Weight gain

So as my luck would have it instead of losing weight with Graves’ disease like most I have gained weight!  I thought because I wasn’t being strict with my healthy eating and 5-7 day a week exercise routine that I was gaining weight.  I did acknowledge that my appetite had increased tremendously.  At first I thought it was just Over eating due to PMS.  Then I realized that it was going beyond that.  I had no control.  Normally when I set my mind to something I can gain control fairly easy.  After seeing the endocrinologist I learned that a symptom of Grave’s is increased appetite.  It’s due to the over activity of the thyroid and your body signal’s it needs food to compensate for all of that activity.  This makes sense but I guess in some cases your body doesn’t signal to over eat you in turn loose weight.  I of course I lucked out with the opposite.  I try very hard to eat healthy but allow myself to enjoy some treats.  That is the life I was living when I reached my goal weight and was in the maintenance phase.  This is not helping me to loose weight but to maintain what I currently am.  As hard as it is not to be 140lbs I don’t think I look unhealthy or unattractive!  I was told by many I was too skinny at 140lbs but we all know we need to be the weight we are comfortable with!  I would like to loose some weight especially before summer but now my goals have changed.  I just want to educate myself more on this disease and find the best way to live a healthy life with it.

I am not the first with this disease or the symptoms I am experiencing so I will get to the bottom of what is best for my body!  I hope whatever you are struggling with you can be easy on yourself and not allow others to judge you!  Remain around friends and family that will truly support and love you!  With life’s complications you may unfortunately learn that some people you thought would love and support you won’t.  You will gain clarity!  You will be hurt and maybe even mad but trust me when I tell you that this is a good thing!  Believe what they are showing or telling you!  Be happy you now know who is really there for you and live your life appreciating those who really care capable of being there for you 100%!  Know your worth and love your yourself fully!



Stumbling Blocks

Hi!  Hope all of my followers are good!

On our journey to a healthy and fit life there are always stumbling blocks!  As I told you in one of my blogs I have experienced a few!  My journey has veered away from my strict healthy eating and fitness because of my fathers cancer.  I stopped putting myself first and my time is very limited.  Bad habits also started to surface.  More recently my mind has been very foggy.  Sometimes when I speak I am not always able to get the words out that I know I want to say.  I walk into a room and don’t remember why I am there.  Now we all do stuff like this.  Most times it’s just because we are so busy and have so much on our minds!  These things combined with hair loss, irregular heart rate, anxiety, feeling overly hungry all of the time and extreme tiredness I thought that life was just getting in the way of my journey!  Now listing these things for you seems lengthy but all very easy things to write off as problems we all sometimes go through as a result of general life stuff.

I was having another medical issue and asked for additional bloodwork to be done.  As a result I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease.  If you know me you may know that I do NOT like to take medicine of any sort.  I have seen an endocrinologist that I like very much.  I agreed to try a low dose of medicine twice a day for one month.  I am currently doing my research to find an alternative to medicine that will fit with my lifestyle.  I write this to tell all of you when you hit a stumbling block you may need to take your time to get up but when you do be fearless!  Get up!  Educate yourself. Ask questions!  Research!  If you know something about this disease please reach out.  Don’t disregard the signs your body gives you!

The universe threw me another curveball but this will not keep me down!


Hello followers!

Today I wanted to reach out to tell you once again about my Jaybird Reign fitness tracker.  When the trackers first started getting big I had no desire to have one.  I figured I push myself enough I don’t need to keep track of steps.  So after a long time I finally began to research them and the Reign stuck out to me.  It really did things that the others don’t offer.  It has a go zone that every morning you do a heart rate test and it tells you how ready your body is to workout.  They also offer go zone reps that you can call and they will help you meet your goals.

The Jaybird customer service people have been so so helpful to me and so generous.  If you are thinking about a fitness tracker please check out this one!

It’s the weekend!  Stay on track.  Do your shopping and cooking for the upcoming week.

check this recipe out:



A new year a new you?

So it’s been a while.  Sorry about that!  It is a new year and many make resolutions or promises to themselves.  A lot about weight loss and fitness.  Don’t set yourself up for failure!  Do the research…don’t be lazy!  You can only change if you do the research and pick and choose what will actually work with your lifestyle.  Get on the internet, go to the library!  Read up on recipes, find out how many calories you should be taking in to lose the weight you want.  Read up about different programs that you can apply to your life.  Find out what foods you should be eating.  The only way it will work to lose weight and keep it off is to learn how to shop, cook and eat healthy.  Learn balance so you can enjoy the things you love but still stay on a healthy journey.

Fitness is another key factor to this journey.  You will lose the weight faster if you incorporate some sort of fitness to your daily life.  Everyone has a level that they need to begin at.  If money is an issue and you can’t join the gym then get outside and walk, go to the mall and walk.  See if your cable network offers exercise programs.  Find alternatives to the exercises or moves to fit your level.  No excuses!

Drink your water!  Half your body weight in water a day!

Because you can!


