About Me

Start: 16st 7lb (231lb)

First picture of me overweight

After 6 months: 40lbs lighter

Picture of me halfway through weight loss

After 18 months: 98lb lighter

Picture of me now



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.

You can read a list of all the things I did to lose weight on the post How I Lost 100lbs. You can also read the blog post about what Hungry Healthy Happy means.

I’m not going to say it will be easy, but it WILL be worth it.

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google too.





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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  1. Emily says

    I just thought you should know that someone stole your identity on Instagram. It’s under the name @renyclay. He or she is harassing people using your photo, calling people disgusting, etc. you might want to report it yourself, numerous people have tried to get this person reported..

    • Sandy says

      Typing to confirm Emily’s comment below. An individual has taken a couple of your pictures and used them on an Instagram account where various people are being bullied and harrassed continuously and viciously. You may wish to seriously look into it.

  2. says

    Hi Dannii,

    You’re blog is such an inspiration! I can’t wait to explore all your healthy recipes! Keep up the awesome work! We’d love to have you check us out sometime over at InPSYCHful Living, where we feature a daily dose of tips related to mindful beauty, style, and living. Like you, my co-blogger and I love to focus on positivity, health, fitness, and overall well-being! :)

  3. Eline says

    Hello Dannii, I’m really shocked by your process. It’s really wonderful how you changed, I have a lot of respect for that. The fact that you were a emotional eater is sad because it means that you have to deal with a lot of problems. I also like takeaway food like McDonalds or something because it’s delicious but very bad for your body. If I can read the calories on the package it makes me feel sad. I have no overweight but I don’t feel comfortable in my body so I want to live healthy. I will do fitness and swimming and other sports but every time when I sport, my body won’t. Because than I have an inflammation or a dislocation. My doctor said that I have to stop but I won’t. I want to train my abs before the summer is there. But my only option for now is that I have to rest. But I will follow you by now because it really inspired me what you did. Congrats!

    • Dannii says

      If you doctor has told you to slow down on your exercise, you really should listen to them. You don’t want to push yourself too much and end up injuring yourself to the point where you can’t workout again. I pushed myself too much with a knee injury and I am paying for it now.

  4. says

    You are such an inspiration! I just stumbled across your blog and I love it :) I’m embarking on a weight loss journey and can only hope to be as successful as you!

  5. says

    You are an inspiration. Your story resonates with me so much and thank you so much for sharing!

    This –> “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 could not agree with more! After losing around 70 pounds over a year ago maintenance has been the hardest part of it all! Staying active, maintaining balance and eating nutritious meals all help but I still fluctuate throughout the month! Very happy I came across your website! Wish you all the best!

  6. says

    Dannii- this is so inspiring! Congratulations on your success and I look forward to following your blog and seeing more of your posts : )
    – Marisa

    • Dannii says

      Thank you :) Blogging full-time was never something that I planned, but I absolutely love it. Welcome to the blog :)

  7. says

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  8. Krissie says

    Wow…absolutely inspiring. You have opened yourself up and are sharing for each of us to take from your experiences that which may inspire us without at all imposing ideals on us that we may not agree with. We were not created to be one size fits all in the real world regardless of the ideals society and celebrity try to impose on us which leads to and fosters eating disorders and unhealthy body image. Only we, each one of us as individuals, can and should decide for ourselves what is healthy, what our own specific dietary needs may be with the advice of a trusted medical/clinical professional if necessary, and what defines for us what each personal success is that we achieve along our individual journeys. Job well done and congratulations. You have inspired me to stop putting so much value into the opinions of others and take back the power to make decisions for myself to move ahead in my journey in a way that does not burden me with guilt,

  9. karen says

    Your website is amazing like i loge your recipes ! You are an inspiration I’ve lost 8 stone in 8 months you may see from twitter as we follow each other i can see a few people are very jealous at what you’ve done and they prob haven’t lost the weight and are prob big people i don’t feel guilty for saying that ny best friend got jealous and now ignores me because i wanted to get healthy like your self i don’t see you as unhealthy your happy in your own skin keep up the website i love seeing your updates and also Karma is a great thing to the haters hehe much love from Scotland Karen x

  10. Emma says

    Your before and after photos are amazing. You were beautiful before too, but you can see how much happier you are now. Please bring out a book!

  11. Rebecca says

    You are incredible Dannii. I want to be able to say I have done what you have done too. Just getting started is such a challenge.

