Weight Loss Transformation of the Day: Danielle lost 169 pounds. At 380 pounds, she was faced with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Realizing that she was a compulsive overeater, she sought out the help she needed to change her life. Danielle’s story shows that many times we have to go deeper than just eating and exercise and get to the root of our weight gain. Here is what she shared with us about her journey…
My name is Danielle and I’ve been on an intentional and purposeful health and wellness journey for the past 5 years. Being sick and tired of being sick and tired was my initial motivation to begin this adventure. I was 25 years old weighing upwards of 380 pounds, and taking medication for both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. I’ve had many moments of inspiration along the way but one of the most glaring was having the opportunity to volunteer for a women’s triathlon while I was living in Alaska. I was so inspired by the strength and insurance of the women that I decided then and there that I needed to make changes.
I discovered that I am a compulsive overeater and I changed my eating habits by attending support groups for individuals who have similar food related issues. I also read labels and abstain from dessert items because I don’t moderate them well. I eat fresh vegetables and fruit with each meal and I’ve been a vegetarian (technically a pescetarian) for 7 years. I focus on moving my body daily. I honestly don’t have a set workout regimen but I do ride a bicycle and/or walk multiple times a week.
My starting weight was 380 pounds. My current weight is 211 and I am 5′ 7″. My transformation is ongoing. It’s taken me about 5 years to lose close to 170 pounds and according to the BMI chart I’m still about 30 pounds overweight. My advice to others looking to make lifestyle changes is to make small changes gradually. Be gentle with yourself and consult a professional who can assist with nutritional information. Also, get lots and lots of support and surround yourself with likeminded individuals who support your goals and aspirations. Stick to the fight and don’t give up!