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Friday, January 22, 2010

I quit smoking on November 1st, 2009. I knew I would gain a fair bit of weight but I don't think I quite expected it to be 30 pounds!

I am back on track now, though and am going to put in the effort to get that back off plus the final 20.

Wish me luck!

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MSFRISBY 1/28/2010 3:28PM

    Quitting smoking is way better for you long term than the temporary weight you gained. You've come so far, I know you'll get where you want to be. :)

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AERYNEA 1/22/2010 2:35PM

    That's what I kept telling myself with every jelly bean I ate! "It's only temporary and 20 pounds now is better than a lifetime of smoking!"

And now I have to get back in the gym and work it off :( They were really delicious jelly beans though.

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LAUREL220 1/22/2010 1:20PM

    Good job on quitting smoking! That is awesome! Don't worry about the weight gain. It's only temporary and you have done a great thing for your health. You will be back on track soon!

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New pants day

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Had a dim sum brunch with some friends yesterday, afterwards we walked over to the HUGE asian market and shopped around for a while. I realized that my pants were falling off so K and I headed over to Old Navy afterwards and I checked out some new jeans in both my current size and one down. Grabbed a few cute tops on the way as well.

Much to my shock both the smaller jeans AND the smaller tops fit perfectly. That means that I have gone from an XL top to a M and from an 18 to a 14 since Feb. Plus I really haven't lost much in the way of pounds in a month or so at ALL. It's really nice to see changes like that (A WHOLE SIZE!) when there's been no movement on the scale. It means that all of my work at the gym is really paying off.

Now I just wish I could find some non-boot cut jeans in a nice dark wash, I am all hips and thighs (thanks mom!) and bootcut is just not for me! They fit but they fit so tight on my thighs that it's almost comical!

Before I started losing weight wearing form fitting clothes sometimes made me feel like a cartoon parody of a woman, I was all boobs, tiny waist and exaggerated hips. Now that my boobs are shrinking and everything is tightening up, I feel more like a real person :D

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ANGIEB1231 8/17/2009 7:25PM

    Good for you! How exciting to be able to shop and feel good about yourself. Keep up the hard work, it is paying off!

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QUIXOTIQUE 8/17/2009 10:22AM

    Hooray! Hooray for new pants day! It's too bad my mother totally took all the pants bag pants or I could have sent you back with a bunch too. I know how you feel... I was bummin' after my half that I gained 2 lbs and then I looked at pictures from March and pictures from race day and I look like I lost at least 10.

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SHUTRBUG1 8/16/2009 10:22PM

    Good for you! What a boost to drop a whole size, and sometimes you just need a boost. And, sorry about the hips and thighs.

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CARLYNMCC 8/16/2009 1:50PM

    That's great news! Sometimes it's hard to imagine a changing room mirror will ever be friendly... Hope you have much continued success!

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Results from my doctors visit

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I went to the doctor on Monday and left very very frustrated. After getting my test results today I am even moreso.

I booked the visit specifically to get my lipids and thyroid checked. I explained to her that I was experiencing something like 40+ of the 60 common symptoms of hypothyroidism and even went in with a list, neatly highlighting all of my symptoms.

The doctor brushed me off and told me that it was more likely I was depressed and prescribed me Lexapro. Yeah. Seriously.

Today I got my results back, they are;

Total Cholesterol 179
Triglycerides 77
HDL 46
LDL 118
TSH 3.5

So while I fall in the middle of the currently accepted lab standards for TSH, the AACE (American Associate of Clinical Endocrinologists) published a report in 2003 suggesting that the upper limit be LOWERED to 2.5 (or 3.0 depending on your source) either way, I fall outside of the range and my doctor has chosen to ignore the suggestion of actual endos.

I really don't feel like I am going to get anywhere with her, even arming myself with the printed study and going back in feels like it would be a fruitless attempt. I think I will research endocrinologists in my area and find one that works off of these newly accepted levels and make an appointment.

Oh well, at least my cholesterol and triglyceride levels rock!

