Airdrie, Alberta, Canada 35 • 127 lb • 5’6” Contract analyst
Ten years ago, Jennifer Wobst was diagnosed with diabetes. After three years of daily insulin injections, she finally got an insulin pump. “I was finally able to keep my sugars in control, and I knew that I wasn’t going to let the disease control me,” she says. “I was going to control the disease and live a full, happy life.”
After giving birth to her first son in 2013, Wobst found herself face to face with postpartum depression. “I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I wanted nothing to do with my brand-new baby,” she says. “Thankfully, I had an amazingly supportive family who made me go to my doctor.” In addition to treatment with antidepressants, Wobst had another weapon in her corner: fitness. “When I worked out, I felt like me,” she says. “I could just put my headphones on and not think about diabetes, not think about ‘life’ for an hour.”
In the last several years, Wobst has accomplished a host of things, including running a half marathon, becoming a certified group fitness instructor and competing in fitness shows. She follows a three-days-on/one-day-off training split and does cardio six times weekly. “Taking an hour out of my day to get my fitness in makes me a better worker, a more patient parent and a better spouse,” she adds.