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6 Week Body Measurements - Sept. 1st

Friday, September 02, 2011

6 week body measurements

12.5 inches lost overall from my body total!

Big numbers:

Lost 2 inches from my bra line area!

Lost .75 & .5 from my upper arms! Big problem area for me so I'm glad to see it gone.

Lost 2 inches from my WAIST!

Lost 2.5 from HIPS! I can really tell a difference here.

Lost .75 from Right Thigh and 1.75 from Left Thigh O_o. Weird. They were the same before, but I'll take it!

.5 is gone from each of my forearms, and .25 from my neck, which is another problem area so any loss is welcome.

I will doing my measurements monthly from now on, on the 1st of every month.

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BLKNLUCIOUS1 10/4/2011 7:51PM

  congrats... way to go!! keep it up emoticon

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TURTLERASKIN 9/2/2011 6:26PM

    Woo hoo! Way to go! Sounds like September will be even better!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 9/2/2011 3:50PM

    Way to go! I only lost from my chest this month...I also do mine on the 1st of the month, helps me to look foward to that day and push myself hard the last few days. Keep up the hard work!!

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MRS_EVA_K 9/2/2011 3:40PM

    good job girl!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/2/2011 2:16PM

    Way to go! emoticon

Wishing you a wonderful September!

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SRHALLIN 9/2/2011 2:09PM

    Those are some really good numbers! You're body sculpting is paying dividends. I'm proud of you, and hope that you are, too.

Best wishes, Darlin'.

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August Review

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Last month was my first monthly review blog and was a little overly comprehensive, so I am changing that up, but I still wanted to recap the month for posterity purposes.


emoticonTotal Fitness Minutes: 1,443

emoticonTotal Exercise Calories Burned: 12,823

emoticonActually Did Strength Training?: Yes!

emoticonMiles Tracked: 66.6 (93.8 total/year)

emoticonExercise Days: 23 out of 31

emoticonPounds Lost: 8 (7/28 through 8/30)

Nutrition Goals: I succeeded in that I didn't go below 1,100 calories or over 1600. I am still getting just my bare minimum of protein but I am working on some new recipes for fall to change that. I have not been super great about remembering my vitamin because I cannot take it with breakfast anymore. It conflicts with my thyroid medication and needs to be taken at least 4 hours later. I will get used to it. However, I have not missed a single day of the Thyroid pill since I got it.

Yeah... my fitness minutes were insane this month. (Last months total: 580) I don't know how that happened. I still only lost about the same amount as I think I did last month. I am certainly not going to try to duplicate this amount of exercise every month. I was trying to get at least 800 and somehow went way overboard. (Shoot for the moon, you end up in the stars! Or something like that)

I am still doing mostly Wii Walk It Out but I have started ACTUAL walking at the high school track next door and have been able to go a mile straight which is a pretty big deal. I would like to do more of this and less of the Wii game because I think walking in place is screwing up my knees (doing it an hour or so 4x a week.) I am almost finished with my Walk It Out Island, and I think after I finish it I am going to try to get back on the exercise bike and do that more often. I realize that's probably not super great for my knees either, but it will get my heart rate up higher and burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. At one point I had gotten to where I could do 40 minutes straight on the exercise bike (numb a$s and all) and would like to get back that stamina eventually. Plus the thing is just sitting around so I might as well get some use out of it even if it is kinda crappy.

Accomplishments and Other Goals for the month:

I have lost 15 lbs total!! and I doing new measurements (after 6 weeks) on September 1st. (Blog to follow)

Only read 4 books this month, which isn't so bad. I apparently was exercising too hard to stop and read. I already have a few good books checked out for next month.

I tried some new foods for the first time in a long time, DID NOT like mushrooms, don't know what I was thinking. I like mushrooms aesthetically, I think they're cute, but not for eating (for me at least). The poisonous mushrooms are the neatest looking anyway, so I don't need to eat them.

