100 Pounds Lost

Dani used to weigh 363 pounds…that was 150 pounds ago!

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Danyeil Durrant was 10 years old when she first began dieting. She had no idea she would be wrestling with her eating habits for the next three decades.

In 2012, after years of alternating between dieting and splurging, Durrant had gone from “chubby little girl” to a morbidly obese woman. The 5-foot-2 paralegal from Sebastian, Florida, weighed 363 pounds.

She had quit going to amusement parks and concerts because she couldn’t fit in the seats or walk without knee pain, and she couldn’t get in her car without losing her breath. On airplanes, she had to fly first class and still use a seat belt extender because she was too big for coach seats. She took showers because she couldn’t lift her body out of the bathtub anymore.

Durrant’s doctor told her that her cholesterol was so bad “that I was going to have a heart attack within 10 years if I didn’t change my ways.”

Besides the physical toll, her self-worth was shot.

“I spent 30 years of my life thinking that if I could just lose this weight, then my life could begin, then I’d make the cheerleading squad, then I could take that vacation, then I would meet the man of my dreams, etc.,” said Durrant. “I never felt like I was enough.”

Durrant, now 41, attributes much of her weight gain to dieting at such a young age.

“It taught me that deprivation was the only way to lose weight, and that food was bad,” she said. “I thought I was fatter than I actually was, and I never developed (a healthy) self-esteem.”

She felt helpless, knowing her life was at risk but not knowing how to change.

August 3, 2012, marked the start of her new life. That night, she was at a dinner for her sister’s birthday, “pigging out on the fattiest foods possible,” when her sister mentioned she had joined Weight Watchers and was having success with it.

Durrant joined Weight Watchers the next morning with her best friend and never looked back. Through the company’s points system, she learned how to create a balanced meal. She found the system wasn’t as restrictive as many other diets and allowed her to enjoy foods like steak as long as they were eaten in moderation.

Durrant stopped eating fast food and gave up soda. She began to appreciate — and eventually, to love — fruits and vegetables.

Most importantly, she eliminated a lot of guilt by realizing that eating something unhealthy didn’t equal failure.

“In the past, if I ate what I considered non-diet food, I thought I had ruined everything, and I would quit whatever diet I was on,” Durrant said. “Now I know that I can still occasionally splurge, attend celebrations, go to restaurants … because I have learned how to choose something healthy anywhere I go.”

She would go on to lose 150 pounds.

In the first couple of months, Durrant’s low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol dropped 37 points as she made more positive changes to her eating habits and began to spend more time in the gym. This health change was a major landmark in preventing the heart attack that her doctor had presented as a very real threat. But Durrant was not done making changes.

From the very beginning, becoming physically strong was just as important to Durrant as losing a lot of weight.

In January 2014, she made a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym every day for a year. She has stayed faithful so far.

“Even if I’m out of town I make sure to go before I leave or I rush back to get in my workout before midnight,” she said. “I feel unstoppable.”

Durrant has fitness equipment at home that she uses as well: a punching bag, an ab lounger, hand weights, kettlebells and workout DVDs. She tries to get in about five miles of cardio every day, as well as upper and lower body weight exercises. She has recently discovered a passion for weightlifting and bench pressing.

“I am very proud of my muscles,” she said. “I stare at them all the time.”

Durrant’s boyfriend, Joe Goshen, has been her biggest cheerleader. He said she’s always been beautiful, but she “now has a million different smiles, each one more beautiful than the last.”

She weighs 213 pounds and is down to a size 12. Her ultimate goal is to weigh “150 pounds of muscle.”

Although Durrant has changed most dramatically on the outside, she likes to acknowledge the internal changes as well.

“I am not afraid of what people think of me. I am not afraid of social situations,” she said. “Basically, I am not afraid.”

She said her newfound self-confidence has really helped her focus on the importance of even the smallest moment.

“When the weekend comes, I’m up with the birds and ready to get out of the house and make every moment count, instead of lying in bed with no energy, watching TV and eating.”

Durrant decided to create a Facebook page called “Get Down with Dani” to both inspire others and to keep herself accountable for achieving her weight loss goals.

“I have had the pleasure of meeting the strongest people that I’ve ever known,” she said. “They have embraced me every step of my journey and allowed me to inspire and motivate them to start their own weight loss journeys.”

Initially, Durrant said she challenged her followers to work out with her every day for a month, and more than 300 people joined her in accomplishing that goal.

“Now I have a challenge group with thousands of women, and a few good men, who are all ‘Down with Dani’ and excited for every new challenge that I give them,” she said. “We have made weight loss fun.”

She said it’s an amazing feeling to be the one doing the inspiring and motivating, when two years ago, “all I wanted to do was hide in a corner and cry.”

