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