NEM Leader Transformation Winner: Danielle Woodring of Chicago!
Congratulations Danielle! We are proud to have you as our leader in Chicago!
Here is her incredible story:
I have always been active. I always considered myself an athlete. But that didn’t mean I was healthy. From dance as a child, to cross country in high school, and even rowing in college, I hadn’t been in a “healthy BMI” since middle school.
My whole life was a struggle with weight because I wanted to “look hot and feel sexy”. But then I had my son, Luke, and learned that I actually wanted to “live long and be healthy”. THAT’S when the weight dropped.
My son was the motivation to get my 10,000 steps in and hit the gym even when I was tired and to track every single bite I put in my mouth for a year. Within 8 months I dropped the 40 pounds I gained during pregnancy and ANOTHER 35 pounds on top of that. I also built enough muscle to run a Spartan Super race (10 miles plus tough obstacles) by the time my son turned 1
February 2016 we found out we were pregnant with our second child. I continued to workout and eat healthy, and couldn’t believe how much better this pregnancy went compared to the first.
Around the same time I entered my third trimester, though, life seemed to start falling apart:
I began having trouble working out because of the baby’s position with her head in my pelvis.
My son turned 2, and with that came many new changes in his behavior. A few weeks later, my young brother-in-law tragically passed away. One month after that I was diagnosed with peri-natal anxiety, and was put on medication
Once my daughter was born, we started the difficult transition to life with two kids. I was overwhelmed at every turn, diagnosed with post-partum depression, and began therapy. Taking care of my health moved to the back burner. Once I was cleared by my doctor, I began attending and teaching our weekly NEM workouts…but that was all I did for my health.
This challenge couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. It was time to take back some control in my life, and remember that I was doing this for the sake of my family. Since the start of this challenge, I lost 2.5” in my hips, 2.5” in my waist, as well as in my chest. I’m down 10 pounds. My overall muscle tone increased, as did my flexibility; my resting heart rate decreased and my energy increased. I was practicing yoga multiple times per week, working out with my father three times per week, drinking more water, tracking my food, tracking my steps daily, all while being a stay-at-home mom (and breastmilk machine!) to my two amazing kids
I stand before you today at a healthier body composition than I ever had before kids. I am so grateful to my son and daughter for giving me the motivation to care about myself and be their good model of how a healthy life should be lead.