Does any of this sound familiar?
“I’m tired of feeling stuck with my body, it’s frustrating because what used to work doesn’t anymore.”
“I always said I didn’t have time in my day to be worrying about my self, with my kids, job, and a crazy schedule, where do I fit it in!?”
“I know I need to do the right things for my health, like, check the boxes ... I’m just sick of feeling so tired all the time!”
If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Hi, I’m Dan, founder of Bucketlist Fit, and I help women learn how to lose weight and feel happier and healthier than they ever have in their life.
After spending years developing fitness strategies that focus on fat loss WITHOUT having to kill yourself in every workout, I’ve learned exactly what it takes to help women reach weight loss goals, and I want to help you see these results too.
You could get through the day with actual energy, not NEEDING more and more coffee just to get through.
You had access to a fitness plan that simply worked, that wasn’t overwhelming, and was ACTUALLY BUILT for someone who wants to get back into fitness after a long break. (This is not your typical kill-yourself-can’t-walk-the-next-day P90X style plan)
You never had to wonder if something in your closet was going to fit again?
I’m here to make those statements a reality. And when you get it, your life changes. You don’t think negative thoughts when you look in the mirror anymore, you don’t question if you're checking all the boxes about your health. These things just don’t exist. Instead, you start having better thoughts, like how you might fit into those jeans you’ve been hoarding in the back of your closet for the last decade…
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How My Running Helped Me Get Unstuck And Healthy Again
Hey! My name is Dan Hannah, and this is my story of how a type of exercise (*cough* running), got me off an unhealthy path headed for obesity and transformed me to my fit, fun, self you see today.
It’s important for me to tell you about my past, so you know where I’m coming from. That way you know I have been there and done it. So know that my story is coming from a good place and not a “look at me” kind of way.
Running changed my life.
If the simple act of running can have this effect on my life, then I know it can for you too.
Now, before I get into this, here are 3 things I want you to know about me…
- I will be there for you, and do everything in my power to help you on your journey wherever you are starting, and wherever you want to go.
- I eat, sleep and breath running — specifically, the RIGHT way to do it, and the best way to get results from it. I’m practically addicted to looking up newer/better ways! Weird, right?
- When you work with me, you will get results.
Let me say hi!
I grew up in a small town called Perth, Ontario. Which is in Canada for those less geographically inclined (brr), and I spent the majority of the time growing and playing outside. My childhood was like a lot of children’s, I’m sure. I was quite active as a youngster, and when I finished up playing, my mom always had something delicious cooked up and ready to eat on the table. It was great.
Now, my family tended to add a few lbs quite easily. I’m not sure if it was genetics or learned behavior, but something was going on there.
Food was a way for my mom to show she cared, and she did care. If I mentioned I liked a certain snack, she always found a way to get it the next time at the grocery store. If my brother and I mentioned we like a certain dessert she made, she always found a way to work it into future meals.
As for the rest of my family; my older brother, father and I always found ourselves in unspoken eating races, to see who would be rewarded with the final serving of stuffing (or potatoes, chicken, cookies…everything).
This was all normal, and to be honest, it was a pretty awesome childhood to grow up into. The only problem was, I didn’t exactly learn some of the best habits when it came health. Essentially, I ate lots of food, and more importantly, lots of bad food.
But it didn’t matter because I was a growing boy, and I had sports…
My life was consumed by sports. When I was young, that included playing hockey, baseball, basketball, golf, track and field, football, heck even badminton. But I did end up settling on one main sport: baseball. By the age of 14, I ate, slept, and breathed baseball.
I ended up being alright at it too, which not-so-consequently made my life consumed by it. By the age of 16, I was playing baseball all-year-around, which included spending the winter months training in an indoor facility.
This intense schedule, combined with the fact that I grew to a height of 6 ‘ 3, required a lot of fuel (mmm foooood), but I remained quite slim.
College Bound and a Reality Check
When I finally went off to college to make something of myself. I ended up settling on a school in Oshawa, Durham College. I planned to try out for the baseball team (duh), and take an Electrical Technician program.
Well, I got hurt, on the third day of tryouts. Pulled a hamstring, and that ended my baseball career (if that’s what you’d call it).
But truth be told I wasn’t too concerned. In fact, I was pumped! This was the first time in my life I didn’t have to play baseball. And I was in college; I could finally start living!
And live, I did.
Cue the drinking scene from the movies.
I turned over a new leaf of drinking too much, eating way too much, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, no annoying exercise that I was always forced to do. My formerly skinny body started to change, and unluckily for me, I was in denial.
