Pittsburgh, PA

Fitness posts can come off as seeking validation, this is NOT my goal. I don’t want to get too personal, but I have multiple autoimmune diseases. I workout so I don’t have to be put on harmful Immunosuppressant drugs.

When I was first diagnosed in 2014, I fell into a deep depression. I was too ashamed to get on antidepressants and admit I needed help. Fast forward almost 10 years, I’m living my best life!

Food is medicine. Fitness also helps me maintain a positive attitude. I’ve been on Effexor for some time now and I’m actually happy. Mental health is so important. Don’t be ashamed.

Fitness was also a huge catalyst for me in battling postpartum depression. I gained over 70 lbs during my pregnancy. I went from 135 lbs to 205 lbs. I was unable to lift during this time, due to a high risk pregnancy.

I safely waited 2 months before I started implementing weight training. I was “dressing up” and going on daily walks during this time to make myself feel better.

Once I could go on a brisk walk and not be out of breath, I knew it was time to hit the weights.

It took me 7 WHOLE MONTHS to get back down to my pre pregnancy weight. This didn’t happen by sitting on my ass, I lifted weights 3-4 times a week (different body group) and implemented light cardio 30 mins a day.

The hardest part is keeping to your routine and diet. If you want it bad enough, you’ll make it happen. Let’s gooo!