JUNE 2018

ELLE (Canada) - - Letter From The Editor - Vanessa Craft Edi­tor-in-Chief Fol­low me on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter @vanes­sacraft. What do you want to see in the magazine? We want to know! Tell us at edi­[email protected] or #Tel­lELLECanada.

THIS SPRING, af­ter spend­ing far too many months in fit­ness hi­ber­na­tion than I care to pub­licly ad­mit, I emerged from my cave of Net­flix and Uber Eats to head back to the gym. My sloth­dom mas­querad­ing as self-care had run its course. I have to ad­mit that this is­sue of ELLE Canada was part of the prompt for my shift: It felt in­con­gru­ous to be plan­ning fit­ness sto­ries with the team when my ac­tiv­ity tracker was at the “I don’t know her” phase of our relationship.

Now that I’m back in the (sore-mus­cle) sad­dle and work­ing out reg­u­larly, I re­al­ize that the gym serves as a metaphor for life. There are no short­cuts. Whether it’s get­ting a six-pack or sav­ing the world, no achieve­ment hap­pens overnight and reach­ing an am­bi­tious goal re­quires work—lots of it. You can’t rush progress. Growth takes time. (So does a six-pack.) Also: Your mind­set de­ter­mines your suc­cess. At the gym, I’m try­ing to stop my­self from yelling things at my trainer like “I can’t do this!” or “Nope—that’s im­pos­si­ble!” (spare a thought for any­one work­ing out near me) be­cause stud­ies show that the way you think can sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect what you ac­com­plish (see “Head Strong” on page 74). The be­lief that things are dif­fi­cult is of­ten il­lu­sory—it’s your mind play­ing tricks on you. And, much to my sur­prise, I have dis­cov­ered that I ac­tu­ally can do those last five squats—go fig­ure. When you’re stressed or tired, it’s even eas­ier for neg­a­tive think­ing to creep in and de­rail your dreams. You wouldn’t let a friend talk to her­self that way, so you shouldn’t let your­self ei­ther.

Fi­nally: Kiss your com­fort zone good­bye. One of my favourite quotes is about mov­ing beyond what you know and into the un­known: “The shell must break be­fore the bird can fly.” It re­minds me of how re­ward­ing it is when you get to the other side of a dif­fi­cult chal­lenge. Dis­cov­er­ing what you’re truly ca­pa­ble of takes guts, but imag­ine how high you might be able to soar.

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