Delicious Dames

Vulnerability and Empowerment – Delicious Dames founder Revecka Jallad

The other day a client of mine told me about a Facebook page, Delicious Dames Community Group, where she had been lurking for a few months.  She finally had the courage to share her personal story about her eating disorder and weight loss.  It was a big risk for her as she assumed there would be judgment, ridicule and attack.  Instead she received a series of supportive comments on her courage and also a slew of others who said her story had strengthened their own resolve to talk and take action to toward their own self-love and health. Delicious Dames

How often do we hide our pain or our challenges?  How often do we sit in quiet solitude feeling disconnected and alone?  How often do we think we will be attacked for exposing who we really are?  More times than not I discover the opposite.  When we take the risk to share our stories, when we expose our secrets, when we have the courage to share what we have overcome, others are amazed, supportive, and empowered by us.  It is not easy though.  We all have that little voice that tells us we are not good enough.  It tells us that we are broken because of our perceived failings or difficulties.  But when we take the risk to share, we find instead that we are heroes and inspirational role models for others.

One such role model is Revecka Jallad who spent thirteen years in the fashion industry as a personal shopper and stylist.  During that time she learned how powerful that industry is as it led to the realization of and recovery from her own eating disorder.  She decided to not only share her own story, but to provide and outlet for others to share their stories along with support for others with body image issues.  Delicious Dames is a website and Facebook forum focused on helping shape the perceptions women have of themselves, the media, and overall body wellness.

Take Back Your Health – Danielle Girdano president of D’Fine Sculpting and Nutrition

“I was 29 and wheezing going up stairs!”  Danielle Girdano was morbidly obese, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day and getting almost no physical activity.  When Danielle realized that the XXL shirts and shorts were becoming too tight on her 5’4” frame she realized she needed to make a life change for her self-esteem and her health.  “You have to make a commitment to yourself; nobody can make the decision for you.  When you are honest with yourself and realize you only wear elastic shorts in the dead of winter because you can’t fit into jeans or regular pants it is a sobering reality!”

Danielle Girdano, President of D’Fine Sculpting and Nutrition
Danielle Girdano, President of D’Fine Sculpting and Nutrition

Fast forward and now Danielle is helping others to take back their health.  She focuses on bringing movement back to those in sedentary corporate careers.  Recently she worked with the Chicago Sky.  But she did not work with the WNBA players, she helped their office staff to regain their health.  What I found fascinating about her program was the all-around results the participants received.  Of course there was weight loss, but there was also improved balance, flexibility, and heart efficiency. What I love about Danielle’s purpose is she is not just focusing on helping people to change their waistlines and body fat index.  She is also very focused on the emotional well-being her clients.  Self-esteem and joy go hand in hand with good physical health.  One does not necessarily beget the other.  But it is sure difficult to be in a great mood if one is having difficulty moving around in their daily routine. Learn more about Danielle’s inspirational story, the stories of those she has helped, and her desire to bring wellness to corporations. Could you use the inspiration to take back your health?