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Prelim Research

Monday, April 05, 2010

I've been taking my temp. every morning before I get out of bed, per Doc's order. He wants me to track my morning temp. to see if I have a sluggish thyroid. I've been following orders and have noticed my temp. is generally 97.4, with one day being 98.

Doc and I did not discuss what temp. indicates a sluggish thyroid so I've been following orders and noting the temps in my daily chart. I'll meet with him again after I've completed the 25 days.

I was curious today, and needed a distraction, so I did a quick search on the internet. Now, I realize that the internet is not always accurate so I took the information with a grain of salt. If the internet info I'm finding is accurate, on any level, it seems with my current symptoms and morning temps I might actually have a sluggish thyroid. HMMMM!

If so, it's treatable and would be a huge piece to my weight loss puzzle.

In the past I was tested for a thyroid problem, it came up that I did not have a problem. New Doc warned me that my results now could be different and that the other test that my general physician did doesn't always indicate there is a problem. SIGH!!

I continue on my path and with the new plan of action that Doc has given me. I'll know more soon.

FYI: Sometimes a number on the scale IS Important. Yes, I measure success in all kinds of ways; how clothes fit, how I feel, how I feel during and after a workout, my energy level, etc. but that number is important for other reasons than vanity.
In my case, I NEED to weigh 231 to qualify for health insurance with a new company. If I weigh over 231 I do not qualify. SIGH. So, for me, right now . . . the number on the scale is what drives this crazy train.

Failure is not an option! emoticon


Workout Update

Monday, April 05, 2010

My body seems to have adjusted to the new workout schedule, which is a relief to say the least. The first three days it went into shock, then shut down. After that it seemed to have rebooted itself and is running at full power now. What a relief.

I did interval training on Saturday and it went really, really well. I didn't crank the treadmill up to 5.4, just to 4.5 and was able to comfortably run, without holding on for dear life, for about 90 seconds. The recovery time, which Doc says should be 9 minutes of a fast pace walk, seemed to take less time. I actually felt like running another 90 seconds after 5 minutes. I stayed the course on Saturday but think I'll kick it up a notch later this week and try to do that. I didn't have to nap excessively after the interval training and I could walk normally as well. WOOOOO HOOOOOO!

The aerobic workouts are going well too. I even added time to those sessions and my body has responded well. I switched up machines too. Yesterday I workout on the bike, elliptical, and treadmill to get all my time in. plus I walked to and from the gym in the wind and rain. Trying to keep it fresh.

The weight still clings to me and I'm discouraged about that (waiting to hear back from Doc tomorrow to see what he thinks) BUT I will not let that detour my workouts.

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HOPE4LIFE2 4/5/2010 5:33PM

    Don't focus too much on your wait, instead look at the improvement to you fitness level! You are progressing and the wait will respond eventually too but for now being healthy is the most important and you are working it! WooHoo!! emoticon

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ROMO4472 4/5/2010 3:07PM

    You Rock! Under the care of a doctor and still working out! You seem to be so dedicated to your goals. That is fabulous! I admire you for that.

I love the fact that you walked to the gym, even in wind and rain! The weight will come off, with dedication like yours it is bound to!

I hope you hear back from the doctor and hope you get the news you want! Keep up the fantastic work!

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Poster Child of Insanity

Thursday, April 01, 2010

I realized the other day that I am the poster child of Insanity. Okay, maybe that's a bit much but let's face it, I HAVE been the one doing the same thing over and over again looking for different results. I should have stopped awhile back and asked myself, "How's that work'n for ya?" You know, have a Dr. Phil moment with myself. HA.

Here's my list of change:
1) No more sugar or sugar substitutes
2) Rarely eat processed foods
3) I workout up to 90 minutes (60 min. minimum) a day, 7 days a week
4) I finally met with the new Doc
5) Began my new supplement regimen
6) I'm sleeping more (again)
7) I stay away from foods on my no-no list
8) I don't eat in secret, as much
9) I leave work at the office - mentally & physically
(SERIOUSLY, I'm only paid for 8 hrs a day, so I only work 8 hrs)
10) I let other people carry around their own baggage
11) I speak my mind even when my voice shakes
12) I love all my bits
13) I wear form fitting clothes to the gym, not the oversized stuff like before
14) I can feed my mind & soul with SP
15) I'm learning to enjoy working out . . . I think Doc was right when he said, "People usually only enjoy working out when they are fit"
16) I'm learning to like green tea even though it sometimes reminds me of wet hay
17) Letting go really is okay
18) If I live in the past I'll miss right now
19) Love open and honestly
20) Being open
21) The scale really isn't my enemy

Some days are better than others and I realize sometimes I'll fall down on this journey. I'm okay with that as long as I'm willing to get back up, brush myself off and move in the right direction.

