A cou­ple who cross-fits to­gether...

Home To Win’s San­gita Patel on meet­ing the love of her life

Richmond Hill Post - - Currents | How They Met -

San­gita Patel, host of HGTV Canada’s Home To Win, has been grac­ing tele­vi­sion screens across the city as an en­ter­tain­ment re­porter for ET Canada for five years. Known for her en­vi­ous bf­fre­la­tion­ship with Dwayne John­son (a.k.a. the Rock), she is also crazy about CrossFit — a fit­ness ob­ses­sion she shares with her hus­band Samir (Sam) Patel who is chief of ra­di­ol­ogy at Guelph Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Here, San­gita lets us in on the love story be­hind their marriage.

How they met

We met in Toronto. Sam was vis­it­ing from Cal­gary, and my friends and I were out for the night. My friends met his friends, and we all hit it off, but Sam and I re­ally hit it off!

The first date

Our first date was a walk, where we got to know each other. He was leav­ing for Cal­gary in a few days, and so we just spent time to­gether. We en­joyed each other’s com­pany, and there was a lot of spark. It was some­thing spe­cial.

The courtship

We dated for al­most a year, which meant we got to know each other men­tally and built a great re­la­tion­ship core. I just remember his smile. Since he was go­ing back to Cal­gary, every mo­ment we had was mem­o­rable.

The pro­posal

I had just grad­u­ated uni­ver­sity, and Sam planned a trip for us to go to the Ba­hamas. We had an in­cred­i­ble din­ner and then went for a walk on the beach. As I was com­plain­ing about the bugs, he got down on his knee. I don’t remember what he said, but I do remember that he had sewn the ring in his pocket! It was amaz­ing. But the best part was that Sam asked my fam­ily for their bless­ing be­fore­hand, and no one even hinted it was go­ing to hap­pen! It was a beau­ti­ful sur­prise.

The wed­ding

We got mar­ried in Toronto, with about 100 peo­ple from Cal­gary, plus fam­ily from Eng­land and In­dia. In to­tal, we had 375 peo­ple at our wed­ding.

The hon­ey­moon

Our hon­ey­moon was in Tahiti and at dif­fer­ent is­lands, in­clud­ing Bora Bora — it was heaven. We can’t wait to go back one day.

The kids

We have two in­cred­i­ble girls — Ava, 10, and Shyla, 8.

Bal­anc­ing ca­reers and marriage

We work so well to­gether. Sam is an in­cred­i­ble dad who keeps me up to date with what is hap­pen­ing at school. My job in­volves a lot of trav­el­ling, so he’s on top of it all. He’s my best friend, the love of my life, and we al­ways find ways to make it work for the fam­ily.

Shared hob­bies

CrossFit, work­ing out as a fam­ily, va­ca­tions, eat­ing, hik­ing, watch­ing movies and play­ing with the kids.

Se­cret of suc­cess

Lis­ten to each other. Take time for each other. Be there for each other, and remember to have your own lives.

Life af­ter re­tire­ment

We hope we will con­tinue to go on jour­neys to­gether and travel the world. We hope to live life to the fullest and, of course, con­tinue to be there for our kids every step of the way. Catch Home To Win, on HGTV Canada, Sun­day nights at 10 p.m., and ET Canada on Global, week­nights at 7:30 p.m.

Patel first met her hus­band in Toronto while he was vis­it­ing from Cal­gary

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