🏳️‍🌈FITNESS.NATURE.MAV.KIK @shannongarrettfitness

⛰Mountain & Forest dweller🌲
🏋🏻‍♀️Fitness Instructor @o2.wellness
🏳️‍🌈Married @cheryl_foster_
🐕Mom x 2
🌄Nature is therapy
🇨🇦Halifax

1,220 posts 1,122 followers 957 following

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Some people may think it’s gross, and others may think it’s manly, but there’s nothing better (in my opinion!) than a good vein after an awesome lift! And really, I don’t care what people think!
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#vein #veins #womenwholift #womenwholiftheavy #strongwoman #goodpump #athleticgirls #athleticwoman #flexfriday💪 #boxingpose #femalefitnessmotivation #strongerthanyesterday #strongathleticwomen #liftingisfun #fitnesswoman #womanfitness #almost40andfit #fitnessinstructor #personaltrainerlife #halifaxpersonaltrainer #o2wellness #whatmakesmesmile

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Welcome to Poop Toss 2019!! When you’re super competitive and make a game out of EVERYTHING!
Premiss: stand as far away from the garbage can as you can and toss!
We’re Always having fun!!
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#pooptoss2019 #pooptoss #supercompetitive #swoosh #nothingbutgarbagecan #donttakeyourselftooseriously #mecompetitive #funtimes #letsdothisshit

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Out for a little nighttime stroll with my little man Kikapu, Maverick, and Wife!

I love a good stroll in the dark- I find them to be a little more relaxing and zen! It’s definitely something I miss when I’m on the mountain...no, I don’t stroll after dusk, not unless I really have to pee!

When is your favourite time of day to walk?!
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#kikapu #eveningstroll #familystroll #relaxingwalk #zen #familytimes #lesbianandherdog #lesbianfamily #walkingwithdogs #movemore #takingadvantage #funtimestogether #goldenretriever #goldenboy #myfirstpup #lovethatboy #thatfacetho

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Cheese Please!

Does anyone else’s pup instinctively know when the cheese is removed from the fridge? They will literally do anything for a slice...which they always get, for doing nothing, because they are so darn cute!

If they ever run away I’ll just stand outside, downwind, with a brick! .
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#cheeseplease #willdoanythingforcheese #addictedtocheese #morecheeseplease #adogandhischeese #mavericktheshepherdmix #happyboy #lovemyboy #shepherdmix #shepherdrottimix

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I had a group of women after class last week ask me what my background was. They were shocked to hear the following... Not that long ago my back was so bad I struggled to put on socks...like legit, for about 3-5 years my back was so bad it hurt to pat the boys, put on shoes (I own a variety of shoe horns!), bending over was insane, I couldn’t pick things up from the ground, a Burpee??! Nope, never! I was actually in sever and chronic pain all the time. I joke now, but my life was miserable. When I would be putting my nephews into their crib I would go as low as I could and then drop them in! It was that bad!

I started doing hot yoga which really helped, and then started modifying all the moves I couldn’t do before- i.e., for a Burpee I would use a step with a shit-ton of risers to bring the ground to me; little-by-little I could remove risers until I could do them on my own (although for true transparency I still can’t do a Burpee with my hands flat on the ground- I need to do them on my finger tips)! All this to say we all start somewhere, and change is possible! I was consistent with doing yoga and my stretches even though I hated them, because I could (slowly) see how it was helping.
Maybe you don’t have a bad back; maybe your flexibility is great; maybe you don’t have any limitations, but if you do, don’t be afraid/scared to start doing something that will help you now. Don’t get to the point where you’re dropping your baby nephews into their crib, or your health is so bad there is no reversal. Act now!
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#strongcore #progress #progressoverperfection #startsomewhere #doitforyou #selfcare #yourhealthmatters #modify #consistencyiskey #consistencyovertime #dontquit #stopstartingover #lookafteryourself #youmatter #yourhealthmattersmost #thetimeisnow #nowisyourtime #hardworkpaysoffs #girlpower #resultsnotresolutions #coreworkout #strongwoman #healthylifestyles

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During the week I think of new moves for my classes and write them down. On the weekend I perform them to see if they flow/make sense! These are a few of my favourite moves from this week’s brainstorm! I think my crew will equally like them!

I love practicing and coming up with moves!
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#practicing #instructorlife #fitnessinstructor #cardiofordays #fullbodyworkout #personaltrainers #halifaxpersonaltrainer #halifaxpride #lesbianpersonaltrainer #totalbodyworkout #saturdaymorningsweat #funinthegym #newmoves #heartratetraining #coreworkout #hiitworkouts #timetomove #timetoplay #goodtimes😊 #fitnessfun #fitfun #agilitytraining #plyotraining #plyometricstraining #fullbodycardio #speedandagility #speedandagilitytraining #powertraining #powerdrills #explosivetraining

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Working on some new-to-me-moves for an upcoming tryout/opportunity! I know these moves aren’t new, but I’m doing them with kettlebells for the first time- I think they’ll get the ‘ol heart rate up!

I love practicing and coming up with moves!
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#practicing #instructorlife #fitnessinstructor #kettlebellworkout #fullbodyworkout #bootyisonfire #lit #personaltrainers #alwaysgrowing #halifaxpersonaltrainer #halifaxpride #lesbianpersonaltrainer #totalbodyworkout #saturdaymorningsweat #funinthegym #newmoves #heartratetraining #coreworkout #womenwholiftheavy #hiitworkouts #timetomove #timetoplay #goodtimes😊 #fitnessfun #fitfun

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I hate getting my hair cut. Well that’s not entirely true...I enjoy getting it cut but HATE going to salons. I feel so uncomfortable and out of place. The women working there all seem so put together- their hair is done, their clothes are stylish, and they wear makeup...the polar opposite of me. I wear my hair in a ponytail, wear athletic clothes all the time, and never wear makeup. The lights are so bright and in your face they make me look super old, tired, and haggard...which is apparently how I look lol!

I always wait until I get to the point of wanting to shave my head before I dreadfully make my appointment and go. Well I broke yesterday and went to a new place and a new stylist...I left feeling really happy and actually enjoying what she did to my hair! I had a great experience, felt welcomed, and will definitely be going back!

I feel like I can go and do anything athletic- teach a class, play a sport, try a class, I can survive outside on a mountain all summer; I thrive in those settings, but put me in a ‘straight’ setting and I instantly feel out of place and a bit anxious.
Is there a place you dread going because you feel out of place/uncomfortable? If so, how do you go about working up the nerve to go?
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#freshhaircut #facedmyfears #haircutsforwomen #whosethatgirl #straighthair #anxiety #mentalhealth #newdo #doyourbesteveryday #lesbianlife #canadianlesbian #pride🌈 #lesbianproblems #lesbianinastraightworld #outtaplace #lesbiangirl #lifeofalesbian #uncomfortable #putyourselfoutthere

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I love working out and feeling strong, but this week has been a struggle. I showed up everyday and pushed play, and I’m better and stronger for doing so, but I am soooooo ready for a rest day tomorrow! Mentally and physically I’m tired and checked out. My body hurts and my brain can’t focus on anything. Just one of those weeks- ugh!! Remember: do your best, listen to your body, and do what’s best for you! Make choices you’ll be proud of!
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#strongwomen #showup #betterthanyesterday #doyourbest #doyourbestandforgettherest #selfcare #readyforarestday #strongerthanyesterday #mentallydead #showupforyourself #bestyourself #personaltrainer #halifaxpersonaltrainer #halifaxns #doyourbesteveryday #listentoyourbody #strongereveryday #progresspic #justoneofthoseweeks #ughhhhh

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