The DAO – Decision. Action. Outlook.
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The DAO – Decision. Action. Outlook.

The “DAO” of a “#fitprofessional” – A three-part framework that gives professional women a customizable plan of action for fitness success while balancing their career and relationships.

Do you want to get fit, but don’t have time to figure it out? My personal blog, DaoFitlife, and the upcoming book, is here for busy professionals who don’t have time to figure it out. I give you my insights on making fitness – physical AND spirtal – a sustainable part of your life.

If you are like me, you DON’T HAVE TIME to waste on spending hours in the gym OR to cook elaborate meals with obscure ingredients. Through years of my passion for fitness, I have accrued knowledge of what works – and more importantly, what is a waste of time. I can show you how you can revolve fitness around your life, instead of trying to do it the other way around.

The skinny:

  • This is the Decision. Action. Outlook. guide to getting in shape and changing your life.
  • The DAO of being a #fitprofessional is a blueprint for getting and staying in shape for people who run on all eight cylinders and don’t have time to figure this all out.
  • This is for women who want to get to the next level of fitness just like they have in their careers. This is written BY a woman who has a full-time career working for a large accounting firm.

Decision. Action. Outlook.

“The substance of the great Life completely follows DAO.”

Lao Tzu, Dao de ching


Without a doubt, the most talked about topic of conversation after work, family, and depending on where you are, politics, is fitness. Whether it’s getting back into the gym, trading routines and diet tips, or discussing our favorite SoulCycle instructors, fitness is a topic that I bond with clients and co-workers alike in the professional services field.

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This is for all the independent women

So why am I writing this book? Because I want you to have all the resources you need to become a #fitprofessional in ONE place, filtered from all the BS you don’t have time to waste going down rabbit holes distilling and digesting. You know that person on every team, that goes down those rabbit holes? I want to be the anti-rabbit hole for YOU.

The “DAO”, mean a “path” in Chinese. The path to being a successful professional is one many of you have probably walked. You went to the A-list schools, climbed the corporate ladder, landed the job of your dreams….or at least a promising career with salary and benefits. Or maybe you successfully started your own business.

This is for women who conquered the boardroom and now want to conquer next level body goals and next level mind-body fitness. And it’s written by someone just like you – who gets what it’s like to start your day at 730 or 8am and end your last call at 8pm because you had to talk to the team in Asia; who has an overflowing email inbox, gets “pinged” 20+ times a day, and has a triple-booked calendar; who understands that the little slivers of free time we have absolutely cannot be wasted on brilliant marketers and their “get thin quick” agendas.

What I bring to the table is the necessary tools you need to get fit from the lens of someone who works a white or gold collar job just like you. I am here to tell you it IS possible to have both the career and the body you want

I don’t have an agenda. I don’t spend all day working out, or meal prepping. I don’t revolve my life around fitness. In fact, it’s the other way around.

I don’t have an agenda. I don’t spend all day working out, or meal prepping. I don’t revolve my life around fitness. In fact, it’s the other way around.

What are the obstacles? 

Anyone who has been in any kind of professional services job can relate to this list that makes success in fitness a challenge:

  • Constraint on time to prepare healthy meals and exercise 
  • Mostly bad food choices in travel, meetings, and conferences
  • Constant client entertaining and menu eye candy
  • Working at home in the new normal where the fridge is just steps away and there’s not active commute

Those are external barriers. There are also internal barriers, like unwillingness to wait for change in our instant gratification culture, or fear of doing something different. Or quite simply, not even knowing where to start or what to prioritize.

What is DAO, and how is it a solution?

.The DAO to being a #fitprofessional is a blueprint for getting and staying in shape for people who run on all eight cylinders and don’t have time to figure this all out. Fitness is my passion and it drives me professionally and personally. But it’s also not something I waste unnecessary time on.

I am here to tell you it IS possible to have both the career and the body you want.

I work 70+ hours a week and if you are like me, you DON’T HAVE TIME to waste on spending hours in the gym OR to cook elaborate meals with obscure ingredients. Through years of my passion for fitness,I have accrued knowledge of what works – and more importantly, what is a waste of time.

