Stopping Sugar; Shopping for Shoes.

Last Tuesday, I was chatting to a friend about how she had cut out sugar in a bid to reverse the steady decent in to death-by-cookies that a history degree initiates.

“I was utterly foul for the first week, and I dreamt about biscuits, but now I feel great and I don’t even miss it.”

This wasn’t the first time I’d heard about sugar withdrawal and the amazing health benefits which followed it. Having watched ‘Sugar Free Farm’ (where celebrities go cold turkey on sugar for a month) I have to admit I was intrigued. So I decided to join her.

 Within days I had given up sugar and spent £60 on a new pair of trainers so I can commit to my “Sunday Run Days.” I hadn’t worked out for a while, and my old ones were knackered!

I plan to stay off of all refined/processed sugar until Easter: biscuits, cake, chocolate, sugar in my tea.

From there, we shall see but I’m hoping to only have sugar as a treat on rare occasions. I’m still allowing myself fruit juice, yogurts and jam though – I need this to be something I can stick with!

I’m feeling ok for now, but I’m bracing myself for the grumpy side effects from the sugar withdrawal.

Let’s do this!

Until next time,

Dani x


Welcome to my story

Hello, my name is Dani.

That picture on the right? That used to be me:

August 2012, almost 20 years old, 104kg/230lbs/16.3 stone, unfit and unhappy.

That photo was what prompted me to change my life. With the help of a doctor and lots of hard work, over the next 2 and a bit year, I lost around around 30kg/66lbs/4.7stone, until I looked like this:

arms-in-jeans    skinny


But then, I took my eye off the ball, and a combination of university life, and being happy in a new relationship saw me slowly but steadily gain weight.

Now it’s February 2017, I am 24 years old, I weigh approximately 95kgs/209lbs/14.9stone, and it’s time to do something about it.

So I am inviting you to join me as I get back on the wagon, tackling my weight gain and making the changes I dream about seeing in my body into a reality.

I hope that by writing this blog, and knowing you guys are watching, I will be able to stick to my guns and make the necessary changes, whilst also creating a log of my progress to date.

Until next time,


Dani xx

A starting point: ‘Before Photos’

So here we go. Unfortunately this first post is a tricky one to write, but I’m trying to frame it in a positive light.
As with any journey, you have to start somewhere. And for me, my journey starts with three photos. They will eventually be called my ‘Before’ photos.

I am not proud of these photos, but I also know that this is the least flattering my current body ever looks. With good posture, nice clothes, in animation and combined with a smiling face, the picture is immediately improved.
There isn’t anything ‘wrong’ with me, that’s not why I’m doing this. Instead, my aims are to get to a point where:
– I am comfortable and confident being photographed
– shopping for clothes isn’t a terrifying, body-hating experience
– I can go through a whole day without having to worry about clothing moving and exposing ‘bulges’
– I am fit and healthy enough to enjoy life to the full without feeling compromised by my weight and fitness

With that said, let’s begins!
Until next time

Dani x