Thursday, March 22, 2012
So basically my modified low carb diet didn't work whatsoever. Not only did it not work, but it was a complete pain in the arse trying to whip up 2 separate meals for my family. So.... I totally reworked my whole approach. Why not just make my entire family eat healthier? I mean, I don't need to be the only healthy one around here do I? So that's what I did. I threw out all the white breads, white pastas, and white rice. Cleaned out my pantry of all the processed foods, and boxed meals. And I got rid of anything in my fridge that was full of fillers and ridiculous amounts of sugar. All these were replaced with whole grain everything, more fresh veggies & fruits, healthy snack options, & more lean protein. I've noticed that I am going to the grocery store way less!!! If I keep my house stocked with the basics, the only thing I'm going to have to go to the store for the majority of the time is for my fruits & veggies!
For the last 2 months, my new approach has been a complete success! I've lost 22 pounds since January 11th. At the same time too, my endo added cytomel to my daily routine, and I haven't felt this good in a very very long time! I do my Wii Zumba for an hour every day, Russian Kettlebell every other day - take a rest day every other week, or basically whenever I feel like it. I'm able to actually do all my housework again without having to ask for help. I've also already got my vegetable garden going, and have started to bake my own whole grain breads!!!!!
Since I weighed in at 217 this same time last year, I have lost a total of 35 pounds! This translates into 7 whole disgusting inches off of my belly alone! I can't believe it! All of my doctors were beside themselves that I had been doing so well. I had lost quite a bit of weight!!! And I had quit smoking also! Damn... I really like this new me!
My husband and I decided to celebrate this past weekend. We went to a motorcycle shop. I've ridden on the backs of motorcycles in the past, but have never actually driven one myself. What the hell though? I mean, if I can do the whole weight thing, and do it in a healthy way, why can't I learn to ride a motorcycle too? I'll tell you this too - I'm determined to look good on my bike as well. Give me a few more months. I've been taking series of pictures every 30 days as well. I can't wait to show everyone the progression!
Here's my new baby!
Cheers everyone!! Don't give up on your dreams!
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Things I learned in 2011:
1) Not all endo's are created equal.
My new doctor is amazing. My first visit proved to me that I finally have found a doctor willing to look at the big picture. My labs showed that I have Hashimoto's antibodies, and that I am pre-diabetic. So that's where this little pot belly started coming from! We finally got my labs into the normal range, and I'm finally starting to feel a little bit closer to my old self.
2) Sleep is pretty much a huge deal.
My husband started waking me up in the middle night because apparently, I had started to sit straight up in the middle of the night while I'm sleeping. I thought it was strange, and we kind of laughed about my weird new sleeping position. A few months passed, it didn't stop, and I had literally started feeling like a zombie. More of a zombie than I had when my thyroid first started acting up. I spoke to my nurse practitioner about it, and he suggested that I have a sleep study done. It showed that I have sleep apnea, most likely caused by all the weight I've managed to put on thanks to my thyroid (or lack thereof). Now, when I'm able to sleep with my cpap mask on, I really feel refreshed in the morning, and have the energy to do things again. Its wonderful, and my doctor tells me that it should make it easier for me to lose weight now. Yay! At the end of last year, when I had been working out 2 hours a day with my personal trainer on base, I had ended up actually gaining 10 pounds. Since I've had the cpap, I've lost 16 pounds. Its coming off slow, but at least its coming off.
3) Diet is important for managing my health issues.
I can't let myself wallow in self pity, and munch on cookies all day thinking "why me?" I have terrible gene's - thanks mom and dad. That's why me. I've got to deal with it. Besides, pre-diabetes is reversible according to my doctor, and I really like having my legs thank you (I had an aunt who lost hers due to diabetes). I've been following my doctors advice, and have put myself on a modified low carb diet, and I love it. I feel full all day long, and sugar free life savers are pretty kick ass.
4) Smoking is disgusting.
My thyroid issues started causing some issues with my eyes - more than likely exasperated by my smoking. I had to see a specialist, and am looking at having surgery sometime in March to fix my thyroid eye disease via orbital decompression. Had to have a CT scan and everything. The results were pretty scary. The muscles in back if my left eye are about 8 times bigger than normal, and its strangling my optic nerve. The plastic surgeon gave me an ultimatum. He said he won't do the surgery unless I successfully quit smoking, and that if I don't quit, its only a matter of time when I go blind, because the smoking was making it worse. All I could think about was not being able to "see" my little girl grow up, and that was a done deal. I used Chantix for the first 2 weeks to get past all the major withdrawals (I couldn't do that to my family), and the rest was pure willpower. I've got an app on my phone that keeps track of how long I haven't smoked, money saved, and whatnot. Today is says 58 days without smoking, $144 saved, and 576 Cigarettes not smoked. 576?! Are you kidding me? How disgusting is that? Anyways, I'm excited to get my eye put back in its place. It'll be nice to not be have THAT social anxiety when I leave my house.
4) If I'm going to exercise, I've got to be regular about it.
There's really no sense in exercising one day, then putting it off for 3-4. If I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it every day. But I've got to switch it up to actually make it fun and interesting for myself. I've ended up going back to the exercises I enjoy like Pilates, but I've quite a few routines to choose from every day, so I don't get bored with it. For cardio, I have my elliptical, and stuff like Zumba for my Wii. My daughter likes to "workout" with me, and it makes it really fun. :D Other than that, I've started getting out and exploring my neighborhood. I had no idea there was a giant park a 5 minute drive from my house with a nature trail bike path. I started taking my daughter and her bike with us, and I follow her as she rides along. There's a group here that's really big on kayaking, and cleaning up our waterways... I'm seriously contemplating it, it looks like great fun while also being eco conscious.
