/stress and depression. I enjoy walking and working out on average at least 5 days a week. 

(MIND/SPIRIT) I overcame the negative experiences in my life by seeking support through online groups with similar issues, read self-help books, and attended many workshops/conferences. In my journey to healing my SELF, I am now inspired to become a life/health coach to help others facing similar life events or experiences live THEIR best lives!

I will continue to Live Right Now by: 
Journaling daily - When I blog, it's not just about what I eat, or my activity minutes, it's about what is going on in my life on any given day. I have found that doing this keeps me in check and balanced. Doing the blog amidst like minded individuals provides me with ongoing day to day support and let's me know I'm never alone, and actually helping others by sharing my insights and experiences.

Beginning each day by reading and practicing positive affirmations and meditations. 

Personal Tip for Canadians: As one of my favorite author quotes states, "With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson"  Make the most of your TODAY by making the choice to be healthy and active!

I think the biggest lesson learned is that there is no 'time limit' to getting healthy. Setting goals is important, but don't judge according to what your friend did, or what the magazine articles profess you can achieve. There is no magic pill or cure. Everyone is unique and you need to find the formula that will work for you! 

The important thing is to be consistent, be persistent and practice moderation versus deprivation. This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.

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