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Gym Buddies and Friends

Friday, February 10, 2012

My morning got off to a great start today when I met a friend at the gym, by the treadmills, and we walked together and caught up on the latest news. She has been very good about walking every day and usually starts at 7:30a.m. Since I have to travel a greater distance and come from the opposite direction, I often get there at 8a.m. or later. We chat as we walk and the time just flies by. This makes walking that treadmill loads of fun! She hits the showers at 8:30a.m. and I go on to water aerobics class.

Our water aerobics instructor was sick this morning so the participants conducted our own class. (This is the aerobics class held in 4 feet of water). There were 32 people who attended and lots of talking and laughter. Since this class has gotten so crowded and loud, I often wear a floatation belt and end up in the deeper water, doing my own thing. This morning our class was kind of semi organized chaos. I decided that since I couldn't hear the instructions, I would do my own workout in the deeper water. I enjoyed hearing the laughter but the talking noise was a little over the top. So off to the deep water I went.

About 30 minutes into my workout, a friend from my deep water aerobics class got into the pool to do a workout on her own too. For the next 45 minutes we chatted and worked out until she had to get ready for an appointment. She said that she really enjoyed the workout because it was so much better than doing it by herself. Again, the time flew by as we were water jogging. As she left to go to the locker room, another friend came along and got into the water to jog. I have quite a bit in common with this buddy and we laughed and talked for another hour or more. We were so engrossed in our conversation that we lost track of time! What a good time we had! After she left, I realized that I had been working out for a long time and was water logged, so I got out and hit the showers myself.

The end result of today's workout was that I was in a wonderful, uplifted mood. I was tired of course but I had fun and a great workout. With every new workout buddy, I did something a little different in the water so I just logged the whole thing as water aerobics on the exercise tracker. I felt motivated and excited to be doing something healthy for my body. I look forward to doing the Saturday deep water aerobics class with more of my exercise buddies!

Do you have a workout buddy? I'd love to hear about your workout experiences!

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L*I*T*A* 2/10/2012 10:22PM

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SLENDERELLA61 2/10/2012 9:18PM

    Wonderful!! So glad you had fun and got a good workout, too. I have a SparkTeam to walk with a couple times a month, and from time to time I get to see people I know -- like you -- at our gym. But I could still use more workout buddies!! -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 2/10/2012 4:43PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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THOMS1 2/10/2012 2:52PM

    It is always great when you can do your workouts with someone. have a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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Breakfast With Water Aerobics Class

Thursday, February 09, 2012

One of the things I love the most about doing exercise classes is the social aspect. This morning I had breakfast with two of the women from my water aerobics class. The breakfast was a fund raiser activity for building a new library in a nearby town. The name of the place where we ate was really cute. It was called the Grits Café. Only in the south would I find a restaurant with grits in the title!!! It was a little hole in the wall place with plain, good food at a reasonable price. We had a blast, enjoyed the company and enriched blossoming friendships. What a healthy, positive way to start my day!!!

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L*I*T*A* 2/9/2012 7:23PM

    we do that too at our pool.........
it must be a pool thing everywhere else too!!!
glad you had a good time!!!
blessings and hugs.........lita

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REDROSEMARIE 2/9/2012 7:06PM

    There are 3 ladies in my aerobic class that go for coffee after class, once in a while we do lunch. I really enjoy the social aspect of it also. We also have lots of fun during class too.

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My Thyroid Correction

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I had thyroid issues during the last part of December through the month of January. I anxiously watched my weight creep up, up and up some more despite the fact that I was doing 2-3 hours of exercise 5-6 days per week. My doctor and I decided on a slight medication correction in early January. Still, I experienced hair loss in the front and on the sides of my head and my left eyebrow now has a space in it. I felt panic at the way things were going.

Initially my doctor told me that the hair loss could be due to a big drop in female hormone level or the extreme amounts of stress I was under. But when I described how I felt (huge amounts of fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns and weight gain) in combination with the hair loss he agreed that my thyroid was most likely the culprit. He told me not to panic. He noticed a huge difference in my body composition as a result of all of the exercise. (He joked that he can't get most of his patients to do 30 minutes of exercise a day!) He said to give my medication another four weeks to adjust my system and if I didn't feel better to call him.

It was so refreshing to not have a doctor tell me that we'd address the issue (in 3-4 more months) at my next appointment. My doctor is also open to adding some T3 to my current medication if I don't feel better soon. This was such a welcome relief!!! For those of you who aren't aware of the current attitudes of many thyroid doctors, there aren't many doctors who are so accommodating when it comes to prescribing T3.

The good news is that when I got on the scale this morning, I had dropped 3/4 of a pound! This may not sound like much to most people, but when you're fighting thyroid disease and trying to adjust your medication, it is a big deal. Whether the drop is due to the exercise, stress, good diet or the medication (or a combination), I'll take it! I am starting to feel better too. It will be interesting to see what happens in the weeks to come. I have the reassurance of knowing that if I don't continue my improvement, my doctor is on my side and will work with me until I do improve. I consider myself blessed in that area.

