At the 2013 Fargo event, we had the opportunity to meet women behind inspiring stories of health: mental, physical and emotional. Meet Jen.Determined & Honest Healthy Role Model Jen
Determined and Honest describe Healthy Role Model, Jen DeMaio. Jen is a Yoga Instructor and Licensed Acupuncturist at Two Turtles Acupuncture Center in Fargo (http://twoturtlesacupuncture.com/), which she owns and operates with her husband, Steve. Living AND working with her husband… this is a feat that deserves some serious credit!
Jen’s health story is one many of us can relate to. She enjoyed professional success, she got married, she had two children, but she wasn’t happy with how she felt about herself and how she looked to the outside world. It was after her second son was born, that Jen decided to get honest with herself. This honesty guided her through the weight loss process and gave her new found emotional freedom, as well as physical freedom. She created a list of 7 things she’d do every day to take care of herself, like eating 4-6 servings of vegetables… even if she didn’t enjoy eating vegetables!
Now, about 60 pounds lighter, Jen is more present in her life. She is more playful, feels happier and credits this to the level of honesty she’s brought into her life. She’s not pretending to be something she’s not.
The outlet that catapulted her weightloss and took her progress to another level - Yoga! As she dropped weight, she noticed that she could do things in the yoga studio that she hadn’t been able to before. Yoga gave her a sanctuary in which to process her emotions.