Meet The February Member Of The Month:
I’ve been wanting to highlight some of the amazing people that I get to work with each week to help others feel inspiration, so putting together a “Member Of The Month” program was the perfect opportunity to do this.
I chose Wanda Woodley as the first person to highlight because she is one of the COOLEST ladies I have ever met. She is quite a “spitfire” (full of funny, hot comments during workouts), an extremely HARD worker (you should see what this lady can do from a physical standpoint), and truly has a heart of GOLD.
I got to know Wanda better when she attended my last fall retreat in Dahlonega, GA! I look forward to her attending the spring retreat as well in Amelia Island.
She is a former group exercise instructor herself, so I feel very honored that she attends my classes!
Here is a little more about this incredible lady:
1. How did you get into fitness?
“I have always been athletic , played slow pitch softball from a very young age, well into my adult years, competitive recreational and tournament. I know it may not show but I’m a very competitive person! Haha! When I moved to Ft. Walton Beach, FL, I was a contractor on an Air Force Base and I started exercising with co-workers, and have pretty much been doing it ever since. I started teaching group fitness, around 1991 and taught until 2007 or 2008. Teaching was not something I ever thought I would do, as I’m fairly introverted (always a back row person), but one of my workout partners taught and she always was trying to get me to teach so I took the leap! I always considered it to be my fun job, so when it quit being fun, I stopped. I took a break for a year or so, then started working out with a girlfriend and here I am. I never really thought I would be in a group environment again, but I am really enjoying being a member of ExcelFit With Molly!!”
2. What is your job?
“I work for HP Inc., the printer and PC business that was spun-off from Hewlett Packard. My title is Services Principal. Basically I’m a project manager. I support sales on print solutions for companies. I work on proposals to customers, draft contracts, drive the opportunity until signature. I started working for Digital Equipment Corporation in 1988, they were purchased by Compaq Computer Company, who was purchased by Hewlett Packard (you do the math!) “
3. Got any hobbies?
“I’ve had many hobbies over the years, but these days I mostly golf! I knit in spurts, but mostly I golf!”
4. What is your favorite “naughty”foods to eat? Favorite restaurant?
“Boy! I could go on forever with this question. By far cheese dip and chips are my favorite “naughty” food. Milk Duds and Toblerone come in a close second! Tequila is my drink of choice, straight or mixed! Not sure I have a favorite restaurant, we have so many to choose from. Some of our “go to” places, Miro’ Spanish Grill, Blue Taj, Monterey’s and Spice Asian Kitchen.”
5. What is a quote that has always meant something to you?
“I have two. The first is not really a quote but I try to always do this, be kind and remember you don’t know what’s going on behind the door, unless you are on the other side. My quote “Poor planning on you part does not necessitate an emergency on mine.”
5. Your favorite ExcelFit Class?
Kickboxing & HIIT Combo
6. Anything funny or silly you could tell us about yourself? Something embarrassing?
“Going back to me being an introvert, I used to, and sometimes still do, walk with my head down thinking if I don’t see you, you don’t see me! I was in Sears with my dad walking with my head down and these two feet stop right in front of me, instead of looking up, I just step to the side, the feet move with me! I did this two more times before I finally looked up, only to see one of my high school football coaches messing with me! That has always been a memory that has stayed with me!”
Thank you for sharing with us Wanda! We are all lucky to have you in our group at ExcelFit!
Also thank you for being open minded to try new things (she came to shake her hips at my Rhythmic Power class, even though she claims she “can’t dance” & now she keeps returning) and makes the BEST ninja noises in my Kickboxing/HIIT class! What a fun gal 🙂