Jan 17th -Updates!

Hey guys and gals!

Sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ve been enjoying a long weekend. I’ve been sticking to my diet for the most part. I had a couple slips. But hey, if you can’t enjoy a cheat here or there, you’re setting yourself up to fail. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. I’ll accept it!

I have swapped my usual cheat days for an extra Skinny Cow chocolate truffle bar or low-cal junk food, so there’s that. We’ve been trying recipes from eatyourselfskinny.com

Last night, we tried theĀ Veggie and Cheese stuffed shells. I’m pretty sure we did it wrong, because there was way more carrot than there needed to be, but it was still pretty tasty. Highly recommend. So good.

So let’s talk exercise. I was supposed to have a meeting with a trainer today. That didn’t happen. Shit happens, ya know. It’ll be rescheduled soon. Now. What is your favorite exercise? Personally, I love yoga. But I also love leg press. I don’t know about you, but most of my strength comes from my legs. I love the zen feeling after yoga. It balances out my stress level and allows me to relax. Try it, if you haven’t. It’s good for any weight, age, etc.

What is your favorite exercise or way to relax?

Challenges…

Time to get a little deep…

I am twenty-five years old. I have medical issues that play a major role in this adventure..

Mental health:
I was diagnosed with depression at twelve; Bipolar Disorder (Bipolar II) came at sixteen, along with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).My medications can cause weight gain. There are some days when just getting out of bed is an accomplishment. I have impulse control issues on manic days. I’m hoping, with the help of the ever lovely Mike, exercise can become therapeutic. We’ll see.

Physical health:
I’m a clumsy person. I have sprained my left ankle and both of my knees. I have strained my tailbone. I constantly have cuts and bruises. (So if you see them in pictures, don’t worry! I got into a fight with an inanimate object, not Mike!) I smoke. I don’t really drink though! Having a whole lot of chest has given me back problems. I suffer from PCOS, which can cause weight problems. The birth control I’m on, you guessed it!, can cause weight gain. I’m obese. I get winded going up stairs. So things will start out very basic until this changes. Bear with me. I’m trying.

Family history:
I’m at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, low thyroid, cervical cancer, degenerative disc disease, and more. I need to change things while I’m young enough to repair the damage of done and prevent these.

I’m going to try to post every day. If you see that I haven’t posted in a while, use the contact feature to yell at me to get back on here.

What are some challenges you face?

Who? What? Where? When? How? Why?

Hello!

I bet you’re wondering what the site is and all that. Let’s start with the basics..

Who: Steph (and sometimes Mike), check out our About page for me details
What: Exercises, recipes, personal blog posts about this new adventure
Where: We’re located in Normal, IL. We’d love to know where you are!
When: NOW! Or whenever I’m not sleeping.
How: Through dedication, support, teamwork, and research.

And now for the big question… Why?
Well, I recently did some tests. I have high blood pressure. I’m obese. I’m basically pre-diabetic. I am not the me I want to be. Honestly, I’m terrified for this lifestyle change. However, I’m strong and I can do this. I want people to see me do it and hold me accountable for my goals. I’ve always believed if people know your goals, you’re more likely to accomplish them. They won’t let you fail. They want you to succeed, too.

And I would like for you to join me on this adventure so we can succeed together.