My name is Danielle, I am 25 and I currently reside in Columbus, Ohio. I moved here back in November 2011 from Wisconsin and Sydney, Australia prior. I left an abusive marriage in August 2011 after six years. I used to be athletic and became severely overweight (334lbs) while in this detrimental relationship.
When I left I decided, I needed to take back my life, confidence and health. I began the P90X program, ran and did weights, totally nearly 3 hours a day. Fitness served as the one thing other than my dog that kept me alive during the most trying time in my life. Due to an event that happened in October 2011 with my ex-husband’s threats, I became homeless in order to keep my roommates safe and went to a Domestic Violence shelter. I in effect, starved and sleep deprived myself while there because mentally, I could not handle what had happened to my life. I decided my life could not remain this way, so within a short span of time, I made the decision to move. Having to give up my black labrador, Toby, was one of the hardest things in my life. He kept me going; I was feeding him even over feeding myself much of the time, because he had become the only thing that truly mattered to me.
I knew leaving Wisconsin was my last ditch effort at life. I was suicidal and alone. I was starving myself because I could barely do anything but workout. I had never been in such poverty before, unable to feed myself. I am thankful for shakeology, because when I had nothing else, I at least had my shakes, which gave me the nutrients and energy to keep going.
Despite the conditions I left in, I came to Ohio with nothing but the clothes on my back and my car and found myself in the best company I could have ever imagined. I lived on the sofa of an art friend for a few short weeks and now have a home, living with dad of my loving boyfriend. He, his family and both my gallery supporters and tumblr followers have helped me regain my positivity and drive; all that I had been lacking in my life.
My goal with this blog is to not only keep pushing forward toward my own goals, but also to help anyone and everyone I can get to where they want to be in their lives. I don’t want my experiences to have been for nothing; if I can save even one person from the same pain I have been through, it will all have at least felt like it was meant for something.
Through all of the hard work, discipline and dedication I have lost nearly 150lbs and counting.
I am so in love with my life now. Everything about it and all the inspiring, beautiful individuals I get to meet on a daily basis that make it so much more fulfilling. Thank you for being here to follow my journey and allow me to help you in your own, you all mean the world to me.
Fail until you succeed and keep on rockin’ it. <3