Hi! My tumblr is daniellepatricia1989
Even though tumblr has been a huge infuence on my journey, I only have 11 followers so I would love a few more! .
My weight in the before pictures above is around 195, as I was too embarrassed to take pics before that.
My name is Danielle and I am 6”0 and currently weigh 164lbs. These picture were taken about 8 months apart. I would call this photo in progress because I hope to build some more muscle and drop about ten more lbs.
My weight loss story:
I was always athletic as a kid and as a teenager. I figure skated, played soccer, played rugby and ran track in high school, so I never had to be careful about my eating habits. I ate whatever, whenever and stayed fit. This changed when I went to university. I still played sports in the summer but for the majority of the year I was sedentary. I spent my time studying and working my butt off during the week and partying every weekend. This quickly led me to go from 150lbs and a size 6, to over 200lbs and a size 14. I tried all kinds of starvation diets, cleanses, fasting, etc. I’m ashamed to say that I even went through a period of time when I made myself sick after every meal. All that got me was terrible skin, no energy and a body that was a few lbs lighter but all flab. I didn’t like my new body, but I didn’t think my weight was all that important that I should risk my health for it either. I had great friends, and a loving boyfriend and family.
I decided that my weight wasn’t such a big deal and figured maybe I would just always be big. I finally woke up to my weight being a problem when I had the opportunity to move abroad as a teacher. I wanted to go hiking, swimming,surfing and walk around exploring for hours, but my weight held me back. I was out of breath all the time and I just felt like crap. Also, around the time that I left my country for Korea, my mom was told that if she didn’t drop at least 50lbs, she would be at a huge risk of developing liver cancer. I was scared for her, and also upset that at such a young age I had let my body get out of control. She has done an amazing job dropping 70+lbs and she motivated me to get started. I decided to take my health seriously and I began exercising about 3 times a week. Some days I would just walk for hours. Sometimes I tried to run, which was super frustrating because my body couldn’t live up to my expectations at the time.
Then my boyfriend proposed and my sister got engaged around the same time. This is such an exciting time for us, and I knew I wanted to look my best. So I started running 4-5 days per week and doing blogilates a 2-3 times a week. I hated this new routine for the first 2 weeks, but then I started realizing how much better I felt. I had the energy to do things I couldn’t before. I felt that it improved all aspects of my life. I am a better teacher when I run in the morning. I have more patience, I think faster. I just live my life more fully. I have lost about 65lbs and I feel fantastic.
I’ve been a vegetarian for 5 years now, but I was really unhealthy. I overloaded on carbs and under ate veggies and protein. I decided to just eat really clean. Now I still eat carbs, but make sure it’s whole wheat. Don’t deprive yourself though! I still eat the pizza I love and drink strawberry daiquiris, but 90 percent of the time, I consume a healthy diet.
I think the most important thing to remember is that everyone screws up. I’ve had days where I binged like crazy and even a few weeks when I put fitness and health on the back burner. But I always got back on the horse, and when I did, it was with more determination than ever. Just keep going and trust in the process. You will be amazed at what your body can accomplish.
Just keep swimming people!
Peace and love.