April Allen ~ Campbell River, BC
My name is April, and I am so honoured to have been chosen as an Ambassador for the Spring 2021 Journey. This will be my 14th journey with Healthy Role Models and my fourth time as an Ambassador. This community has been a huge part of my life for the past 6.5 years, and I couldn’t imagine not being a part of it. I have transformed physically, but more importantly mentally.
When I found Healthy Role Models back in 2014, I was a new mom and looking for something to kick-start myself back into a healthy lifestyle. I was tired, lacked patience, and in general sad about the way I felt. I am so grateful that what I found in HRM was so much more than just workouts! I found a community full of strong, supportive, empowering women and a place where I felt I belonged. Since that time, I have had a few more big life changes, but throughout it all, HRM has been a consistent piece of my life.
I have a medical condition which causes me lower back pain and stiffness that I deal with to a degree every day. Though I am unable to do some of the things that I used to (high impact exercises), I know that there is always something I CAN do. And that is what I focus on. One of the best things for my condition is to MOVE, so that’s what I do.
I enjoy living an active lifestyle and encouraging others to join me. During this pandemic, we have had to adapt to many changes. One of those is working out ‘virtually’ with other HRMs. I have learned to embrace new things like working out over Zoom, and I LOVE IT! It has been amazing to still have connections with other women working towards their goals. It gives me the social connection that is lacking for so many right now.
Healthy Role Models has helped me in so many ways. It has helped me build strong foundations in many areas – strength, nutrition, mindset, social connection. My advice for anyone reading this is to lean in, have fun, learn, grow, and embrace challenges. You will come out stronger on the other side. If you’re ready to take your health to the next level, LET’S DO THIS! I’m here cheering you on; don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know how I can help!!