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!
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!!!
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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