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SHUTRBUG1 8/5/2009 8:06PM

    Wow! Your numbers ROCK! I'm glad you're going to research endocrinologists; you need to be heard and your concerns dealt with. Why do some doctors feel like the patient has no say in their medical care? If I were a doctor, I would want patients who take an active part in their health care. Any doctor who would just write a prescription for a serious drug without further tests is not the doctor for you.

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JUST_SIMONE 8/5/2009 8:03PM

    Wow, I had a very similar experience before I was actually diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My TSH levels came back at 4.5, and this was back when anything above a 5 was considered high. I had all the classic symptoms as well. Several years later, my thyroid all but blew up with an autoimmune attack (TSH dropped to .01 and then two weeks later was 48), and I was finally diagnosed.

I would suggest going to a homeopathic practitioner, or an endocrinologist who has a holistic perspective (nearly impossible to find). One of the doctors who most effectively helped me address my symptoms was a physician with a background in homeopathy, who payed attention to my symptoms as well as my blood tests.

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Blood pressure and hydration

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I have low blood pressure, always have. I've been told in the past (by my doctor)to NOT avoid salty foods and drink a ton of water to help avoid any side effects of my LBP.

So why did I decide to start watching my sodium so closely?

The last few weeks I have been having EXTREME dizziness upon standing, like almost blacking out, yesterday I finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together and realized that the increased sweating at the gym, my low sodium intake and a touch of dehydration had finally caught up with me.

I skipped the gym (took a few walks instead) and focused on getting everything rebalanced yesterday. Alternated water with 0 calorie sports drink off and on all afternoon. By the end of the evening I was already starting to feel better.

So the lesson learned here is that your blood pressure CAN be too low and combined with decreased blood volume from dehydration, you can end up in a world of hurt.

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LAUREL220 7/26/2009 10:07AM

    We hear about so few instances that people have LOW blood pressure. Glad you are taking care of yourself.

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SHUTRBUG1 7/25/2009 12:14PM

    I'm glad you worked out what was going on. I've DO have to watch my sodium, and I have been doing so like a hawk. I think (hope hope hope) that my recent light-headed episodes are because I need to have my blood pressure medication cut back a bit, and I'm going to the doctor to find out. Maybe your low blood pressure now will serve you well when you get much older, when most people get HBP.

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Well, I did it

Friday, June 26, 2009

I registered for the Iron Girl in August.

Here in Denver, Iron Girl is just a 5k, not a bi or triathlon like it is in some other cities. Never the less, it is for a great cause (promoting healthy lifestyles for women) and I am determined to participate.

I had decided to run it when I first heard about it, and then was taken down by plantar fasciitis. As I registered yesterday I decided to go ahead and just register as a walker. It's only 6 weeks away, I still have pain in my foot and there's just no time to get myself in running shape by then.

It was with a really heavy heart that I did the registration, I won't lie. After I registered and was printing out my waiver and receipt, I noticed that I had somehow been entered into the Women's 5K Run category.

What? What happened? Was there an error? Did I subconsciously click the run button? Will I get there on race day and find that I am actually a walker? Who knows! At this point I am going to work off of the assumption that I am a runner and start training as if I am expected to run on August 8th. All the training plans I have are 8 weeks, so I have to step it up and compress into 6 weeks without hurting myself. I'm going to step back on the weight training and focus on cardio and yoga until the race.

No worries, if either my foot or my knee become a problem, I *will* contact the race organizers and tell them that there was an error and make sure that I can walk it come race day! But for now I'm going ahead with my original plan to run this baby.

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QUIXOTIQUE 6/26/2009 3:42PM

    Good luck! Hope your legs and feet hold out on ya. If you can get through 6 weeks of training, the adrenaline should be able to carry you the rest of the way. :)

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SHUTRBUG1 6/26/2009 12:42PM

    Hmmm - you don't make errors like that, must be the running gods telling you that you can do it. I'm proud of you for going for it, but I'm glad that you are going into it with a sensible approach. I have NO idea who you learned THAT from! Good luck in your training regimen!


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