So, I created a simple 3-part framework that – Decision, Action, Outlook – that gives everyone a customizable path to being fit.

Decision. Action. Outlook.

I don’t have an agenda. I don’t spend all day working out, or meal prepping. I don’t revolve my life around fitness. In fact, it’s the other way around.

I don’t have an agenda. I don’t spend all day working out, or revolve my career around fitness. In fact, it’s the other way around.

Developing habits that set you up for success

What the “DAO” is about is developing habits that set you up for achieving your goal of getting fit – whatever that may mean for you. These habits can be worked in the context of a work life that runs on all 8 cylinders. A lot of the expert advice out there is great, but it’s all over the place. What about getting it all in one place, in one playbook? Wouldn’t that be awesome?


What about getting your guide to fitness in one playbook designed for busy working women like you? Wouldn’t that be awesome?

But not the B.S.

This is what this site is designed to do. I have done all the work, so you don’t have to do it. There is some good stuff out there. But there is also a lot of BS. And you don’t have time for BS, do you?

You don’t have time for BS, do you?

The problem with the “BS” is not that it is false. I am not here to be an authority on any single diet, exercise plan, or body science. The problem is that a lot of that content presupposes that we have time for all this extra “stuff” when we are dealing with crazy calendars, endless IT issues, demanding clients, and all that comes with being (or making your way toward) the top.

Where do I get my content? Great question. Where do I get my content? Great question. A lot of it is from health and science literature, including books and websites, other blogs, documentaries (I know, NERDY), nutritionists and dieticians (I have worked with several), and trainers (and I know a LOT of trainers). The nuggets from all of these sources are what you can find here, with the BS filtered out.

We #fitprofessionals have a different outlook on fitness

We #fitprofessionals don’t wear spandex all day. We wear clothes that have clasps, buttons, and zippers. And sometimes we only have 5 minutes to shove food in our mouths until we have to be on a Zoom call. After checking our teeth for errant pieces of kale. So our fitness goals are probably different than a female bodybuilder’s.

We #fitprofessionals don’t wear spandex all day. We wear clothes that have zippers. So our fitness goals are probably different than a female bodybuilder’s.

Yes, you can.

I can without reservation say you CAN excel in a demanding career and be fit. It’s actually a lot easier than you think – easier than probably some of the analysis you have to do or numbers you have to crunch on a daily basis.

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You can commit to a better life.

While my program is simple, with options for easy meals and quick workouts, it is also going to require a commitment of time and hard work from you – but so did law school, business school, getting your doctorate, and whatever else you had to chase to live your dream. How to “get thin quick” is not the point.

You can make this work, even with your schedule

The DAO to being a #fitprofessional will help you transform your daily habits until fitness is intuitive, just like your profession.

You can make this work during “busy season”.

You can make this work during a demanding and frequent travel schedule.

You can make it work during a pandemic.

My ask of you – make fitness a priority, not a fringe activity

When you make something a priority, everything becomes easier, right? You have to take the dog to the vet. Priority. A project is due at 5pm. Priority. Your loved ones?  A priority. In the same way, fitness must be a priority, if you want it badly enough. This book will give you strategies to save time and make room for fitness, but you have to commit to making it a priority. 

While my program is simple, with options for easy meals and quick workouts, it is also going to require a commitment of time and hard work from you – but so did law school, business school, getting your doctorate, and whatever else you had to chase to live your dream. How to “get thin quick” is not the point. The DAO to being a #fitprofessional will help you transform your daily habits until fitness is intuitive, just like your trade.

You don’t have to quit your job and become a yoga instructor to have a bomb body, energy all day, and a great work and sex life. Even if you have the means, you also don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on expensive apparatus or meal delivery services (or you can spend that on vacations or new clothes for the fitter you). You can be your own best trainer – and do a lot of the work with just your own bodyweight.

This is the DAO. This is the way.

This is the DAO. This is the way.

The DAOFitlife Blog & Book

The DAO blog, and the upcoming book, is here for busy women who don’t have time to figure it out – written from the perspective of the busy career woman who gets it. There is no promise of instant gratification or overnight success. But there is a path to life-transforming, next level, love what you see in the mirror results. This is the DAO. This is the way.

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