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!

 

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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!

Jump Start

Some of us just need a push.  Need something to give us a jump start.  As you have heard me say a million times this is a journey.  That it is.  Everyone’s journey is unique!  I have take many of diet pills in my lifetime.  Some with success and other a complete waste of money.  I believe if you are going to commit to eating healthy and adding exercise to your routine you can achieve great results.  I know that some of us need a push or need to see results fast to keep on track.  If you are looking for a supplement to take and you live in Ocean or Monmouth county please check out Slim Fit X.  They are an amazing shop that will even provide when available a sample of the supplement so you can see if it works for your body.  Check out their website!  http://www.jerseyshoresupplements.com/  They have a store in Brick and one in Bradley Beach.

No judgement for take a supplement!  Whatever it take to start and stay on your journey is how you should get started.  To stay on this journey you will need to learn how to shop, cook and make good healthy food decisions.  Adding exercise will only enhance and speed up your results.

Because You Can!!

March

So we are about to go into March…I can smell spring:)  Spring means we are that much closer to wearing less clothes!  No more baggy sweaters and sweats!  Get on track.  If your journey has remained on track then I say keep on keeping on.  Don’t forget to switch up your workout routines for the best results.  I switch up my routines every month to month and a half.  Right now I am focusing on glutes and abs.  I add cardio and arms in but my main focus is glutes and abs.  Find your target areas on your body that you want to work on and work on perfecting exercises to get you to your goals.

Don’t hide behind your sweaters anymore.  Get your diet right!  This is a journey.  Remember even if you have gotten off track its ok!  Just take every opportunity to get back on track.  Don’t say I will start tomorrow.  If you realize your off track the next thing you put in your mouth should be the start to getting back on your journey.  It starts with picking the right foods to cook.  Preparing your foods so you don’t set yourself up for failure when time gets in the way.  Commit to exercise!  If you exercise the weight will come off quicker.  If you have an injury or reason your can’t workout than your food has to be on point!  Follow me on pinterest!  I have a board for healthy recipes and a board for exercise routines.  I know how difficult it can be know what to cook or how to cook so if you follow me you will see I have tried several recipes on my board.  Drink your water and if you haven’t tried it yet try drinking hot green tea each day.

My pinterest name is Meghan Woodruff

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!

Vacation and holidays

So I am in Orlando on vacation with my children.  It’s vacation so we indulge a bit but I always keep perspective.  I have been on this journey for a long time now.  I have not gotten to where I am to begin to ruin it in a few days!  I had groceries delivered to our villa so I could make the best decisions possible.  When I am away from the villa I comb the menu for the healthiest choices I can make.  As you all know by now I am big on dessert so I would rather make a healthy choice for my meal and have dessert!  I have also been waking up every morning and working out!  I normally put in 45 minutes to an hour at home but I committed to at least a half hour of cardio everyday while I am here.  My day off was the morning we arrived;). I have been walking around a lot too so all my fitness goals are being met and that allows me to have the ice cream or treat I really want.

The holidays are upon us!  Do yourself a favor and eat what you love.  Eat what you really desire in moderation.  Have a taste not a plate or two full!  I don’t believe in deprivation because I truely believe that sets us up for failure!  So eat the special appetizer your aunt makes that you love or your favorite Christmas cookie…have one not 10!  Workout!  I don’t care if the gym is closed for the holiday…get outside and take a walk or a jog!  Do a video in the house or check your local programming for an exercise program.  This is your journey…you can live but you can also achieve the body that you want to be healthy and fit!

xo

here is a recipe to try!  I love feta cheese!

http://cookinglsl.com/spinach-and-feta-spaghetti-squash/

Choose to become your best you!

I first would like to apologize for being neglectful to my followers.  As many of you know life gets in the way.

So this weather the past few days sure doesn’t feel like fall is coming.  I must admit I am enjoying soaking up every last bit of the warmth and enjoying my summer clothes and flip-flops!  I have been enjoying outdoor activities like running, biking and paddle boarding.  I must give credit where credit is due theses humid hot days running outside is torture to me…so for all of you who get out there and run you are my hero!  I am happy to report I am really liking avocado and especially guacamole.  It’s good to try new things especially being open to things your thought you couldn’t possibly like.

So although the weather hasn’t cooled down quite yet your mind might be doing the dance of joy for the upcoming baggy sweaters and sweat shirts but don’t allow the fall clothes to keep you from your journey.  Summer gives us a bit more perspective because squeezing into shorts and a tank top can be eye opening.  Putting on a baggy sweater and comfy pants can convince you to sit down and enjoy a bowl of ice cream.  Stay on your healthy journey and find some great new recipes.  Get out there and walk, run, bike, walk the dog.  Enjoy the fall weather before the real cold comes.  Keep your body in the healthiest shape you possibly can.  If you fuel your body properly and add exercise where you can you will sleep better, feel great and overall just be happier.  Think of your body like a furnace.  Fuel your body with lean protein, good carbs, veggies, good fats and fruits.  This combined with activity you will see that your body will be like a constant burning furnace.  Keep in mind your portion control and eating every 3 hours.  Choose a realistic time to stop your food intake in the evening.

This is a journey.  Remain on your journey regardless of any slips.  This is a journey about you.  About being a healthy you.  Do this because you believe in yourself.  Do this because you can.  You can so you will!

I love this soup!  I don’t add cheese and saute in coconut oil and add a touch of olive oil:)  Hope you like it as much as I do.  Who doesn’t love a crockpot recipe!

http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/03/crock-pot-vegetable-soup-recipe/