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.