This journey we are on requires preparation.  You prepare yourself to leave the house in the rain with an umbrella right?  You prepare for a snowstorm!  So why wouldn’t you prepare yourself for your health and wellness journey?  This is one of the most important journeys you will ever go on!  If you need this journey it’s not just to look cute in your bathing suit.  It is so you can have a healthy body and mind.  So you can be active and live a long healthy life.

First, you need to prepare your mind.  Write down what you want from this journey.  Write down your goals.  Find inspirational quotes and print them out and put them on your bathroom mirror.  Put them on your refrigerator.  Put them in your car or your gym bag.  Say them over and over to yourself!

Second, prepare by figuring out what you consume that is not healthy and take it out of your life.  I don’t mean carbs.  I don’t mean cutting anything out of your life forever either.  Except soda!  If you drink soda…stop that NOW!  You need to find a balance.  You might need to cut some things out in the beginning but as your continue you can add back some of those items in proper portions.  Start by getting on my fitness pal app or something like it.  This is a way to track everything you consume.  You will put all of your info in and set your goals and you will quickly see what foods you need to cut out or swap for better choices.  Commit to this for at least two weeks to really grasp what you should be eating.  Start drinking 1/2 your body weight in water.  If your 200 lbs you should be drinking 100 oz. of water a day.  It might sound like a lot but your journey is worth it!  You are worth it!  Prepare your meals ahead of time!  Make lists when you go to the store and stick with them.  Pack proper portioned snacks and have them with you at all times.  When your going out to a restaurant look up the menu ahead of time and make the best choices you can so you can enjoy being out but staying on your journey!  No cheat days!  Treat yourself to something every day as long as it’s the right portion size and you are staying within your proper calorie intake.  Don’t binge or over indulge with a cheat day.

Third, prepare to make time in your busy life for fitness.  This journey will go much faster if you add some time of activity every day or at least 5 days a week.  Go treat yourself to some comfortable gym clothes.  You are worth it!  Get yourself a good pair of sneakers!  Promise you will thank me for that!  The weather is warm…get out and walk.  Run, ride your bike!  Join the gym!  Most gyms have great deals in the summer because most people prefer to be outside doing their activity.  Walk the dog.  Just get up off the couch and move!  Commit to moving for at least 20 minutes a day.

Prepare yourself!  Prepare for a tough journey.  Prepare to falter we are only human.  Prepare to get back to your journey.  This is going to be one of the hardest but most rewarding things you will ever do for yourself.  Be prepared to make it life long!  I know you are worth it!  Now show yourself that you are!


Please comment on this blog and tell about your journey and I will randomly pick one winner and send you a “because you can” shirt:)

I have been thinking…

So I was thinking…I talk a lot about being motivated and drive.  That is something the comes from within a person.  I also believe that it comes with knowledge.  Comfort and familiarity.  When I first started going to the gym I only did cardio and only got on 2 of the machines of the 8 they have to offer.  I didn’t dare try something new!  I could fall off lol!  I might look silly because I don’t know how to use it correctly!  It might be too hard for me to do!

The other thing I talk about is change!  If what you’re doing isn’t bringing the change you’re looking for then do something new!  I eventually mustered up the confidence to try out all of those machines.  I also learned how to use free weights and all of the other machines in my gym.  I actually enjoy all of them now!  I used to get on my old faithful machines and watch almost study the people on the machines I wanted to learn.  I found the courage to get on and hit the green button.  The green button has to start the darn thing right?  Well guess what?  It did!  It wasn’t hard either!  It was such a nice change from the same machines I had been doing for all that time!  So machine by machine I learned them all.  I will admit I have my favorites and use those the most.  As for the free weights and machines I did the same thing.  I watched closely trying to in grain into my mind what the person was doing.  I realized once I got close enough to the machine that there was this really cool picture on the side and directions!  HUH!  Who would have known lol!  With the picture/directions and watching others I was on my way.  I gained confidence over time and when I saw a familiar face I would ask them for help.  Free weights took a bit more work.  I looked a lot up online and tried the motion at home.  I also would sometimes pin them on my Pinterest and bring my phone in to the gym to refer to them while there.  With knowledge comes power they say…  With my knowledge, comfort & drive I now have power and by power I mean I actually have some muscles:)

I hope this blog helps you to realize what you don’t know shouldn’t scare you it should challenge you to find a way to get to know something new!

Happy Monday!  Make it a good week!

Random info


I wanted to share with you a cardio routine I tried yesterday.  It said it burns 500 calories.  It is a change of pace which I felt I needed.   Where I am with my normal jogging routine I upped speed and incline for all but did the suggested duration.  I was so focused on the routine that I didn’t have time to think about “when is it going to be over” lol!

Speed    Incline    Duration

4 mph   5%          5 Min

6 mph   2%          3 Min

7 mph   2%          1 Min

3 mph   10%        1 Min  Total 10 minutes.  Repeat 4 more times!

I gave you a bunch of book suggestions and forgot to tell you about Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD.  Good read!

I just picked up a book from the library today…I will let you know if there is anything good to share!