I’m Back!

So I know I took a little break from this blog, but oddly enough I started to gain a lot of followers within the past two days. Not quite sure how you guys found me, but thanks for the follow! I really appreciate it, and it definitely has made me start writing again. Which TBH I NEED to do…It’s something I really need to work on, and become better. It’s actually one of the main reasons why I decided to start a blog.

Any who. Let me do a quick recap of what has been happening. SO last time you guys heard from me I said I wanted to get in better shape, start taking care of myself, and become healthy. WELL. I haven’t stopped! Sure, I’m not perfect, I’ve had a few days where I sat at home and ate a whole container of cookies or didn’t exercise for a full week…I even lost 10 lbs, and then LITERALLY within one week gained it all back…that’s how much my body hates me. It wont give me a freakin inch. But there have been days where I stick to my diet, exercise and drink plenty of water, so for that I pat myself on the back. Change isn’t going to happen directly overnight, but I hope that slowly all of my small changes will in total become one big change.


These past two weeks have been great. I have gone to the gym at least 4 times a week, and I keep track of what I’m eating on the Couch to 5K app. If you struggle with knowing what to do with yourself at the gym I highly recommend this app. It tells you what you will be doing next (running or walking) and the interval training is really helpful. After only one week of using it, on my second week attempt I could tell my endurance and strength was already getting better. I was running faster and less out of breath. Plus by the app chopping up running and walking into two separate things, and only separating them by a minute or so your workout goes by extremely fast…which I’m grateful for. #noshame.

Will say though that I haven’t gotten any better with weightlifting. I just don’t find it as enjoyable as doing cardio. But I do enjoy my soreness after I know I pushed myself with weightlifting. I also think that it’s not helpful that I’m really intimidated by all the muscular people near the weights…I know they’re just trying to be healthy like me, but I’ve definitely had encounters where they totally just think I’m in their way and I just don’t want any confrontation.

I will also say, though it’s only been a solid two weeks of work I have seen results! I feel better after I workout,  emotionally and physically. I’ve also given myself a routine I can stick to, and I’ve found a great support system online to keep me accountable. With these things I think I’m setting myself up for an actual lifestyle change and not just a quick fix to loose weight. I’m ready to be healthy and thrive in my twenties and I think I’m actually going to do it this time.

Once again, thanks for the support. I hope that at the end of this journey you’ll all see a happy ending!




I went to the gym yesterday for a free consultation with a physical trainer, and I found out that my BMI (body mass index) is 50%!!!! WHAT?!

After I heard that all I could think was, how could I let it get this bad? SO.

I decided to make some changes, and post my progress on my not so well known blog. Here I can keep accountability for myself, without posting this vulnerable time on my social media sites. I personally get tired of seeing people’s “transformations” and I didn’t want to show anyone the progress until I reach my final goal!

So what am I going to do?

1.No dairy.aHR0cDovL3d3dy5saXZlc2NpZW5jZS5jb20vaW1hZ2VzL2kvMDAwLzA5MC80Mzgvb3JpZ2luYWwvM2QtcHJpbnRlZC1jaGVlc2UuanBn

I know for a fact thatmy body doesn’t hang on to dairy well…in fact I know that I’m a little lactose-intolerant, but ice cream man! I was also told by the physical trainer that ifyour body doesn’t like it, it sticks to you more when you eat it.

2. Cut out carbs. carbs-at-night

I did this once before and MAN did I SEE RESULTS! Bread and yeast really make my belly expand, so I know cutting this out of my diet will allow my to shred some pounds fast. Now don’t get me wrong, this transformation isn’t JUST about loosing weight. It’s about getting healthy, but to be healthy I need to loose this weight.

3. EXERCISE insanity

I’ve come to a point in my life where I just hate to exercise, and it’s only because I’m so out of shape. It’s not enjoyable because it’s hard. I want to be able to love running, to enjoy dancing and to do that I need to exercise daily. To help me with this I plan on doing Insanity with Shaun T. They provide a workout calendar for you to know what you’re doing each day.

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4. Drink more water

I know I don’t drink enough water or anything for that matter throughout the day. So I’m going to track my H2O intake and have around 120 oz of water a day AT LEAST.

