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Hello there. Thanks for visiting my blog and actually taking time to read this!

My name is Diana, and I’m a 23 year old photographer from Lisbon, Portugal. After reading food/fitness/weight loss blogs for months I found myself wanting to be a part of that community. I’m not an expert by any means, but these are definitely subjects that interest me.

See, I was overweight pretty much all my life. Sometimes more, sometimes less. In 2007, months after ending a very destructive relationship I suddenly noticed that I was punishing myself. I don’t know why or how that happened, but I was suddenly 190 pounds. I was unhealthy and unhappy.

Thus began my journey. I bought a treadmill (I wasn’t comfortable enough to go to a gym just yet) and I walked. And I ran. And I walked some more. Then I got a couple of exercise DVDs and I did those too. In August 2009, almost two years after I started this journey, I reached 132 pounds. I still feel like I haven’t found my feel great weight, but I’m definitely close!

Was it easy? It was never easy. I’ve struggled with disordered eating (binge eating/emotional eating) and I still do sometimes. That’s one of the reasons I started this blog. I’m also not an exercise lover. I love how it makes me feel after I get out of the gym, but I do not love doing it. Maybe I haven’t found something I’m passionate about… Who knows?

Right now, my goal is to focus on healthy living again. I’ve recently joined a gym, so that’s a good start. But now, it isn’t so much about the weight loss. I really do want to learn how to live with healthy habits. Eat when I’m hungry, don’t eat when I’m not. I don’t believe in diets, I believe in healthy habits! Exercise 3/4 times a week. Be happy and don’t obsess with food. Feel strong and fit!

Please feel free to leave comments and share your stories and opinions. That’s what we’re here for!

36 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2009 6:29 pm

    Welcoming to the blogging community! I am a strong believer that everyone can fall in love with exercise – they just need to find the right one for them (have been trying to convince my husband of that for years with no luck… maybe one day πŸ™‚ ). Gorgeous pics! I’ll keep reading!!

    • October 1, 2009 7:27 pm

      I’m still trying to find something I REALLY LOVE when it comes to exercise. I’ll keep trying! πŸ™‚
      Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. September 30, 2009 6:45 pm

    you look beautiful! congratulations on all you’ve accomplished — i look forward to reading more πŸ™‚

  3. Tiffany permalink
    October 4, 2009 2:40 am

    Hi Diana,

    Thank you very much for sharing your journey. Although my weight is healthy, I have not reached my ‘feel good’ weight either and like you have have struggled with the same disordered eating as well. I can relate so much. Everyday I am working to find balance with food and my overall wellness. I look forward to see your progression.

    Again thank you for sharing.

    • October 4, 2009 9:48 am

      Hey Tiffany. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment. πŸ™‚
      Trust me, I know exactly how you feel. What we can’t forget is that this is a permanent thing, let’s try not to think so much about the scale. I’m sure you’re doing great! Good luck with your journey πŸ˜‰

  4. October 5, 2009 2:42 am

    Hi Diana! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Your pictures are just gorgeous – I can’t wait to read more!

    • October 5, 2009 10:01 am

      Hey Daria! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, I’m glad you like my photos. I’ll keep reading you too!

  5. October 6, 2009 3:28 am

    Hi! I just found your blog and I love your pictures. I’m adding you to my reader!

    • October 6, 2009 12:55 pm

      Hey Kaytee! Thank you so much. I’ll definitely check out your blog! πŸ˜‰

  6. October 7, 2009 8:19 pm

    You look beautiful! You should be so proud of yourself! πŸ˜€

  7. October 14, 2009 5:03 pm

    I am so happy you’ve started this blog. Your progress is amazing! You’re my inspiration.

    • October 14, 2009 7:11 pm

      That means a lot coming from you. πŸ™‚ I’ve been reading your blog, you’re doing great too!

  8. Kristen permalink
    October 17, 2009 12:47 am

    Which nikon is that that you are using?

  9. October 17, 2009 6:57 pm

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Great blog and I loved reading your story.

