Start: 16st 7lb (231lb)
After 6 months: 40lbs lighter
After 18 months: 98lb lighter
Hello! I’m Dannii. Your average, 30-year-old woman living in the UK, that has a passion for helping others to get healthy and happy. This blog is about the recipes, health and weight loss tips and exercises that helped me lose 98lbs and keep it off. I also post things about my day to day life so you can get a bit of an insight into the behind the scenes of Hungry Healthy Happy.
In 2008 I got the scare I needed to realise that something needed to change. I was having health problems, mainly heart related, due to my weight and it was affecting my life. I was only young, that should not of been happening to me. I shouldn’t have been missing out on all the things my friends were doing just because I couldn’t control what I was eating. I was an emotional eater, and that needed to change.
I started small. I cut out junk, processed foods and stopped getting takeaways. I gave up alcohol for 6 months (which really helped kick start the weight loss) and I started cooking everything from scratch. I had never really cooked before, I was just putting things in the oven, or turning the microwave on. I started buying fresh foods, some I had never tried or even heard of before. I changed the taste of things with herbs and spices, rather than covering it with fatty sauces and I discovered a love of cooking. I actually became pretty good at it. After 6 months of cooking more healthily and walking a little more, I had lost 40lbs. I hit a plateau at that point and I knew I had to kick it up a gear, and that meant exercise.
Again, I started slowly, as I knew that I couldn’t just head out and run a 5K. I got a Wii Fit and did some gentle yoga everyday. Not only was it stretching my muscles, ones I didn’t even know I had, but it was relaxing me too. It was great for my mental health and that was something that really helped with my emotional eating. I then started going swimming too. It is a gentle exercise that doesn’t put too much pressure on your joints, which is perfect if you are overweight, and it is a brilliant cardio workout. I moved out of the plateau and the weight started coming off again. I then needed more, so I started going to the gym, picked up a few workout classes with Zumba and step aerobics and with a LOT of hard work and dedication, I reached my goal in February 2011 – in time for my wedding in May. It wasn’t easy. There were times when I wanted to give up, and times when I did give up and ate too much, but I never let one bad day turn into a bad week. I always got straight back on the wagon. No matter how tough it got though, I always kept my goal in sight, and that was improved health. With each pound, I could breathe better. When I reached my goal, I felt amazing, like a different person.
The battle did not stop there. I have been maintaining since then (up and down a few lbs here and there) and I truly think that is the hardest part. I can never eat whatever I want all the time, as I will put on weight so much quicker than other people, because of how much I have lost. That doesn’t mean I don’t treat myself, I do, but I still have a structured exercise routine to burn it all off and I eat clean 95% of the time. The recipes on this site are all about healthier alternatives to the foods I love. So, healthier cakes, and healthier alternatives to takeaways play a big part.
I started this blog and the Facebook page back in June 2011. I wanted to help other people who are in the same situation. It isn’t just about weight loss, it is about making lifestyle changes so you can be healthier. That includes eating better and exercising more. This blog and the Facebook page keeps me on track with maintaining as well and it allows me to pass on all of the things I have learnt along the way. If you ever have anything to ask me, just head to the Facebook page and post on the wall or go to the contact section of this website.
Feel free to have a look around the website. You will find lots of recipes for healthier alternatives to the foods you love, blog posts, health and weight loss tips, exercises you can do at home, general news, products I love and even a 3 week beginner plan that I followed myself. If you are feeling a little bit overwhelmed and you don’t know where to start, then take a look at my general tips for beginners.
I get asked a lot of questions about my weight loss and what I did to lose weight, as well as general weight loss questions and I have answer them all here in the Frequently Answered Questions section of the blog – so take a read and it should answer everything you want to know. If not, click on the contact section of the blog in the menu and send me a message.
I’m not going to say it will be easy, but it WILL be worth it.
I am not a doctor, personal trainer, registered dietitian or any kind of health professional. I simply post what has worked for me and what continues to work for me and this should be used as a general guide to improving your health and fitness. It will not work for everyone and you should always consult your doctor first so you don’t cause yourself any harm.
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