About Me

I’m Danielle, I’m 23, (closer to 24), and I’m unhappy.
I’m unhappy in my appearance and unhappy with my lifestyle.
It’s time for a change, and yes, I’m one of those annoying people who begin things on the start of the New Year.  2009 is going to be my year, my year to get in shape, to gain confidence in myself, and to make myself an all around healthier person.
I’m at my heaviest weight right now, and it’s not a good place to be.  I’m disgusted with myself on an almost daily basis and enough is enough.
When I look back at high school, I remember being unhappy with my weight, thinking I always had to lose 10 or 15 pounds.  I tried every diet I could find including the South Beach Diet and Nutrisystem (they’re stuff tastes like burning wouldn’t recommend it) , I took weight loss pills, and although I’m not at all proud of this, I didn’t eat a meal for an entire summer.  Sure I would eat snacks a couple times a week, but  I existed almost completely on coffee, cigarettes, and red bull.  What an unhealthy way to lose weight!  I never had a scale in my house so it wasn’t until the first day of my sophomore year of college when one of my roommates had a scale and when I weighed myself I realized I was at my lowest weight, of around 118. I liked it there although I felt I had more to lose, I’m a short girl and that looked good.  I hope to get down there again, this time in a healthy way.  Luckily I lived with an amazing group of girls, and although I never told them about my struggle with food, they helped me without even knowing it.  But I had pretty much ruined my metabolism.  Everything I was eating, (and believe me I was eating a lot) was complete junk, and I started to pack on the pounds.  3 years later I’m at my breaking point. 
After lurking around reading people’s daily food blogs, I’m ready to start my own. 
My biggest inspiration was Chandra, over on Chandra’s Shenanigans.  She seems to have the balance that I’m hoping to have for myself.

So there you have it.  I hope with this blog to meet more people who inspire me, and I hope you’ll follow me on my journey towards a healthy balanced life.


26 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erin  |  January 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    GOOD LUCK! You’re going to do awesome. 🙂 This community is really supportive.

  • 2. seeleelive  |  January 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    best of luck to you my lady. learning to love yourself with come with time and practice, so be patient, life is a journey after all.

  • 3. dailygoods  |  January 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    you’ll do great! 2009 is going to be a great year for you!

  • 4. Melissa  |  January 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Aw! I love your story because I think we can all relate to some degree! Thanks for commenting on my blog as it allowed me to find yours. GOOD LUCK, I know you can do it!

  • 5. Julz  |  January 8, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    WELCOME HOME 🙂 You are going to ROCK this hard, babygirl, and you’ve already made SUCH progress w/ starting your fabulous blog! You’re going to get so much support here!! Yayy for you n YAY for tomorrow being fridayyy 🙂

  • 6. Sarah  |  January 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Danielle — Just wanted to add to what everyone else has been saying. The food blogging community seems incredibly supportive, so you’ve probably put yourself in the best place possible for making a change like this. It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable! Good luck with all your goals — I’ll be checking back 🙂

  • 7. fitforfree  |  January 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Danielle,
    Thanks so much for your comment on my site. It means a lot! You’re doing great, especially putting yourself out there on this blog. I’ll check back to see how you’re doing 🙂

  • 8. applec  |  January 10, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Hi Danielle: You know I’ve found that reading food blogs or the health and fitness blogs offer such great inspiration towards our goals. You sound like you really have a passion to move forward and make positive improvements. Don’t be too hard on yourself though. A person learns by making mistakes. You just have to be wise enough not to repeat them. Good luck. My thoughts are with you. Joanne from http://applecrumbles.wordpress.com

  • 9. angiismyname  |  January 12, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    You were so right about our stories being similar! Reading your about me gave me goosebumps. I hope that we can both achieve our goals of losing weight in a healthy manner!

  • 10. healthy ashley  |  February 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    You can totally do this! Thanks for sharing your story 🙂

  • 11. Sarah  |  February 6, 2009 at 12:56 am

    good luck on getting healthier day by day!

  • 12. sue  |  February 10, 2009 at 2:29 am

    hi…i just found your blog and can really relate to your story. good luck with your goals…i’m looking forward to reading more!

  • 13. luckytastebuds  |  February 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Hi, I totally feel what you say and have battled ups and downs with my weight for a lifetime. It is SO exhausting and tiresome to always be struggling and that is the same reason i started my blog. Just like you, I feel like my metabolism is screwed up because of what I’ve already done to my body. I wish you the best and definitely will be comin’ back! 🙂 GOod luck you!!

  • 14. Monica  |  February 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    hey danielle! i just found your blog and thanks so much for sharing your story! i too can relate to struggling to find a healthy, postive balance with food and your body!

  • 15. Rose  |  March 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Just saw your comment on my blog and thought I’d stop by. Thanks for sharing your story – I’m a shorty too, so I understand. 2009 is your year!

    Look forward to reading your blog 🙂

  • 16. Jennifer  |  March 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Good for you!! You can do it!!!

    Eating healthy for me has been so much more pleasurable than I thought. I never used to watch portions, just mindlessly ate. If there was food left over from a luncheon at work, I’d eat, even though I just ate my own lunch. I’m so glad I don’t do that anymore!

    I hope 2009 is your best year ever! I’m trying to do the same thing!

  • 17. sue  |  March 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    great blog- i just found it, and i’m glad i did! i’m determined to change my lifestyle and lose weight this year too…good luck to the both of us 🙂

  • 18. Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)  |  March 18, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Good luck!

  • 19. Sara  |  March 19, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Good luck with your journey!! I know what it is like to feel that way about yourself, and I hope you are able to find peace this year. Healthy eating has so many great benefits and it sounds like you are off to a wonderful start.

  • 20. katecooks  |  March 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

    sidenote, just saw ur post RE bon jovi (random, i know!!). i didnt know u were from Jerz!!!! Yay!!!! i am in LA now but used to go to the same beach club as bon jovi and bruce (another jersey must LOL) and see them all the time. small world right?! love jersey 🙂

  • 21. elise  |  April 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    i just found your blog, and i think its great that you have such a fabulous attitude – no better way to start out on your mission! cant wait to keep reading. im sure youll find this food blog community is the best way to reach your goal.

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  • 23. Robin  |  July 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I can definitely relate to your story. I always thought eating food would make me gain so I tried to restrict and of course, that didn’t last long and then I would end up bingeing. I think you’re going to do great!

  • 24. Eve  |  July 27, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I can relate too! I wish you success on your journey and look forward to following your updates!

    Eve @


  • 25. Julia  |  August 13, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Hi there! I love your blog! I think we’ve got pretty similar stories. I’m another shorty 🙂 I am aiming to crank back down to sub-120 as well. I am loving your entries and so glad I found your page! Keep up the awesome work. Aren’t the chobani’s the best?!

  • 26. Allison  |  September 14, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I think this is absolutely awesome and you are doing a great job! Keep up the good work and always be positive 🙂 It makes such a difference!! Healthy eating is such a great change to make in any person’s life and congrats on making a commitment to making yourself happy because everybody deserves that! Good job girl! 🙂

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