I guess it’s working

Hi friends!

So weeks and weeks ago, I came across an old camera in the house, and I had a feeling that there were some old pics on it from way back when, before I had ever lifted weights or done any strength training. We took them right before Josh and I started P90X (I think we lasted 4 weeks before we dropped out…). Problem was, the camera was dead, and it was an older one that requires AA batteries, which I didn’t have. I can’t think of anything I use anymore that requires batteries…

So after my workout on Monday, off I went to get some batteries.

Side note, can someone please explain this to me:

Four AA no name batteries: $4.29


CAN YOU SAY NO BRAINER? Guess who’s going to the movies all alone with a purse full of batteries and a fully charged camera? OH YEAHHH.

ANYWAY, I got the batteries home, fired up that bad boy and took a look through the pictures. At first I was like “meh” I look the exact same as I do now, and I put it away.

Then I decided to put the same bathing suit pieces on and take some pics just to see just how much bigger I looked (seriously, I was convinced I would look way bigger because I weigh 10-12lbs more now than I did when these pictures were taken).

I know that you should ignore the scale, and I do, the number doesn’t bother me much one way or another, but I never thought that I was actually one of those girls who had managed to gain weight (aka. muscle) but look smaller. I’ve seen a million before and after pictures of women who gain weight, or remain the same weight, but look leaner. I never thought I looked any different. Why? Because my diet isn’t perfect. I like pizza. And froyo. I don’t count calories, or macros, or even measure out my food. I figured I hadn’t been working hard enough in the kitchen for any real changes to go down.

I was very pleasantly surprised to see that I was wrong.

Let me preface these photos by pointing out a few things.

When the before pictures were taken (November 2010) I was:

  • At my lightest weight.
  • Eating between 1200-1300 calories a day of unclean food.
  • Running and running and running some more. This was my only form of exercise.
  • Sporting some REALLY bad hair, and even worse brows. I’m sorry for offending your eyes.

In the after pictures, (taken yesterday) I am:

  • 10-12lbs heavier than my lightest (aka. the “before” picture).
  • Eating 2000+ calories a day of mostly clean food. But not taking myself too seriously because, like I said, I love pizza and froyo and I am not a bikini model, hah.
  • Still running (although less), because I love it, and lifting as heavy as I can manage, 4-5x/week
  • 3 meals and 1.5 litres of water into my day (abs be gone).

Yes,  I weigh 10-12lbs MORE in all the pictures on the right. And I 100%, no exaggeration, have been walking around thinking I am still that girl on the left. I actually thought I looked better then (in my head), because I knew I was so much lighter. Goes against everything I tell people about gaining muscle, I know, I know.

Talk about the happiest wake up call of ALL TIME.

Do I think I look perfect? No, and I am not trying to. But I am thrilled with the progress I have made, while still maintaining a regular social and family life. This is just the motivation I needed to take me through to my photo shoot in 6 weeks!

Morals of the story:

  1. TAKE PICTURES OF YOURSELF HALF NAKED ALL THE TIME. And then 2 years later you can crop out the scary bits and post them on the internet. (Okay you can skip that part).
  2. Throw out your scale! Or at the very least, do what I did– wait until the batteries die and don’t buy new ones, hah. (It doesn’t require AA batteries! Hahaha, who needs some?)


Happy Transformation Tuesday!

Don’t you love when you transform and you didn’t even know it?

Do you still use the scale as a form of progress measurement?






  1. OMGGG!! What a difference, you look so much leaner and more toned. You looked great before by the way, but that is impressive. Do you go to crossfit or do you just do your own weight routine at the gym? Keep up the amazing work!

    • Danielle says:

      Thank you!!!

      I did LiveFit first, and then the James Wilson Body Earned program twice (just the workouts, not so much the nutrition). In between I did my own thing, and right now I am doing my own thing too!

  2. yay! so awesome!

    this is why i love lifting; you look so strong and toned and feel so badass 🙂 congrats!

  3. Amazing! You look so good! I love lifting!!!!! I have been wanting to do the picture thing too, but I wish I had done it a year ago because I have so much definition now that I never had in my whole life. This post was really inspiring! Thanks!

  4. YES!!! Good for you! You look freaking amazing.

  5. Congratulations girl! You look fantastic. I was thinking of going out and buying a scale today because I had it in my mind that I wanted to try to lose ten pounds, but after reading your post, I am definitely not going to! I would only torture myself with the numbers and this is the extra proof I needed that the scale really doesn’t matter. xo

    • Danielle says:

      You’re right, it doesn’t matter! Ain’t nobody got time for that.

      Take pictures, they are free and far more valuable! Keep going!

  6. Please. PLEASE. As if you didn’t already look badass on the left, your badassery took it to new heights on the right!
    You’re officially included in my inspirational ring of women who eat clean, don’t obsess over macros, and lift like beasts.

  7. I Love this! I’m coming to this realization too. Fabulous post and great description. I’m going to share it on my blog page.

  8. I LOVE this Danielle! How awesome. I am so happy for you and absolutely love the message you’re sending. It DOES work – lifting + clean eats + balance lead to a lot of happy things. Great job girly!


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