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My weight story

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Daily question in the 5% challenge today was to tell your weight story. Thought I'd also blog it. This is just the basic weight gain, nothing detailing the outlying factors such as stress, depression, and relationships that may have encouraged weight gain and dissatisfaction. emoticon

As a child I was always small to average. In high school, though I thought I was fat, I realize now that I wasn't and was just influenced by the media and societies expectations of "thin". I've always had large thighs and a big butt, so I equated that to being fat.

After I had my first child, I had trouble losing weight until I went to work in a factory. With my second, I lost most of it. After my 3rd (a c-section) and 4th, I didn't try until the youngest was a year old to lose anything.

I spent years working out and eating "healthy" with no results. In 2009, I joined SPARK but took a few months to get started with it. From August to December, I lost 30 lbs and another 10 over the next couple of years and maintained that for a while.

In December 2012, suddenly I started gaining weight. Fast. In about 2-3 weeks, I gained 16 pounds. Lost a little at the beginning of January, then gained even more for a total of 30lbs gained over 8 weeks! After battles with different doctors, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism) and continue to work to regain my health.

I am working to ignore conventional diet advice. I feel like that is what kept me from losing the weight when my youngest was little and what caused my body to revolt against all I was doing (specifically, severely limiting salt in my diet, thus also limiting iodine).

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JOYFUL_JOURNEY 8/7/2014 3:09PM

    I agree with you that conventional dieting keeps you from losing the weight. I think it makes you add even more pounds overall.

I was a thin child up until age 10; then I gained weight rather rapidly. I went on my first diet at age 13, weighing 150 lbs. Each time I would lose weight, I'd re-gain it plus more. This started years of yo-yo'ing. When I was 38, my dr. found a nodule on my thyroid and I had to have the left side removed. This corrected all sorts of things, including my menstrual cycle and the tiredness I'd been living with for years. I am convinced that dieting caused me to live the last 40-some years fluctuating between 40-65 lbs. overweight from something that was initially caused by my thyroid and hormonal imbalance.

At 62 years old, I've FINALLY realized that all I have to do is ditch the processed foods in favor of fresh/natural foods and stay active with walking. My cravings went away after about a month, and once I tuned into my normal appetite signals I automatically ate less and have been steadily losing weight since last January. I haven't eliminated any major food groups and am able to eat in moderation. No more diets!

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SMG1963 6/27/2014 3:31PM

    emoticon I have learned that strength training is essential for me to stay fit, along with clean eating habits (which I struggle with from time to time)

Although I do not have a thyroid issue-so check with your doctor first, but if you are not already doing that, you might try it. I will be glad to help in any way.


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ROCKPORT9 6/26/2014 12:08PM

    I hope you find what works for you! Hugs, Laurel

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TURTLETALK 6/26/2014 10:39AM

    Your path sounds very similar to mine without the thyroid issues. I find it almost impossible to lose weight now. (57 years) I have been to many dieticians and nutritionists but unless I cut down to 1200 C or less there is no loss for me.

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NOT_BIG_BONED 6/26/2014 10:34AM

    I think your right about ignoring conventional diet advice. I think you just have to do what works best for YOU! I think its good to read up on what works for other people, but at the end of the day you have to figure out what you can stick too. I lost weight really easily after my first daughter. But after my second daughter its been a lot harder finding time and motivation. I have finally got my motivation back, but my daughter is also already 18 months old now and I'm only down 20 lbs since her birth with still another 50 to go! We will finish what we started though!

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Birthday/Graduation/Going Away party!!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

As always, a lot going on.

My son will be 19 tomorrow! What?! 19 years ago, I was at the hospital awaiting his arrival (1 week late, I might add!)

Tomorrow, our foreign exchange student, Anna, will be leaving. Her parents arrived via plane tonight and are staying nearby and will be coming around noon.

With these events and my 16yo graduating, I decided this deserved some kind of recognition. We are having a cook-out with our family, Anna's parents, and dh's parents at our house. My mom was unable to come and I didn't ask my dad and step-mom because she is in California at the moment (IDK if dad is with her or not).

