Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman knows that juggling your career, family, and health can be a challenge. She knows this because she lives it every day. Dayna is CEO of Dayna Deters Fitness, an online personal trainer, co-owner of Integration Fitness, author of Gluten-Free Momma Fit Cookbook and The Girl Who Created Her Own Happiness, a podcaster for Momma Fit, a mom and a wife.
Dayna has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to helping women identify efficient, effective health and fitness solutions that deliver awe-inspiring quality of life.
Please read on to learn more about today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman…Dayna Deters!
KR: Hi Dayna! Can you tell us about what brings you joy and fulfillment?
DD: First and foremost, my two daughters and husband. Without them I couldn’t do what I do today. Another joy is helping people become the best version of themselves. Whether it be through a workout, meal planning, giving them some extra motivation, or happiness through to their life.
KR: How did you become interested in a career in health and fitness?
DD: Through my own personal struggles with an eating disorder, I found that taking care of myself inside and out helped me become a stronger woman. I learned that weight, scales, body image, exercise, food, dieting, restricting, and fear (which were on my mind daily for nearly eight years) actually gave me the tools to help others mend and find their way to a healthier mindset toward their body. Through these life struggles I am able to relate to most people and their health, fitness, and mindful journey.
KR: You are a working parent of two young children, an entrepreneur and a business woman. How do you juggle all your personal and professional responsibilities and still make time to take care of you?
DD: Being a mom and an owner of multiple businesses does make it challenging to take time for myself. I’m working on this very important aspect of balance now. I listen very closely to mind and body to recognize when I need a break. When I need time, I will do some retail therapy. I’m probably the biggest nerd, but I LOVE thrift shopping. I love finding treasures that nobody wants and make them useful and beautiful again.
This balancing act–the juggle–is something I need to continuously work on and I know that I’m not alone in this area. Many of us spend so much time doing what we feel we must do, that we don’t have enough time for what we would love to do.
For years, I have wanted to create an event for women to help women feel more empowered to create a life that they were meant to live. I envisioned an event where women would have the time to focus on what they want to do in life, who they want to be, and surround themselves with like-minded women. I’m thrilled to tell you that event is now a reality! We are calling it the STRONG(her) movement. Our first event will be the weekend of February 1-3. The name reflects how, as women, we are a tribe that is meant to be STRONG(her) together.
KR: How exciting! Can you tell us more about what we can expect at the STRONG(her) event?
DD: The STRONG(her) Event is an event where we will shut out the negative self-talk, disbelief and destructive belief systems that hold us back from being the best versions of ourselves. After all, our biggest threat to great change is our own mind. At the STRONG(her) Event, we will demolish self-sabotage once and for all. Together, with a room full of powerful and supportive women, we will purge every fear and excuse and (at last!) access the great power within us.
What you can expect at the event:
- Mix and mingle on Friday evening! DJ Chaz will bring the fun and entertainment and we’ll have specialty drinks and food to start our life-changing weekend.
- Saturday is all about bringing out the best YOU! We will kick it off with live music by Radio Nation.
- You will have mental exercises to fortify your mind, overcome self-sabotage and find your authentic self.
- You will learn and grow from our fabulous speaker lineup! We have entertaining and authentic breakouts led by amazing speakers, including Kelly Radi (you!), Becca Grabinski, Jennifer Randolph, Kayla Strand, Tamsie Ray, CeCe Terlouw, and Meghann Teders.
- You can center your mind, body and spirit with an energizing meditation and yoga practice led by Emma Schott (on Sunday).
- In-person networking connections with other powerhouse women.
- Amazing giveaways from local businesses.
- Proceeds from the first STRONG(her) event will help support Terebinth Refuge–a local home for exploited women.
Follow STRONG(her) on Facebook for more details and inspirational posts.
KR: Dayna, we all have inner superpowers. What are some of yours?
DD: I can multitask like a boss. I can run multiple businesses and keep track of everything that is going on.
KR: Can you tell us about an influential woman in your life and how she inspired you?
DD: My mother. She has been through cancer, had a daughter that dealt with an eating disorder (not an easy feat), and many other hardship situations, and still manages to come through with grace, love, compassion, and strength. She has given me many gifts. #1 is life. She has taught me how to love, to look challenges right in the face and go after them. She has given me empathy for others, and strength to get through my life challenges.
KR: If you could have one super-human power, what would it be?
DD: To freeze time, so my mom and dad will always be around, and my kiddos stay little.
KR: Knowing what you know at this stage of your life, what words of wisdom would you give to your 20-year-old self?
DD: I started my eating disorder at 20 years old, and even thought it was very hard on me and my family, I would never give that away. I learned so much from that time that I wouldn’t be who I am today without those experiences. I would tell myself to save money and take a better look at finances. I struggled with money for a long time and that was more stressful than anything. I would also tell myself never to take out a private loan for college.
KR: Rumor has it, you’re a pretty good cook. Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share?
DD: Yes, I love baking and creating new dishes. I do have allergies, so I have had to come up with my normal favorites that did not contain gluten or dairy in the recipes. On top of that, being a personal trainer, I also had to create dishes that were low carb, and healthy.
This is one of favorites!
Learn more about Dayna and find more healthy recipes by visiting her website at daynadeters.com.