After a few years of this, I was lying to myself about what was happening. I noticed I had developed different strategies to deny reality. Things like untucking my shirt, sitting certain ways to not “feel fat,” and sucking in my stomach essentially 100% of my waking moments, to name a few.
I can assure you that every single day the thought of my body, my fitness consumed my brain.
One day, I decided enough was enough. I was going to test how out-of-shape I was, and do as many sit-ups as I could.
I closed the door to my room so my roommates wouldn’t be the wiser, and tried my hardest. And guess what, I COULDN’T EVEN DO ONE. Seriously, zero sit-ups!
Well, I could no longer kid myself. I knew my reality, and it sucked.
Starting to run and learning the hard way
I decided I would pick up running. Something about its simplicity caught my attention. I had run cross country (rather poorly, may I add) in high school, and figured I could run myself into shape.
I went all-in. I found a couple of paths behind the school and went out and ran HARD every day. Seriously, I was crushing it.
Weeks and weeks passed by, and though I had lost a couple of pounds, really hadn’t seen the results I felt I deserved. Now my goal of getting in shape was starting to seem like a fading dream; maybe my not-so-great-genes were beginning to take over?
I was spending time exercising each day and not seeing the results. This wasn’t what I had in mind. I was losing motivation and finding my body in more pain than I enjoyed.
Sadly, this struggle with running lasted years. I would see some results, then the same thing would happen again and again…I’d get hurt or lose motivation or just quit because life got in the way.
I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. I felt like it was a code that needed to be cracked, but I was missing some pieces.
Over the years I researched 100s of hours on different nutrition strategies, exercises programs, motivational tricks and I’ll be honest — I’ve gained some decent insight.
I learned ways to develop new habits, how to motivate myself (even in the lowest of times), and how to find a nutritional plan that works.
But still, I knew the approach wasn’t quite right
I knew that if I didn’t find the answer, I’d just be circling around and around without ever seeing any lasting long-term results. I needed to stop trying this new-and-improved trick, or that must-have fitness trend of the year.
What I was needing was a systematic approach to fitness that worked with me and my lifestyle, not against.
I went against the grain
I went against the advice of what the weight-loss industry has said…
I stopped trying different fad diets that weren’t maintainable. I stopped jumping into one-dimensional programs like HIIT training, P90X, etc…
I found people WHO ONLY had long-term results and started to read their stories. I researched how they were getting results, and more importantly, how they were able to keep going, keep motivated, and continue seeing results month-after-month, and even year-after-year.
Here are some of the things I found in common:
- They all developed a meaningful reason to be fit and knew how to use their reason to motivate them
- They didn’t kill themselves in every workout, nor did they spend hours and hours in the gym
- They had fun working out and had chosen something they liked to do
- They knew how to develop healthy habits
- And guess what? They still ate what they loved aka (no restriction diets)
It was like a breath of fresh air. My running, my overall fitness especially, just seemed so much easier. I was able to be me AND could finally get consistent results.
Once I learned how to develop a system that didn’t over-stress my body, I was able to make a lifestyle change (you know the old saying, “it’s a lifestyle”? I finally knew what the heck that meant!!
I was able to get some real results and prove my newly developed system
My fitness increased to new levels, and I was able to drop 40 lbs under my highest weight that you saw in the picture above. I felt lighter, more energetic and an overall sense of pride and joy in what I was able to accomplish!
I could now:
- get weight-loss results
- eat healthier in an easier way
- have less pain after workouts
- enjoy running, and workouts in general
I decided to pursue a new business. This was helping others find fitness and weight-loss success through this amazing thing called running. I wanted to teach people who were looking for weight-loss how to do it, and be their helping hand along the way.
I would show them what I had ingrained in me, how to use running and pre-built systems get real, long-lasting weight-loss results.
The business was born & developed running further
I decided to follow up what I had learned after years of trial and error, with formal education. I became a running coach certified from the United Endurance Sports Coach Acadamy.
I learned even more about different running strategies, interesting recovery techniques, and the importance of sports nutrition for before, during and after workouts.
I pushed myself further in the sport of running, specifically into the sport of ultra trail running, where I push myself to new extremes and limits I didn’t know I could accomplish.
My new success had a pretty amazing impact on my life, too. I was having more fun, doing more things with my wife and feeling so much more confident in everyday tasks!
We started participating in more activities and found a passion for the outdoors and hiking.
Today, we are traveling more and have an amazing dog to share in our adventures. I truly am lucky and blessed.
I want you to make a decision.
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