Thursday, February 09, 2012
I WANTED to walk so bad last night but did not because as I've said before - my back has spoken so I decided to listen for once. I'm glad I did listen - my back is feeling much better today.
I haven't mentioned this much lately (haven't really blogged as much as I used to) but I've had some really BAD swelling in my hands/fingers and feet/toes!! Also, when I weigh, my weight will LITERALLY fluctuate up and down by 7 lbs. overnight. YES - I DO drink ALL of my water PLUS each weekday - probably only 1/2 that on weekends. I haven't changed my weight ticker in a while now because I truly don't know what it really is! I've been so disappointed in myself for not losing after tracking my food and exercising that it was too depressing and final to change it.
Today has been the WORSE day that the swelling has been - I had to take my wedding ring off!! This has really bothered me. My ring is normally ALWAYS loose - even when I was 40 lbs. heavier my fingers were never "fat".
I decided to do a little research and I'm glad that I did. It has prepared me even more for my visit to UAB's Endocrinology office next week in Birmingham. There is a checklist to complete and out of 50 items, I could check off 29 of them as "symptoms" I am having. While I'm not happy that I have an obvious thyroid problem, hence the reason my general practitioner is sending me to the specialist at UAB; I'm almost relieved that I'm not crazy! Does that even make sense?
For example, just to name a few items out of the 3 categories on the checklist:
1) I have a family history of thyroid disease (AUNT-thyroid cancer-deceased Nov. 2010).
2) I am gaining weight 'inappropriately'/unable to lose weight with diet & exercise (inappropriately is a nice way to put it!)
3) Pains in joints
4) Moody (poor hubby and kiddos)
5) Forgetful/can't remember things/difficulty concentrating (Thank goodness my boss hasn't noticed so much!)
6) Feeling fatigued/exhausted and run down, sluggish, lethargic (So hard to see the disappointment in your family's faces when you just CAN NOT do anything!)
7) Low body temp (feeling cold when no one else is-poor poor co-workers)
8) Hair falling out, skin is dry, eyes feel dry/gritty (was beginning to think I might have pink eye round 2!)
and so on and so on........
So according to just this checklist it is "highly possible" I might be diagnosed as hypothyroid with hashimotos (sp?). Not happy about it but feel "validated" for once and feeling that I'm nearing the finish line by going to the specialist Wed. and beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once I can get things regulated and back on track I know I'll continue losing and getting healthy then!! So I will continue to watch my diet and I'll even continue to exercise in the meantime!!
Thursday, February 02, 2012
I haven't written here in a while so really felt like it today. Basically, didn't get too much accomplished in 2011 as I had planned. But, when does anything ever go as planned?!
I would love to get 20 last lbs. off THIS year. That would be 1.82 pounds per month from now until December. The number looks really small when you look at it per WEEK - .42 per week to make that goal. That SHOULD be "do-able", right?!
I know WHAT to do - it's just DOING it; well, finding TIME to do it. I don't eat too bad - though I need to incorporate more veggies and fruit into my days. I drink more than enough water. Exercise is sporadic to say the least. With sick in-laws, back issues of my own, full-time job, doing bookkeeping on the side at home now, mother to 3 kids and 2 dogs and wife to the hubs I've been having quite a time fitting that in BUT I have here and there. I just need to make sure I plan at least 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes each time. I think if I could do that then I could actually lose 1/2 a pound every week.
Sunday felt great outside and all I could think about was jogging. I'm not supposed to do that with my back now but I just HAD to. I just jogged for about 2 minutes, then walked for 3 and did that for almost 30 minutes. It felt good. . . .at the time. Now, my back knows I did that! Monday, just did a fast walk for 30 minutes. Then nothing else so far this week - hoping to add something tonight - maybe the elliptical.
I got the Jillian Michaels 30- day Shred DVD for Christmas and I've done it a couple times right after Christmas - not since then. I just feel like the cardio is what I need right now and then after a couple months I want to incorporate that back in once a week and go from there.
That's the only "plan" I have for now. My goal is to get organized and have a planner where I put what I'm to do everyday from appointments to exercise!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I was on my way to work this morning and as I come to the end of the street in my neighborhood to get on the main road I see a woman jogging her way towards me. This made me jealous! I love to jog. It feels good and I feel so strong from it for some reason. I also lost most of my weight by jogging in the beginning. . . . . then, I was told I shouldn't jog because of my back.
I'm jealous that I don't have a normal, strong and healthy back. I don't like that I have to have nerve blocks that have steroids in them which has a side affect of weight gain because if there's a side affect - it'll be me that experiences it - and boy have I! I'm not happy about the weight gain AT ALL. Of course. Who would be. To top it off, I have to have another block this Friday.
So, needless to say along with the frustration, I now feel jealousy. I thought about going on a "little" jog this evening - my back hurts already anyway!? I mean really, what difference would it make?! HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
Monday, August 08, 2011
Slow weekend - literally did not do much at all. But it felt good NOT to do anything really. I did have to get out and buy school supplies so that's over at least!
Something that has bothered me - when my doctor reviewed my chart and noticed my weight was up 6 lbs. he explained to me that the 3 nerve blocks I've had for my back probably caused a gain due to the "steroids" that are in the medication/block!! I did not know they had steroids in them. I have to have another on the 19th! VERY frustrated . . . . .deal with back pain and continue to lose, or get a block to get pain relief but gain?!
Just can't win! But I will continue to drink my 64 ounces of water (plus) every day and exercise as I can - maybe it'll all work out in the end and a loss will show up eventually!
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