“My struggle with obesity is the one thing in life that I always failed at,” she said. “To become an inspiration at your greatest failure, that is priceless.”  – source: cnn.com


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  1. Ericka Gietzen Nicol

    January 2, 2018 at 1:56 am

    Melanie Steinhauser

  2. Frances Newton Griner

    December 2, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Wow, totally an amazing job!

  3. Adrenna Nicholas

    December 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Awesome. …high 5!!!

  4. Barbie Jean Holowell

    December 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    You rock hon

  5. Amy Rosselott

    December 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm


  6. Lucy Tate

    December 1, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Proud of you every day. You rock Danyeil Durrant!

  7. PollardBetty Seepersad

    August 15, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    wooooooooow u look great

  8. Sissy Woods

    August 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Wow congratulations

  9. Carol L Pitts Wood

    December 22, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    She doesn’t even look the same pic I mean light skin on left

    • Tamie

      December 29, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      It’s probably BC she’s outside in one or have a tan in the other. It’s her though I’ve been following her journey for a while.

  10. Carie Lassiter Reagan

    December 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Danyeil Hamilton Durrant…look what popped up today 🙂

  11. Wanda Fennell

    December 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I can so relate to your story Dani , thanks for sharing and you did it ! You look wonderful

  12. Mary Capasso-Newman

    December 22, 2016 at 9:12 am

    A m a z I n g !!!

  13. Cindy Rowe

    December 22, 2016 at 7:05 am


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    June 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm

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  15. Danyeil Hamilton Durrant

    May 25, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Thanks so much ladies!

    • Sheryl

      December 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Are you only 5′ 2″? If so, you carry your weight very well! You look great!

  16. Jessica Widdicombe

    May 25, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Danyeil Hamilton Durrant <3

  17. S Lynn Stewart

    May 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Madison Taylor Stewart

  18. Danae Dobbins

    May 20, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Awesome! Congratulations & God bless you for sharing your story! Im praying you reach ALL your hearts desired goals!

  19. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    May 19, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Fantastic job!

  20. Stephenie Beech Lmt

    May 19, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I love Dani!!!

  21. Frances Newton Griner

    May 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Wow, so impressive!

  22. Michelle Johnson

    May 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Love her!

  23. Dennette Bauer

    May 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    You are amazing!!!!

  24. Pat Sudak

    May 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    great job! It is very hard to lose all that weight and to maintain it.So proud.

  25. Mary Capasso-Newman

    May 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Wow you look absolutely amazing!

  26. Janis Garfield Rosen

    May 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    You are outstanding. How proud you must be!

  27. Debbie Lowry

    May 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    You look beautiful!!!

  28. Theresa Padovano

    May 19, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Good for you congratulations

  29. San Dra

    May 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Adrianna Velazquez

  30. Dianne Suzuki

    May 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Congratulations on your fabulous weight loss!!!

  31. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    May 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Wonderful and inspiring!

  32. Ramona Curtis

    May 19, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    yes…..giving up fast food and soda !! I did a few years ago and have lost 45 pounds and kept it off !! No going back to either of those bad habits. Congrats Dani on getting healthier and happier !!!!

  33. Phyllis Blottenberger

    May 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Amazing great job!

  34. Wanda Fennell

    May 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    You look great ! Really happy for you

  35. Jennifer Heath

    July 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Amazing Thank u

  36. Billie Sanders

    July 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm


  37. Barbara Khan

    July 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Love Dani!!

  38. Gaye Miller Cook

    July 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    My hero!!!!

  39. Marie Johnson

    July 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Great job! Keep going!

  40. Annika Hagberg Taylor

    July 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    My Hero! Now if I could just make myself get in the ball so I could be my own hero!

  41. Kellie Dunlap Oswalt

    July 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Best weight loss story out there!

  42. Mellisa Lynn

    July 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm


  43. Lucero Balderaz

    July 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    She loocks beautiful.

  44. Tammy Hale-Mohr

    July 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing your amazing journey!! You are an amazing lady!!

  45. Tabitha Williams Resecker

    July 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Wow amazing way to go!!

  46. Becky Ralph Hines

    July 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm


  47. Denise Schaffer

    July 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Inspiring! Great job!

  48. Michelle Johnson

    July 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Love her!!

  49. Martha Mehler-Reed

    July 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Danyeil Hamilton Durrant

  50. Jennifer Arriza

    July 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Yay Dani!!! You look amazing!

  51. Jackie Wofford

    July 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Lookin good !!!

  52. Clorindaj Johnson

    July 11, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Wow – super!!!

  53. Karen Enslin Dukerich

    July 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    That is an awesome story thank you

  54. Sharon Bobo

    July 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  55. Vj Taylor

    July 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    she looks fab

  56. Adriane Gilder

    July 11, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Congratulations/Mazel Tov on your accomplishment. You are truly an inspiration to all.

