Danielle Roper is the Athlete of the Month for February!
HERE IS WHAT SHE HAS TO SHARE WITH US ABOUT HER JOURNEY SINCE JOINING FRFW:
“I’m so taken aback by this. It really is kind of emotional for me. It’s been a year since I stepped into the gym and I feel emotionally and physically worlds different. Last year I really came to the reality of where I was by just trying to make it to the gym. It was hard for me to really accept. I had a cry in the middle of one of my workouts and remember trying to hide it and run to the bathroom where I had to collect myself. Looking around that gym and seeing people twice my age that could do things better and faster than me was a hard reality.
I left the gym for a few months last year due to finances but came back after gaining 4 more lbs that running wasn’t keeping off. I felt motivated to work. I saw people that had every reason and excuse to quit keep coming back and transforming themselves. Seeing these ladies with chronic injuries and illness and people that are pregnant keep showing up and kicking butt and doing amazing things when I would have given up, this made me keep coming. It’s hard to motivate myself to work out on my own and push myself, spend an hour working out by myself. It’s the easiest thing in the world to hold myself responsible to wake up in the morning and show up. That’s really it. Show up and Robyn and the other coaches will push you to do better.
I am not the skinniest I have ever been. I am at a weight that is familiar to me but this time I know I’m strong. I know that despite that 30+ year layer of belly fat, I actually have abs under there, and the layer isn’t as thick. I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease a few years ago and that can be a deadly disease if not managed. That kicked me in the ass because I see my family with diseases that could have been prevented with a decent diet and exercise. It scares me to know I gave myself a disease I don’t have to have.
I take Robyn’s words to heart. I don’t want to be the old lady that can’t get up, or the one who has to be pushed around in a wheel chair. I keep coming because you ladies inspire me to be better. You don’t give up and I can’t give up as long as you are pushing yourselves. I’m okay with my weight because I know I’m stronger than before and that I am healthy. I can do things I didn’t know I could do. I have pushed past mental blocks and physical issues. I will get to my goal slowly and enjoy every moment spent with everyone at FRBC”.
Every month this award goes to the athlete who has exhibited a rockin’ level of dedication and commitment to her fitness and health in the past month/months. Some of the attributes the Athlete is acknowledged for:
Dedication to your training by coming to the gym on a regular basis
Giving 110% when you get there
Always wanting and expecting more from yourself
Marked increases in all areas of fitness: strength, balance, coordination, agility, power, speed, endurance
Encouraging and supporting your fellow athletes
Happy, fun, positive attitude
Commitment to your nutrition
And basically being a “force to be reckoned with”! Congratulations Danielle! I am so proud of you and am blessed to have you as a client!!!