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A Fitterati Rising Star: Danielle Lullie

Written on May 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm , by

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Danielle Lullie, 16, is a star blogger and cross-country runner from Cartersville, Georgia. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Lullie)

Inspiration can come in all sorts of packages, but the judges for the Fitterati Blogger Awards were still a bit floored when we discovered that one of the blogs leading the pack was maintained by a 16 year-old runner from Georgia. While the official rules prevented us from naming Danielle Lullie, creator of the Pinterest-like Tumblr blog Just Do It Then Do It Again, as an official Fitterati winner, we were more than happy give her an Honorable Mention…and get to know her a little bit better.

Brace yourself, FITNESS readers. You’re about to remember what it’s like to have raw motivation and a fresh belief in yourself.

Q: What’s your blog about?

DL: Just Do It Then Do It Again is full of motivational quotes and pictures for everyone. It represents hard work, not giving up, reaching your goals, running faster and a lot more.

Q: How do you think your blog stands out from other blogs?

DL: I think my fitness blog stands out from other blogs because it doesn’t focus on my life and my accomplishments. It’s there solely to motivate other people and myself.

Q: What is your fitness mantra/motto?

DL: My favorite one would have to be “I’m gonna show you how great I am,” by the true definition of a champion, Muhammad Ali. I also love how Lance Armstrong says we have two choices in life: Give up or fight like hell.

Q: What’s on your fitness bucket list?

DL: I want to: Start off with a half marathon, but eventually run a marathon; complete the warrior dash and the spartan race; do the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk; become a black belt; be able to hold a 5 to 10 minute plank and wall sit; come in first place at a cross country race before I graduate; the list goes on!

Q: What’s your favorite way to work out?

DL: My favorite way to work out is definitely running—there’s nothing like a good run!

Q: What’s your school and family life like?

DL: My favorite classes have always been science classes, like biology and anatomy. As weird as it sounds, I enjoy dissecting things in class. I’m currently in the Beta Club at school for having all A’s and one B, and I lettered in cross country this year! As for family, I’m an only child, but I have a very large and loud Italian family; we’re always together for great times, laughs and great food! I’m very blessed!

Q: What’s your favorite way to clear your head when life gets a bit stressful?

DL: I go running, of course! It works every time! I also pray when I run, because I think praying is the ultimate fix to any problem.

Q: What do you aspire to be when you grow up?

DL: As of right now, I think I would like to be an anesthesiologist. However, I am only 16 years old and my career choice has already changed a hundred times.

Q: What do you wish other young women like yourself realized about fitness?

DL: Too often, I hear girls say they’re fat because they don’t have a “thigh gap.” That doesn’t make you fat. I don’t have a thigh gap, but my legs can carry me on six-mile runs without stopping. I don’t think we should compare ourselves to other people. Love your body! Don’t focus on trying to be skinny—go for “fit” and lose weight in a normal, healthy way.

  • Cohen Hughes

    Wow, you are an inspiration to us all. What a delightful young lady! I wish you the best!

    -Cohen Hughes

  • http://www.thinthighschool.com Paula

    After years of hamstring issues, running and I parted in December. I was way over it, bitter from injury, I’ve become an anti-runner. Never thought anything would make me have a twinge of nostalgia for it until I read your site. Mega-uber inspirational! Never seen anything like it. You deserve this distinction. Blew me away.

  • Pegi/Mom

    SO proud of you honey!! You have motivated and
    helped me SO much to start running again after ALL these years. Hope to run a race one day with you even if it’s just a 5k. Keep up the great motivating!! Love you tons!!

  • Jenna/Cousin

    This is a wonderful piece cuz!!!! I can’t believe that this would come out of you. Everything you say is so true and comes from the mind of a determined young athlete. Running and softball are so different but you connect the mindset so well that they seemed like they were almost the same sport. I’m so proud of you and can’t wait for you to get older so they will have no excuse to not put you in this! Love you sooooo much and miss you.
    P.S. I would love to run races with you and do any of the obstacle courses you are planning on attending! Hmu!!! :)

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    nice read :)