I also made some protein and fiber packed meal replacement bars with TOFU as an ingredient. I have never seen tofu up close much less smelled, felt, or tasted it. It was silken Tofu and was pretty much the consistency of gelatinous yogurt. Which means I probably for sure wouldn't touch the stuff if it wasn't incorporated into some sort of baked good. The bars turned out good. I really like them despite some obvious flaws. They don't really have a whole lot (or any really) flavor going on but the texture is great and they are just deep down satisfying. So that I consider a success. Actually they taste completely like bread crust, but totally edible. Not bread, just the crust. I am going to tweak the recipe some more and keep working on it, but I think these are going to be a definite addition to my meal repertoire. I will post more about them once I have the kinks worked out but if anyone is super interested this is the base recipe, I just made a few changes:
Alton Brown/ Good Eats Protein Bars

I have started making fruit my late snack when husband gets home from work instead of having a meal. Grapes and a banana or an apple.

I went to the Dr. and actually got diagnosed with this thyroid problem. I think I've documented it enough here, but I consider that in itself an accomplishment. My next appointment to recheck my bloodwork isn't until October.

We got Papa Murphy's Pizza (Delite instead of regular, but still) and I didn't eat a whole half of it myself in one meal or one day even. Now that is something. My husband and I have polished off a family size just ourselves over the course of an evening in the past.

My tomato plants weren't a complete loss for the Summer. Definitely not worth the money I spent on organic potting soil and whatnot though. One of them was runty and never really amounted to anything, it had the wrong tag on it when I bought it and ended up being some completely different variety once it tried to produce fruit. The other one is doing sort of ok. It grew a weird side branch and then started growing out instead of up which resulted in some creative tying to the stake. Hopefully the few tomatoes will come to size before it starts getting really cold at night.

Here is the tomato that took 40 days to grow full size and then completely refused to turn red on the vine just to spite me:

September Goals:

I am hoping to have 20 POUNDS GONE within the next couple of weeks.

I am going on a mini-vacation with my husband to stay with my his parents and his sister for a few days near Sun Valley, Idaho. I am going to bring some healthy meal options with me, and will not be allowing myself to splurge excessively, but tracking will not be an option and restaurants meals are a definite. We will be hiking and swimming, so I'm not too worried. My only real goal is to get immediately 'back on the wagon' so to speak, as soon as we get home.

Get out and do some outdoorsy stuff on the weekends before the onset of winter, when I will be pretty much stranded at home.

Get back on the exercise bike. Pick out 1 or 2 new Fall schedule TV shows to only watch while biking. I turn on close captioning and watch, otherwise I watch the clock the whole time and the whole thing is unbearable. My biking show used to be Murder She Wrote reruns, but I've seen them all (Yes I'm 25 and I've seen every single episode of MSW)

Keep walking the track at night and get up to a faster mile.

Strength exercises and kettlebell training more often per week.

Spend more time cooking, work on recipes, reduce sodium where possible.

Drop kick the pounds and keep going strong.

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SRHALLIN 9/2/2011 1:54PM

    I'd say that all-in-all August was a very successful month for you, Darlin'. You should be proud of yourself, as I (and, I am sure others) am proud of you.

For the upcoming trip, I think you're looking ahead in a healthy way. And I think that you are able to recognize that any negatives involved in the trip should essentially cancel out for the most part. You're now a mindful eater, and that will help you considerably during the journey.

Best wishes, Darlin'.

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NEELIXNKES 9/2/2011 9:51AM

    Sounds like you had a great month! emoticon

emoticon for keeping up with the Thyroid meds! Can you take your vitamin with your lunch or dinner? I have been hit and miss as well so it is one of my goals to take it each day with dinner this month. Really need to get in the habit as the dr is bugging me about it.

emoticon on your pounds lost and the exercise! You are doing emoticon

Keep pushing forward!! emoticon

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TURTLERASKIN 9/1/2011 11:08PM

    A great recap! I love the mushrooms, so if you're not eating any, more for me! They're one of my favorites, not just for the taste, but because they're one of the most protein-erific (new word) vegetables. As a vegetarian, that's important!

