I am so excited that Lexy let me butt in on her series to share one of my favorite people’s stories. Danielle and I met through our husbands in September of 2009. Dave and Keller (the husbands) are on the same team in the Army and worked together at the Texas Counter Drug Detachment in Austin. I tease Dave about being Keller’s work wife, they literally are BFF’s and I’m so glad they are both in our lives.
(The only picture I have with Danielle at the BYU/OU game at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium Sept. 2009!! We really need to take more pics together chicky!)
Danielle is my hero and inspiration. I feel like her story is a little different from some we’ve shared before in that she took her body from pretty dang good to frickin awesome!! We all have different struggles and goals. So next time you pass a skinny chick on the street and think “she has no worries” think again, everyone feels their own need for improvement. Thank you Danielle for letting us share your story!
First Name/Age: Danielle Hall age 30
Tell us a little about yourself so we can get to know you better.
I am a dental hygienist and have loved my profession for 8 years now. I am married to the baddest ass man I know and we will be celebrating 12 years in September! I am a mother of 2 beautiful children – Tristan age 10 Trinley age 6. I love the sun and prefer to be outdoors so Texas has suited me well! I love to compete and enjoy racing 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, duathlons, triathlons, and planning my first Tough Mudder in October! One day I may be an ironwoman…one day Dream big right?
(The “baddest ass” husbands!)
Have you struggled with weight/body image issues throughout your life?
I have always been self-conscious about my body type. I have been active and competitive my entire life, but I never loved the athletic build that my parents’ gene pool created for me. It wasn’t until this past year that I finally embraced these muscles without feeling self conscious or masculine.
Was there a significant event that triggered your changes?
My husband likes to tease me about having an early mid life crisis (which honestly may be true lol) If I was leaving my 20’s I was going to look and feel good doing it dang it! I have never been “fat” but I had slowly put on 10 pounds through my twenties and just wanted something more. I didn’t want to look good “for having 2 children”; I just wanted to look good. My favorite quote from one of my trainers is when you want something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done. So, I did.
Did you have someone that inspired you to make changes?
I have a lot of inspiration in my life. My mother first and foremost has inspired me to be as healthy as possible due to some genetic increased probabilities of a cardiac event. I will control the factors that are controllable and hope that proves to be enough to live until I’m at least 100 My husband is in amazing shape, so of course I have to keep up with him! I want my children to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle, so I am living the example and providing them the foundation that they will hopefully build on throughout their lives.
Did you incorporate a certain diet? Restrict calories? Or follow any certain plan?
I base my daily caloric intake from my BMR testing and calories burned during exercise. I try to keep my calorie deficit between 400-600 calories/day. I eat clean and follow pretty closely a paleolithic diet, but I do eat greek yogurt, sweet potatoes and cottage cheese.
Do you exercise? If so, what type of exercise do you enjoy? Did you work out with family or friends?
Exercise is my true passion, the commitment to a healthier diet was harder for me being the foodie that I am! I enjoy running, cycling (indoors and outdoors), crossfit, bikram yoga, weight lifting and swimming. I love working out with my husband and his team; and of course I have my favorite cycling and yoga instructors that I attribute a lot of my success to.
When did people first notice the changes?
About 6 weeks into my arduous 2/day training schedule that I created for myself last spring.
Did it take a while for your mind to adjust to the new you?
I am still trying. I will always be a work in progress.
How did you measure your success throughout the process? How much weight did you lose and how long have you kept it off?
I lost 12 pounds and 7% body fat. Of course like any woman I fluctuate between 3 pounds but consider myself maintained for 8 months.
Which of your personal goals have you achieved?
Finishing 1st place in my age group in a race. Finishing top 5 overall in another.
What did you find hardest about this process? How did you overcome it?
Without doubt the hardest part is balancing home, work, and fitness. I have a very supportive husband who makes it all possible (when he is in country of course lol). I have found that working out every weekday morning at 5:00 am while the family is still asleep and cutting back to 3 evening workouts instead of 5 works best for me. Saturdays we all go to the gym together and enjoy the pool afterwards; Sundays are a day for recovery!
How did your family react? Were they supportive?
My family and most of my friends are very supportive; my husband and I inspire a lot of our extended family members and friends to live healthier lifestyles.
What do you eat on an average day on program?/What are some of your favorite foods that keep you on track?
I eat a lot of raw fruits/veggies with hummus, tilapia, chicken, extra lean ground turkey, greek yogurt, salads and when I need something quick I will grab something from My Fit Foods.
What are your biggest tips for people that are trying to maintain their weight loss?
Surround yourself with people who have your same goals and lifestyle.
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