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Get your check ups now!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It had been a year since I had my last physical. I have been feeling a bit tired lately, so I went a day early to have blood drawn and requested a full CDC. When I went to see my doctor today, I discovered that my thyroid has all but shut down. It is functioning at such a low level, that we have to double the medication I am on to regulate it.

It was such a huge relief to find a reason for my fatigue. Hypothryoid Syndrome means that my body is not producing the hormones it needs. This results in weight gain or holding on to weight and fatigue, among other symtoms. I have been so tired lately, and I haven't been losing weight as the rate I've expected (based on my history). This explains both! I can't believe how relieved I feel -- a huge burden of confusion and frustration has been lifted.

So, if you haven't had a check up in a while or are avoiding that next physical, GO! It can make such a difference!

  
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JUMPINJULIE 2/27/2013 10:52PM

    I'm glad you went. And now you have an answer so that is always good.

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NIKONDEMON 2/27/2013 11:11AM

    Misc health stuff runs in my family so I've always made sure to at least get a physical each year especially with a lot of diabetes in the family. I missed last year due to vacation and felt like crap about it. This year I'm making sure to go. Especially to make sure my heart is still in great shape. I also like bragging that I'm the healthy one in the family :)

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ASOBFALLS 2/27/2013 10:30AM

    emoticon Isn't it nice when you get the help you need! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/26/2013 7:56PM

    I don't know a lot about thyroid meds but isn't your doctor suppose to check those number more often than once a year?? I am concerned for you. I hope you can go every 3-4 months just to make sure. I am glad you found out what's wrong and I hope you will enjoy your days more now. emoticon Love, Chelsea

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SKEEWEE2MEK 2/26/2013 7:40PM

    Glad you went! Good luck on managing your condition and making progress with your weight loss goals!

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Renewing Exercise Streak: More lessons learned

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Last week I explored how my lifestyle choices were setting me up for success or for failure. I found that a lot of choices I have been making are setting me up for failure: lack of sleep, not eating during the day, not prioritizing my meals or exercise. I did 4 days in a row of at least 10 minutes of exercise. Then, I took two days off and rested.

So, yesterday I started my streak again. Actually, I started the day before. Because the day before I went to sleep early -- 9 pm. I gave myself time to workout on Saturday instead of cramming my day with "productive" but not self-loving chores. I also chose to exercise even though I didn't want to. I ate well throughout the day, but then contiued to eat when I stayed up late watching TV. I went to bed at 2 a.m.

This is going to be a work in progress!! One step forward, two steps back. My weight loss journey is not a metaphor for life, it is a description of my life so far. I look at how far I have come as a human being: as a young professional woman into a seasoned, confident professiona; as a woman recovering from abusive relationships living in a loving, non-abusive relationship; as a young girl who was taught to hate herself who now knows how to comfort herself when those feelings arrive.

Learning to change these circumstances, to use my own power to make choices that help me, essentially moving through those places into a more self-loving and safe life has taken me a lot of time. It has often been one step forward, two steps back. But, I kept putting one foot in front of the other, and over time, I have transformed my life. I can do that with my weight, too. In fact, I have done it before and lived at a healthy weight for 10 years. I can do this again.

Wow. It takes a lot to write that. It gives me pause. I am so used to being critical of myself, but this is what I have truly accomplished. I have transformed myself from a victim to a survivor to a person who thrives in life. Truly amazing. So, another couple of lessons learned for me on my weight loss journey:

LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE; LOOK AT WHERE I STARTED NOT JUST WHERE I AM. THIS IS THE TRUE MEASURE OF PROGRESS.

RECOGNIZE WHAT I HAVE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED AND CELEBRATE IT. NO NEED TO HIDE IT!

PUT MY WEIGHT IN PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING A SELF-LOVING LIFE. BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO CONTINUE ON MY PATH OF SELF-HEALING AND SELF-LOVE.

So, one step forward, two steps back. I will get there. My weight will adjust. What is important is that I keep putting one foot in front of the other and honoring the courage it takes to do that.

Warm wishes to my fellow sparklers on your own journeys!

  
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GRATTECIELLA 2/26/2013 1:24AM

    I am really proud of you, and inspired by you, for how honestly you have taken stock of your good and bad habits. How is your running? I just finished week 5 of couch to 5k - 7 min of running, then 5 min, then 7. Tough but doable!

Thinking of you. Hugs!

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JUMPINJULIE 2/24/2013 9:35PM

    What a great blog. You can do it.

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KATWELL88 2/24/2013 1:54PM

    Yay one step at time.... It wasn't easy on my own--- Journey of Healing-- ( with a little help from SP friends and others along the way). Progress can be frustrating at times sliding back WHILE Going forward....as a friend said to me and She's right-- The Journey IS worth it!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/24/2013 12:35PM

    What a wonderful blog!! You are on the right track and not just with the SP goals but also from the abuse of the past. I know what you mean about loving yourself for the first time. I am doing the same, s l o w l y. We will make it! emoticon emoticon Love, Chelsea

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Check in on exercise streak

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Since I had not been meeting my exercise goals over the past month, I decided to make a new goal: 10 minutes of exercise every day. I have just completed day 4 and already I am learning so much about myself and my habits.

