Before & After–The Birthday Suit



I can’t believe I turned 26 on Friday! Wow, so long mid twenties, hello late twenties. Eww, doesn’t even feel right to say! Since my 25th, I decided that I would spend each subsequent birthday in a different city–on vacation. Last year, it was Sin City. This year, since I am going on a Caribbean cruise for Thanksgiving, I decided to make my bday trip smaller. Location? Virginia Beach!



Here’s my infamous teal and lace bday dress that I ordered from, on sale for $25! It’s two sizes smaller than the dress I ordered from them last year! Yes! Since I am so proud of my progression, I decided to share my growth with you.



My shoes are lovely black and pewter patent leather, T-strapped platforms that I got from Avenue from their fall sale for $15! I got them because they were $15 and doubted I would ever even wear them. Well, I wore ’em! I picked last year’s dress because I wanted to hide behind layers of fabric. I was at my heaviest then and had just started working with a trainer. Check out the chunkiness of my arms in last year’s pic!



There’s a lot less boob/arm flubber! I purposely picked a form-fitting dress because I know I dropped weight and wanted to show off my new curves!


There’s an obvious reduction of my most hated part of my body–back fat. That’s a relief! Everything is  toning up and only going to get even tighter as my journey continues. That’s motivation because I’m looking forward to more results.


Then there’s the obligatory swimsuit shot. Not bad! Although I am looking quite fierce in the before picture, the happiness of the after picture says it all!


My suit was black last year. Why? The obvious! Black hides and my suit did really well in hiding the lovely lady lumps that I didnt want to show. This year, I went snazzy–a silver leopard (heart) print suit from Old Navy that doesn’t hide much.


I hope this rewind to last year and glimpse at my progress serves as inspiration to all my fellow fattiy girls out there that are finally taking over their lives and doing something about their weight. No, we’re not all created to be the skinny, but we should be healthy. So now that I am a grown woman, lol, I will focus just as I have been–on my health, but also on my self. Weightloss isn’t what makes me love myself. I make me love myself. The weightloss is just an added bonus to taking good care of my [new] body!


I’d love to hear your stories about your weightloss journey!


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  1. You look great Danielle! So proud of you πŸ™‚ You've always had such confidence in yourself – a trait I've always envied. Best of luck to you as you continue on this journey. Remember, it's most important to love and appreciate yourself, but it's also important to take care of yourself as well. You're doing it all! Keep that positive attitude and motivation. Love and miss you! xoxo

  2. Well you looked fierce in that purple dress but I'm glad you are feeling healthier. I've recently lost 40 lbs and went from a 20 to a 14 (sometimes a 12) simply by walking. The beautiful weather and new city I was in over the summer compelled me to just walk. LOL. I will have to get a trainer for the winter. How did you tone the back chunk? That's my problem area :/ it just won't leave! Soon i'll need a bra for it! SMH! Keep up the great progress!

  3. You look fabulous!! Sorry I'm late posting on this! Your birthday dress is BEAUTIFUL! I love it. My favorite place to shop for my sister is Torrid. She loves their clothes! But I definitely learn from you about how to manage pricing — kinda like value engineering! πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the great finds! πŸ™‚

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