I spent the day cleaning, shopping, cooking a little, and cleaning some more! My mil is making potato salad, chili, and a chocolate chip pound cake. I plan to grill burgers and hot dogs (though dh will probably take over) and have deviled eggs, cupcakes, and watermelon. Tomorrow, I'll put together a veggie tray and cut the watermelon.

We accomplished a lot today- cleaning the deck and picnic table that we haven't used yet this year, cleaning up the grill, and general wiping down of the deck table and cleaning the interior of the house as well. And only once did dh mutter "I don't know why we needed to do this here anyway" (we usually eat at his parents' house on Sundays and it was my idea to do it at our house)

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ROCKPORT9 6/1/2014 10:09AM

    It sounds like a wonderful family time!

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MCFITZ2 6/1/2014 12:17AM

    Wishing you wonderful weather, personalities that blend well, good choices and great memory making. emoticon

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LINDA! 6/1/2014 12:03AM

    I remember when our foreign exchange left with her parents back to Germany. I felt as though I lost a piece of my heart. However, she has visited many times since that day. Happy 19th birthday to your son. Enjoy your cookout. emoticon

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Changes Quote

Friday, May 30, 2014

After my post this morning, I saw this and had to share. Hope my girls can grow stronger from the changes, good and bad, that they are facing!

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GERIKRAGH 5/31/2014 12:44PM

    Change can be scary!

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Changes and choices

Friday, May 30, 2014

This has been a month of changes for my children. And a month of emotional ups and downs for all of us!

My youngest daughter begged not to have to go her last few days of 6th grade. The kids were mean to her and she just really didn't want to go. Next year, she starts middle school. It is only going to get worse and I fear for her. We found out yesterday that she may have to change soccer teams if she is to continue to play. Her team is combined U-11 and U-12 and there is an older team that doesn't have enough to play. They are considering making the U-12 girls move up and combining the U-11s with U-10. My sensitive dd has had issues with some of the older girls teasing her and being mean to her and she doesn't want to play with them. She doesn't want to leave her friends on the younger team and she doesn't want to go from being a starter playing most of the game to a sub, maybe playing half the game. The girls and their parents were told this wouldn't happen, but now they are sacrificing these girls who have played together for 5 years or more as I don't know if any of them will want to play with the older team. In the past, they have all said they won't. On the other hand, dd needs to be doing something or she is going to further develop bad health habits! Plus, because she is a grade ahead of where she should be, she will be in middle school with the girls from the older team so it would make sense for her to play with them. I don't want to force her one way or the other, but I don't want her just sitting around and I know she will miss it if she doesn't play.

Middle dd finished up middle school and will be starting high school this fall. Her coach and his daughter, who has played with her since they were 10, announced at their end of season soccer party that he was retiring as coach and she is going to play with a higher level team. My daughter was heartbroken!

My oldest daughter graduated high school (2 years early at 16) and is preparing to enter college in the fall. She has registered for classes and is at her orientation today. Her high school soccer team made it to the state playoffs. Being so much younger and smaller (she's only 5'2) she wasn't a star player. She played goalie for her travel team, but an older girl played for the high school team and she was back up (the older girl is over 6'!) She only ever played goalie because the other girl broke her finger back when they were about 9 and my dd got pulled into the goal. No one else wanted to play, so she got stuck there.

They made it to the 4th round- a tough match against a team that beat them twice in the regular season. Our girls came to win and played strong. We finally scored with about 13 minutes to go in the second half, but they answered on a fluke goal with 6 minutes left. After two 10 minute overtime periods and two 5 minute sudden death overtime periods, it came down to penalty kicks. We lost in pks 4-3. Disappointing. I felt bad for the girls, particularly the seniors. I get it, it was a tough game, but I can't help being disappointed that my daughter didn't get to play in her last game.

She wasn't going to play with her travel team in the fall, since she is going away to school. Her school is about 1.5 hours away. She has her schedule set up for fall so that she doesn't start class until 3:30 on Mondays and she is finished by 3:30 on Thursday. So, realistically, she can come home on Thursday evening and not have to head back until after lunch on Monday. They asked her to come back and play with her team, so she said she would. She'll have a hard time making it to practice and may not make it to every game, but she will get to play one more season!

