Sunday, November 25, 2012
My name is Candice. I am 28 and living in Alabama. I've had severe RA for 3 years. I was diagnosed after my daughter was born. I knew something was really wrong when I couldn't button her clothes or walk across the living room. To top it off she had awful colic, so I was never sleeping either. I can't remember what it's like to be pain free, but it could be so much worse. I choose to take that attitude because I refuse to let RA own me. I am starting this blog because there are a lot of us out there with RA and the other problem I'm dealing with.....weight gain!!! Being on more medicine then my grandma and the off and on struggle with steroids has caused me some serious problems. I gained 50lbs when I was pregnant...YIKES! I was able to get myself back down to a healthy 150, but with constant flares I have ballooned back up to a whopping 170.....UGH!! I should probably mention that I love sweets and junk food, but I was always able to control my weight. Before I got pregnant I taught BodyPump at a local gym, I was in great shape. Being in constant pain can drive a person insane, but for me it just makes me eat. I feel like it is the one thing that I can control....but I don't. I just keep shoving more and more down my throat. The gym used to be my second home, now it takes me an hour to get my hands and feet to move in the morning and again after my daughter and I take a nap in the afternoon. I take walks with her, I swim, and do Yoga but the weight just keeps going up. Along with weight gain comes a total nose dive of self confidence and a heavy dose of self loathing. No one may ever read this blog and that's fine. I'll just use it as a very public journal, but today is November 25 and I want to see how much weight I can lose by Christmas. My husband and I are going to a concert in Atlanta on February 2nd and I'd really love to see him look at me the way he used too. I can do it, I know I can, but any advice and words of encouragement would be appreciated. I am going to be using the LiveStrong app for iPhone. I've set it to help me lose 1.5lbs per week....GULP!!! Wish me luck folks!