Friday, November 13, 2009
About three years ago I started feeling like there was a lump in my throat. I'd struggle swallowing at times, felt uncomfortable lying down and just overall bothered by the sensation. At the time I was pregnant, mentioned it to my OB. and he said it was my thyroid. I accepted that diagnosis, took a small dose of thyroid medicine and went on with life.
They symptoms continued off and on over the three years but life was too busy and I didn't like how heavy I was so going to the doctor was the last thing I wanted to do. Well about two weeks ago the lump sensation was getting worse, felt larger and more restrictive. I made the appointment to see my doctor and he said he didn't feel anything so he wanted to send me to a specialist who would have a scope they could put down the nose to see the throat. YIKES!
Yesterday was my appointment with the specialist. The doctor said, after one minute of listening to me explain, "I know exactly what's wrong." Wow, I thought that was easy and I didn't even have to do the scope thing down the nose. Then he said, "Just to make sure I'm going to take a look with this thing" Oh, no, the SCOPE! I have to say it wasn't even half as bad as I feared...very doable!
To my relief the only thing wrong with my throat reflux. I don't even use tums and had no idea reflux could be the problem. He gave me a flier that told about it and right at the beginning it listed some of the symptoms, three of which I had: Trouble swallowing, a lump sensation in the throat and mucous draining down the back of the throat.
Then the doctor told me ways to control it. Two things stuck in my mind because following them will also help me with my weight loss...#1 No Chocolate #2 Nothing to eat or drink two to three hours before bed. Of course losing weight was on there as well.
I've spent years neglecting my own health and in the process have been on a steady decline. At first I didn't notice, I was proud of myself that I could be heavy but yet be so healthy. But now that I'm getting older having spent too many years being obese it is catching up with me. I'm now wanting/needing to take action. I want to try and reverse the damage I've done to my body, get my body farther away from being put 6 feet under, and treat my body the way God intended me to.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Have you ever played that game? I did...today! I belong to a preschool co-op. There are six kids and each mom takes turns teaching. I teach once every six weeks and this is my week.
So today I had 6 - 4/5 year olds, my kindergartner and my 23-month-old. After two hours of learning, crafts and playing we headed out to the backyard to play What Time is it Mr. Shark. Oh, my goodness, I am so out of shape. Chasing after the kids and running back and forth really got me out of breath. At one point my 5 year old turned to me and said, "Mom, I'll run ahead of you and protect you since you're the slowest runner." Chivalry isn't dead!!!
So added to my list of reasons WHY I want to lose weight and get healthy...So I can play What Time is it Mr. Shark!!!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Okay, life is crazy and I'm finding it hard to get exercise in. I've been jumping on the treadmill, occassionaly, and walking the neighborhood every once in awhile but I need to do MORE to get in shape and get this weight off! I know that strength training is also important in the equation. More muscle = faster calorie burn so that's DEFINITELY something I want/need.
My sister (Nat-Again) signed up for Curves this week. She called me up and said she could give me a free month membership. I went down to take a look and...I liked it. I know once I get stronger I'll need more, the things a regular gym can offer but for now Curves will get me going.
#1 - I won't be embarrassed to walk in. #2 - having a daily date to meet my sister there will get me out the door. #3 - it's close enough to my house I can get a good walk there and back (eventually jog)
#4 - I'll get MUCH needed me time and maybe a little socializing in #5 - I'll start working muscles that don't get much of a work out. #6 - they weighed me, measured me, calculated my BMI and took my body fat...VERY SCARY!!!
We have the plans to go every morning right when they open...5:30a.m. Today I haven't gone yet because it's a holiday and I WANTED TO SLEEP IN! i'll be heading there in 45 minutes.
I don't think I'll weigh myself at home and wait to do that once a week at curves (I'll have to hide my scale to get rid of the temptation).
On the food front my calories have been too low, the same with my water. So today I'm going to work on eating more, get my calorie, protein, carbs and fat within the range that has been set for me.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Okay, so it's been one week since I signed up with Spark People...I'm loving it. I do have admit that my first week was not done to the fullest. It was a combination of things...TOM came (UGH!), I spent a lot of time finding my way around this site, finding teams, meeting people, etc..., AND I have a health issue that is slowing me down.
I have a lump in my throat, it's been there for three years off and on, mostly on. I finally went to the doctor about it (it's interesting how I don't take care of myself at all unless I'm actively trying to lose weight and get healthy). He couldn't feel anything so he's sending me to a Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. He said they have a special scope they send down through the nose to see the throat. That does NOT make me feel any better. I know I want to get this taken care of so I immediately called the specialist and lucked out that he had a cancellation. My appointment is Thursday. I'm hoping a cause can be found and a course of action taken to solve this health issue. I'm ready to get it off my mind and out of my throat!
I'm ready to commit! Ready to be accountable to the challenges I've entered, 100 day Challenge and the Calorie Killers! The key for me is to knock out my exercising first thing in the morning so I can cross it off my list and go on to parenting my 7 kiddos, my 2 at-home-part-time jobs and life!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I've been on the computer WAY too much!!! I know I'm just starting Spark People so there is A LOT to explore. There are so many wonderful success stories and motivational tools to read a person could be on the computer all day!
Jumping around from member to member and checking out different teams I found a team called the Calorie Killers. They are currently doing a challenge to walk to the North Pole. That's exactly what I needed...a Challenge.
I always use the excuse that with 7 kids and 2 part-time-at-home jobs, I just don't have the time to exercise. FALSE! Even I can cut out some computer time to get my body moving! Although Spark People is a wonderful site and there are many inspirational blogs I love to read I need to remind myself that sitting and reading won't get me the healthy body I so desperately need but getting UP and MOVING will!
I'll still enjoy my daily jaunt to the cyber world because that is where I'm receiving the motivation to KEEP GOING!
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