Thursday, July 7, 2011

Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat

Today's post is a feature on my friend and fellow fitness instructor, Angela Simpson. I asked her about her amazing blog Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat. After reading this, please check it out!

Your blog is amazing Angela. It looks like it`s a magazine. Can  you briefly describe your blog?

Thank you! My blog is about the things I’m passionate about – wholesome, healthy food, fitness, and living a balanced, healthy lifestyle. I’m also really big on goal setting, so my monthly goals, as well as long term ones are discussed on my blog. It’s amazing how posting them for all the world to see makes me that much more accountable!

Have you always been interested in food and fitness?

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in food, but it hasn’t always been healthy food! When I was 13, my family moved to the Middle East and due to a number of things – culture shock, missing home, not having my usual brands available, being less active, etc – I gained a ton of weight.

Eventually I realized that I wasn’t happy with the way I looked, and decided to do something about it. I joined a Weight Watchers-esque type group and learned about how to make recipes healthier. My mum isn’t really into cooking at all, so most of the cooking skills I have were developed through my own kitchen experiments.

While I was learning to cook, I also realized that the weight dropped off a lot faster when I was active. I began running a few times a week, and played golf almost daily. My parents also bought an elliptical trainer, and I jumped on that thing religiously for at least half an hour before going to school each morning. When I realized how great eating well and working out made me feel, I didn’t want to stop.

I moved back to Canada in 2006 to attend university, where I joined the varsity cross country team, made tons of friends, and became a better runner in the process. My enthusiasm for fitness kept growing, and I became a certified group exercise instructor in 2008. It’s only a part time job, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything!

When did you start this blog?

April 2010.

What inspired you to start this blog?

My reason for starting Eat Spin Run Repeat goes back to when I used to bring in healthy recipes each week to my group cycling classes. I’d print them off on small cards for them, and give them a new one every Wednesday. Eventually this got expensive, so I decided that posting them online would be a much better method. Back then I had no idea my blog would turn into what it is today! I still post a new Recipe of the Week every Wednesday morning, but there’s a whole lot more going now on than just recipes!

I like the name Eat Spin Run Repeat. How did you come up with that name?

I had no idea what to call my blog at first, so I started thinking about the things I love – food, fitness, teaching spin classes, running…. Soon it occurred to me that those are things I do daily, so I rolled a few of the words together and that was it!

What is your favourite Eat Spin Run Repeat post and why?

Hmmmm.. that’s a tough one. Can I pick 2? The post Now that I’m 22 was one I wrote last summer around my birthday, and although it’s a more serious post than my usual ones, I think it does a good job of summing up what I’ve learned over the years – not just about food and fitness, but about life in general.

My other favourite is called 2011, Here I Come, and it’s a summary of my goals for 2011. Like I said, I’m crazy enthusiastic about goal setting, and for the past 2 years I’ve been creating vision boards (yes, inspired by Lululemon) to define what I want to achieve for the year.

Every month, the goals I make for myself are set with the purpose of getting closer to achieving the longer term ones that are on my vision board. I’m currently in the process of reassessing them since it’s already half way through the year (by the way, how scary is that?!) and I might make some adjustments based on what’s happened during the first 6 months.

I like this post because at the same time, a lot of my other blogger friends were also creating their own vision boards for the year, and I find it really encouraging to know that other people are working towards the same things as me.

How long does it take you to create a post and work on your website? I know you have a full time job so I don`t know how you do it all!

It’s weird, sometimes the posts that I think will be quick end up taking forever to write, and the ones that I think will take longer are written in twenty minutes! On average, I’d say around 45 minutes by the time I get all the photos edited and stuck in the right places. It’s a lot of time, but I’m a firm believer that when you find something you love to do, you make time for it!

Who are some of your favourite bloggers?

Ooh there are many! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of bloggers that live near me on several occasions, so I’m a loyal reader of blogs like Oh She Glows and The Great Balancing Act. Other daily reads include Healthy Tipping Point, Carrots n Cake, Peas and Thank You, The New Healthy, Can You Stay for Dinner, and The Fitnessista.

What do you aspire to achieve in your life and with this blog?

Wow, another good one! In life, I think I strive to achieve a balance in all areas that are important to me – personal, family, career, fitness, spirituality, and friends. Time is so valuable and to be balanced and content in all of these different aspects of life is something I’m constantly striving towards. As far as my blog… well, for now, it’s a hobby. I’d absolutely love for it to grow into something more, and to be able to incorporate blogging, healthy eating, and fitness into a career. I’m not 100% sure as to what that career will be yet - I suppose only time will tell!

Is there anything else you want your readers to know about you?

I’m always happy to help them in whatever ways that I can! Whether it’s a recipe that they need, a workout, or advice on something I can speak from experience on such as becoming a fitness instructor, losing weight, running, or nutrition, I’ll always do my best to answer. I’d still write posts even if nobody read my blog, but readers make it so much more fun!

Is there you would you say to those out there who are thinking of starting to lead a more healthy and balanced life?

I think taking it one step at a time is a pretty good piece of advice. Nobody should expect themselves to be perfect overnight, or ever! Everyone makes mistakes and has their own struggles, but I think that being able to acknowledge when that happens, do something about it, and get back on track with healthy habits is the sign of a well-balanced person.

Check out Angela's website for tasty and healthy recipes such as this Spiced French Toast!


  1. Great interview! I love Angela's blog. She has the best recipes and it encourages me to eat healthier :)

  2. Thanks SLH! Angela certainly encourages me eat healthier as if only she was around right now to make me some of that Spiced French Toast....