Good luck with the vacation -- I know you'll do well!

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EVOLVEFISH 9/1/2011 8:37PM

    Like the raccoon says: "Excellent:!!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/1/2011 6:12PM

    What a wonderful Aug. you have had! Congratulation on all that you have accomplished.

I'm sorry you didn't like mushrooms -
I LOVE them. emoticon
I was just telling DH that I couldn't wait to go to the Portland Farmer's Market for all the wonderful mushrooms in the fall. And I agree with you that they are cute aesthetically. Once when camping we woke up to a bazillion mushrooms all over the campground that were not there the day before. There were so many different types and colors. We're clueless about what is/isn't poisonous, so we only took pictures. Some of them actually look like the mushrooms in Mario Cart something-or-other game. LOL!

Your description of the protein/fiber bars tasting like bread crust cracked me up! I hope you can get the kinks worked out.

Best wishes on a fantastic September!

When you go on vacation, I think there are tracker forms you can print out to help you. That may make you feel less off track while you are away, but it looks like you have a good plan.

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LASARRE 9/1/2011 4:45PM

    Great month last month. Great goals for this month emoticon

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New Indulgences...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I know...I know, processed food is the devil. I have a limited "food-cabulary" as to what I can and will eat, so for the time being they are a necessary evil for me if I want a yummy snack. That being said, I do try to stay away from trans fats completely (they get snuck into just about everything) and try as hard as I can not to buy things that have high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients list when possible. I have started making my own tomato sauces, and even figured out how to make my own crackers over the last few years just to get away from HFCS, and all the unnecessary sugar and crap that food manufacturers load these things with. But nobody is perfect, sometimes I just want a junk food type snack that I can fit into my calories for the day, and feel like I haven't been deprived of anything. Some choices are better than others. Here are a few new things I have tried out recently.

Kettle Brand BAKED Potato Chips - Salt and Fresh ground Pepper (made in Oregon!)
serving: 1 oz (~20 chips) 120 cal 2 g fiber 3 g protein 3 g fat
These are made of REAL potato slices as opposed to some Frankenstein's monster concoction of potato mush that has been dehydrated to look like chips. Don't get me wrong, I love baked Lay's products, but it's the truth. Kettle chips krinkle cut Salt & Black Pepper flavor are my all time favorite chips, so I was stoked to find these. The ingredients list for these is pristine, just potatoes, oil, and spices, but differs a little from before mentioned S&P krinkle chips. These chips were spicier than hell! The culprit: Jalapeno powder! They have really low fat for a potato chip, and pack 12% daily value of potassium. They were really fabulous despite burning my mouth to the core of my soul, and super satisfyingly crunchy. I would probably choose a different flavor next time, but would definitely recommend these.

Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookies - Chocolate (oreo style)
serving: 3 cookies 160 cal 3 g fiber 1 g protein 7g fat
added calcium, vitamin C, E, A and lots of other stuff.
I bought these because I had a really good coupon, and wanted something satisying to sneak into the last Harry Potter movie. I liked the added fiber, but wish they had upped protein too. These are really sweet, definitely comparable to an oreo in flavor, at least from what I remember (don't think I've had oreos in years). They give you about a multivitamins worth of nutrition in one serving, but the ingredients list leaves a lot to be desired. I'm not sure what the verdict is on palm oil these days, but these contain partially hydrogenated cottonseed and coconut oil which = trans fat, not to mention cottonseed oil is supposedly one of the worst ones out there, since cotton isn't even really a food. I still have about 2/3 of the box in my cupboard of these cookies, and may or may not finish them, but I surely will not be buying them again. A regular oreo has HFCS, but no hydrogenated oils, and the same calories and fat without the fiber added. So these cookies are tasty, but not worth it in the long run.

