Danielle Beder

Category 20+ KG'S
Position 7 TH
Weight Details
117 KG'S Starting Weight
75 KG'S Goal Weight
111.6 KG'S Current Weight
Challenge Progress
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Super-chilled Sunday

I woke up this morning and the last thing I felt like doing was going to yoga. I ended up looking after my sister’s puppy, that she adopted, for most of the day. I spent the afternoon painting which I find so cathartic. It takes my mind off the obsession over food as it keeps me mindful and in the moment. I’m busy making dinner for the fam. Chicken breasts and salad veg for everyone!


I hope that you all had an awesome weekend. Time to smash week 5.

Simple Saturday

I did my first Parkrun of the year. It was a super simple 5kms that I felt went by in a flash. I don’t do it for the time but for the exercise. We then all went out for breakfast and because I am fasting I had a diet Coke (not allowed while fasting) but I didn’t eat. I then came home and had so much energy I rearranged my furniture haha. Lunch was the shake and 2 Ryvita. I’m excited for dinner which is simple spiced chicken breasts on the braai with salad vegetables. I don’t have an issue drinking the water. I keep 1.5L bottles and refill them and make sure to drink all of it. I am really enjoying the challenge. By switching to intermittent fasting my hunger levels are much, much lower and I am no longer obsessing over food.


I hope that you all are having a great Saturday.

Good food and great weight loss

πŸ…It doesn’t look like much but this ostrich mince bolognaise with cabbage and gem squash was life giving. It was the most perfect thing for dinner after a Friday that posed as a Monday. πŸ…

βš– Also had my bi-weekly weigh in. I am down 4.1kgs 😱😁


Wishing everyone an easy weekend.

Migraines are fun (NOT)

I get the most shocking hormonal migraines that last between 3-7 days. I knew it was coming on yesterday when my stomach was being funny and I was struggling with words – literally spending 5 minutes yesterday trying to type ‘@’ when I was pressing CNTRL-A πŸ™ˆ. Lo and behold I woke up with it this morning… Along with the first period I have had in two years (I have an IUD so don’t get it). I wonder if the sudden onset of the period is related to the HCG influx in my system?

Weigh in tomorrow at 12pm and I am not remotely nervous as I know I have lost a little weight and I can definitely see it.

I am looking forward to making a delicious ostrich mince bolognaise for dinner. Wishing all those who have not been for a weigh-in yet all the best of luck. Remember you are not defined by the number on the scale.

Personal Weigh-In Wednesday

I follow a lot of weight-loss accounts on Instagram and the weight-loss community have a hashtag called #WeighInWednesday. I weigh myself every Wednesday, as I wake up, regardless of my Slender Challenge weigh in every second Friday. I am down 1.7kgs this week (but let’s see what the SC scales sayΒ πŸ˜•). I have also noticed the decline in the amount lost… but to me, with insulin resistance, a loss is a loss which is a win! Every kilo lost is a battle won in the war against my insulin resistance. This has me confused as to why I would be told to take Leptin when my system is also leptin resistant. It’s the same reason why people with type 2 diabetes keep getting fatter on insulin supplementation such as tablets or injections. Your blood sugar is moved from the blood, by the insulin into fat cells, making fat people fatter. It’s literally like fighting fire with fire. I can only surmise that this is because as the insulin goes down (from the weight loss) then the extra leptin can begin to work and signal “satiety”. So I’m going to be super hungry until then haha.


I also started intermittent fasting in the hopes that it would help with my hunger. It is one of the only scientifically proven methods of getting insulin levels down quickly. Some days have been easier than others and I have been feeling amazing after the shake and Ryvita at 1pm which sustains me until about 4pm or 5pm when I have an apple. I am looking forward to my chicken and veg tonight.


My only issue is with the Omega 3 as it is making my stomach very dodgy. Other than that, this is all getting a lot easier.

Food for thought?

I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries on healthy and unhealthy eating and the affect it has on our lives. In case you would also like to watch some, here is a list of the best ones so far.

  1. CarbLoaded: A Culture Dying to Eat
  2. Reversing Type 2 diabetes

  3. Sugar — the elephant in the kitchen

  4. That Sugar Film
  5. Why we get Fat AND Hungry

  6. The Story of Fat


Hello new (old) clothes

It’s happened. I fit into some clothing in my cupboard that have gone unworn for 2 years or more now. I fit into them without stretching and struggling. Today I am wearing a top that I have been in love with since I bought it. This morning I thought; “What if it fits”, whilst the little negative gremlin in my head said; “no ways”. Well, me -1 : gremlin – 0. Even my pants, that I got just before my December holiday, are super loose and comfortable.


I did struggle this morning as I took my supplements on an empty stomach. They have been making me nauseous for a few weeks now but today my body seemed to say; “OUT! Get them out of me”. Which I had to obey and had to go have a TC (tactical chunder). It’s a small bump in today’s journey but thanks to Kayleigh and Nurse Angela for the help and guidance.


Friday is weigh-in day and I am being realistic about the number I will see on the scale. I am doing my Wednesday weigh in tomorrow and keen to see if I have lost since last week. If I haven’t then so be it. I have been committed and I am determined to see this challenge through. If you think about it, the ‘challenge’ in Slender Challenge doesn’t stand for a challenge against each other but against ourselves.





Moody Monday

It seems like today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed… correction, I didn’t even wake up in my own bed.Β  My parents are away and I am looking after the house for the week. It’s all gravy until the alarm goes off twice in the middle of the night and security have to come round and survey the premises. Not to mention, my sister adopted a new puppy so the little baba wants to go for a wee every hour.

So no sleep = hungry = low energy = hangry = moody Monday.

I am so excited for the chicken curry I have made for dinner. It is on day’s like this that I crave comfort food. The weather is a little cooler so getting the water down is harder but 2L is done already.

I can’t wait for bed… well the one I am sleeping in anyways haha.


Sad Sundays

I struggle on Sundays. I think it has a lot to do with my husband living in the UK. We went from spending every night together to being torn apart instantly. During the week it is easier as there is work and routine to keep me occupied. Weekends were our “family” time. I woke up feeling uneasy and I didn’t even have the “get-up-and-go” for yoga this morning. I decided to take my doggies for a walk along their favourite park which is along a river. It tuckered us all out but being out in the sun and nature does wonders for my soul. I was supposed to see a whole host of friends but I just didn’t have the energy to be sociable.

Today was my third day of intermittent fasting. I am finding it easy as I only have one meal to think about and look forward to… and I am obsessing less about my meals. As we go into week 4; I am surprised at how quickly this is going. I am glad I have adapted the plan to work for me as I had no intention of dropping out. This week will reveal if the fasting is helping or hindering my progress. The numbers are still going down on the scale and that is all that matters to me. I know many people had their struggles this weekend but nothing worth having comes easy. We have to walk up the hill to reach the other side to walk down. Sending best wishes to all for week 4. Smash your goals!

First dinner out

So tonight marks the first dinner out during the challenge. I haven’t eaten food the entire day and the second day of intermittent fasting went well. I have chosen the best option on the menu and know that one meal out of 100s won’t derail me. It is so amazing to reconnect with girlfriends from high school. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

I am 32 and live in Jozi. I am a newlywed and my hubby lives in the UK (where I hope to join him by June). I am a proud dog mom and hope to be a human mom soon too. I head up video content for the top African stock image and video library. I am a part time gym rat in love with kettlebells and Yoga.

You can also connect with me on Facebook as well as follow my journey on Instagram @the_skinny_bee :)


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