  10. balancejoyanddelicias permalink
    October 18, 2009 12:55 pm

    hi there~ welcome to the blog community!
    I like your pictures a lot! Do you still live in Portugal? What would you recommend for someone who wants to learn photography? take course? read a book? or both?

    • October 18, 2009 1:54 pm

      Hey there πŸ™‚
      Thank you!
      Yep, I still live in Portugal.
      Well, what I’d recommend is definitely to absorb as much info as possible. Read about photography and photographers. See lots of pictures.

      This website is pretty awesome for people starting out:

      I think that if you’re doing it as an hobby that’s enough, you don’t really have to pay for classes. The internet has pretty much everything you need to learn. Also, practice! Best way to learn. Get a camera and go outside to take photos! πŸ™‚

  11. peanutbutterfingers permalink
    October 20, 2009 7:26 pm

    when i was looking at your blog i kept thinking how beautiful all of your pictures were… now it makes sense! i loved learning more about you. πŸ™‚

  12. October 25, 2009 8:32 pm

    Thanks for all of your great comments on my blog. I’m adding you to my blog reader so I can keep following your updates πŸ™‚

  13. October 30, 2009 2:45 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog today through Crunches For Cupcakes. Your pictures are beautiful and I relate to your weight loss journey a lot. Can’t wait to read more!

  14. October 31, 2009 3:13 am

    I was wondering why your food photos were so awesome then I clicked on this page. It makes sense! I love you work! Good luck with getting healthy. πŸ™‚

  15. October 31, 2009 9:47 pm

    Thanks for coming by my blog. Happy Halloween (do they celebrate it there? Is that a dumb question?).

    You look great! Congrats on your success. Your photos are GORGEOUS. I’m really going to have to work on mine!

    Take care!

  16. November 2, 2009 1:25 am

    You have such a beautiful success story, though it sounds so familiar to mine! I have been overweight all my life until senior year of high school…life was no fun when you’re a chubby girl in school. 😦

    You are taking such gorgeous pictures of food I wish I had half the skill you do!

  17. November 5, 2009 7:13 pm

    You are beautiful, your photography is beautiful, and your blog is beautiful.

  18. November 5, 2009 10:45 pm

    We have such a similar outlook on food,life, and health. I’m glad I found your blog. πŸ™‚

  19. November 8, 2009 7:24 pm

    Hey! I think your outlook on health is great, do what makes you happy, and life should not be about exercise and food…ever. There are so many wonderful things out there for us! πŸ™‚

  20. coffeeismycarrot permalink
    April 5, 2010 9:32 pm

    I love your outlook and congratulate you on your journey so far!

    I too think a healthy lifestyle as opposed to a diet makes for a happier life.

  21. April 8, 2010 8:39 am

    I can’t believe that it took me so long to check out your blog. What a shame!
    It’s also so good to see an other fellow European in the blogworld, hehe.
    Good luck with your journey! Can’t wait to continue reading!

  22. April 9, 2010 11:57 am

    You are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story with us. This blogging community is amazing and very supportive. I was a gymnast my entire life and I had to quit due to injury when I was 18. I searched for years trying to find an exercise routine that fit my personality… but I found my niche and I am sure you will to! Can’t wait to read more about you and your journey! Hugs from North Carolina! xoxo

  23. April 12, 2010 7:26 pm

    I like playing team sports, but haven’t played in a long time (hence my current condition). I too am not a big lover of ‘exercise’ for the sake of exercise. Although I think I’m going to have to start getting more active. I’ve just begun my weight loss journey (again) and I’m already struggling to get in a daily workout. I’m just going to have to keep trying I guess. I’m hoping that this blog community will help with my motivation/inspiration levels. Your blog looks like a good one to follow… and congrats on your weight loss success.


  24. April 29, 2010 9:15 pm

    Hi Diana,

    I just found your blog, and I love it! Your story is inspiring on so many levels, and your photography is really beautiful!

    I also love your hair πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

  25. June 25, 2010 8:05 pm

    What a great and amazing story. I am so glad I found your blog!

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