Fiber One Brownies - Chocolate Fudge
90 cal 5 g fiber 1 g protein 3 g fat
These are heavenly! Soft and the icing stuff on top is fabulous and oh oh, there's chocolate chips! I'm not a big fan of Fiber One granola bars because I find them way way too sweet. I have bought them occasionally to take on trips when I knew I wouldn't be eating my normal way and would need the fiber boost. These brownies are waaay better than the granola bars. They have a rich chocolate flavor and are very satisfying instead of sickly sweet. There is also a peanut butter flavor which i have not been able to find in stores, but i will keep looking because that sounds amazing. Again bought because I had a coupon, but I managed to find a bunch more coupons and will continue buying these for sure.
Again, I wish that when they added fiber to things, that they thought about adding protein as well. These are not worth it as an everyday snack for me because of the lacking protein, but I try to fit them into my calories for the day at least a couple of times a week because they are so darn good. The ingredients list is pretty good, no red flags really except for 'natural flavor' which always makes me wonder a little.

Nature Valley Granola Thins - Peanut Butter
90 calories less than 1 g fiber 1 g protein 4.5 g fat
I had wanted to try these for a while, and finally got a coupon for them. They are really good, but nutritionally just not worth it. Because of that I have so far only had 1 out of the box of 10. I strive to at least meet my minimum of protein everyday and try to get quite a bit of fiber, so these are kind of a waste of calories for me. And pretty high in fat for such a small portion. The ingredients list was pretty good except I am unsure about High Maltose Corn syrup, which I had not come across before. There is also a chocolate flavor that has only 80 calories, but I am not sure I will buy these again, if I ever happen to actually finish the box.

I am generally more of a salt-tooth (if there is such a thing) than a sweet tooth, but it is nice to have a couple snacky type things on hand if i do want something sweet and fruit won't cut it. I have pretty good willpower when it comes to having "junk" type foods like these in the house, and only am really able to fit one serving of something like these into my calories per week. If you have a hard time resisting eating too much of things like these if they are in the house, I would say just don't buy them. I am working on figuring a way to make my own high protein bar or maybe granola bars. Ideally I would like to be able to afford to eat considerably less processed foods, and even choose more organic options, but for the time being I will keep looking for coupons, trying out making things on my own, and stay smart about reading ingredients.

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BLOSSOM2344 9/1/2011 1:18PM

    Nice blog! Thanks for taking the time to review these for the rest of us!

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ADLINS 8/26/2011 11:45PM

    I love Kettle Chips - Salt and pepper! I don't eat them often, but every now and again, I want chips. And, I've been meaning to try the Nature Valley Granola Thins as I like their granola bars. I keep forgetting to make a grocery list, so my shopping is just off. Maybe after the hurricane I can get my shopping act together. Glad you've found some treats that can work into your day.

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MIRDREAMS 8/26/2011 11:38PM

    Ok, I'm going to be buying brownies next time I'm in the grocery store. That makes me happy emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/25/2011 10:40PM

    I love Kettle chips but I haven't had them since starting SP. I'm not sure I have the strength to eat just a serving. LOL!

Looks like you have some good and yummy options that work for you.

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JUSTJUSTY 8/25/2011 10:32PM

    I've got a nasty salt tooth too! It's can be worse than my sweet tooth! emoticon emoticon

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EVOLVEFISH 8/25/2011 10:30PM

    I have a story about Fiber One products that NO ONE wants to hear!!!



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TURTLERASKIN 8/25/2011 10:19PM

    My salty go-to snack is Trader Joe's Organic Olive Oil Popcorn -- just corn, olive oil, and salt. But they have just the right amount of fat and salt to taste just right. So those Kettle chips sound up my alley too. I'll take a look next time I'm at the store.

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ANNECEK 8/25/2011 9:36PM

    Thanks for the info. I was interested in the Fiber one Brownie. I hope to give that one a try.

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SRHALLIN 8/25/2011 6:16PM

    While I think I'll stay away from the junk foods on this list, I think we all have our little 'snacks' to keep ourselves from feeling deprived. And, as long as it is kept in moderation, (which your weight loss shows, it is.) I think you're doing just fine.

No one eats well 100% of the time; and anyone who says otherwise is either lying to you, or to themselves. Possibly, both.

