Dana Guillory

A DISABLED VETERAN, SURVIVOR, MOM, WIFE, PERSONAL TRAINER, ENTREPRENEUR, ULTRA RUNNER, FEMALE BODYBUILDING COMPETITOR.

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What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

The most important part of the process is to be honest with yourself about where you are at physically and mentally, and to set attainable goals (short, intermediate and long term). Once you set a goal, create a viable action plan and find someone in your circle or get a coach/trainer to help hold you accountable so you stay on track. Everyone has a different vision of what it means to be fit and healthy. Figure out what it means to you and ensure you stay true to that vision.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

As a disabled Veteran, fitness has become my outlet. It is an avenue for me to channel my emotions, aggression, fear, energy and to help work through the constant pain that I feel. It's a SCARY feeling to not be able to feel your feet or raise a foot up to take a single step. Staying fit myself shows my clients that they can do it, even if they have limitations as I do. I've found that rarely is what seems impossible actually impossible. Fitness is a way for me to prove that belief yields power.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I would help committed Veterans become certified personal trainers. I would also be able to further help individuals by providing event sponsorships, donating race entries, hosting health and fitness seminars and conducting free speaking engagements to individuals, helping them realize their potential. My mission in life is make a difference in peoples' lives and reaching a larger audience would help me better achieve that goal.