For those of you who saw the amount of exercise that I do on a daily basis, please be assured that I do take into consideration the fact that I need rest. I vary the type of exercise and the intensity. I do strengthening on a rotating basis so as not to hurt my body. I've found that exercise is a social time (exercise classes and buddies) and it helps to relieve some of the stress that I've been under recently. I pencil in my exercise just like I would any other important appointment. I consider the time I spend exercising to be "me" time. "Me" time is essential to my overall health.

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ADELCASALE 2/12/2012 7:23AM

    I hope your thyroid regulates soon! emoticon

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AMANDAJCD 2/10/2012 7:43PM

    I'm so glad your doctor is responsive -- doctors like that are GEMS!!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/9/2012 10:13AM

    One of my sisters had her thyroid removed a few months ago and is still struggling to get her medications correct. It sounds like you and your doctor are on top of things to get yours under control.

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JUDIL62 2/9/2012 8:43AM

    I know how frustrating it is. Just had my thyroid removed on December 2nd and went on meds. The fatigue and sleep issues are crazy. I have gained weight too even though I'm finally back to my exercise routine and my diet is fairly good. hang in there, and keep working on it with your dr. Find out what your #s are and see an endocrinologist. if you do not get better.

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QUERIDAANA 2/9/2012 7:21AM

    Glad you are taking care of your health and resolving the problems.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/8/2012 9:40PM

    On the form for my next blood work, I noticed that my doctor is running every possible thyroid test so that he will have a complete picture of what is going on with my thyroid.

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L*I*T*A* 2/8/2012 8:40PM

    so glad to hear you have an understanding dr....
i too have similar thyroids issues and am trilled with my dr too...c
congratulations on your loss...way to go...
am on a long plateau still....
all the best.....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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MZZCHIEF 2/8/2012 7:57PM

    hey girl!
Glad to hear you're getting some help and are working with a doctor that cares about you!
I started off on Synthroid, did great on it for about a year... but found as I got deeper into peri-menopause, that I needed some T3 added to the mix.

If you need T3 too, your doc will reduce your T4 (Synthroid) and add some T3. Or simply put you on one of the Porcines like Naturethyroid or Armour.

Good going on the work outs!
They will definitely help you tighten and tone, burn calories.
I find as soon as I stop moving, oops here comes the weight! Grrrrr.

Have a good evening and fun tomorrow!
: )

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USMAWIFE 2/8/2012 5:56PM

    I have MAJOR thryoid issues to the point where my thryoid was actually removed in 2009 due to Hasimototo's thryoid. I so feel your pain.

When your doctor did your labs, did he just test the tsh or did he do a complete thryoid panel which gives all different levels, about 7 in total.

That was how we discover every 6-8 weeks what my levels are and I have to change meds that often.

Good luck to you

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Taking Snacks With Me Helped

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I got on the scale and my weight didn't increase at all during my 4 days out of town. I tried to be careful with my food choices; choosing the healthy options and splitting my entrées with another person. Taking my own snacks and water with me, really helped a lot! I was never starving the whole time I was away, even with all of the stress!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/8/2012 5:16PM

    Great news! When I got on the scale this morning, my weight had dropped 3/4 of a pound!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/7/2012 4:33PM

    Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!

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A Very Sad Weekend

Monday, February 06, 2012

I've been MIA since last Thursday due to my FIL's critical illness. Late Thursday night he passed away, surrounded by 6 of his children with their spouses (the other 2 were in route), 7 grandchildren ( 2 were in route), his companion and his nurse. By noon on Friday all 8 children and 9 of his 16 grandchildren were present. His 9 great-grandchildren stayed at home. All together we had 23 members of the family plus 2 guests there for the majority of the time that we were there. We were thankful that most of us had our own hotel rooms so that we had some privacy during all of the stress. The funeral had been arranged a few days in advance so things went smoothly. We decided to hold the funeral on Saturday to make it possible fore everyone to attend. There were some rough spots but we were able to move through them. There were even some fun times when small groups of us went off and did some enjoyable things. I found that this made the stress and sadness more bearable. I brought snacks and water with us and kept them in our hotel room. That was a good move on my part. We had our 2 fur babies with us and they were very confused about the whole situation. We were glad to get back to our own house Sunday afternoon. Getting back into our normal routine has been a big step in our healing process.

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MZZCHIEF 2/8/2012 8:45PM

    It sounds like your FIL lived a long fulfilling life.

Sorry to hear of your loss.

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TBRANCH2 2/7/2012 10:45PM

    emoticonMy prayers are with you and yours!

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RUTHIEBEAR 2/7/2012 1:05PM

    emoticon I am sorry for your loss. I agree routine does help the healing process. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 2/7/2012 9:57AM

    There are never the right words for these times. I'm glad things were smoothly and that so many family members were able to be with him. I'm sure it helped for them to support each other.


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