TSC: Who are you? Name? Age? Where do you live? Married/kids? Occupation?
MS: Hi! I’m Mia, I’m 25 (eckk), I live in Calgary with my husband (it’s still weird calling him that) & run my blog, the wellth. I’m still working on my certification to become a Natural Nutritionist, but I’m LOVING sharing my knowledge with my community (near & far) & learning from SO many other knowledgeable wellness bloggers & fitness enthusiasts! Why the (well)th? Well, for one, I love a good pun! But real talk, I wanted a platform to help education people on the importance of self-responsibility & awareness of personal well-being. I believe that wellness, or what I like to call wellth, is a self-directed experience that brings focus & attention back to out individual holistic needs, empowering us to create & cultivate a good life though the use of vibrant unprocessed food, movement & mindfulness. I believe everyone has the power to rewrite their wellness story, & I want to be part of that inspiring process!
TSC: When did fitness first become a part of your life? Have you always been an athlete? Did you start working out as an adult? Did you workout earlier in life and start up again? If so, what and why?
MS: Fitness really became a big part of my life when I was in high school. I took to running & trained for a half marathon. I LOVED the runners high but after I completed my first (& only) half, I realized just how hard it can be on the body. From there I got into HIIT, functional fitness, & spin! I worked at lululemon for about 4 years through university, & was so fortunate to be involved in such a health & wellness focused company! They are really community focused & encourage employees to get out & sweat, & make a date out of it! During my time at lulu I set a BHAG, 365 days of sweat. Yes, I sweat everyday for a YEAR! It was an amazing challenge for me & during that time I realized just how important movement was, not just for my physical health, but for my mental well-being as well! I also met my husband through lulu since he & his brother own a boutique fitness studio in Calgary, so it’s hard to escape the fitness world. But that’s fine by me! This year I’m training for my first Olympic distance triathlon, so I’m excited & terrified about training for that! I’ll keep you posted on how that turns out!
TSC: What is your current workout routine? How many days a week/hours a day do you workout? What types of workouts do you do? All one type or switch it up?
MS: Currently I work out everyday, 7 days a week, with each workout lasting approximately 1-1.5hrs. Like I said, it’s as much mental for me as it is physical. I ALWAYS workout in the morning, between 6 & 7am. It’s the best way to get the day started! I also find that I’m more motivated in the morning, so if I have to wait till the evening to workout, it’s a serious STRUGGLE! I’ll do a couple classes a week, usually HIIT/functional fitness, at my husbands gym, or I’ll mix in a boxing or spin class. The other 5 days I strength train, incorporating a mix of lower body, upper body, totally body & core, for a good balance! I usually train with a girlfriend for that extra motivation & to get those healthy competitive juices flowin’. But since I’ll be training for a tri this summer, I’ll likely have to start incorporating a little more cardio, running & cycling, & a morning swim! I still need to workout what that looks like. If any readers have advice, hit me up & share the wellth!
TSC: How do you prioritize fitness and wellness in your (busy) life?
MS: Honestly, fitness, health, & overall wellness is SO fundamentally important to me! I prioritize it because it’s something that I place so much value on. I’m a better person when I invest a little in myself, whether that means sourcing local whole foods to have on hand for meals during the week, getting a good sweat on, indulging in a little self-care, etc. It’s not selfish, but necessary so that I can be the best version of me. I know a lot of people are ‘busy’ (man I hate that word), but I really believe that regardless of how many things you’ve got going on, you shouldn’t compromise you well-being. Start small & make a routine out of it. As you start to get more comfortable with living a wellthy lifestyle, it will start to feel less of a task or something you to do, & more of a healthy hobby that you enjoy & will enhance your life.
TSC: Why is working out/fitness important to you and your lifestyle?
MS: I need to move! I’m a busy body to begin with & seriously struggle sitting still. Whether it’s a class, weights, yoga, or meditation, each style of activity provides me with a different takeaway. And I’ll switch up my activity depending on what my body needs! So as important as it is to MOVE, its equally as important to bring awareness to what that bod needs! Yes, I LOVE pushing myself, but I’m working on finding a balance that works for me. It’s not easy, but rather than taking a ‘rest’ day, I enjoy active recovery like swimming, walking, hiking, hatha yoga, etc. Find what works for you & OWN IT!
TSC: What other aspects of healthy living do your incorporate in your life? Wellness? Sleep routines? Meal prep? Favorite healthy places to eat out/recipes readers should try?
MS: I am Whole Foods OBSESSED! But I live in a city that doesn’t have a whole foods (tragic)! Nevertheless, I LOVE shopping at local farmer’s markets & health food stores, wandering down isles, scoping out new products & reading food labels (nerdy, I know). After a whole food haul (which you can watch on my Instagram stories), I’ll usually do some prep for the week. I LOVE roasting veg (particularly sweet potato & beet chips) & prepping healthy snacks like chia pudding & muffins with added veg (trust me, you can’t even taste it).
I’m a morning person, so I’m up by 5:30 & out the door heading to the gym for 6:15. That means I’m usually in bed by 9 … Not asleep at that time, but I’ll unwide with a book, tv show, or work on the blog (which I consider relaxing).
Ok, favourite places to eat … First I’ll give you my favourite spots in the states, then Canada. I LOVE sweet green (salad obsessed). I love that I can build my own & that they have wild fish & generous servings of avocado! I also like True Foods Kitchen & anywhere that serves avocado toast! If you ever visit Calgary, you HAVE to go to The Light Cellar! They have a KILLER elixir bar & make their own krauts, cheese, chocolate, crackers … it’s a superfood haven! They also put on classes so you can learn some of their secrets & make your favs at home! To be honest though, I love cooking at home & making food that I can share with my community (aka through my blog & Instagram). Sometimes it ends up a flop, but I share all my goods at www.thewellth.com. I hope you all have a chance to stop by & test out some of my creations!
TSC: If you could share one thing with readers of The Sweat Chronicles what would it be?
MS: Just like some of you, my own vision of health & wellness is continually evolving. We are our own personal gurus, so learning how to bring awareness to our body & mind is essential to the process of living in wellth. I believe that with every new experience come an opportunity to lean, grow, refine & live a more whole, authentic, & balanced life. It takes commitment & the journey isn’t always easy, but if you choose to embrace the struggle, welcome the personal development & surround yourself with a tribe of supportive people, you can absolutely live your most wellthy life.