It's officially been a week and a half since the tragic fire that struck my home away from home, Victoria Park wellness center. Victoria Park is home to Victoria Park Fitness Center, Vic Spin, classes like Barre, Reformer, Yoga and more, Vic Park Medi Spa, Vic Park Beauty, Lavendria Restaurant, Park Restaurant and Sous Chef. It is also home to over 600 loyal (and rather addicted may I add) members. We're all going through the withdrawal and tragedy together, so Vic Fam, this one is for you! First off, I haven't had clear thoughts to speak out about the fire. As an ambassador to the brand, the fam & the sweat we leave there daily, I decided it's about time I speak up about how I feel, how I can help any of my fam get through this and what our plans are moving forward... but first lets start with the rout of the love.
Here is a little truth about my time at Vic Park with my fitness trainer, mentor and friend Drea Wheeler. To the scale, I've lost 10 pound (and probably gained another 10 in muscle) since I started training with Drea back in February of this year. To the mirror, I've grown muscles in places I didnt know existed (and sweat there too trust me!). To the outside eye, I look like a crazy spin and bodylicious nut who trains every day and doesnt shut up about how amazing this place is. To my Vic Park fam, just another regular. And finally to myself, a happy, well rounded, balanced being who sees the positivity in healthy addiction, managing stress levels and someone who has grown a family she never knew. This place has changed my entire life, mentally and physically, one class at a time.
But it's not about the numbers on the scale or the way anyone sees me. It's about how I feel. Of course there will always be that gang of you who are ready to join VP because I just said I lost weight, and thats totally cool and your perogative, but personally I'm all about the happiness. The joy and the feeling inside and out. Confidence. What ever yours is and where ever it comes from. Its always been something Ive struggled with and it may always be, but if you find something that can better that in anyway, dont give it up. My life is changing with this confidence in who I am. Forget about in how I work or look but those parts add to how you feel. This is seriously thanks to Drea. My life changed, and most recently with all of my sharing, snapping, and story telling I've been getting more messages than ever on how I've changed others as well. This is my reason for what I do. So thank you!
Now lets talk about this past week. My balance was all off. I was sad, agitated and uncertain of a lot of things. I realized that the chemical imbalance in your body when your endorphins drop, your social fulfilment and your tribe like vibe disappear is life altering. Ask anyone close to me.... it was a tough past week and a half. Thankfully the past two days Drea has been hosting pop up bodylicious classes and FINALLY the new locations are out for all of us addicts to save our mental and physical selves.
Here is the list of where classes will be taking place until further notice - and can we just mention that in less than two weeks this amazing team found everyone substitute locations!
The fire hit a little too close to home, but the Vic Park team has been working around the clock to make sure they are back and running as soon as possible. Just take a drive by the spot on Victoria Ave and see how many workers are dedicated to speeding up this recovery process (active recovery anyone!?). It wont be until after the holidays (sorry to say) but they have done an incredible job of doing pop up classes, live streaming work out vids (you may have seen us winding and grinding on Facebook live the past two nights), and getting you the best possible support they can in this time. New locations have officially been confirmed as mentioned above for their temp homes until the VP 2.0 is ready for action. They are letting anyone who feels the need to suspend without a fee, they are giving us all one month free, and more little perks are headed our way in the following months. Vic Park is a family, and no matter the struggle you dont leave your family when its down. This is #VICSTRONG.
If anyone has questions, needs some guidance or a little motivation during this entire process, it would be my pleasure to support in any way or direct you to the right person. I will see you on the spin bikes, the dance floors or anywhere Drea will teach and most importantly, stay active, stay united and stay strong tribe.
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