But, as often as is possible for you - as an individual - to adhere to for the long term, it is important to make that the primary focus.

I never tell myself that I can't have something that I want. I simply say, "I'll have that later." - Later frequently takes days, weeks, or even months to happen. (Still haven't gotten around to that 7-layer chocolate cake at the restaurant across the street. /shrug.) But, eating well most of the time is the most critical part of a healthy lifestyle.

You're doing that. These foods are helping in their own little ways. So, I vote you do this, until you can make your own healthier versions at home. :)

Best wishes, as always, Darlin'.

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Happy News!

Monday, August 22, 2011

I've lost a total of 12.8 lbs in just under 2 months since I've been tracking my weight regularly. I forgot to write a blog commemorating my first 10 lbs gone! I'm losing weight at a snail's pace compared to what I have been able to do in the past on spark. In the past I have lost 12-15 lbs in just a month following this program. Now I will be lucky to drop 8. Yes I did lose 2.4 lbs this weigh in, technically after 9 days. I worked ridiculously hard to try to get at least 2 and burned almost 3000 calories last week for that number. I do not plan on trying for that every week. For my age and the weight that I'm at, it normally should not be this difficult to see a full 2 lb loss on the scale.

I guess this proves that my metabolism is pretty screwed up/ slowed down from my thyroid being out of whack. I start my medication for that tomorrow, so I'm hoping it will help things. I am exercising way more than I ever did before using spark, I will have at least 800 fitness minutes for the month of August. I am doing my body measurements on Sept. 1st and I am excited to see what changes I have made there.

I'm not criticizing my weight loss by any means, I am happy with any loss. 12.8 lbs is good news. I've worked a lot harder than I had to in the past and I'm proud of my results.

I got some other good news this week too. Our condo in Oregon has a new tenant already!!! The previous tenant had paid through August, and the new person is moving in Sept. 1st so we have not even had to pay one month of the mortgage or HOA dues. I am hoping this new tenant will not have as many problems as the other one did and will actually stay through her 1 year lease.

So almost 13 lbs GONE from my body so far and now we will just be moderately poor instead of extremely super poor!

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ZOE812 8/24/2011 10:35PM

    Great news all the way around! Happy for the tenant. Extremely happy for your weight loss but most happy that your hard work is paying off. The scale may not move as fast as you like but you're getting healthy and your body will respond in so many different ways. Be proud!


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MRS_EVA_K 8/24/2011 8:05AM

    I'm so glad you have a tenant. Stress makes weightloss more difficult than it has to be too.

Also congrats on the near 13 lbs and particularly the last 2.4 lbs! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 8/23/2011 4:01PM

    Congrats on your good news!

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BLACKROSE_222 8/23/2011 11:21AM

    Congrats!!! 2.4 pounds in 9 days is no laughing matter - and you have worked hard for those 13 pounds.

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    yay! Congrats on the weight loss and all the fitness minutes logged!

/happy dance for you

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GEORGIAGIRL26 8/23/2011 6:43AM

    Congrats on the weight loss sister!
I am so happy for you!!!!!! Holly emoticon emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/22/2011 10:35PM

    I'm so happy to hear that you found a tenant. I hope they keep up your place like you would and I hope they pay their rent on time so you don't have to give it any more thought. CONGRATS!

And a big congratulations on your weight loss this week and on your overall weight loss in the last 2 months.

You are doing fantastic! Keep working hard and it will keep coming off...sometimes slower than other times.

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JUSTJUSTY 8/22/2011 9:57PM

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JEANUT 8/22/2011 9:45PM

    Congrats on the wt. loss

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TURTLERASKIN 8/22/2011 7:48PM

    Awesome! I'm so glad that you got a new tenant; I know that was a huge concern.

And as for the weight loss -- on the weeks it's slow for me, I remember that what it means is that I've changed my life. I've settled into my new habits, and whether I lose weight or not, I'm going to keep being healthy. So good for you for your new habits!

