14 year client Jean Auger Crowe
How did fitness first become a part of your life?
I grew up as one of seven children in a very small town in northern Ontario. We were always outside. We also had a summer camp and we played in the water for endless hours. Without realizing it at the time, I learned that being out-of-doors was a wonderful way of “being” for me!
Why did you come to One On One Personal Fitness?
I had been training with another studio for about ten years before reading about One On One in the Impact magazine. I was turning 50 and I was a little bored with the training I had been receiving —I had felt as though I was “just another client” —and so I decided to move on. I liked the sound of One On One’s personal approach and so I made the switch. I have worked with three different trainers at One On One and have found all of them to be very interested in my progress and in my big picture fitness and health status.
What do you do for exercise? How often do you exercise?
My first love is walking and I have been doing it all of my adult life. It is my foundation, but I also love to hike, cross-country ski and cycle and so I will mix up cardio activities depending on the season. I am also a causal recreational runner and every now and then, I decide to prepare a 5k or 10k just to shake things
up a bit. Around the age of 40, I decided that learning to work with weights would be a good idea. My mother had developed osteoporosis and I realized that I could ward it off if I started doing weight work. This was my main motivation for fitting it into my routine.
My ideal fitness week is 3 days cardio, 2 days weights and 2 days core. Some weeks go perfectly and others don’t. For those weeks when I miss a few days, I choose to be positive and acknowledge what I have accomplished rather than berate myself for missing some sessions. For me, it’s not about perfection, but about enjoying moving my body and keeping it healthy and strong.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of fitness for you?
For me, being outside and moving in the sun and the wind is the Creator’s drug! I can be having the most challenging day and when I step outside, it’s like a switch has been flipped. My whole mood alters and my spirit soars. I love to walk along the river or the reservoir and watch the patterns on the water or the leaves change colour in the fall, hear the birds and geese excited about their spring babies, feel the breezes! It’s total freedom! Without exception, I am re-energized and ready to take on the rest of the day. Being outside is what I look forward to most in my day!
What has been your biggest challenge?
Perhaps my biggest fitness challenge was giving up cigarettes. I started to smoke at age 14 and no one objected. My parents smoked and my older siblings smoked. I thought it was something you did when you got to a certain age like learning to drive or wearing makeup, etc. Of course, in no time at all, I was seriously addicted. University and grad school were the worst years when I would sometimes smoke two packs a day. In those days, smoking in public places was accepted including lecture halls and libraries. I just shudder now at the thought! My habit continued for 17 years until my darling son was born. He was my motivation for quitting. It was cold turkey and the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do physically, but I pursued. One of my coping
activities was walking! When a bad craving would hit, I’d put on my runners, pop my son into his snuggly, and off we’d go for a walk. The craving would disappear as I practiced breathing in fresh air slowly always imagining that my lungs were getting cleaner. It took me about a year to feel confident that I had beat smoking. For some time afterwards, I occasionally had dreams that I had cheated and had a cigarette and I felt awful. It was such a relief to wake up and to realize that it was only a dream!
Five years later, I trained for and ran the Honolulu marathon as a celebration and to prove to myself that my lungs were healthy again.
What do you eat to augment your fitness?
I don’t believe in fad diets of any kind. I would describe my diet as Mediterranean —lots of fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, some dairy, nuts, small servings of fish/poultry/meat. I avoid sugar as much as is possible. I eat three meals as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.
As you look ahead, what are your fitness goals now?
My future fitness goals are to maintain what I have established. I hope to be able to do the same one-hour walks at the same speed when I am 95! I’m now 64 and I walk the same speed I did when I was 25 and so I think my goal is quite Reasonable.
If you could give advice to another person that was struggling with their fitness what would that be?
I believe that it’s really important to find an activity that you love. Take some special time to really think about this. Fitness has to be about you—not about someone else’s beliefs about what you should or shouldn’t be doing. Also, I have found focusing on the rewards of fitness keeps me going. For instance, as I’ve said, I really have to push myself to go to the weight room, but when I think about how it improves my cardio activities, it motivates me to go.