Trainer’s Talk – Interview with Dana Gore

I was interviewed for a segment on Trainer’s Talk at the Digital Water Cooler.

I love doing podcasts and interviews. As much as I love to write, I have to admit that there are benefits to speaking about how I view health and fitness.

Tom Huffman of Tom Huffman’s Calisthenics Academy and I spent some time discussing how the  key to a healthy life is to incorporate balance and self-awareness into a healthy-living program.

He asked me some fantastic questions, and I was happy to talk about my own weight loss program, and how I had to change my perspective about well-being in general in order to not only succeed with losing weight, but in keeping it off.

I know time can be short for many of you, so perhaps listening to a podcast isn’t a priority when there are important things to get done.

However, if you decide to let it run in the background while you’re cooking dinner or going about some of your other tasks, I think you’ll find the content enlightening.

The topics discussed had to do with things like:

  • Why our weight problems only seem to magnify – even with the abundance of so many diet and exercise programs on the market.
  • My own weight issues and how I was able to change my body and habits through self-awareness and a shift in perspective.
  • The difference between the illusion of health and fitness – and simply being healthy and well.
  • How to make healthy living a lifestyle that is doable, realistic and enjoyable as opposed to being a chore.

I have been in the health and fitness industry for several years. In that time, I’ve made a few observations that have caused me to question why so many of us continue to struggle with our weight.


I’ve shared a few posts with you about my own weight loss story, and how I’ve changed my eating habits.

And if you had a chance to read them, then you know that I really opened up and let you into my world.

When it comes to well-being, self-awareness plays a pivotal role.

Know thyself – and you’ll know the cause of the effects you wish to change.

These are the things Tom and I talked about in my interview, and I think you’ll get a better understanding of how this whole wellness/ weight loss/ healthy living thing can be a far more realistic and pleasant experience than the yo-yo situation that so many of us continue to struggle with.

So on that note, I hope you enjoy the podcast.

Everyone could use some inspiration from time to time, and I think this conversation will provide just that.

But before I go, I have one question to ask (ok, maybe more like two)…and I’d love to get your answer(s) on this.

What do you think are the most challenging aspects of a weight loss/ healthy living program? And what, if anything would keep YOU involved and consistent when it comes to your own well-being?

Let me know in the comments section.

TT03: Interview With Dana Gore Part 1


TT04: Interview With Dana Gore Part 2

Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

14 thoughts on “Trainer’s Talk – Interview with Dana Gore

  • at 7:05 pm

    Hi, Donna

    Glad to have time to hear the Podcast because I had obtain additional useful information. My health goal aligns with your principle. This must start from stand point of healthy life style not from stand point of body image.

    Patience is important; we can’t rush to accelerate the process. Just like your quote.

    Thanks for the information. I will share over sm.

    Have a nice evening.

    -Stella Chi

    • at 7:37 pm

      Hi Stella,

      I appreciate that you listened to the podcast, and I’m glad you got something out of it.

      The most effective method I know of to stick with a healthy living lifestyle is to make well-being the goal. Once the body has been changed, a lot of the motivating factors that drove the behaviors to do the work are no longer there…and when we become comfortable, it’s easy to revert back.

      People lose weight all the time. But they gain it back sometime later on for this very reason.

      It does take patience, and a lot of self-awareness.
      Thanks for sharing this Stella. Have a great week 🙂

  • at 1:56 pm

    Hi Dana,

    This is such a big issue. I look back at pictures from last year of myself and I could see how swollen and bloated I was. Eighty percent of it or more was diet.

    I love snacky foods but I had to give up food with high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sweetners, flour, etc…

    We joined the gym and the combination of diet and excercise was amazing. Within 6 months the bloat and swelling was gone and the fat was coming down. My clothes fit different and I felt better.

    Since we moved in August I haven’t been aggressive and I’m noticing I have to get back to it.

    I think for me seven months was not long enough to create the habits. My diet is still good buy my exercise limits went back down to very little.

    My wife and I have committed to getting back into the gym this week so your article and podcast we very, very timely.

    I’m not interested in being a bodybuilder, but I am interested in being healthy and doing whatever I want without the limitations of an unhealthy body.

    Thanks for the extra motivation this week!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • at 7:29 pm

      Hi Don,

      I know how challenging moving can be. Any major life change (and moving fits into this category) can easily affect a routine.

      Even though you may have slacked off a little with your exercise program, 7 months is still a good amount of time to have under your belt as far as establishing habits. I think that now, with you and your wife rededicating yourselves to the process, you’ll start reconnecting to it in no time.

      I would ask you what you genuinely enjoy doing, because in my experience, this is the best way for anyone to stick with it.
      Using my own example, I haven’t been as interested in doing the same workouts I was into for many years, and I had to ask myself what felt interesting to me in an effort to stick with physical activity.
      I’ve been wanting to get into Yoga lately, so this is what I’ve started doing.

      It’s great that you’re still doing well with your diet. That makes things SO much easier – especially since diet is probably about 80% of the process.

      I’m really happy this was a timely post for you Don, and I can’t thank you enough for stopping by and contributing to the conversation.
      Best of luck to you and your wife – and please don’t hesitate to give me a shout if you have any questions 🙂

  • at 3:11 pm

    Hey Dana,

    I don’t have time at this exact moment to listen to the interview but will be sure to keep this post bookmarked so I can listen to it later.

    You and I have had discussions about nutrition and exercise. I am the healthiest I’ve ever been in my entire life and I’m in my late 50’s. I do have to watch what I eat but at the same time I splurge when I want because we do know that depriving yourself isn’t healthy either.

    I do know so many people though who are unhappy with their lives which is what causes the weight gain in the first place. That needs to be dealt with before you can seriously consider going on any type of program of course. That’s why I appreciate what you share because it’s not all just about a weight loss program, it’s about self-awareness.