  12. says

    Great to read someone’s weight loss journey. It’s really important to realise that it’s a lifestyle change that’s needed and to stay positive and motivated is key! As you say, if you fall off the wagon, you have to get back on! Thanks for sharing. Great website and blog!

  13. Mary Falland says

    Just found you on instagram! 100% love your blog. I am on a weight loss journey as well. I have reached my goal weight of 150lbs (down about 60 lbs) :-) over 5 years to accomplish because I didn’t really have a goal weight in mind until two years ago. Now I’m am working on muscle gain and toning. My new goal weight is 130lbs. We’ll see when I reach it but slow progress is better than no progress! Keep up the great work!

  14. says

    I follow you on FB and sometimes it is hard to know who has a blog and who doesn’t! I am definitely looking forward to reading your blog more in depth!

  15. Laura says

    You followed me on Twitter. I followed you back. Just reading a bit of it Your results are amazing. What an accomplishment. So very awesome and you look fantastic. GOOD FOR YOU. NOt easy. I’ll be reading more of your stuff :) You go Girl

  16. Rosa Isabel says

    I have been in many pages trying to get all kinds of answers for weight loss and I found a post on Facebook which linked me here. Thank you very much for all your couching and advised. This is the most friendly user web page I have found! I love it!!

  17. Gill Graham says

    Hi i’m just starting my healthy journey today i’m going to follow your meals they look great so i’ll let you all know how I get on .xx

  18. Stacy says

    Dannii…you are an inspiration. Continue to shine your light and ignore the low energetic vibrations of trolls. But I commend you for addressing Myla directly. I read a quote that said [paraphrase] “The world is not a bad place because of bad people. It’s due to the silence of GOOD people.” Continue to uplift others and I pray that Myla learns the art of speaking the truth with COMPASSION.

  19. Myla says

    Wow! I’m happy my health goal wasn’t just to be skinny. It was to be fit! Skinny covered in a layer of fat may look good in clothes but not good naked (or at least not in form fitting clothes). Incline that treadmill, add resistance to your exercise bike and lift! Fix your posture too!

    • Dannii says

      If you have read any of my posts at all Myla, then you would know that my goal was never to be skinny – it was HEALTHY. It’s in the title of the page. I don’t consider myself skinny, I never said I was, and I never said I didn’t have a layer of fat. Also, did I say I was done yet? I will never be done. I do wonder if you have lost a considerable amount of weight yourself? If you have, you will know the struggles that comes with that. I have always used an incline on the treadmill and resistance on the bike and I lift heavy. Just because you doing that made you look a certain way, does not mean that I will look the same way.
      Not that I need to justify myself to you, but I was in a car crash when I was younger that makes it difficult for me to sit/stand up as straight as I should/want to.

      I am not sure what you got from criticising someone on the internet – perhaps it makes you feel better about yourself. But before you judge other people by their appearance, when knowing nothing about them, please think that it says more about you than it does about them.

      I wish you health and happiness!

  20. Laura says

    Dannii, you are such an inspiration to me. I am finally going to sort myself out after faffing around for the last year i am fed up of being so unhealthy and unhappy.
    Can i ask how you feel about ‘diet’ fizzy drinks ? I have a minor addiction to diet cola – will it help my weight loss to give it up? X

    • Dannii says

      Thanks Laura :)
      I personally hate any diet products, especially diet coke. It is full of artificial sweetener, which your body can’t process properly and your body can’t actually tell it is not real sugar. Also, it can actually spike sugar cravings. I also find it makes me very bloated. But, take things one step at a time. Don’t give up everything at once, otherwise it will seem overwhelming.

  21. Allie says

    Hi Danni,

    I have lost 39kilos, and 7 more kilos to go. I am wondering if you were eating the same amount of calories (i.e. foods you posted on the blogs) during your weight loss journey or just for your weight loss maintenance? If yes, what kind of foods you avoided cause I know you mentioned you were a vegetarian before and I am not :)
    Thanks for answering and hope I can achieve my goal as you did! 😀

    • Dannii says

      Well done on your weight loss Allie! No, I eat more calories now I am maintaining than what I did when I was losing weight. I need to eat more now, as I don’t want to lose any more weight.
      I was a vegetarian, but now I eat meat. When I was losing weight, the only things I avoided was anything artificial or processed – everything else I just ate in moderation.

