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!



My Journey

So this journey of mine began a couple of years ago.  It was long and hard-worked for!  Still till this day is something I consistently work for!  Everything I put in my mouth is a decision!  Every morning I get dressed for the gym and when I walk in I have to motivate myself to push hard and have the workout that will allow that high I spoke about.  I crave that high!  I also crave the reward of seeing the scale go down.  That reward is no more though.  I am at a point in my weight loss that I really have to stop trying to lose and accept that this is my goal weight that I had originally set for myself.  We always want more but sometimes wanting more isn’t always healthy.  So having always been over weight and struggling with my weight the idea of not continuing to lose weight is difficult.  Sounds crazy maybe to come but you tend to revert or still sometimes see yourself as the overweight person.  I finally go over buying clothes for the old me but I have so many other demons that I struggle with.  I will always be afraid of gaining weight or going back to the “old me”.  I have to remind myself that I can’t go back to that girl in one day.  We all have those bad days where we can’t control ourselves with our food:(

Our journey changes.  Change is scary.  I think I am scared and have to embrace that my journey has changed from weight loss to maintaining and toning.  I always wanted to tone my body but in the back of my mind always wanted a little more wight loss.  I knew I was in the maintenance phase but for sure didn’t accept it!  Now for acceptance of this leg of my journey.  Loving ourselves throughout this journey and how our body changes.  I am going to continue to learn to accept and change my mind frame to crush this leg of my journey for the rest of my life.  I have to maintain this weight and continue to tone my body:)

I wish you nothing but the best on your journey and hope you strive to crush all of your goals!

Keeping it Real!

Hello Followers,

I wanted to tell you a little of what I have been going though lately on my journey.  Every day is a journey as you all know.  Some days are great, some good and some well lets be honest crap days!  It can be food issues or motivation with exercise.  Finding the root of the cause is always important so you can honestly and quickly get back on track.  Don’t make excuses and don’t cover up for yourself.  Keep it real!  Get to the root!  Your not looking back on this journey as failed!  Your looking forward!  Your forging ahead!

Recently I have kinda just been going though the motions I would say.  I have been consistent with my food.  I treat myself to sweets but nothing out of my normal.  I have been going to the gym.  I have been pushing myself.  Running more miles than I have before and in quicker times.  So whats my issue you ask.  What the heck do I have to whine about.  Well nothing I guess but I want to keep it real…I haven’t felt inspired.  Not inspired to blog, not inspired even when I was running or eating right.  I have just felt blah!  About my workouts when they are good or even great!  I am blah about my healthy eating.  Even stuff I really like or love.  Even sweets!  I realized that I think it’s a combination of the change over to spring.  I am so so thankful that finally this week it has changed!  I feel my blah mood lifting!  I also think it’s how busy my life is and therefore my mind.  Sometimes our routines just become blah!

Daylight lasts longer, the sun is going to be out more and the temperature warmer!  All of those things mean less clothes.  Less covering up what we are self conscious about.  Yikes right!?!  Keep it real with yourself!  If it is yikes get out of your blah routine.  Get online look up some new recipes, go to the library take out some healthy cookbooks!  My favorite thing ever…get on Pinterest and look up some recipes or workout routines!  Get on your bike, take a walk or run!  Workout with a friend.  Inspire someone to start their own journey!

Here is a new recipe for you!  I added a tiny splash of olive oil and white wine vinegar.  Add your favorite vinegar!



I feel like its been a while…sorry about that!

So I want to tell you about the fitness tracker I purchased!  I researched and researched!  I was so confused at one point but after much contemplation I chose the Jaybird Reign.  It just stood out to me!  It took a while after my decision was made to get it though because their android app wasn’t out yet.  It is now!  I love this tracker!  It tracks all of your activity!  Every morning when you wake up you do a “go zone” test that take 2 minutes.  This tells you how active your body is for the day!  Some days we don’t realize what we have in us because our mind tells us different!  I have to say this has pushed me to run longer and work out harder on the days that my mind tells me to slack off!  There is also a go zone support center that you can ask a certified reign pro how to better achieve your activity goals!  There is no extra charge for this.  The tracker is $200 but I got it on sale at Best Buy and they do price match!  I chose to get the extra insurance on it because of the cost.  It has a fitness band for when you work out and there is one for if you cycle.  You can swim with it too!  So I probably sound like I work for them or am getting something out of this blog but I am not!  I just love it that much!

