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by Danielle B.
We are so excited to share our first >> Her Story Blog with you all!
Featuring a new story each week and highlighting what it means to Release Your Inner Lioness. We encourage you all to read, share, reflect, and let us know what it means to YOU to Release Your Inner Lioness.
Meet Danielle B., she competed at one of our Women’s Competition this past June. Her story, is one of overcoming self doubt, gratitude and finding her inner Lioness.
For as long as I can remember I have been insecure about not just my body, but about who I am as well. I have always struggled with weight, with food, with shame and with guilt. It was beyond toxic. Four years ago my husband was offered a job in Madison and we packed up our 4 month old and moved across the country from Portland, OR. My husband is from Ripon so this is more like home to him, but I am a PNW girl to the core.
As if having a baby and going from working 60 hours a week in a very successful job to being a stay-at-home mom wasn’t enough change (and I don’t do change well), we also moved…across the country…where this social butterfly knew nobody. We had been here for about year and I had gained weight and become ultra depressed. I hadn’t met anyone. I had lost site of who I was outside of being a mom and a wife. Those things are wonderful and I am grateful everyday, but they aren’t everything. However, I felt lost and incomplete.
I decided I wanted to get in shape, and to lose the weight I had gained. I discovered a CrossFit gym near where we were living, which I was hesitant at first. Nervous as I knew I had a long road ahead of me. To my surprise, I fell in love with the gym & community. Three years later I am still committed to showing up 5 days a week at 5:30am.
Not only do I show up, but I am excited to go. I have never felt this was about fitness before. Ever. I was quite surprised at how strong I was when I started and I am surprised still with what my body can do. It took some time but I started to feel my depression loosening its grip so that I could breathe again.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Because this journey has been so much more than weight loss. I was constantly comparing myself to others, and over the top insecure about my body and what others thought. I was holding myself back with my limiting beliefs. Personal growth is about timing. Over the last year, I have gained some of the greatest girlfriends. We affectionately refer to ourselves as the “She-Bros”.
Everyday we show up together and push harder with one another. It really hasn’t been until meeting these women that I started to believe in myself more.
After the competing I truly believe that I can achieve more, do more, push harder and be better everyday.
Competing together at the Wisco event and it was so empowering! Having a Bad@$$ chick by my side, but seeing some strong as heck ladies out there!
The community of the Femme Royale Movement is unlike anything I have ever experienced. I feel honored to have been apart of it. I climbed ropes for the first time in my life, not once,
but 5 times!
My old clean PR was 115 and I hit 2 touch-and-go cleans at 125. I felt confident about how I looked…well, honestly, I didn’t even think about how I looked and that was so liberating!
Being a part of the FR Movement is so powerful. It inspires me to encourage women to be the best version of themselves and push them a little further…because they too are capable of achieving it.
I want this LIONESS mindset to last.
So, thank you. Thank you for you vision, your dream, your ambition and your passion.
Thank you for following your path and risking it all. In case you ever find yourself questioning it…IT IS WORTH IT!
You have inspired me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!