Interesting how seemingly small choices made by many different people over the years can have such an impact on everything else later on. Just one small thing can influence your health, your confidence, your whole view of yourself and the world around you! I can only pray that my girls make the choices that lead them where they are meant to go and that they find happiness in wherever He leads them.

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ROCKPORT9 5/30/2014 11:58AM

    It is so hard watching your children go through tough choices and hard times. Hope things work out for all of them and you!

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MAINEALI 5/30/2014 11:48AM

    I don't envy you being the mother of preteens and teens in today's world. It's obvious that you love them very much and support them in all they do. Keep that up and keep the lines of communication open with them and they should be all right.

emoticon to you and your girls!

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CANDOK1260 5/30/2014 11:37AM

    you sounds like a caring loving mom

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Reflections on diet and exercise

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I've read several blogs this morning that have gotten me thinking about a variety of different things.

Diet/Healthy eating: I've maintained for years that I am not on a diet. I try to make sure that my diet consists of foods that will nourish my body. However, when I developed Hashi's and spent months gaining weight despite my healthy eating and regular exercise, I allowed my healthy eating to suffer. I started eating junk again because, well I gained 30 pounds in 8 weeks eating a healthy diet, so why bother. Once it started, I couldn't stop it. I'd lose some of the weight only to gain it back. Now is the time to refocus and rebuild those healthy habits. Hashi's is not a death sentence, I am under the care of a great dr and it is time for me to do my part!

Overeating healthy foods: I alluded to this in my blog yesterday. I have become horrible for bingeing on "healthy foods" bananas, yes I'll have several. Grapes- just give me the whole bag. Really, I have become a bottomless pit where serving size is like a foreign language!

Exercise: Likewise, I gradually have been doing less and less. I stopped getting up early in the morning to workout before work because I was just too tired. A stressful school year plus hypothyroidism exhaustion left me dragging out of bed at the last possible minute, allowing me and my 3 daughters less than an hour to get up and ready for the day. Yes, I would have felt better if I had gotten up and rebuilt that habit, but the days I did left me with 2 days to recover and feeling totally exhausted! The school year is over and I am starting today with a new exercise routine. I've been walking, but it is time to add the strength and real cardio back in!

FitBit: Oh, how I wanted my fitbit back in 2012. DH and I got them for each other for Christmas. Somewhere along the way, though, I became over-focused on the steps and really haven't been getting enough actual cardio. I would appease myself with, its ok because you got 15,000 steps today. No, walking/steps does not replace true cardio! Even though my thyroid issues have me feeling out of breath more easily, cardio is even more important now to maintain my health! Walking is important, but cannot replace true cardio and definitely not strength training!

Several more ideas are bouncing around, but those will have to wait for tomorrow. My girls are ready to get some lunch and hit the pool before they have soccer tryouts tonight. Thankfully, the pool is beside the YMCA, so I can workout while they swim- then get my walk tonight while they have tryouts!

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BEATLETOT 5/31/2014 4:14PM

    Thanks for mentioning the steps/cardio thing. I was at a conference last week and did NO exercise, but broke my husband's and my PR for steps one day and just generally walked more than usual. I also justified the lack of exercise by all the walking (though I truly didn't have time to make it to the fitness center. I was doing work stuff from 8am-10 or 11pm every night), but I would hate to fall into a rut of that sort, so this blog really helped me snap out of it.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 5/29/2014 9:55PM

    Thanks for the comments!

MNABOY, I am walking but not really getting my heart rate up. That is what I meant when I said real or true cardio. Movement is important and walking is good for you too, but I need to be getting my heart rate up and/or doing intervals again!

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TAMWIL2 5/29/2014 9:11PM

    I have also realized that I have slipped in the exercise and eating areas. I'm getting out what I'm putting in which isn't a whole lot. Sounds like you a have a plan and a goal in mind. Good luck!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/29/2014 5:07PM

    Hmm... interesting point about the fit bit. I have days where I can't get to 10k even with a running session built in. then i have days with over 20k just from walking a lot. Ideally i'd get over 10k PLUS a workout but it just doesn't always happen!

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MNABOY 5/29/2014 4:47PM

    Please define true cardio because I think I am in the situation you are talking about.

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