One Year and Counting

Heather McIntyre 1 year

I was truly honoured when I was asked last summer to write a blog for Blitz about my fitness journey. At that point it had been six months since I first walked through the doors, pledged change for myself, and asked for help in both accomplishing and sustaining it. Now, nearly a year to the day of my first workout at Blitz with Brett, I’m starting a more consistent blogging routine. To be thought of for the Influencer program is, again, an honour and I simply hope you enjoy reading about my journey as I keep forging ahead.

I’ve been told my story is an inspirational one and if I can inspire even one person to accomplish something they’ve been thinking about doing for themselves, it’s more than I can ask for. Because if I can have success on a fitness journey, anyone can.

My journey started with personal training, then soon included HIIT and running. I didn’t feel like I was good at any of it and everything was always sore. My initial goals had nothing to do with a dress size or running long distances or building visible muscle – I wanted to be healthy emotionally, mentally and physically. And I guess you could say I’ve been successful thus far, as I feel like a different and better person.

Fit-wise, I’ve lost nearly 60lbs and I-don’t-know-how-many inches (though I keep having to buy new pants). I’ve finished two half marathons, and a cold and challenging 25km winter trail run. I can run for two hours without stopping. I can squat shoulder press a 35lb weight.

But I also have off days and slow runs, occasionally sleep in and sometimes take too many breaks during workouts.

I’ve learned a lot over the past year – about myself, my limits and my goals, but mainly that Edmonton’s fitness community is amazing.

On top of Blitz, I join lululemon’s Run Collective most Wednesday nights, and I’m simply thankful the speedsters let me tag along as I’m always bringing up the rear. I also occasionally throw out a verbal and attend November Project Canada, which is an outstanding group of people who welcome anyone interested in free fitness and community building with open arms (and I mean that – the hugs at the hips are endless).

Blitz has my heart though, and is where I work out 4-6 times a week. It’s a place full of people who have changed my life (the list starts with Brett, continues with Chris and just keeps going).

I may have started 2014 with no specific goals in mind, but I have different plans for 2015. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, say hi and tell me about your fitness journey and goals! We can crush this year together.


  1. Heather, you are amazing!

  2. Inspirational you are my dear friend

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