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One year, one month and twenty five days . . .GO!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

So, I stepped on the scale this morning. Then I picked myself up off the floor and went to Zumba! My highest weight ever. Even higher than my heaviest pregnancy. 207.6. Not where I envisioned my life. Of course, I never expected an illness to turn my life upside down. Graves disease is no fun and of course I cannot have the normal symptom of losing weight easily. Oh no, I have to gain it just by looking at a cheeseburger! Treatment was scary. I was told the treatment would kill my thyroid and that my metabolism would tank. I would have to watch what I eat and get plenty of exercise. The alternative was to risk a heart attack because my primary symptom was a racing heart that liked to skip a beat. So, I swallowed the little pill full of radioactive iodine and prayed. I had few side effects. Some foods tasted funny for a couple of months but that was pretty much it. Three months later and my thyroid levels are back to normal. I follow up at the end of August.

So, now I have no excuses. My levels are normal. My heart rate has returned to normal. I am almost weaned off the blood pressure medication and both doctors have ordered me to start exercising. My journey back to my healthy status has begun and now it is time to get moving. I have done some exercising in the last month but it is not as consistent as it needs to be. I have decided to make my journey public. My friends will likely grow tired of reading about what I am eating and what kind of exercise I am doing but a few friends have recently lost weight and one thing they had in common is this: They all posted meals and workouts on Facebook. They posted weight loss numbers and gains. They talking about their plan everyday. And they were successful. They look amazing and they made it look easy. I know it was NOT easy. Seriously, who WANTS to say no to that icy cold Cosmo or that delicious chocolate cake? And some days you just want to lay in bed instead of going for that run. But that is part of what got me into this mess. So, it will not be easy. Many people around me are likely to cry. I will likely cry. But I don't want to feel old and decrepit and the ripe old age of 38.

Besides, I only have one year, one month, and twenty five days to run a marathon!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LUCIEE1 6/29/2013 8:01AM

    You have what I don't have the will and the fortitude to exercise and I have always been impressed with your determination. You will succeed and you can talk about it as often as you like since this really is all about you and your health. You are the priority and that is what is important. Go Shell Go emoticon

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MCFITZ2 6/25/2013 3:19PM

    emoticon You are taking your first baby steps now. Be patient with yourself and just keep moving. emoticon

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DIANAOR1 6/25/2013 1:15PM

    Good luck to you emoticon sometimes we get knocked down but we get back up again. emoticon

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RAINBOWCHARMER 6/25/2013 12:56PM

    You can do it!!

I blogged pretty much every day and sometimes twice a day or more when I was in weight-loss mode. It helped me immensely. Don't feel guilty about it. Just do what you need to do for you!! I still blog pretty regularly. It helps keep me on track. So if it helps you, have at it!!

What's Dr. Suess say?? Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind?

Something like that anyhow.

Good luck!!!! And AWESOME goal for a marathon!!! One day I'll get there. :)

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BOOKWORM27S 6/25/2013 12:45PM

    Good luck in your weight loss journey!

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My Bucket list . . .

Monday, October 08, 2012

I want to run a marathon by the time I turn 40.
I want to go back to Spain and Italy.
I want to see Alaska.
I want to go to Antarctica, South America, and Africa.
I want to earn my PhD in Special Education.
I want to fit into that little black dress Stacey bought me for my birthday!
I want to climb a mountain.
I want to learn to swim . . .
I want to grow old with the love of my life.
I want to participate in a triathlon
I want to add to this list as things grab my attention.

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CIRRATX 10/11/2012 12:39PM

    Great list, Shell!
I want to hear about it when you check them off and when you add more!

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2BMYOWN 10/9/2012 9:08PM

    Good list, Shell, I hope you start working toward checking off every single thing on it! Gosh...I can't fathom not knowing how to swim. I practically was swimming before I was walking, have always been a water baby. (sigh) Now I'm a master at retaining it! LMAO

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MANDYLOVE_76 10/9/2012 9:18AM

    Pretty Awesome list. I just learned to swim this summer and next I want to learn to surf.

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I don't want to run on the treadmill

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Just when I get in a running groove, Texas decides to have a cold snap. I really do not want to run 4 miles on the treadmill! My goal is 10 miles this week. Four today, three on Wednesday and three on Friday.

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2BMYOWN 2/16/2012 4:38PM

    Sounds like a good plan, Shell, and hope the weather cooperates with you so you can do it outside! LOL At least your cold snaps don't seem to last very long at a time, so maybe you'll luck out and you won't have to get up close and personal with that treadmill!

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Crazy business of life

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I keep trying to get on track. I do great for a few days before life gets crazy again. My biggest obstalce is lack of routine. I thrive on routine but with my current work situation there is no routine. I rarely know in advance when I will be working for the schools. At least my waitressing job has a preplanned schedule. I think if I could come up with a workable plan for exercise with contingencies for the last minute 18 hour work day I would be ok. I know there will be at least two nights a week that I will be working so maybe I should use those as planned off days. It will mean that I have to sit down every week and map out a new plan for the following week since I am never sure which nights I will work.

Stacey and I will need to support each other on getting to the gym on Saturday and Sundays. I know she likes the 9:00 spin class on Saturdays so I should get up and go with her. We will just have to figure out what to do on Sundays!

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LUCIEE1 9/1/2011 10:12AM

    You have my undying support in routine and fitness. I hope you will be able to find a way to manage all you do. Go get em girl.

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2BMYOWN 8/30/2011 10:01PM

    Oh yah.......I can't even imagine how hard it'd be to develop a routine when you get hit at the last second with having to work. BUT I think, if anyone can do it, it would be you, Shell! Good luck with coming up with a plan and getting back on track, you know that's never been my strong suit on a 'normal' day, having a schedule like yours would just bury me for good! LOL But I have faith in ya, I know you'll manage to overcome this and do what you need to do.

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October's Goals

Monday, October 04, 2010

Goal One: Run five long runs of 14, 17, 18, 8, and 20 miles.
Goal Two: Complete 2 speedwork and 2 tempo sessions.
Goal Three: Incorporate more stretching and yoga in my routines.
Goal Four: Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
Goal Five: Register for race!

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HAPPY_HANK 10/5/2010 9:34PM


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NOMADDAD 10/4/2010 11:46PM

    Holy Cow! Those are some great running goals. I hope your reach each and every one. With luck, in a few months, I'll be running too - not just jog/walking.
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2BMYOWN 10/4/2010 9:41PM

    Great goals, Shell, I am so impressed! LOL You know I'm the ultimate slug....but I'm trying to NOT be that anymore, as of this month! Kick some arse, sparky bud!

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DEANNASCARP 10/4/2010 4:56PM

    Awesome goals!! have fun!

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