  57. Karen Aydlett McMurray

    April 25, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Awesome, congratulations!

  58. Sally Forsythe

    March 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Good for U 🙂

  59. Ruth Woodson

    March 24, 2015 at 10:43 am


  60. Anya Loses Weight

    March 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    amazing fight, amazing results!

  61. Mindy Shelton

    March 23, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Go you!!

  62. Kathye Slemp Lacoursiere

    March 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Wow. This is truly awesome

  63. Teena Williams

    March 23, 2015 at 7:36 pm


  64. Gwen Stacey Murphy

    March 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Congrats Dani!

  65. Kimberly Bailiff Connell

    March 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Awesome job!!

  66. Marcia Wever-Jones

    March 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I’ve been dieting for 3 weeks, the first 2 weeks no diet soda, lost about 6 lbs. last week started adding diet soda, gained back . It is all about the soda

  67. Brad Hughes

    March 23, 2015 at 10:59 am

    You go girl good for you

  68. Danyeil Hamilton Durrant

    March 23, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Aw that’s so nice! Thanks yall!

  69. Debra Avis

    March 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Dani looks AWESOME!!! She is always smiling

  70. Bert Kruizenga

    March 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Good luck you are doing great

  71. sherlynn simmons

    March 23, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Congrats Dani! I’m 58 years old but until now I can’t make through my dream ! I have trying all kind I’d my weight with all kind if things like going to zumba/ gym/hiring a trainer / watch DVD / bought all kind of weight lose protein stuff pill and more .
    But all this won’t last long it only it take only 6 months for me then it come back to before after i stop it
    So right now my weight is 170lbs and my high is 5″1″ My left side of my foot it very pain u can’t walked right now so I don’t know what to do ! Please help me Dani

  72. Sharon Stewart

    March 23, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Omg.You look soooo good.xx

  73. Gwen Gilbert

    March 23, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Well done 🙂

  74. Carolyn Lamb

    March 23, 2015 at 8:26 am


  75. Mary Capasso-Newman

    March 23, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Great job you look amazing !!

  76. Jennifer Fowler

    March 23, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Yay theres Danyeil Hamilton Durrant!!!

  77. Patty Hillert

    March 23, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Good JOB Dani!!!

  78. Paula Marie

    March 23, 2015 at 6:33 am


  79. Cindy Kirn-Palmer

    March 23, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Awesome job Dani!!!! High five to you!!

  80. Valerie Lachney

    March 23, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Didn’t read the article, but I lost 50 lbs just by stopping the cokes and Dr Peppers and replacing with plain unsweetened tea. Took approx 6 months. That was about 3 yrs ago.

  81. Shawna Lancaster-Johnson

    March 23, 2015 at 3:50 am


  82. Jaime Alexander Rico

    March 23, 2015 at 2:55 am

  83. Robyne Chabant

    March 23, 2015 at 2:51 am

    You are amazing!! well done!!!

  84. Enedina Monique Zamarron

    March 23, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Way to go Dani!

  85. Lani Taira

    March 23, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Great job grl. I’m trying my self I know there’s a lot of ups an downs but you look amazing you were truly dedicated.

  86. Rochelle Kert

    March 23, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Congratulations too you keep up the good work I once lost 110 pounds I know what it feels like when you lose weight you feel amazing I’ve put back 70 pounds of my weight lost because of a depression I hope too lose it again

  87. Debra Landis

    March 23, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Dani i need to talk to you only when you have time. I need help and i seen you have lost 150 pounds. The reason why i am asking you i have thyroid problems and diabetes and i have to lose weight bad. Can you please help me and thank you very much.

  88. Theresa Cooper

    March 23, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Danyeil Hamilton Durrant

  89. Shontele Lloyd

    March 23, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Congrats! Keep up the great work.

  90. Stephen Pagano

    March 23, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Danyeil Hamilton Durrant

  91. Melissa Brown

    March 23, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Wow! Amazing job! 🙂

  92. Yadira Ochoa

    March 23, 2015 at 12:39 am


  93. Brooke Fossati

    March 23, 2015 at 12:39 am

    And now she is a blondie!

  94. Vida de Diamante

    March 23, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Agnes B. Miles

  95. Kristin Kennedy

    March 23, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I love Get Down with Dani – Weightloss Journey!!

  96. Mary E. Jordan

    March 23, 2015 at 12:29 am

    She was my inspiration to go back to WW ❤️

  97. Vanessa Cruz Torluemke

    March 23, 2015 at 12:29 am


  98. Patricia Walters-Fischer

    March 23, 2015 at 12:19 am


  99. Katie

    January 6, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Im struggling with weight loss myself. any suggestions on where to start? this is the most i have ever weighed and it just makes me more depressed and i feel like i can’t do it. i feel like why bothering trying when i know Im just going to fail anyway??

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