I had to get really creative with how to burn extra calories when I was sitting at my desk at work. I would close my office door and my window blinds and dance around my office!
One-forty-two.” Those three words did not mean much when my doctor said them to me after weighing me…after all, I was only 11 years-old. Who would have imagined that I would be taken back to that day when my husband and I auditioned for NBC’s The Biggest Loser? Why that day? Well, it served as my benchmark because it reminded me just how long I had been struggling with my weight. Why that show? I was always amazed by the dramatic transformations contestants had on the show – and I wanted to know “the secret”. The time had come to find a permanent solution to my lifelong problem.
I became pregnant with my son in 1999. At that point in time I weighed roughly 130 pounds. I had always been active, and enjoyed working out, so I assumed that because I was in good shape, I would only gain 25-30 pounds. I also believed that because I was “with child”, I could and should eat for two. Boy, was I wrong!
Throughout my pregnancy, I gained an inordinate amount of weight, topping the scales at 200 pounds! With all of my weight gain, I was sure I was having a 10 pound baby, (or so I had hoped). But when my son arrived weighing a measly 6 pounds, I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be leaving the hospital a little lighter.
Wendy, who was in the midst of sewing her new line, Pony Express (more on that later), spent the better part of our time together discussing the importance of being part of a community. “I believe in working where you live. People can come visit and see what I do and I hire people who live here. I could have gone anywhere after the show.
Of course, the Peruvian-born beauty doesn’t realize the wonder woman she is — and when it’s pointed out shrugs off the compliment saying that her life is similar to most women today.
“We’re all juggling a million things, and everything we do is important to us so we don’t want to give anything up,” Calderon believes. “The goal, then, is to find balance and that’s why I started my blog. We write about things that help busy mothers juggle all the good stuff.”
Ann’s dedication to individualized instruction remains at the heart of her business. She frequently gives presentations to school and parent groups about accommodating different learning styles and calming homework stress. Noticing that most of her clients struggle with organization and time management issues, Ann created and recently patented and trademarked an organizational methodology tutors can use with their clients. Her passion yields results. “One-to-one instruction can make such a difference to a child,” she says, “The feedback we get from parents is ‘You’ve given me my child back.’”
She has been an avid runner for years and even ran through all four pregnancies. In 2007, she began running competitively in local races and in the last year, she set personal records in the marathon, 10k and 10 mile distances. “Running is more than just exercise to me, it’s my time to focus and plan out my day, so I make it a priority.”
When she is not running or corralling the kids, she leads the Infinitive Foundation and recently launched the Infinitive Championship Series to bring people together to exercise, have fun and raise money for families in need. The Series has been a great way to marry her own passion for exercise with non-profit work.
She is married to her husband Jerry and has two adorable children, Hope, age 6 and Paul, 22 months old. Her most treasured moments in her busy life include time with her family. She gives meticulous attention to the time she devotes to her family while pursuing her career. “I believe you should pursue your dreams and set an example for your children so that they grow up knowing they can do the same,” Rana adds.
She is a true modern mom as her time is split equally between work, carpools, ballet classes, swimming, tennis lessons and play dates.
Dima Ali, MD is fun and it’s not just her infectious laugh that sets her apart. She truly enjoys life, is passionate about her career, and crazily in love with her children. She is also a woman on a mission.
A mission to empower women of all ages to look and feel the best they can. This from a woman whose philosophy is: Don’t just believe in miracles ... expect them!
There is also the serious side. The one that makes her eyes fill with tears. Like when she remembers being at the bedside of a dying child while a resident at the Oncology Department of DC’s Children’s Hospital. That defining moment changed her from pursuing a career in Pediatrics to the one that has brought her much success in women’s preventative health care and dermatology.
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