Meet Sharon McMillan

50s, Toronto, Ontario

What do we need to know about you?

I'm the person who always sees the glass as half full and I've been that way as long as I can remember. That's probably why I lead the communications and PR department for an education advocacy group in Toronto.

I'm married to my best friend and we have two grown children who constantly light me up! What's important to me are the places we live and how those places enhance our lives. I personally believe our way forward as a world is through conscious living that protects the environment and supports greater more positive connections between people. City living is for me the solution to achieving those goals. Three years ago I put what had only been theory for me into practice by deciding with my husband to make the move and sell our suburban home so that we could purchase a condo in one of the most dynamic cities in the world - Toronto. What a change and what an enormously positive impact this has had on our life, not only in terms of geography, but in terms of our health and our over-all well-being.

We live 2 blocks away from a phenomenal farmers market which we "walk" to several times a week. We live 3 walkable blocks away from our gorgeous lakefront where there are parks and beaches and the best restaurants in the city! We're 2 blocks away from phenomenal live theatres, a local college campus and historic/heritage sites. I could go on and on, but suffice to say we live in one of the most walkable locations in the city and I've lost 40 pounds since moving to our condo by the lake!

Thankfully more people are choosing a city lifestyle and in doing so helping to improve the education, prosperity levels, health and well-being of larger and larger segments of our populations worldwide. I write about the benefits of city living in my passion project - City Living Guide. Say hi to me on Twitter: @CityLivingGuide or Instagram: CityLivingGuide.

Morning Routine

It seems the older I've gotten, the earlier I wake up! By 5 a.m. my eyes flutter open and I get out of bed. I brush my teeth, use my Oil of Olay with shea butter facial soap for a quick and fresh wake-me-up, and then quickly moisturize with a small dab of Aveeno lotion. I pull on my exercise hair band, get into my exercise gear and then leave our city condo for the gym. Our condo actually has its own gym which I used our first year living the 'condo lifestyle.' However, following the completion of a brand new beautiful Family YMCA about half a mile away from our home I decided to try it out. This was a risky move as I had been a member of too many gyms to count over the years and never visited any one of those health clubs more than 5-10 times in a year. But for the first time in my adult life I visit the gym 4-5 times a week...every week. This is a regimen that I have kept for the last 2 years since moving to the city. After my workout, I walk back to the condo and jump in the shower (I like long hot showers as it soothes my muscles and leaves me feeling really good).

Nightly Routine

My nightly routine consists of eating before 6:30 p.m. and then trying my best not to eat anything else for the evening. I'm still working at this as we live a short walkable block away from Starbucks and I love an evening chair latte with almond milk!! My favourite way to destress after a long day at work or at meetings is to wash my face again with my Oil of Olay with shea butter facial soap, moisturize with Aveeno lotion and then grab my favourite book. I may catch some news from a few of the all news networks and then grab my book of the moment. The only time I'm not reading in the evening is if the following is on: Game of Thrones or my favourite Netflix series of the month (The Crown, House of Cards, etc...). Then it's off to bed, usually by 10:30 or 11:00 p.m.

Fitness Routine

I use Fitbit to track my exercise regimen. My daily workout consists of 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer, followed by 15 minutes of core exercises which includes superman - 30 reps (each side), followed by side planks (count to 30 on each side). My workout concludes with a walk back to our condo (about 1500 steps).

When it comes to eating...

Keto, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting. After decades of trying many different types of diets the absolute best plan for me has ended up being a conscious, carb reduced diet. I've also eliminated bread as I've discovered that I'm gluten intolerant. I feel so much better since cutting bread from my menu.

Where do you draw inspiration?

All over - I actually pick some of the best tips from friends on Facebook! I like personal recommendations that are current and based on sound science.

Where can we find you online?

You can find me at City Living Guide. Say hi to me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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