Dynamo: Sara

Dynamo: Sara

Back Story:

Sara is a children’s book author, she squeezes in her workouts between taking care of kids, and she sets big goals. (Check out her children’s book on kickstarter and help her get it published!) She is one of those people that has always impressed me. She seems real, yet strong, centered, yet playful. We played basketball together in high school and I know her work ethic stems from those days. We sweated together, hustled together, and on and off the court, worked hard in school. It’s pretty amazing how quickly time passes, yet we really are close in our attempt at daily balance.

Sara is Dynamo. Dynamo is a series about people working towards their healthy living in lots of different ways. We look different, sound different, and move different, but we all are trying to be healthy. I love seeing how people strike the balance of hard work and interests in making their goals happen.

You might not always think you do, but I believe that we all influence others more than we realize or recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and ourselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that the Dynamo stories can change our outlook, our personal dedication, and our perception of the people around us. With all this, we can celebrate together as we move forward.

Dynamo: Sara

How has being a mom made you love your body?

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Favorite Home Gym Equipment

Favorite Home Gym Equipment

My home gym is one of my favorite places to be in the house. You could call it my playground. It’s the place where I feel strong, release tension, and explore the ways I can move my body. It’s powerful to have my kids constantly play there too. They explore the equipment, coming up with games and their own strength exercises. I believe their exposure to this now is setting them up for confidence in using exercise equipment as well as a desire to keep their bodies strong and fit.

I’m assuming you are interested in setting up a home gym. If so, how do you know which pieces of equipment to start with?

I’ve had several friends talk to me about their home gyms and I love that each one can look different but serve the same purpose. I love that we can talk about keeping our bodies fit as an everyday topic. This is powerful. I don’t claim to have the perfect gym or the best, but it is perfect for us…. 

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Dynamo: Nancy

Dynamo: Nancy

Back Story:

Welcome to the first Pop-Up Dynamo Interview! These are unplanned, while I’m out, and walk-up-to-a-random-stranger interviews. I have a prepared list of questions to ask people and am constantly looking out for people to talk to…you may be next! I’ve been grateful at how willing people have been to talk to me, answer questions, and let me take their picture. Can I just tell you all…YOU ROCK! You are all DYNAMO and I’m so grateful to have a small piece of every single one of you, yes, you, as part of my life. Readers, Dynamos, friends, family…you inspire me.

I was at Trader Joe’s taking pictures to prep for my post on Trader Joe’s Favorites (what’s your favorite??) when I saw Nancy. She was very willing to stop and chat with me on the end of the frozen food isle.

Nancy was awesome! She is a runner, a tennis player, an example for her kids, and always looking to learn something new. She believes in not slowing down because of your age. She is joining the community of Dynamos, people that I highlight by interview who are inspiring in their perspective, dedication, and example. You might not believe it, but your example is empowering others. I believe in you. I believe that as we share these stories with each other we lift, we encourage, and we build each other up. This breaks down walls and helps us all be kinder and more gentle with each other. Go be great! You have the power!

What does healthy living mean to you?

Not just think about what the doctor says, but think about what you enjoy to do and make sure your balance is youbalance…your personal balance. If you want to learn something new, I started playing tennis about 2 years ago and I’m really bad, but I play it because it works into my schedule and I don’t feel burdened by it. It’s a community thing. I meet new people every time I go to tennis class and so that actually feeds me as well. It feeds me a little different than if I were to go out for a run. I go out and go for a run sometimes and sometimes I have a hard time doing that, but I’m happy with the running because I can use my electronic stuff to make it happen, but it doesn’t give me that community thing. Tennis does. … 

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Dynamo: Jim

Dynamo: Jim
The Back Story:

Jim is in his 50’s, he plays basketball weekly with other gray-haired guys, believes in movement as a stress-reliever, and that you’re never too old to do something. Meet my father-in-law. I think he’s pretty stellar.

When I approached Jim about an interview, he thought I was joking. He likes to keep to himself, not impose on others, and spend time with those closest to him. But aside from all that, he is an amazingly admirable man. His quiet dignity has touched the lives of many including Tyler, my husband, who still looks to his dad as his biggest hero. And while he’d never say it, his assurance and confidence are projected in the most humble of ways. I know I’m grateful for his example to my kids. They love their Grandpa.

Jim is joining the community of Dynamos. Those people that are moving forward in an active and healthy lifestyle, no matter their age, weight, gender, abilities, skills, or goals. We’re each on a different journey and it’s pretty awesome that we can all be working hard in so many different ways. I believe that sharing this story and other Dynamo stories empowers that person and others to live big, be strong, and push forward in their own journeys. Jim, you’re a power-house. You inspire others. When we come together and share, we come away loving more, accepting more, and becoming more dedicated to our own healthy living.

Dynamo: Jim

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Dynamo: Nessa

Dynamo Nessa

BACK STORY

Nessa was always one of those friends that I though was really cool. She was easy-going, really creative, and always looked like she was having fun. I’ve known her since my elementary school days. I can still picture her house in my mind and her parents were kind and welcoming to everyone. We didn’t stay as close through all of school as we could have. But I’ve always regarded Nessa as someone that helped make me who I am.

Nessa is a power-house. She’s dedicated, artistic, and driven. She’s battled infertility, weight loss, family health, and loving her body. She’s rocked it! I have so much respect for her and her story. Listening to her words I loved how she talks about the mental benefits of fitness.

She is joining the community of Dynamos. These are people who come from all different placeswho have shared their stories; people who are warriors, power-houses, leaders, or maybe quietly becoming stronger. These are people who empower us to go after our own goals, driving us to work hard and know we can reach our goals. I believe that we all influence others more than we realize or recognize. Each of these people are on a different healthy living journey, but that’s the beauty of it. We are all different. We are moving at different speeds, distances, and with different equipment, but I think it’s pretty cool we have more in common than not. These interviews are meant to capture the journey, whereever that is right now, and inspire each of us to continue in our own unique journeys. Nessa’s journey will inspire you.

Dynamo Nessa … 

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Dynamo: Sharon

Dynamo Sharon

BACK STORY:

I love finding new blogs that promote eating well and staying healthy. It was quite a while ago that I found Sharon’s blog The Honour System. Her latest post is paleo granola that’s sugar free. For real. That sounds so good! I was so intrigued when I read about Sharon’s story and thought it would be the perfect one to elaborate on here. I was grateful she agreed. So hailing from Canada, Sharon gives us a peak into her world.

Sharon is Dynamo because of her commitment to herself, her health journey, and her desire to share this knowledge with others. Dynamo is a series dedicated to showing real people, real power-houses, who inspire me and people around them in their everyday healthy living. I believe we all influence others more than we realize or recognize. These interviews are meant to capture the journey, where ever that is right now, and inspire each of us to continue in our own unique journeys.

Dynamo Sharon

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