When the activity trackers first came on the market I really didn’t see any point investing in one because I felt like I am really doing good on my own.  I felt like why invest money into something that tracks my steps!  This tracker is different in my opinion and I love it!  Check out the videos on Jaybirds site!  http://www.jaybirdsport.com/reign-activity-tracker/


Don’t eat too much candy and junk for Easter or Passover!  Enjoy but don’t over indulge!  I am making healthy options for Easter and some traditions that just can’t be passed up:)

Food Rut?

How is the healthy eating going?  You can lose weight just by changing your food habits.  Of course it will be a lot quicker if you add exercise to your routine:)  We all get into a rut with things!  I love to cook and bake but sometimes I just don’t fee like it!

Preparing ahead can be helpful for the days you can’t bring yourself to the kitchen to make yourself a healthy meal!  You can also take a route of shopping daily for meals and being spontaneous!  I am a planner by nature so I typically plan ahead.  I am part of Purple Dragon which is a fruit and veggie share so that tends to help me figure out what I am preparing by using what they provide.

Lately I have been enjoying Dannon Oikos fruit on the bottom greek yogurt for breakfast!  My morning snack is always a protein shake after the gym!  Lunch I made a Veggie crock pot soup and heat that up for lunch!  I also enjoy a turkey or chicken sandwich on sprouted grain bread with small wisp of baba ghanoush from Wegmans with lettuce and tomato!  Afternoon snacks are usually nuts and a piece of fruit or I made a batch of cottage cheese with diced green pepper and scallions.  You can add salt and pepper to taste and any other spices that might please your pallette.  Dinner is either chicken, pork chops or shrimp recently.  I made this collard green pesto and put it on the shrimp and put in on the grill and it was so good over a huge salad!  I added some feta cheese and balsamic vinegar.  I also used the pesto on the pork chops on the grill or in a cast iron pan.  Want a one pot chicken meal?  How about hummus chicken with zucchini and yellow squash!  Super yummy, moist and easy!  These recipes are all on my Pinterest “A healthy me” board!  You will see my comments and initial by all recipes I have tried!  Get out of your rut and try something new!

Short sleeves are hopefully around the corner for us so get your food right!  Drink your water!  Put reminders in your phone if you need reminding to drink your water!  Eat every 3 hours again use your reminders in your phone and stop eating by 7pm as often as possible.

My pinterest name is Meghan Woodruff!

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!

Spring Ahead!

So tonight the clocks go ahead.  I am eager for spring!  I can’t wait to wear my maxi skirt, tank top and flip-flops!  I always push the flip-flops a little early in the spring and a little late in the fall.  I can’t help it…I am a flip-flop girl:)

With spring upon us have you thought about any goals for your weight loss/fitness journey?  My current journey is to maintain but I am thinking with spring fever I might want to lose a couple of pounds…  Who is with me?  I want to be comfortable when I take my jean jacket off on those nice spring days!  I want to run at my best pace in the Spring Lake 5!  Have you ever run in a 5K or any race?  I ran my first in April 2013.  I signed up and went on the fast track of training for a 5k.  I was so nervous the morning before I think I woke up around 4am.  I got there so early I helped set up! LOL  I think raising the money for the ARC and all those people who donated made me feel like they had invested in me.  I felt a lot of pressure to do well and to finish well!  When it came right down to it I ran it with a time I was proud.  The pressure I put myself through made me feel like this was a one and done experience.

Last year I was invited last-minute to run the Spring Lake 5 and I went into it with little to no nerves.  I hadn’t trained so there were no expectations.  I told my family who I was running with that all I wanted to do was finish.  Well I finished and I finished with a darn good time!  I really believe it was a combo of things.  I think not training and not putting pressure on myself helped.  Not raising money and feeling people had invested in me.  If you have ever ran or attended this event there are so many people running that you have no choice but to run with the pack and keep moving.  I did just that!  I can with the pack and bobbed and weaved my way though.  I didn’t sprint across the finish but I sure did jog across it.  I am all signed up for this year and with only expectation!  I would like to run maybe even sprint across that finish line!

Have you considered registering for a 5k?  Its 3.1 miles.  Register and begin training.  I think its great to have goals.  Conquer your fears!  Show yourself you can!  You might even like it so much this becomes something you do often!  Something to push you to new levels on your fitness journey!

Check out this website to find local races in NJ: http://runningintheusa.com/Race/List.aspx?State=NJ