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SRHALLIN 8/22/2011 6:43PM

    There is so much awesome wrapped up in this blog! I'm so very proud of how hard you've worked, and you should be extremely proud of your accomplishments!

The tenant is exceptionally good news. I was concerned for that situation what it would mean for you and your husband. So, I'm positively delighted for you both.

As for how much weight is lost how often, its variable, across a broad spectrum of things. And it is in no way, shape, or form, strictly a matter of discipline. So, please, keep your morale and keep digging deep. you're doing so very well. And, really, the only person you should ever compete against is yourself.

(Unless you're me, and trying to kick Aleks' butt...cuz... well, that's just fun. :) )

- hugs -

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FROGGERHKC 8/22/2011 6:34PM

    Great job on your loss!! :) Keep rockin' it!

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EVOLVEFISH 8/22/2011 6:03PM

    You are such a trooper, AB! A good attitude is something that helps us get through the rough patches.

I think you're doing super, doll. Count me in to offer you all the support and encouragement I can.

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Dr. appointment today - What I found out...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back in April of this year, my husband and I went in for a free health screening at his work. All they did was have us fill out some forms, and then draw blood to do full tests on. My husband has had this done at previous employers before, but in order to get a discount on our insurance for the year, I had to have the test done too.

The blood test results came in a thick packet with a health scoring system that said I was in a good to Ok range for most things, what I am at risk for and all that kinda stuff. I actually ended up just slightly healthier than my husband which was surprising considering he is generally healthier than me and is within a normal weight range.

My test results came back better than I had thought, and I know some of the things that weren't great will improve as I lose weight. I was surprised our results came back as good as they did also because my husband's birthday was a week or so before we had them done. We had a party and friends in from out of town spent a good chunk of time eating crap and ya do...

Anyway, the one thing that was a little strange was my thyroid test result. My TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) was at the high end of the spectrum which meant I had a good chance of being hypothyroid. This means my thyroid is functioning, slower or lower than normal. The thyroid regulates your metabolism and your body temperature. Having a thyroid that is not functioning or functioning lower than it should causes your metabolism to slow down and can cause larger problems, like heart palpitations and goiters later on if left untreated.

If I hadn't had this screening I would probably never have noticed a problem until/unless my symptoms became much worse.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

*Feeling fatigued, sluggish, lethargic


*Weight gain or difficulty losing weight

*Dry, coarse, or brittle hair and nails

*Dry, rough, or pale skin

Hair Loss

*Cold intolerance or frequent cold feeling

Frequent constipation

*Pains or aches in joints, hands, and feet

*Irregular menstrual cycle, longer, heavy, or abnormal periods

Severe menstrual cramps

Difficulty becoming pregnant



*Moods changing frequently, or melancholy

*Low libido, reduced sex drive

Snoring more often than usual

Shortness of breath, need to yawn to get oxygen

*Difficulty concentrating, memory problems

*Dry, gritty feeling eyes, or light sensitive

*Tinnitus (ringing in ears)

(* = my symptoms)
I have experienced at least 14 of the 21 symptoms I just listed. Some more prevalent than others. I hadn't really considered if there was anything wrong with me, just that I was out of shape and had no energy because of it. When I got the test results and started doing some research it kind of made sense. Except I don't experience all of the symptoms all of the time, or with the same severity as some other people who have this do. So I was pretty uncertain.

Many of these symptoms are really subjective and it seems like they could have nothing or everything to do with my thyroid. Who hasn't had ringing in their ears every once in a while? TMI fair warning: I have ALWAYS had heavier longer periods, with or without birth control pills. I don't do 'light' days and they almost always last at least a week. I have other reasons than this to have issues with depression and can't really rely on that for verification here either.

I knew I needed to get in to a Dr. and have this tested to find out whether I really had it or not, but I wanted to wait a couple of weeks to kind of get a feel for my symptoms and see whether I really had it or not.

One of the symptoms is being cold a lot, which has made most of this Summer pretty comfortable for me, I will admit. I haven't even had to run the fan, much less the air conditioning most days. But I was not looking forward to Autumn and Winter spent being way colder than normal!

