Welcome back to my favourite blog series: Fearless Femme.
Inspired by so many beautiful, strong and empowering women, it’s my mission to showcase them each month to find out what makes these women have the strength to inspire us and themselves each day.
I met Deanna Harder at the Women’s Fitness Summit 2 years ago, and we have be firm friends every since. Deanna is a personal trainer in Edmonton and has an important presence on social media as a voice of body dysmorphia, eating disorders, body acceptance and now severe hormonal issues, that she shouts about from the rooftops in a bid to let women know it’s ok to talk about these often taboo subjects.
Let’s meet Deanna!!
What does being a Fearless Femme mean to you?
Immediately I think of being true to myself no matter what the situation. It means showing the world the real me. It doesn’t matter if you are my friend, family member, my client or a stranger on the street, you will know DEANNA HARDER. I know only how to be me, which is a loud, aggressive, happy and forthcoming female. So if I like you, you will know it, and if I do not like you, well, you will know it. I can’t hide my true feelings.
What motivates you on a daily basis?
I have only myself to rely on. I am single and fabulous and I get shit done. There is a part of me that fears failure and being average, so that definitely motivates me. I am not your typical 38 year old woman. Before my feet hit the floor I already picturing my workout that is about to commence. I love to deadlift and have decided there is nothing better than chasing a personal best lift. Another thing that motivates me is helping my clients reach their goals. I have so much gratitude for the amazing life I have.What is a defining moment in your life that you will never forget and why?[Tweet “I am single and fabulous and I get shit done! – yippers that Deanna!! #fearlessfemme #fitnchips”]
What is a defining moment in your life that you will never forget and why?
Overcoming my Eating disorder. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. It was my whole life. It consumed me and kept me weak. When I decided to give it up my whole life changed. I was able to move forward with my hopes and dreams. Eating disorders thrive in secret, so therefore I am super vocal about it. I know that I will forever be in remission as that asshole “ED” is always lurking and trying to trigger me. I tell him to Fuxk Off as I am too powerful for him! In recovery we learn to treat the ED as a horrible ex boyfriend who hurt you and well ED, we ARE NEVER, EVER, EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER! 🙂
Can you tell me how you overcame your Eating Disorder and how you now view your body? Advice for other people in the same boat as you?
[Tweet “you will heal your relationship with food I promise. There is more to life than food!”]
What is your next goal and how to you hope to achieve it?
My next goal is to deadlift 300lb and back squat 185lb at a body weight of 124lb. I have hired a coach, Jordan Syatt who has faith in me. Having a coach is a game changer. After competing in Figure shows for over 10 years, I feel like a performance goal is much more healthy for me now than a physique goal, which by the way, one can have both and still live a great balanced life. The bodybuilding stage will always be there, but until then the platform has my full attention. I will listen to my coach and get out of my own way to accomplish this. I am excited for this next phase of training.
What is the mantra that you live by?
I always say “be faithful with the little things” meaning, those little things add up to massive successes.
Which Fearless Femme do you admire most?
Amanda- from the minute I met you I knew you were a badass FEARLESS FEMME! You have been an inspiration to me, oh and by the way, you had me with that accent of yours! You were refreshing to me as you came at me so authentic and loving. Next time we are at any conference, we are rooming together okay? (author comment: OK!!!)
What piece of advise would you give others?
Thank you so much Deanna!!!