Daniela F. - June 2018

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Daniela is an Agency Performance Review Analyst at the Legislative Budget Board who's recently tacked on extra work as a Budget Analyst for 10 licensing and regulations agencies...AND she moonlights as a weekend barista at Hank's, if you're ever in the area!

She and I met in a stroke of fate thanks to furniture shopping on Craiglist.

That was April 2016. Daniela today is not the Daniela I met two+ years ago. In fact, she's become one of the most admirable and inspiring women I know. She's down 50+ lbs, over 10% body fat and over 20 inches, most of which has occurred since August 2017.

Daniela today loves working with the barbell (Squats and deadlifts are a couple of her favorite lifts) and challenging her body to find out just how far she can go! 

To say that I'm proud of her is an understatement.

Check out her progress photos following her fun facts.

April 2017 to May 2018...same shirt, different Daniela!

April 2017 to May 2018...same shirt, different Daniela!

“You are being presented with a choice: evolve or remain. If you choose to remain unchanged, you will be presented with the same challenges, the same routine, the same storms, the same situations, until you learn from them, until you love yourself enough to say “no more”, until you choose change. If you choose to evolve, you will connect with the strength within you, you will explores what lies outside the comfort zone, you will awaken to love, you will become, you will be. You have everything you need. Choose to evolve. Choose love.” —Creig Crippen

Here are a few little tidbits about my fierce lady friend, D.

  • What is your best feature? "My sense of humor? [Her boyfriend] might say my glutes, ha!"

  • Are you a cat person or dog person? "Dogs! I've been obsessed with dogs since I was a little kid. I think it's because of their ability to love unconditionally. --> She has two, rescue beagles, Rusty and Lou.

  • Name something people would be surprised to know about you. "Spanish was my first language."

  • What is your most frequently used emoji is... "The shrug emoji."

  • What's one thing you always carry with you? "Bug spray because mosquitoes love me...and a lint roller because dog hair rules my life."

  • If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life (and had zero nutritional repercussions), what would it be? "Capellini alla bolognese."

  • Where is your favorite place to visit in Austin? "Currently, Barton Springs Pool, but anywhere outdoors is great if it's not too hot!"

  • Name your spirit animal. "A polar bear...because it's powerful and mighty, but also loves to play with dogs."

  • What's your TV guilty pleasure? "Friends...I've watched the whole series at least six times!"

  • What three words best describe you? "Kind, quiet and simple."