We do have insurance, but hadn't actually picked out or been to a Dr. here. The last time I had been to a Dr. in Oregon was 2009 (I know because I wrote a sparkblog about it back then) That was not a great experience, for a few reasons. I am not technically afraid of doctors. I just don't like the whole thing. I don't think anybody really does.

The last time I went to a Dr. was because I had had a very very unwelcome surprise in the form of...Kidney stones! Definitely the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. ER doc said the pain was comparable to or worse than childbirth. When the pain subsided from that experience, I was giddy, I was completely high on not feeling pain. That is how bad the pain was. I thank my lucky stars I have not had any re-occurrence of them.

So anyway, I finally picked a Dr. and made the appointment and all that, and it was today. I went in thinking I would have further blood tests done to verify the results I had gotten before, but apparently that is not how it is done. I wanted the tests to make sure I had this, I didn't want to be just handed a prescription. I did all this research and found out what tests should be done only to be talked out of it. The physician's assistant (after all that hassle I didn't even see the Dr.) was very very nice and explained everything to me and answered all my questions. So I have a prescription to pick up tomorrow for levothyroxine, and an appointment in 6 weeks to check and see how the medication is working. And the icing on the cake? I get to have my (supposed-to-be) annual hoo-ha exam too! I say supposed to be, because I don't think I have had one since like...2006? Not having a planned parenthood in Idaho sucks.

This isn't something that goes away. Other than BC pills and I guess multivitamins, I have never had any kind of medication that I needed everyday. No prescriptions to refill, no serious health issues. That is kind of a big deal for me. I will have to remember to take medication, and I will have to keep taking it probably for the rest of my life.

The very nice PA I had for my appointment explained that my TSH result (4.99) was on the high end but she had actually seen higher (like 15-25) which would account for my symptoms not being as severe, and spotty at best. In my mind it also probably means I haven't had this for a very long time, which is probably good.

Just had to get this out since I'm in blog mode anyway:
My mom's response to finding out I might have this health problem (copied directly):
me: I might have hypothyroidism
Mom: oh really? Damn! Why can't I have that!
Me: Why would you want it??
Mom: It causes being overweight
Mom: Had it checked many times...always normal.
Mom: What other tests did they run?

I had waited until mid-July to even tell her it might be an issue because I knew not to expect any kind of concerned or supportive type reaction. But really?? Really?? Great...thanks Mom. I did find out that apparently my maternal grandma had it too so that may be some evidence as to how I ended up with this. Bleh.

If anyone has any idea how a person becomes hypothyroid I would really love to hear about it. I would like to learn all I can about it. Hopefully this medicine will light a fire under my metabolism so I can start losing weight more effectively, and be relieved of these crazy symptoms.

This is a cartoon of apparently, a thyroid gland.

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TURTLERASKIN 8/21/2011 8:43PM

    Well, I don't really know anything about hypothyroidism. But I'm glad you went to the doc and you're getting it taken care of. It will be a pain to take pills daily, but I used to think it was a pill to take my vitamin every day and now it's second nature. So I guess we adapt!

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DEERLADY45 8/21/2011 9:28AM

    Im glad you found out that was wrong and now you can work on feeling better God Bless! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/21/2011 12:41AM

    Good luck sorting through all of this new information and with the new medications. I hope this will help you feel much better with all of the symptoms you've been experiencing!

I saw your updates that you weren't able to get the Rx today. Maybe they sent it to a different pharmacy? Don't you just love dealing with these things?! not!

Good luck to you!

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MOM2ACAT 8/20/2011 4:22PM

    I hope with the new meds you start feeling better soon!

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BLACKROSE_222 8/20/2011 11:36AM

    Wow, I don't know much about your condition - but your Mom and my Mom should meet. Seriously. The first time someone brought up my husband and I thinking about having kids, my Mom laughed at them and started telling me about how much weight I would gain in my boobs, and how uncomfortable I would be. You would think the initial reaction to hearing you might be a Grandma soon would be a little... gooier.

