I love me some quick witted people! And one of the funniest quick witted people I know is Danielle Mörlund. She not only has this amazing sense of humor she also has this ability to make me laugh without saying much. Really, she can just look at me, and without saying a single word, somehow conveys this hilarious quick witted statement. It is amazing! That’s not all, she also posses this ability to “brighten up” a room, making every smile and laugh, in mere minutes of her arrival. Again, it’s AMAZING.
In addition to her stunning personality she also has this amazing drive! Shortly after being diagnosed with the early stages of type 2 diabetes, the same chronic illness that ended the lives of her grandma and father, she vowed to fight!
Hold on it gets better… Not only did she vow to fight, she vowed to fight for as long as it takes, until the battle’s won. Her commitment to this battle is very important because the results will not happen overnight. Her commitment to battle is also important because the journey will not only be long, it will be HARD! But most importantly Danielle also knows that the results will absolutely be worth all the sacrifices!
And speaking of results, Danielle just reach a major milestone in her fitness journey! She has arrived in “Onederland”! Congratulations, now get back to work 😉
Read more about Danielle Mörlund below:
The Danielle Mörlund interview
Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job?
I’m a domestic goddess to “Swedish Mike” and our mini Labradoodle Max. Previous to this title, I was a third grade teacher in the Bronx. I also briefly worked with dogs in both daycare and grooming. Thankfully, I never took the W.C. Fields quote – “Never work with children or animals.” seriously.
Do you have any hobbies?
Besides collecting CKO points, I enjoy weight lifting, reading non fiction, cooking, traveling, serving on my HOA Board and being a Type 2 Diabetes advocate.
How did you first learn of CKO?
I first learned about CKO through my friend Jenny Brower. My husband had been telling me that I should start boxing for because he felt I would enjoy it and it would help me reach my health and fitness goals. When Jenny mentioned that CKO opened up in Shoreline, I jumped to give it a try. All three of us are now members.
What are some of your fitness goals?
My current fitness goals are to increase my lean body mass by switching up my current weight lifting routine, decrease body fat to a healthier 20% and add more flexibility and stability training.
What is your favorite aspect of CKO?
My favorite aspect of CKO is the camaraderie amongst members, the constant motivation and the honest care and support from trainers, instructors and staff.
What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
I was a child who had weight issues. That combined with not being very athletic convinced me that I “hated” to exercise. So, when I began my fitness journey a few years ago, I committed to three days a week for one year before I would even consider quitting. It was a personal contract with myself. I quickly realized that it was enjoyable and I began to look forward to it. I do have days where I think twice about heading out the door or during the workout I’m thinking – “Why am I here?” That is where member camaraderie comes into play. There is always someone close by telling me that I can finish the workout and that I can give it 110%. It makes all the difference. Afterwards, I’m always happy I choose to workout.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?
Diet! It has taken me years to get to where I am now with my relationship to food, but it can still be a struggle. If I had to wrap myself up in a bow – I would label myself an over eater. Sometimes in quantity of food and sometimes in choosing calorie dense/nutrient sparse foods. I’ve relied on food to fill emotional voids since childhood. I’m a “foodie” – I enjoy cooking and eating different foods. However, I always viewed food as “good” or “bad. The big turn around in my thinking came when my father passed several years ago from diabetic complications. He was only 61 and his mother also passed at the age of 61 from diabetic complications. In 2007, I was diagnosed with the early stages of type 2 diabetes and I thought there was no way I was going down without a battle. I read everything I could get my hands on and cut back on carbohydrates. Within three months, my A1c and other blood markers normalized. I’ve been able to avoid taking medications since I made those lifestyle changes. I eventually switched my focus from macronutrients to micronutrients – meaning I made the majority of my diet unprocessed real foods that provide nutrients by switching to a paleo/primal diet. I’m not perfect. I splurge now and then. As I like to say, I’m a work in progress.
What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?
It gets better?
Share any relevant information about yourself that other people might not know about you:
I can’t thank CKO enough. When I started this journey, I was morbidly obese. Since joining, I have accomplished so much. Overall, I have lost over 85 pounds, but over 50 of those pounds were dropped in the last 10 months at CKO! I reached my first long term goal of getting under 200 pounds. I’ve lost many inches and dress sizes. I’m even more excited about my fitness level. Within weeks of joining, I was able to jump to the next level in weight lifting – which I had previously plateaued at for many months. I am now confident enough to participate in boot camp classes. I can now jog and sprint as well as crank out a lot more floor exercises. Ten years ago I walked a 5K with a time of 1:07 minutes and this past weekend, I did the “Free Them 5K” with members of CKO. My time was 43 minutes! I’m excited to see what the future holds.