Sunday, November 24, 2013

Its Time to Get Serious About My Health

Its time! It is time for me to say it out-loud, and time for me to do something about it. I am linking up with Sarah from Venus Trapped in Mars this week, while a bunch of us in blog land are making the commitment to get serious about our health and fitness!

In the past year and a half, I've gained approximately 15 pounds. FIFTEEN.

Me at my thinnest | Me this past summer with the extra 15 pounds

It started with when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was quickly put on steroids to manage the pain, and for 8 months, I was still in too much pain to exercise. Those pounds creeped on quickly, and even after I went off the steroids in March of this year, they didn't just fall off like you''d think they should.

Thankful for forgiving dresses, but 15 pounds extra  shows up anyways.

Before I continue on with my excuses, you should know that I love food. Carbs, cheese, sweets, I love anything that helps you pack on the pounds. I love wine and margaritas, chips and salsa, and Chick-Fil-A.

I have recently been trying to find my groove with running again. After taking so much time off from it, it has been a hard getting back into it. Hard staying motivated, humbling when I struggle to run 3 miles when I used to run five as an easy, daily run.

July 2012. In shape, fit and healthy. Months before I was diagnosed with RA.

None of my clothes fit me well anymore. I basically live in oversized sweaters and leggings, because it hides everything about myself I don't like. I don't want to live like this anymore, its time to get serious about my health, and take back something that is mine. Over the past few weeks, I felt my self slipping into a "funk". I was down, almost depressed at times, and had no explanation to why I was feeling that way. I realized, it was because I hadn't been running. Running is a vital key to my happiness. I need those endorphins, I just am not a happy person without them.

Even with RA, I can be fit, I can be healthy, I can be in shape. I've overcome so many of the ways it has held me back, I can continue to press on and thank God that my body is capable of working out again.

Here's how I am going to do it:

1. Run
I am going to run 3-4 times a week. I've also signed up for a Turkey Trot Race on Thanksgiving, and am going to sign up for a 10k in December to keep me motivated to run. 

2. Meal Plan
Meal planning is key for us, or else after work when I am tired, I am more tempted to just order a pizza in or run to Chick-Fil-A like last night. I am going to focus on a paleo-inspired diet, eating less grains and dairy.

3. Strength-train 2-3 times a week. 
I am never really good at this part of working out, with my limited time to work out at lunch, I think running is more effective, but I know that I need to be building muscle and toning my entire body along with my cardio. This means I will probably have to go to the gym after work or on the weekends a couple days a week. *GASP* 

4. Ease up on the wine. 
I am crying. :( I love having a glass or two of wine after work, and I am going to try and limit it to one day a week.

Do you have any other tips for me? If you do, please help a girl out! If you're on this journey too, let me know so I can follow along and cheer you on as well!


  1. Ease up on the wine?? Whaaaaa?

    Haha no I'm just kidding am with you! Being diagnosed with RA, will you ever have to take those steroids again? Your plan looks amazing, you can do it!! I have a ton of friends doing Turkey Trots on thanksgiving, what a great way to justify all the food we all eat the day!

  2. A glass of wine is always calling my name after a stressful day too!! Looks like you definitely have a great plan set out for this journey to lose that unwanted weight! I am NO expert by any means, but I do have some amateur tips that work for me. Keep it up girl! I look forward to keeping up with your progress.

  3. Love this link up, I am definitely going to join in...I know if I don't set some goals I will end up sitting around all winter and then BAM it will be bathing suit season and it won't be a good thing. Meal planning is one I really need to work on as well!

  4. I know the feeling and it's so brave to write about it and start acting for your health ;)
    I don't think I'll be really good at giving advice since I keep gaining and loosing weight, but drinking a lot of water is really helpful and having a light diner as well ! Good luck ;)

  5. I just shared my story of losing 115 pounds on my blog earlier this week! It's an everyday struggle, but having supportive people really helps! You can def do it, girl:)

  6. Paleo-inspired - I totes made that up! It's the way to go.


  7. Ugh, it's so sad but true about the wine. I started limiting myself to only the weekends (i.e. Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights), but there's a little part of me that wonders if maybe I should follow suit to just one night a week. Such a complex =( . Also, I started meal planning a while ago in an effort to save money (and it's been awesome so far) so I can't wait to add in my new health component too!!

  8. I'm with you 100% on the meal planning-- that honestly makes the biggest difference in how/what I eat during the week. I'm the worst with sweets as well, I try to limit myself but I end up eating like half a bag of twizzlers..for breakfast and then I wonder why I feel shitty! haha Thanks for sharing all of this on here, I love hearing what others are doing to help stay on the track of a healthy lifestyle!

  9. These are awesome goals! I know you can do it.