1. I need more sleep! Two days out of four, I have felt exhausted prior to exercising and then fallen asleep right after. I am getting about at least 7 hours of rest each night, but I need more.

2. I tend to over-do it. I will plan 30 minutes of exercise, and do 60 minutes. I am in an all-or-nothing mindset. I want to get in the habit of doing something every day without doing too much.

3. I need to eat more during the day. I find that I am not making time to eat between 9 am and 3 pm. By the time I get home or to the gym I am starving! Then, I exercise and I am still hungry. I need to rearrange my priorities at work to ensure that I give myself the time to eat every day. Without this I am setting myself up for failure.

What these observations have in common is that they show me I am not listening to my body! I am not listening to its needs or its wants. I am asking my body to show up for work, go to the gym, cook, clean, look beautiful and I am not feeding it enough, not giving it enough rest and not respecting my limits. Phew! No wonder I have been in no place to exercise. I need to refocus on my self-care and on listening to my body. This lesson, it seems, I learn over and over again. So, here's another time the lesson is arising: LISTEN TO MY BODY!

I think I'm getting the message.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 2/22/2013 11:02PM

    What great observations. you can do it.

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KATWELL88 2/21/2013 11:31AM

    Yep that one thing I learned Pay Attenation!!!! ( when bad day like very little sleep or horrible ringing in my ears , balance way offf-- take it slow )
I do some excerise ( walking just enough to make muscles happy maybe 1 block sorry can't do 15 blocks legs become jelly --shaky.

Also some things I do relieve stress is like writing or play some music and read books. Mini organizing from to time.
I adjust my plans accordingly which stinks sometimes however I will recover faster when I pay attenation.
There was a time I pushed too much when I was younger nope don't want to be super sick again .. Been there done that.
Glad to hear that you are starting to be "aware" of your body telling you Time Out!!!!! Im just starting to be aware also. emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/20/2013 3:16PM

    I LOVE your blog!!! What you have learned SO much applies to me!! I have MS and I have learned the SAME thing that you shared.Thanks so much for reminding me. emoticon emoticon Love, Chelsea

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ASOBFALLS 2/20/2013 11:25AM

    Nice Blog...it should be shared with many! Great ideas. emoticon

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ANDREWMOM 2/20/2013 8:47AM

    Good you are getting on track!

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New Exercise Goal

Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Valentine's Day and my wonderful husband were extra good to me this year. I received a Wii. I have taken up boxing! I love it! I am committing to working out, in any form, for at least 10 minutes a day EVERY day.

While I had been aiming for longer workouts 3-4 times a week, I find that I am feeling intimidated and not following through on my goal. I am going to build from the ground up, establishing my confidence and fun. I keep reminding myself: this is about a lifestyle change. I am on it!

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ASOBFALLS 2/19/2013 10:25AM

    It is Tuesday now....How's it goin' ? emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 2/18/2013 3:36PM

    Great idea. Slow and steady win the race. Boxing on the wii is so much fun.

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/18/2013 3:02PM

    Keep up the GREAT work! emoticon emoticon Chelsea

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Feeling Good

Saturday, February 09, 2013

I AM BACK!

Endorphins are pumping, muscles are fatigued, and I am READY to go. No more fear of going to the gym. No more fear that I have lost all my muscle in 3 weeks. No more feeling too fragile to work out, to show 'em what I got, and to FEEL GOOD.

This blog is my reminder that WORKING OUT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!

I broke through this wall, and I FEEL SO PROUD OF ME.

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FIRECOM 2/14/2013 12:39PM

    Excellent motivation. Some days I really need it.

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CYND59 2/13/2013 8:35AM

    Funny how we sometimes dread to exercise but when it is all said and done...We Feel So Much Better!
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BABCIATEA 2/12/2013 6:38PM

    Thank you for blogging and encouraging so many

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GRATTECIELLA 2/12/2013 12:08AM

    I love this. Your attitude is inspiring!!! Way to go!

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PEACEHOPE1 2/11/2013 9:47PM

    Awesome, love your energy! Go get 'em!

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ANDREAG89 2/11/2013 1:55PM

    Way to go!!!! I hope someday to be writing a blog that echoes this sentiment!
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JEFEIST 2/11/2013 11:22AM

    I really love working out these days too... But I do work out at home not at a gym. I have found a real thrill at the way my treadmill or stepper makes me feel when I have accomplished a task. Keep up the great work!

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-DAVE- 2/11/2013 10:33AM

    Unstoppable - really. YOU are the only one that can stop yourself.

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JULESJET 2/9/2013 8:02PM

    Yay!
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    I feel so proud of you, too!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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