Danitza Freigher two beautiful daughters and is the epitome of fit. In fact, you might think she was born that way, but Danitza once weighed 165 and she’s 5’2″. With a lot of hard work and determination, she transformed her body and has competed in 10 Figure Competitions, placing in the top 5! So how did she do it? She shares her story to encourage others to not give up on themselves, and that Mama needs her “Me” time! Amen to that! Women like Danitza prove that having children or being overweight are not the end of the story. She fought hard, and got herself in competition shape, and is an Inspiration to women and mothers. At the end of the day though, she’s a mom just like us, and has to figure out how to manage it all.
I thank you Danitza for taking the time to share your story and Inspire Mothers, and people longing to get fit, that anything is possible! Go Team Fit-Mom!
1. Share a little about you. Have you gone through a transformation?
How did you got your body back post-baby? Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?
I am a 37-year old mother of 2 beautiful daughters. Alyssa (5) and Vanessa (3) are my pride and joy. After college, I had gained about 50 pounds. I am 5’2 and my weight had skyrocketed to 165 lbs. After a long period of depressing times, I finally decided to make a change for the better. I hired a trainer and nutritionist and started to lose the weight. After I started working out, I because completely engulfed in the fitness industry and the changes I saw myself making in my physique. I set a goal to compete in an NPC Figure Competition and since then, I’ve never looked back. I used every bit of the information I had learned while competing, to help keep my pregnancies healthy and my post pregnancy body from going back to what I once was. I never want to be overweight again. During both pregnancies, I put on pregnancy weight like any other woman, but post-pregnancy I worked 10x harder with training and nutrition in order to get back the physique I knew I wanted. It was never easy…but the hard work proved to me that with my motivation and determination, I could accomplish anything I put my mind too. Since I started this journey, I have competed in more than 10 Figure competitions and placed in Top 5 in all but one show.
“For me, the most rewarding aspect of competing is standing on stage, achieving my goal and seeing my daughters staring at me from the audience. I love the feeling that I am showing them that you really can achieve ANYTHING you set your mind to.”
2. What is your favorite fit mom meal? Snack? Any go to items?
My favorite fit mom meal is either my special recipe for Peanut Brittle Oatmeal or a Banana Protein Crepe with Almond Butter. Eating healthy has become such a way of life for me that I have adapted so many recipes to accommodate for my healthy eating styles. I have added a recipe page to my website so that friends, family and other competitors can also make tasty meals that are healthy.
3. How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?
For me, the most important tool is organization. I organize every second of my day so that I can accomplish the most things possible in the day. I training (both cardio and weights) first thing in the morning before anyone is awake. I feel best training in the morning because that allows me to direct 100% attention to my family the rest of the day. If I miss an AM workout session, I’ll train on my lunch hour. Most important to me is that when I get off of work at 5PM, and pick my girls up from school, I am completely available to them. This means that I prioritize my days well in advance. To ensure that I am eating clean all week long, I prepare all my meals for the week on Sunday. This guarantees that I will never have to stray away from my diet. “It’s all a matter of being well prepared and organized.”
4. Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?
There is always time for YOU. A lot of moms think that they can’t possibly fit in any time for themselves, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. When I am at the gym in the morning, I look at this time as “mama time.” I focus only on me. It’s the one time that mom comes first. Without that alone time, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that I do as a mother and wife.
“Mom’s need to remember that in order to be successful, they must first be happy with themself. Once you take care of yourself and make yourself happy, you can manifest that happiness to your husband, children, friends and family.”