If you are just now tuning in with the Fit & Happy Winner Challenge, here is a brief background summary of our current challenger, Danielle:

Danielle is on a mission to lose weight, gain stamina, and be healthier. She wants to be comfortable in her own skin and tone her body. She is soon to be 40years old and she knows she needs to make a complete lifestyle change to achieve her ultimate goals and feel truly happy. She signed up for the Fit & Happy Winner Challenge to have a personal trainer who will give her the perfect program and hold her accountable to help her get fit and happy. Read Episode 1 to learn about the details to Danielle’s Program.

Danielle’s Starting Point:Fit & Happy Winner Challenge
Date: 10/29/14
Weight: 192lbs
Waist: 41 inches
Hips: 50 1/2 inches
Tricep: 14 inches
Chest: 45 inches

Here is an update on Danielle’s challenges and feedback since she started Fit & Happy’s Winner Challenge:

We started out focusing on her connection with her core, breathing and posture/ alignment. Combining the 3 of these very important components can be extremely hard to coordinate! The mind and body have to learn to work together, and when you are just beginning, it is hard to focus on breathing, engaging the core, and maintaining proper alignment all at the same time! We focused on this together in my private studio and I had her do the Pilates Mat video by “I’m Fit & Happy” the next day when she was on her own.

Clip from Danielle’s journal after Day 1: “I did my workout later than planned today. But i did it! Pilates mat workout. First exercise where I had to pull myself up to my knees was the hardest for me.”

Clip from Danielle’s journal after Day 3: “I did the 5 min core exercise. It was great. I used the suggested options to make the workout a little easier for now…”

Clip from Danielle’s Journal Day 5: “So tired from yesterday’s hike. But did the booty blast workout…for fun…to check out. It was good. Not easy, I put my booty down a few times. But then continued again.”

Clip from Danielle’s Journal Day 7: “I did the Barre workout (online video by I’m Fit & Happy). It was a great workout! Probably one of my favorites. It was a little challenging since I was feeling a bit tight from yesterday’s workout. I did my best and it actually helped stretch me out. I also practiced the breathing and kegel and belly smiling.” (These are some of the exercises I suggested to help strengthen her core).

Danielle shared these challenges with me:

1. Staying away from the Halloween candy: she placed a dish towel over the bowl!

2. Vertigo: She experiences this from time to time and I replied via email: “Try to add some meditation, relaxation, and positive thinking to your days to help your body return to a more calm/balanced state without generating an undesirable prolonged production of stress hormones. If possible try to reframe from any drama and potential negative stress :)”

In the meantime, we have been meeting twice a week focusing on core, breath, alignment, and coordinating the 3 to work together in synergy! We used the Pilates Reformer mostly. She is now able to connect with her core during the exercises and says “I feel the burn in my lower abdominals, an area which has felt numb for a long time”. She is telling me she already feels stronger! We have also been placing a lot of focus on nutrition. I do not have her on a diet, it is more of a lifestyle involving primal nutrition. Primal nutrition is grain and sugar free, and high in healthy fats, protein, and vegetables. Stay tuned for our next episode when we will be taking her measurements again to check her progress!

We are sharing Danielle’s story with her permission to help hold her accountable. We want to share her victories and challenges with our audience and show people what it takes to create a healthy lifestyle. We want to inspire the world and show people that anyone can achieve their dreams with a little bit of discipline and a strong desire to change. Please follow Danielle’s Story by signing up for our Newsletter to receive each episode and update on her progress. Please feel free to cheer her on by commenting at the bottom of the page and share her story on Facebook and Twitter to inspire your friends and family. Stay Tuned for more episodes on Danielle’s Story, our next Fit & Happy Winner!

The Fit & Happy Winner Challenge was developed to help people achieve their life goals by making positive changes to their lifestyle with nutrition and effective personal training workouts (online and in person). We believe the primal/ paleo approach to nutrition is the most effective way to achieve optimal health and body composition. Primal Nutrition is based on enjoying whole foods such as vegetables, healthy fats, and clean protein, while avoiding processed foods, grains, and sugar. As I personally train my Fit & Happy Winner Challengers to achieve their life goals with fitness and nutrition, I will motivate and hold them accountable on a daily basis.

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Disclaimer: Please check with your doctor and have it cleared before beginning any new exercise or diet program.  I am not a doctor or registered dietician, my blog is opinion based and I do not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure any cause, condition or disease. All information provided is for informational purposes only; it is not medical advice and has not been approved by the FTC or FDA. Please always communicate with your doctor to make any decisions or changes regarding your health, as your doctor is the only one who knows what is right for you.

About The Author

Working as a personal trainer and group fitness/ Pilates instructor in Los Angeles has been a dream come true. With 20 years of dance background, and graduating from college as captain of my dance team ranked #1 in the country, I was inspired to get into Fitness as a career and moved on my own from Maryland to California. I now have more than a decade of experience in fitness and a strong list of qualifications and certifications. I’m an NASM certified personal trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine), Certified Primal Blueprint Expert (Primal/ Paleo/ Ancestral Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, & Fitness Expert) and Certified in Classical-Progressive Pilates Reformer, Chair, Cadillac and Mat from Pilates Sports Center. I’m also certified in several barre workouts, pre and postnatal fitness, and a specialist in Heart Rate Performance. I’ve helped people of all ages and levels, including Hollywood celebrities, pre and post-natal mommies, and pro athletes reach their health and fitness goals. I love to teach a challenging, fun, intense workout while I focus a lot on form and mind/ body connection. I’m confident that you and I will make a great team!

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