5) I'm responsible for showing my children how to be healthy.
Yep. We talk now about smart food choices. My school age children don't eat school lunches anymore - they pack it themselves. Sandwiches on whole grain bread, a nice yummy apple, baby carrots, granola bar, skim milk. Oh... and they have oatmeal for breakfast before they leave. And not the type that's full of sugar, and preservatives. The old fashioned kind. But we like to add honey, and fresh fruit. Its really satisfying watching them, even my 3 year old starting to make good choices for food. My daughter would take an apple over chicken nuggets any day. I can't wait till spring time so we can get started on our garden again. I'm sure they'll be a lot more help this year.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
In the beginning of October after my Synthroid was raised to 137mcg, I started going to the gym on the military base located 5 minutes from my house on a really regular basis. I've been going 5 days a week, and have slowly built my workouts back to my pre-pregnancy and pre-thyroid nightmare of 2 hours each day. I even signed up and got a military personal trainer to give me that extra kick in the arse, and I've been absolutely loving the direction she's had me going. Just knowing I'm working out like I used to be when I was "normal" makes me feel extremely accomplished, and I love coming home and making a point of how sweaty I am to my husband. :D
Last Thursday though, I had a minor bump in the road when we took measurements, and weight. I had gained 3 whole pounds even though, I was doing everything I have been told to do. I hadn't been letting myself get hungry throughout the day, with small snacks to keep me satisfied between meals, and sticking to the regular nutritional guidelines. I know that the 3 pounds I gained could just be because I was pre-menstrual, or could have just been water weight or something, but it really dragged me down. That night when I went to go to bed, I couldn't stop thinking about the gain, and actually started crying. But then I stopped myself, got angry for letting myself get so upset about the whole thing, and hopped on Spark to peruse the Thyroid forums.
Reading the forums is really something I should have done more in depth months ago, I would have learned quite a bit, and could have spared myself from getting so wound up over a tiny gain. I found an entry about nutrition, and decided to start eating a modified version of a low carb diet. Next morning after my classes, I went grocery shopping to prepare, and started on the new diet Saturday. I'm determined not to let a small weight gain deter me.
My personal trainer is amazing! She's really open minded to the fact that I'm not "normal" as her own mother had been diagnosed with Graves Disease and had a thyroidectomy as well. She said that we're not going to focus so much on the weight as we are the inches lost, and that we're going to use the inches lost as a way to measure my progress. Thursday she's going to have me do TRX for the first time, and I'm really excited. I've been trying out lots of different things I never thought to do before when I used to go to the gym, so its been really fun having a variety of things to do.
So... this has been my last couple months. School (I'm getting all A's so far this semester, and I haven't been in school in FOREVER!), gym, homework, family time. :D Fingers crossed for measurements in 1 1/2 weeks. Ooooh, and another round of blood tests on the 9th! I can't wait!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Class registration for new students happened yesterday at my local community college. I dragged myself out of bed at 6AM and was at the school by 8AM to stand amongst the younger kids and felt completely out of place - probably just because I was so completely tired. After getting the exact class schedule I wanted, and getting my car registered - I finally got home at around noon and basically fell back into bed.
I honestly can't imagine how I'm going to survive this coming semester with a full course load as exhausted as I am currently. Blah.
So anyways - I had my appointment with my nurse practitioner this afternoon! Yay! I truly love going to her office knowing that I'll be really listened to - and not just sent through a revolving door. Maybe its mostly due to her being a Nurse - having the whole "I really want to make a difference in your care" mantra. I thought going in, that I was going to have to beg her to treat me so I wouldn't have to go to yet another endo... but this time around, and being hypo rather than Graves Disease hyper, she said that she felt a lot more comfortable trying to find the right treatment for my situation. I go back first thing in the morning to have my blood drawn - and not just for the TSH & T4 tests - but for everything. She said "you never know what's going to be effected by your thyroid or lack thereof" - and that even if for some reason she keeps me on the same dosage for a while that its going to be a name brand med rather than a generic because of all the fillers and stuff they put in generics. I'll find out the results sometime next week.
I'm really excited that my PCP Nurse Practitioner is taking an active role again! Hopefully this semester won't be as exhausting as I imagined yesterday. :p
The bloodwork my nurse practitioner ordered, came back today - I'm still pretty hypo. So she bumped up my meds to 125mcg Synthroid. I was able to go on base to the Naval Hospital to have it filled for free and saved myself $29 for a 30 day supply. Yay! Apparently, Tri-Care doesn't pay for Synthroid.
Anyways, I go back in 6 weeks for more bloodwork to see where I'm at. I take my first dose tomorrow morning, and I've got my fingers crossed hoping that I feel a little better. :D Is third try supposed to be the charm? Lol
Friday, July 23, 2010
I just had another appointment with my endo on Monday - where he didn't listen to me whatsoever, spent a total of 2 minutes with me then sent me to the lab to have blood drawn. I told him how I've been feeling like utter crap lately, and that I've been working out 5+ days a week for at least an hour each time while watching my calorie intake.
I've gained another 5 pounds regardless.
And I just got a call from the doctors office saying that my TSH levels are still high, and that my thyroid hormone levels are normal so I'm to stay on the current dosage.
I'm feeling absolutely hopeless. Even with pregnancy I've never weighed this much. I really don't know what to do. I called my regular doctor to make an appointment with her next Wednesday.... I don't know what she's going to be able to do, or why I even made the appointment other than to just vent. All I feel like doing now is just crawling into bed having a good cry.
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