Yep, we should get them together.

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EVOLVEFISH 8/20/2011 11:31AM

    Wow! Well, I am happy to read that you're getting meds for the hypothyroid condition. Not happy to learn that you have it, though. That's rough business.

You seem to be handling this fairly well, despite your mom's reaction (I had a mom like that..). Keep moving forward, sistah! I'm here for ya!

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SRHALLIN 8/20/2011 11:02AM

    Well, now I know what you've been up to this week! :)

I'm sorry that you've got the Hypothyroid problem, but, I'm very happy to hear that you're getting the medication that you need.

I wish I had more information to offer on it, but, unfortunately it is just not something I've encountered before.

We'll catch up later, as usual. If I can help with any of the craziness, you know where to find me, Darlin'. Just ask.

Best wishes, as always.

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STILLFLYIN 8/20/2011 9:15AM

    There are all kinds of weird and quacky things out on the net for hypothyroidism. Just make sure that what you decide to believe comes from a reliable technical source.

Low thyroid = high TSH. If your thyroid remains low, you will probably need to take the meds for the rest of your life. Lots of people do it. Low thyroid is very common. It is something you just do and get on with living. There are lots of bigger worries in the world.

I had Hashimoto's disease (autoimmune disease that destroys thyroid activity) many years ago and have been on meds for decades. There were times soon after discovering my problem that my thyroid results got very bad because the doctor that I had at the time was trying to see if my thyroid would restart itself. I have chunks of lost memory from that dumb experiment, not counting the immediate problems that I experienced. Since then, I learned that my great grandad was institutionalized because he wouldn't take his meds (not macho).

Be very careful and take your meds every day. Your quality of life depends on it.

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WOMYN42 8/20/2011 1:59AM

    I have hypothyroidism, and have been taking meds for about 7 years. They really help, and when I forget to take them for more than a day or two, I can really feel the difference. I have experienced almost all of the listed symptoms, and most of them are better now - BUT, I've also lost over 100 pounds!! So, I think that the healthier you get, especially weight-wise, and the more control you get over your lipids, the better you're going to feel regardless of your thyroid issue. But it's a pain to have to take the pills every day... and it's an even bigger pain for me, because I have to take special nutritional supplements due to my weight loss surgery, and one of them is extra calcium.... and you CANNOT take your thyroid medication anywhere near your calcium. In fact, I've been told to take my thyroid meds at least 2 hours before or after a meal. Ends up that the best time for me to take them, everything else considered, is the middle of the night. So... I take my little pill when I wake up around 2 or 3:00 to go to the bathroom. How silly, huh?

But, on the meds, you WILL feel a big difference. You'll have more energy and less aches and pains, and less joint stiffness and other problems. It's not so bad. Just inconvenient.



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ALIHIKES 8/19/2011 10:16PM

    Spark actually has a Hypothyroidism support group. I think it can run in families; both my sisters and one brother have it in my family (that's 4 out of 5 of us). Glad your condition was discovered relatively early. Medication is really important -- and I AM able to lose weight now, but the pounds don't just roll off, I have to work for it (SIGH) emoticon

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MRS_EVA_K 8/19/2011 9:48PM

    At least you know what is the culprit and you can get it under control. emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL70 8/19/2011 9:18PM

    I have a under active thyroid and I am on medication. I am doing better now that the DR has upped it. I am starting to lose some weight. I have a heart condition so she can only move the med up slowly so I don't end up with a heart attack.

Good luck. Yes see your DR and do everything he or she says.

Good luck.

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IVORYGIRL1776 8/19/2011 9:11PM

    I got it from EXTREME stress, but the biggest culprit was an antidepressant I was given for heart palpitations I got in the middle of the night---the antidpressant RUINED my thryoid and caused ALOT of other health problems.

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LADYJAKE1 8/19/2011 8:52PM

    I have many of those symptoms, but my bloodwork always comes back fine. You are lucky to have gotten a good doctor.

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