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How She Does It - Dalene Wray and Michelle Moore

Kate Middleton

Posted on July 11 2018

In our 'How She Does It' series we interview women about how they incorporate active and healthy habits into their lives. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, so we aim to capture the variety of ways women choose to be active to give you ideas and inspiration on how to live your best active life.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Michelle Moore, I am 52 years old and I manage logistics at OBE Organic. I'm married with two kids, a 19 year old daughter and 16 year old son and I love horse riding and dog training.

My name is Dalene Wray, I am 42 years old and I am the managing director of OBE Organic. I'm also married with three kids, an 8, 4 and 3 year old. My interests include clean eating being a novice fermenter and cooking. 

What does active living mean to you?

Michelle: Moving, walking, doing physical activities every day.
Dalene: Moving

What do you like to do to stay active? 

Michelle: Horse riding, dog training and taking care of a lot of animals
Dalene: I go to the local boxing gym 3 times a week during my lunch hour

What is your definition of healthy?

Michelle: Feeling strong and fit
Dalene: Feeling empowered and powerful at the same time.

Have you always been active and healthy?

Michelle: Yes, I have always taken part in a sport of some sort
Dalene: No, until recently I hadn’t done much exercise in the past 7 years, whilst I raised three young children. I didn’t manage my work/life balance very well. Since a boxing gym opened near our office, I’ve been going there and exercising for about 30 mins three times per week and that has really helped me. 

What is your daily or weekly routine?

Michelle: Horse riding 5 days a week, walk/run on the treadmill once or twice a week
Dalene: With three young kids, there is not too much time to myself. I have an hour commute to & from work every day in my car which I use to make lots of business phone calls.

What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?

Michelle: Taking care of our animals, feeding animals twice a day, horse rugs on and off, carrying bags of food, stacking hay bales
Dalene: I’m working really hard to create a healthy work/life balance and I’m trying to encourage that in my team. We now have four women from our small office of nine team members, attending the boxing gym nearby. We motive each other to get changed into our gym gear at lunch time and head downstairs to complete a 30 minute workout with a trainer.

What is your best active living hack?

Michelle: Pick something you love doing that involves physical activity, eg walking the dog.
Dalene: Ask your colleagues to support you to ‘get active’ at lunchtime. (Ie Give them permission to tell you to get off your butt and get out the door of the office for some exercise at lunchtime!)

Favourite healthy meal?

Michelle: Cold meat and salad
Dalene: OBE Organic beef cooked in the slow cooker.

What health craze are you guilty of loving?

Michelle: Protein shakes, especially chocolate flavour
Dalene: High protein, low carb

What challenges do you need to overcome in order to achieve healthy and active living?

Michelle: Time
Dalene: Motivation and making weekly exercise a ‘non-negotiable’ part of my working week.

What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?

Michelle: Better posture, having more energy everyday
Dalene: I agree with Michelle, I have better posture and feel more positive with more energy.

What (or who) inspires or motivates you? 

Michelle: My mother, she is still active at 85yrs, plays bowls 5 x a week and goes to gym to push weights.
Dalene: My sister Jenna Brook who is currently running from the bottom of Tasmania to the tip of Cape York to raise $50,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia. You can check it out at: https://runningforbums.wordpress.com/

How do you overcome negative thoughts? 

Michelle: The thought of how good you feel after a workout.
Dalene: I’m a ‘glass half full’ girl so I remain reasonably positive most of the time!

How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?

Michelle: I don’t have an option, horses, dogs, chickens, cats all need to be fed and once you are outside its hard to sit still and not play with the dogs.
Dalene: I look to my colleagues for support and motivation. There are now four women in the office who attend the local boxing gym, there is always someone who wants to workout at the same time.

What do you do to treat yourself?

Michelle: A glass of wine
Dalene: Reading the paper on a Saturday morning with a good cup of coffee!

Love Michelle and Dalene as much as we do? You can check them out via: 

Their website: https://www.obeorganic.com/

Or you can support Dalene's sister, Jenna via the fundraising page here: https://bcapersonalchallenge.gofundraise.com.au/page/runningforbums