Be Bold in 2016 // Health Goals

It’s time for the third week of the Be Bold link up. This week we’re talking about health goals.

Be Bold in 2016 Health Goals

I think it was the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012 when I was diagnosed with my thyroid disease. But last year was the first year that I really felt the effects of having an autoimmune disease on my life. Before that, I never even considered that it could be something that really affected my day-to-day routine. I mean, it’s supposed to be as easy as taking some medicine and going on with life, right?

Haha, nope.

Last summer when I really had to face my thyroid disease, I went through some dark stuff. I hate making excuses for myself, and a lot of times, my thyroid disease feels like nothing but an excuse.

So I feel like 2016 will be as big of a mental health year as it is a health year.

Healthwise, I’d like to get back to going. I went once this week, and that was the first time I had gone to the gym since I found out I had a hairline fracture in August.

It felt nice, but I know I need to keep going. I want more emphasis on the weights, not just doing the motions of the ellipticals every day. I want to cut my soda consumption way down. The water supply in my school’s town was not good at all, so I drank a lot of soda. Now that I’m home, I’m noticing I drink a lot more water. Here’s to hoping I can make that transition.

Mentally, I just want to continue to grow. This year is going to be a year with some of the biggest changes in my life, and I want to continue to strengthen myself mentally so I can be prepared for whatever life brings – jobs, moving, anything.

I don’t expect major changes in my health this year, but I want to focus on the smaller things that can all build up to a much bigger, greater change.

What are your health goals for this year?



  1. January 22, 2016 / 11:55 am

    My health goals are all related to regaining lost ground because of auto-immune disease. I completely relate to your statement, “feels like nothing but an excuse.” I get frustrated with myself sometimes because I am not further along in “getting better.” I have to remind myself that my wellness journey is also not going to look like anyone else’s.

    You are so right about focusing on the smaller things – they do build up over time.

    • Laura
      January 22, 2016 / 5:59 pm

      It’s a constant struggle, isn’t it? My brother and my dad both have the same autoimmune disease and they act differently, so it makes it even harder. But good luck in your journey!

  2. January 22, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    So proud of you for wanting to focus on your well-being after be diagnosed! Praying for you and love your goals! Good luck with them this year!

  3. Alison
    January 22, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    My mom had some troubles with her thyroid a few years back (related to her Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome) and after having it removed she still has many problems related to that, so it’s definitely a difficult thing to go through. That so great that you’re wanting to drink more water as well! I started drinking it more last year, and it has helped me so much health wise!!


  4. January 22, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Good luck with your goals, Laura! I’m sure that with hard work, you will be able to make yourself strong enough (physically and mentally) to handle whatever life throws at you 🙂