Friday, October 07, 2011
As you can imagine, I'm quite frustrated right now. I went to the doctor yesterday, stepped on the scale and it had confirmed what I already knew. I've been gaining the last few months despite being active and eating pretty well. I feel exhausted all the time. This is not the way a person who has been pretty regular at working out for a year and a half should feel. So I can sit around feeling sorry for myself, or I can figure out the problem.
I just printed off my exercise reports so I know I've been pretty consistant with working out. Cardio is usually between 3-5 workouts a week, with usual decreases around Christmas, vacations, and illness or injury. Strength training is around 1-3 times per week pretty consistantly as well. My eating follows the same pattern, consistant with expected variations around holidays, vacations, and illness. I can't deviate too much. I start feeling sick when I take in too many carbs or alcohol.
What's left? The only thing that's changed is my thyroid/adrenal medication regimin. I've kept pretty good records in a notebook charting my cycles, headaches, exhaustion, sleep patterns, and the changes I've made to my thyroid/adrenal meds. I worked my way off florinef in May, and have been decreasing my hydrocortisone since the end of May. My best weight was 166, April 18, 2011. I've noticed changes in my monthly cycles, increases in sleeping problems, and decreases in energy, especially after working out. Conclusion, I've found my "sweet spot" for my meds and I need to get back there again. I've made an appointment with my family doctor. I think she'll be open to all this information. I'm tired of driving to Omaha to see the "specialist" who really hasn't offered much help for me lately. I'm glad the data revealed what I suspected. It all correlates so well.
Lesson: Track everything you can. Charting things based on my cycles has helped me identify when I get migraines, when my cycles started going short again (every 25 days, yikes) and it all matches well with when I decreased some of my meds. I'm hypothyroid, and hypoadrenal. My body doesn't function at full capacity because of that. It needs thyroid supplementation (cytomel works the best for me) and adrenal support (hydorcortisone and florinef). I'm anxious to start feeling better, but I'm glad that I think I have it all figured out now.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday was my 20 year college reunion. I can't believe I'm that old!
I went to Creighton University and was amazed at the changes in the campus since I was there. The campus is so beautiful now and has entended to the east quite a bit. The dinner was nice, a little pricey but I guess part of that is alumni donation. Total, only six pharmacy grads from 1991 were there. That was pretty disappointing because I know more live in the Omaha area, or close proximity. The people that were there were fun and it was fun to see that some of my instructors are still teaching. Hubby is always good to bring to these gatherings. I can tend to be a wall flower, and he knows how to work a room. He noticed one older gentleman had a Rush Limbaugh tie (very brightly colored, sold around 10 years ago) and Brian was able to start a conversation with that group of people.
The dinner was okay, but what got me in trouble was dessert. There was a dessert bar, and I had to try a little bit of everything. My favorite were the chocolate cups (about half the size of a shot glass) filled with different liqueurs. YUM!! I had four: Peppermint Schnapps, Peach Schnapps (accidentally, I wanted a different flavor), Amarretto, and Kahlua. These were definitely dangerous!!!
Yesterday we were in Omaha the whole day, so my eating was poor as well. I'm back at it today and know I can keep on track through the weekend. I always do better when I'm working.
Have a great week!
Friday, September 23, 2011
This week I'm bored with working out. I love getting outside, but was tired of the same routine. I couldn't even motivate myself to just walk/jog after walking the kids to school. So first I did a weight lifting workout. Ok, that worked, I was motivated to get moving. What to do...
How about a challenging walk. The small Iowa town I live in is located on a hill. My house is near the top. This Middle School is near the bottom. Between the Middle School and Elementary School is a staircase with 9 flights of 10 stairs and one flight of eight. I mapped out the route (using SparkPeople) from my house to the middle school and back. The distance is 0.6 miles, downhill one way, up hill the other. I walked this route 5 times today and threw in an extra flight of 10 stairs.
I walked up 500 stairs today!!! I am so glad that this route is not uphill, both ways. I definitely needed the downhill walks to catch my breath. What a workout!!! I don't think walking has ever gotten my heart rate up like today. My three miles took me 69 minutes. I forgot to clock the difference between downhill and uphill time. I'll try to remember that next time.
I'm still a little in shock that I accomplished this today. Does that mean I could climb the First National Bank tower in Omaha? I know they have a race every year. At least I would have a place to train for something like that.
I definitely feel my quads . I'll have to keep moving to get the lactic acid out. Later today, I'll have to walk down the hill to the elementary school to pick up the kids. No stairs, but round trip it's the same distance as the middle school. To get home we have to hike 0.3 miles uphill.
Have a great weekend everyone!!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I ended last week with two great workouts. Wednesday, I walked/jogged for 3.75 miles. Thursday, I did a kick/swim workout in our Endless pool. Both workouts were for 60 minutes. I ate great all week and didn't cheat at all. I had to work Friday through Saturday, ten hour shifts with a commute of one hour each way due to roads detroyed by floods. That makes it nearly impossible to get a workout in before work. I continued to eat well all weekend. I made my meals up ahead of time, snacks included. I need a larger lunch box to haul it all in. I avoided all the treats on the counter too. We have a pharmacist visiting from Saudi Arabia, and he made some baked goods to share. I kept reminding myself that sugar = migraine, and it worked. I didn't have a single baked good.
I had a great workout yesterday, but may have over heated a bit. While getting gas on the way the doctor's office for the twins, I noticed an aura. Yep, another migraine was impending. I caught it in time and got my pain killers inside me. I was still pretty functional through the evening, not totally laid up like last Sunday. I'm taking it easy today. The twins are home with me too. They both have walking pneumonia. Their coughing spells are horrible in the morning, but they feel better as the day moves on. I can't believe how much school these two have missed. Oh well, it's only kindergarten. We can do ABC's at home. With antibiotics and nebulizer treatments, we hope to be able to send them tomorrow.
Last week I had the second highest points on the 12 weeks to fabulous challenge. If I can start working out more, I should be able to take the lead. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Started off the 12 weeks to fabulous challenge great! Then, my chest got all congested. I was laid up by the end of the week and had no will power to eat well. We had a good Saturday visit with friends we don't see too often. But again, ate poorly at the get-together. Huskers won, though, despite the first half. Sunday was even worse, a full blown migraine hit, nothing but pain and nausea all day. Brian was great and took care of the family and me. Monday was a recovery day. Tuesday was an errand day in Council Bluffs.
I've had added stress in my work life too. My new job, the one I fought hard to get and invested over $1000 to transfer my pharmacist license, has a terrible new policy. The company is mandating employees get the flu vaccine. If you claim exemption, you have to wear a mask at work from Dec 1 through April 1. When did it become acceptable for Big Business to make MY healthcare decisions for me!?! I won't go into the details of my beliefs on vaccines. It's enough to say I have a son injured by vaccines. He will have to live the rest of his life with asthma. We're lucky, though. He doesn't have autism, paralysis, nor did he die from vaccines. I feel so sorry for all the parents suffering with those crosses. So I've been busy online looking for help to fight this punitive policy. It's been stressful, to say the least.
Good news: I feel good today. The migraine has left and inspired me to eat better. I think they come on with high carb intake and even alcohol may be a factor. I only had one beer at the party, but I do think there's a connection. My body may not metabolize alcohol so well. Other good news: there may another opportunity for a casual position here in my small town. Pamida needs a fill-in pharmacist. I haven't worked retail in a long time and only have three months experience with retail, but I'll give it a try. Who knows, maybe I'll like it better than hospital and Pamida seems like a good company to work for. All I can do is try.
Have a great week everyone!
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