      I hope that helps :)

  22. Trene says

    Thank you for the tips, recipes and encouragement!!! I am SO TIRED of feeling, looking and being fat and unhealthy. I have struggled with my weight for the past 6 years since going from factory work to a desk job. I cook more from scratch and seldomly go out to eat, my problem is I eat to much of what I cook and those late night snacks are hard to resist. I quit smoking a month and a half ago partially because I took up walking for a period of time and couldn’t manage due to my smoking. Anyway….Hoping that reading your updates, tips and trying some of your recipes will help me to get on track and stay there :-)

  23. Eliza says

    Congrats on staying so motivated and looking gorgeous. I’m currently in the process of trying to lose pregnancy weight. So far I lost 18 pounds but it’s taking forever. I was taking Herbalife supplements (which required substituting 2 meals a day with shakes) but since now I cannot afford it anymore, I’m pretty much left to myself. I did gain back about 5 pounds after stopping the program and now I’m trying to just incorporate more fruits and vegetables (as opposed to lots of proteins as Herbalife states). However, I don’t know why, but I’m not really shedding any weight. Well, I have never been skinny, I think genetics play a big role here since my dad’s fam was a bit obese. I feel like it’s unfair that I watch what I eat and I still gain weight and some people just eat whatever they want and never have that problem. You probably know what I mean. See, I don’t drink soda or juice (only if I make my own I will drink it). I don’t eat sweets or junk food. Any ideas or suggestions as what I should do to speed up my progress?
    Thank you so much and have a blessed day.

  24. Hayley says

    I think this page is fab. I am 25 years old and weighed myself yesterday to find that I am a ghastly 21st 2.6lbs. That’s 9st above the greatest weight I should be in my healthy range. Basically I am carrying another person around with me. To say I’m horrified is an understatement. It’s refreshing to me to see that you tried fad diets too, its so tempting to try to lose a large amount of weight quickly. Thank you for sharing your battle and finally your success. I will let you know how I do :-)

    • Dannii says

      I know that feeling Hayley. Having that wake up call of finally stepping on the scale is a big moment. But, it is a moment you should remember well so you can look back at it in a couple of years time and feel so proud of how far you have come.
      Keep checking back with us and let us know how you are getting on – we love a success story! Also, if you find yourself struggling, we are here to support you too.

  25. Jessica says

    I think you rock for losing so much weight…. BUT you lost 98 pounds in 18 months so you’re left skinny and not toned which makes you still look unhealthy. You look like any other skinny woman not one who’s fit.

    • Erin says

      I hink this comment is so unfair. Dannii is just sharing her story and her progress. She never said she was finished! It takes a long time to get from overweight to thin AND toned.

    • Dannii says

      Thanks for saying that I look unhealthy Jessica. You must feel so much better about yourself now you have put a complete stranger down. Erin is right, I am nowhere near done, I will never be “done” as health and fitness is something I will always have to work out. By your comment, I am guessing that you have never lost a significant amount of weight. I would suggest you put that negative energy into something more productive, as this is a positive place that supports people who have struggled with their health and fitness, not a place where they should all feel the need to fit into societies standard of “toned”.

      One final thing. Genetics play a LOT in it, some people will never be toned, no matter how hard they try. I may be one of them and if I am, that is fine by me because I AM healthy – whether you think I look healthy or not.

      Have a great day!

      • Glenda says

        Dannii, You are a beautiful person, inside and out! I’m not saying that to make you feel good, I’m saying that because it’s the truth! You look fantastic and the fact that you put so much time and energy into helping and inspiring others (like me) to finally become the healthy “me” we all know we can be, makes you beautiful on the inside as well. Thank you for NOT being selfish and keeping your healthy recipes to yourself, I look forward to your healthy alternatives. You truly are an inspiration! Keep up the excellent work 😀

    • EJ says

      Wow, that’s pretty ‘Raise you up one minute, kick you in the teeth the next’ Jessica. This young lady has achieved an amazing thing with her dedication to her weight loss journey & has been kind enough to share it with everyone else that has similar struggles. Not only that, she looks amazing. It’s a shame you felt you needed to taint that.

  26. Amillie Waadia says

    Very Inspiring website and very real tooo…..I urge all my friends to see this website and get inspired with it.

    • Dannii says

      Thank you. And thank you for sharing it with your friends too. The more people we can reach, the more we can support too.