I’m not giving myself any more goals, but these four things. Too many unrealistic goals can really set someone back and be intimidating. But I know I can do this! I’m starting with a weight of 229 lbs and would like to get down to around 150. I always tell myself I want to loose weight, and then never stick with my plans. But this time it HAS to change. I’m thinking of my future right now, if I want kids I can’t have my health be this way. My family also has a history of heart disease and I don’t want that to affect my life either. It’s now or never. So come on the journey with me as I take control of my life. Pray that I find motivation EVERY DAY to keep going, and finally



First Missions Trip to Croatia


I have a heart for the nations and this year I was privileged enough to be given the opportunity to go to Croatia on my first missions trip. I am ecstatic  to be apart of spreading the word of Christ and serving others. I know that this trip will be considerably enriching for myself and fellow missionaries, but what I look forward to most is the joy that our presence, talents, and creative abilities will bring to the people in Croatia. I am very eager to participate in a life altering adventure, permeating hearts with God’s love and transforming lives in awe-inspiring ways.

While in Croatia me and our team will be participating in Street Evangelism. And I am excited to announce that I will be leaving Thursday, September 21stand will be
returning home on Friday, September 29, 2017!

This trip will cost approximately $1900 per person by August 20th, and half is due July 20th. I am currently trying to do all that I can to raise my share of the cost. I am really excited about the opportunity to minister outside of our country in a totally different culture. This should a great challenge for me personally but I take comfort in knowing that He will not give me any more than I can handle as He does His work through me!

I am asking you to look into your hearts and consider supporting me in this trip. Any financial support you can provide would be welcomed and appreciated, especially as I know there are many people who are hurting in this tough economy. Please keep me and the team in your prayers as we travel to Croatia to share about God’s unfailing love, forgiveness and grace. I would simply love your support in any form! If you have any questions feel free to ask!

If you would like to support me please go to my profile site linked here:

Danielle Truckenmiller

Garage Sale Weekend 

This weekend I drove back to my mom’s house in small, rural town in  Illinois.

This is where most townies reside after they graduate from a surrounding high school, get married (or not) and have kids. It’s a great place where everyone knows everyone, news spreads quickly, and the gas station is the most popular spot in town. This weekend they had their annual garage sale weekend. Everyone who wanted to participate brought out their good and tried to sell them to the best of their capabilities, and that included me and my family this weekend. With the raining pouring down I honestly didn’t expect any kind of turnout.

To my surprise, we made a whopping $42 dollars! We still have furniture, toys and clothing to spare and sell but for the weather being what it was I am more then grateful for what we received.

I think my nieces were the ones who had the most fun with this project. They loved being able to greet everyone who showed up and be an active part of the process. But what they really enjoyed was being able to see that we were making a profit. It fascinates me that Aubrey, my oldest 7 year old niece, was so excited to see  that we were making money.

We did tell them that we were trying to make some money, but overtime we made a sale, she pulled me aside and asked, “Did we make a lot?” Obviously they don’t need to know the logistics of the situation, but I did intact inform her that “yes, we’re making some money.” After I told her that she would alway have a giant grin on her face. Which makes me wonder, as adults should we have even informed her that we were making money? I guess I’m just thinking that we just told her that our success was based on how much we made, not how much stuff we got rid of (because that actually is the point of the garage sale, get rid of the stuff you don’t want and the benefit is the cash, right?) I guess I’m just curious what other parent think, is it okay to inform you kids (at whatever age their at) of how money works and that we need it to survive, but it can be a dangerous obsession.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

All in all today was a good day, so far. The day is only about half way over and I still need to visit my cousin as well as my grandma and make the 2.5 hour trip back home. Wish me safe travels, and I’ll let you know if anything eventful happens on the way!


Also please enjoy this wonderfully positioned photo of my dog Wrigley. I would like the caption to be “My anaconda don’t want non unless you got buns hun.” But if you have something better please let me know 😆

A Simple First Blog Post

Hey guys. I assume the more blog posts I do the more you’ll learn about me. So for the first blurb, I just wanted to say some things about me so you can gain a little background before we jump right in.

I am currently residing in Chicago, Illinois, GO CUBS GO! 

I originally am from a little town, Milledgeville, Illinois-population 800. Where tractors were driven to school, and cowboy boots were seen on the daily (even in gym).

I graduated from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights in 2014, with a B.A. in fine art with an emphasis in graphic design.

I started and still run my own photography and freelance business-DLT Design and Photography.

I love my family.

I love everything creative.

I try my best to be in shape and eat healthy, but it usually never works out. I guess we just weren’t meant to be. . .

I have an older sister, Dawn, she is an inspiration for getting through the tough things in life. And she made two pretty awesome nieces for me, so that’s also a plus.

My mom is my best friend, and I have no shame saying that.

I’m 25 years old.

I’m a proud puppy momma to Wrigley. #mr.wriggles.

I don’t know where I would be without my friends.

I’m a TOTAL goof.


So let’s start one.