Failure is not an option!

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SINCEKINDER 4/5/2010 11:00PM

    Wow...you are an inspiration. I hope I can list as much as you eventually for my list of change. So many on your list I would love to see on mine.

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DOING-IT4ME 4/1/2010 6:33PM

    I love your Dr. Phil reference! You've put together a great list there, I can relate to quite a few of those myself! It looks like you're doing a fabulous job - keep up the great work!!!

Best to you

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Oh "THAT Friend"

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I am SURE I'm not the only person out there in the world that has "That FRIEND." You know, the one friend who wants to be apart of everything, commits to doing it all and then fails to show up. The support is there in theory but the follow through just lands short.


I keep asking; I keep offering; I keep the door open but I keep doing it alone. emoticon

The issue isn't that I do it alone, the issue is that if you're going to be apart of something then be apart of it. Put your big girl pants on let's go.

Don't let me sway you in the direction that I can't or won't do things alone. I most certainly will . . . my mother & father darn well made sure of that. Wait on no one. Be your own person. If you want it, go for it. Sit on the sideline only if you want to not because you don't have the courage to stand alone. I heard it all, took it all in and I'm one strong, go it alone - if I have to - kind of person.

With all that said, every now and then I ask myself . . . "Wouldn't it just be nice to have someone follow through. Show up when they are supposed to, without excuse number 2, 321. Wouldn't it be nice to laugh with a fellow friend instead of a stranger standing next to me?" The answer is yes.

Well, "That FRIEND" of mine has found the 2, 322 excuse as to why she can't keep her commitment tonight. I wash my hands of it all. For now, I'm done being excited to have someone join me and then have the let down come later.

Going it alone isn't so bad, I've got a lot of great memories, but being with someone to experience the fun is priceless.


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MRE1956 4/1/2010 1:40PM

    This is the very reason why I do my own thing....people can swear by the benefits of having workout buddies until the cows come home, but the bottom line is this: there's no sense in working out with an uncommitted or unsupportive "buddy" - otherwise you're just wasting your precious time and not getting anywhere on your journey!

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JENNYBETHIN 3/31/2010 9:59PM

    The answer to this problem is possibly the same one that I had to use. Tell people what you're doing, and tell them to show up if they can. Don't expect them, and the one's who really want to support you, and participate will show up. Which is why I have one work out partner. My best friend since high school. Pretty much everyone else has flaked out, but she's been a trooper.

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A New Day

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

At Step class last night I found out that our instructor is moving on and in two weeks we will have someone new leading us into sweaty bliss. I'm told she has 14 years of experience, which is a relief. Sometimes my gym goes cheap and hires just anybody off the street that can walk.

I didn't feel like I worked as hard in Step class but I know I did due to sucking air at one point. All my leg and butt muscles were firing and talking loudly. I listened but didn't slow down. After class I normally hit the road for my walk home but last night I went directly to the elliptical machine and clocked in 10 minutes. All I could hear was Doc's voice ... "On aerobics day, you have to do at least 40 minutes, going all out." When I finished I rested on a bench wondering how long it would take me to crawl home. HA!

After arriving home I took all my supplements and went wide eyed into the kitchen looking for FOOD. I ate and enjoyed every bit of what I put in my mouth, I didn't even consider the calorie count (okay, I did a little). The next step was logging ALL that I ate, OH BOY. Amazingly, I was still within my calories! WOO HOO.

Today, is a new day. I woke up with the alarm - sleeping has not been an issue with this new workout schedule - and took my temp. I have to take my temp before getting out of bed so Doc can tell me if I have a Thyroid issue. I'm averaging 97.6 and I have no idea what that means. After that was over, it takes 10 minutes, I slipped out of bed waiting for my legs to start grumbling. I waited and moved slowly. Finally when the sleepiness lifted I noticed that my legs are no longer yelling. They have returned to a quiet whisper. The walk to work was nice again today.

Could this be a turning point? I won't know for a couple more days. Tonight is my "rest" night, which really means I get to go to my belly dancing class and workout there for 60 minutes. It will be Thursday and Friday (aerobics & interval training) that will really tell the story.

It's nice to walk without cringing! emoticon

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JENNYBETHIN 3/31/2010 10:01PM

    Go forth, but do not expect blue skies forever! We have faith in your abilities to push through any obstacle! You can do it! emoticon

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HOPE4LIFE2 3/31/2010 3:00PM

    Wow! You are really working hard! Keep at it!

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