#MeetTheMeowburgs: Getting Healthy

Photo by Bethany Barton
I was debating on whether or not to write this post. It's a little more personal than we usually go around here, so you may even think it's TMI. We've been sharing bits and pieces of preparing for our upcoming wedding, and our health has become a huge part of that, so ultimately I'm deciding to share. (It's pretty word heavy too, so buckle up.)

As of today, we are two months out from #MeetTheMeowburgs, which is practically no time at all, but enough to improve our overall health at least a little bit. I'm not talking just working out/losing weight, but other things that have been on the back-burner for far too long. Raise your hand if you're in your late 20s and struggle to make your health a priority... Nick and I both have hands raised, so maybe you do too.

But the thing is... getting married is a huge life event. Even if you take out the love and commitment part of it, it's likely the one time in our lives where we are going to be the center of attention for a full 24 hours. It's only going to happen once. The significance of it has made me stop and think, "Hey, you should really focus on taking care of yourself" more than anything else has in five years or longer.

So for starters, we're going to the dentist. I will shamefully admit that we haven't been in at least five years. We never found a dentist since moving to Pittsburgh. I KNOW that is stupid and irresponsible, but like I said... I'm a person in my late 20s that has struggled to make my health a priority. And I'm getting MARRIED like a real adult, so this is the time to go. I actually went recently and found out that I have two cavities and am going back today to have them filled. These are my first cavities EVER, so it sucks, but at the same time I can feel the teensiest bit of weight being lifted off my shoulders knowing that I'm getting this taken care of. Plus, now that I have a dentist, I will start going regularly.

We're also going to the eye doctor. We actually haven't been as bad about this (we both wear contacts/glasses) but we're overdue for new prescriptions and I actually want to see Nick clearly (and his sparkly clean teeth!) on our wedding day. So we're getting our eyes checked too, and likely new glasses/contacts to boot. And all it's taken is this one little major event to make me schedule some appointments!

So besides our eyes and teeth, I am talking about the other kind of getting healthy too: the losing weight, eating a clean diet, working out part. You'll hear people use the phrase "shredding for the wedding" when talking about getting in shape for their wedding day. I honestly hate that phrase, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't compelled to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, etc. Like I said, this day is only happening once and there are going to be photos on photos on photos to remember it by. I want to feel happy and confident with the way I look, and I don't want to feel any shame knowing that I could have tried harder to make changes.

Now, as we mentioned above, we realize that 8 weeks is not a lot of time to make such significant changes to ourselves, but it's not nothing. Earlier in the year we set some health goals, but as the year went on they faded. Now we just want to buckle down and be more consistent. These next 8 weeks aren't JUST about the wedding day, but also to hopefully establish some healthy routines and habits with which to start off our new married lives together. That is to say, the wedding is not the end goal, our continued health is.

I personally have never been very active or enjoyed working out. After college I got into a pretty steady gym routine and lost about 20 pounds of college weight, but when we moved to Pittsburgh, working out became nonexistent and the majority of the weight came back and has fluctuated over the past five years. Long story short, we bought a treadmill last year after I assured Nick that I would use one if we had it (isn't that what they all say?) but SURPRISE - I DO USE IT! Or at least I did, nearly every single morning for the first 7 months of 2017. Then we went to Alaska and I think that's where I left my motivation.

I actually really enjoy the treadmill (it's where I binge watch shows, read, or watch Insta stories), so I need to get back into it. I have a Fitbit that I monitor pretty religiously, but I work a sedentary job, so unless I make an effort to get an hour on the treadmill every day, I'll never hit my step goal. Nick, on the other hand, moves a lot while teaching and can generally hit his step goal during the work day. While hitting a step goal alone isn't exactly what most people would describe as "working out" it's a relatively small thing that makes a huge impact in my life when I'm sticking to it (more on that below.)

As far as food... I would describe our diet as "moderately healthy" on the weekdays and "eats like a monster" on the weekends. I really do think we eat more pizza than anyone I know. The cheese addiction is real (look it up) and we have next to no willpower. We usually plan and prepare healthy, plant-based meals every weeknight, but when Friday night rolls around, it's like our entire week's healthy eating has been demolished with a single order on GrubHub. We are certainly capable of giving up dairy (we did it once for a year) but haven't mustered the willpower to do it again, as much as we'd like to.

So while we're not setting goals of losing x amount of pounds, inches, etc. we are instituting the following health goals from now til wedding day:

1. No dairy (don't even LOOK at us, Pizza Fiesta!)
2. Hit our step goal every weekday
3. Try one new plant-based recipe every weekend (and cook it together!)
4. Stretch for ten minutes every day
6. Journal every day (in the past we've found that this helps us stay on track)

So now I want to hear from you! Was this post interesting to you? Do you want us to keep you updated on our goals? Do you want to be accountability partners? Are you interested in seeing the new recipes we try? I know this isn't a traditional Common Room post, but it's pretty much where our life is at right now so we wanted to keep you in the loop. We'd love your feedback, so let us know!

xo, Sarah (& Nick)


  1. Keep us updated! I'm in an 8 week buckle-down myself (staying under my calorie goal, adding in 1 speed workout a week, adding in cycling for cross-training and doing my stretches for my foot every day). Also down for accountability partners/doing physical activities for fun instead of food/alcohol

    1. Yes, definitely!!! I would love that. I wish it wasn't getting cold so we could walk over lunch. Let's plan a hike or something soon.

  2. It takes a lot of guts to admit some of these things! People on the internet always want to seem like they have it together, so saying that you have to go to the dentist and eye doctor takes some courage. I always say it's never too late to make your health a priority (especially at our age). I'm not sure if you would be interested in this, but class pass recently came to pittsburgh, so you can try out a few studios before your wedding to get in shape and not have to join a gym! I have the medium plan and can go to 5 classes a month for $30 (currently using a referral code so my first month is actually free!). Let me know if you would be interested..maybe we can even get together for a class :)

    1. Thanks, Gretchen! Agree - blogs and social media are so incredibly curated, but I feel good being transparent about this as there are probably people out there in a similar situation. My friend Shannon is doing class pass right now! I definitely want to try it out but I think I might wait until after the wedding. Things feel so hectic right now - I hate to add anything else to the mix, haha (plus, trying to save $$$). I'm excited for our class next week though!

  3. I definitely like reading about this - especially since I feel like Instagram gives such a skewed version of health sometimes. You see one snapshot of ONE healthy meal - but that doesn't mean someone always eats like that. Or, one sweaty post workout picture. No one posts pics of them at the dentist, but that's the real life stuff.

    Health is also so different to each person. I love seeing what it looks like, and how people are achieving it. I used to love the treadmill for example, but now it seems to suck all the life out of me. I TRY TRY TRY to run outside because it means I'm getting fresh air AND a workout in all at once. And I NEED that.

    1. Thanks, Jessie! It's true - we only share what we really want people to see (which is good, happy stuff!) Health is definitely super personal - I hate running outside, haha! I'm glad you enjoyed the post :) it's inspiring me to keep being transparent about stuff that's not perfect in life.