    Eager to listen to your interview so will be back around later. I’m sharing this one out with my friends though in the meantime because I know it’s worth the listen.


    • at 7:16 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      Well, I know you’re a busy person, so no worries about that. But if you do end up listening in, of course I’d love to hear your thoughts.

      Yep – we’ve had some discussions and I know that you practice self-awareness when it comes to your own health and well-being. And like you, I also splurge here and there, and it’s fine. In fact, when done from a sense of balance, it’s healthy.

      I had written a post a while back on the I Choose Awareness blog about New Year’s Resolutions “Gone Bad”. I talked about how our best intentions, even in the presence of a deep desire usually fail due to not having an understanding of how we have caused our current predicament to begin with.

      It’s like you said…it needs to be dealt with before seriously going on any type of program because when challenged – who we really are always comes back to the surface to be faced.

      I appreciate that you’ve shared this with your friends Adrienne. Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by 🙂

  • at 3:09 pm

    Hi Dana! Thank you so much for introducing your Podcast. I will be listening to it later while doing a little cleaning. I began my healthy eating/exercising journey back in May and have lost over 30 lbs. It hasn’t always been easy, but like you, I had to shift my perspective to get to that point.

    • at 7:08 pm

      Hi Shann,

      WOW, 30+ pounds. That’s great! I bet you feel great 🙂

      I know it isn’t always easy. But I will say that this time around for me (several years ago at this point), once I had finally understood things and perceived them differently…the process itself – the overall journey was pleasant, even if there were a few challenges here and there.

      I’m sure the shift in your own perspective has helped you, and if you do end up finding time to listen to the podcast, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
      Thanks for stopping by Shann.

  • at 12:24 pm

    Hi Dana,

    Love your interview!!! You brought me back to when I was a child and thought I would grow up to be a Barbie Doll. Yikes! Now we see images of women everywhere that are too skinny, have a bunch of plastic surgery, and smile for the camera. But what’s behind all that?

    We have to think beyond what we see and never judge a book by it’s cover. (pardon the pun) But it is so true. We have to know our self worth, who we are inside. Then if we want to change we have to “delve into the cause to get the effect ” as you mentioned in this interview.

    I love the way you explained that “Internal War” vs Well being. You are brilliant my dear friend.

    It is so true that we have to know that we matter. Know what we are consuming, where that food comes from. Gosh that is one thing I’m totally aware of and I can see the difference in my life just by consuming the proper real foods.

    This podcast rocks!


    • at 7:02 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Thank-you so much! I’m so happy you had a chance to listen to the podcast. I know you’re schedule is busy, and it’s cool that you found some time to check it out.

      As far as delving into the cause of things…this has become evident to me throughout the years – whether we’re talking about weight, or anything else. I have stepped back, observed and realized that many of us attempt to fix the effect of things when in reality, these effects came from somewhere.

      The cause.

      Change the cause, the effects change themselves. And there is so much wisdom in finding out what causes such effects – and we learn so much about ourselves and others in the process.

      What I said about internal war vs well-being…once that is identified and understood, things become clear. The path to healthy living becomes a pleasant one, and we realize that it’s a good idea to question what we have learned over the years – and how we have confused such things as objective truth.

      Like those magazine covers. Here we base our self-worth on the appearance of others – and we don’t know anything about these people.
      I’ve lived this, and finally woke up to it. It’s the only reason I have managed to stick with my “effects” once the initial goal of weight loss had been achieved – and the original motivating factor was no longer there to fuel it.

      I could go on, and I do in the discussion.
      As you well know.

      Thanks for your contribution to the conversation Donna. Have a great week 🙂

  • at 10:39 am

    My weightloss journey is because of 2 pregnancies. I am finally done having children so it is time for me to get back into those pre-baby jeans again! However, it is hard to always eat right with a toddler and baby always needing my attention and it is even harder to get away to go workout – especially since I am still breastfeeding. I know it will get easier, but for now I will just work out when I get the chance!

    • at 10:59 am

      Hi Christine,

      I can only imagine how time is short with kids, especially small ones.
      My partner on this blog, Laura, has the same situation going on (one toddler, one baby), and she’s discovered some cool ways to stay active while including her kids.

      Even though I don’t have children of my own, I would suggest taking the path of least resistance. I know there are some fantastic (short) workouts you can do at home that may fit into your schedule and make it easier. Laura had also written about her experiences doing “Mommy and Me Yoga”.

      Either way, I know you’ll find the right method to work WITH your time and schedule. And if you need some ideas or insight, I’d be happy to assist in any way I can 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • at 1:32 am

    Hey Dana,

    I enjoyed reading this post. While I have my weight at a place where finally I am happy with it. I am always looking for tips and tricks along the way. I still have my odd mental moments and every now and again I skip a meal for chocolate or cake – I feel like crap and don’t do it for another three of four months. So once a quarter I may be naughty. But you have motivated me and I can’t wait to listen to the podcast.


    • at 10:51 am

      Hi Rachel,

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the post. I wanted to make sure to at least mention what was being discussed in it so that if it took a little while until you or anyone else got a chance to listen to it, at least you’d have a good idea of what’s being discussed.

      It sounds as though you’ve addressed what needed to be addressed in regard to your own journey, but sure…at times it’s easy to “be bad”.

      We all have our moments now and then. This is why I feel balance is the key. Instead of always “behaving in a certain way”…we become the change itself and it gets much easier this way.

      I look forward to hearing your thoughts when you do listen to the podcast, and I’m thankful I’ve motivated you. That’s the intention 🙂

      great to see you here Rachel. Thanks for stopping by.


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