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Advice: How do you fight the ongoing fatigue?

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Some people think Hypothyroidism and all its side effects are a joke. I've even met doctors that think the same way and since I'm part of the medical profession, I feel like we all have to look at how the patient is actually coping with the condition and not just lab results.

4 years ago, before becoming a Medical Assistant and learning about all these conditions, a doctor put me on medication I shouldn't be on and a high dosage on top of that. This began my hypothyroidism and put my whole body out of whack.

Now I am constantly dealing with it. Including the bone numbing fatigue. I've been told by different doctors that I'm just lazy because they don't believe in hypothyroidism! I know differently. I'm on medication but its still incredibly hard to move and do things, even though I'm do desperate to do things.

***So my question is to fellow Sparkers who have hypothyroidism or not: How do you fight the fatigue and keep going? Any advice will help, I just want to know how different people deal with this.

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HEALTHYCHIC 2/16/2014 7:39PM

    Oh goodness. So sorry. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Thyroid doesn't work. I"m on Synthroid. The HORRIBLE fatigue i had i thought was because i was a working mom of a baby/toddler. One day i decided to go for regular phyiscal/check up and asked randomly to run my thyroid. Not because i thought i had a problem, just thought it was healthy to do. Low and behold, TSH of 33! OMG. I went to a naturopath. She said it would be nearly impossible to live healthy. After a year, i think i'm finally regulated. Goodness how much better i felt even after a week or two on it. I'm grateful for science. I don't love medication, but given how important your thyroid is for overall health. I don't know if you can really combat the fatigue without some sort of medicinal intervention. Your body isn't getting what it needs from your thyroid so it's tired. You can't trick it.

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EDDYMEESE 2/6/2014 11:55PM

    With my hypothyroidism, I actually find that what I eat plays a large role...carbs, grains, high-sugar fruits, etc. = nap time! Sticking with low-carb options and eating a lot of protein helps me to fight my fatigue.
My meds don't seem to help my symptoms...

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LOVINGLIFE43 2/4/2014 6:11PM

    I wish I had the answer but I don't. My suggestion is that you know your body better than anyone and on the days when you feel too fatigue just take it easy. Good luck!

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GAYEMC 2/4/2014 5:41PM

    I wish I had an answer for you.

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UNICORN212 2/4/2014 3:19PM

    My thyroid died over 5 years ago. T4 did not help me at all and I now take porcine thyroid, which has T3 and T4 in it. What are you taking? You may need to take a different medication.

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Today is as good as any to start over.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Let's just say I'm scared.

I've been scared to even step on the scale or even log on to Spark in almost a year.

Yes, its ridiculous. How could someone be afraid to log onto a website or take a few steps onto a scale? Well, that was me all these months.

Today I did it, and saw that I had gained back all my some. I figured this since Ramen Noodles and pizza became my main food groups, also add the fact that my "big girl" pants don't fit anymore.

Today has been somewhat good. I ate a healthy breakfast and took my pup Dexter on a walk. I'm thinking something is always better than nothing :) Good start to my hump day.

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EDDYMEESE 1/29/2014 1:54PM

    The fact is, you're here.

That is a huge step.

Now, think about what you've done in the past that hasn't worked and do the opposite.

This journey is all about setting small goals, being kind to yourself, celebrating even the smallest of victories and forgiving yourself when you make "bad" choices.

I've been at this for years and still haven't reached goal, so I get it.

Something I'm trying differently this time is the Beck Diet Solution - it is all about a cognitive approach to weight loss, because until we change our relationship with food, we'll never be successful. You really have to stick to it and follow the tasks. But I can say that in the last 28 days, I've been able to pick myself up after a bad choice, move on, track my food, and even lose 2.1 pounds (I know it isn't much, but it's better than nothing). In the past, I wouldn't make it past a week or so before I stopped tracking or went on a major binge-a-thon.

Maybe give it a try?

Be kind to yourself. You are smart, beautiful and worth it.

Don't look at it as "starting over", because that implies failure. You are here to begin a journey that you are ready for. You'll take what comes, brush yourself off when you fall, forgive yourself when you make poor choices, and above all, remind yourself every day that every time you track your food, go for a walk, read a blog, write a blog and keep your head in the game, you are making progress.

Whether it takes you another 2 years to lose the weight, wouldn't you rather be there in 2 than not at all? I see you've been on SP since 2006. Me, too. It kills me that if I'd just stuck to it, even losing less than a pound a month, I'd be at my goal weight today. I don't want to be here in another 8 years wishing I'd stuck to it...

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Trying for better, not for perfection

Monday, January 07, 2013

This morning I made myself get on the scale. I haven't been able to bring myself to do that in several months because I knew how awful that number would be. Its amazing how much anxiety you can have from just a small box that sits on your bathroom floor isn't it?

I can't change what I've done in the past several months, but I can try to change the little things and get back on track. These health problems aren't getting any better, in fact its getting worse. I'm also not getting any younger, so there is no better time than the present.

I'm not trying for perfect. But I am trying to be better.


A sign to come back?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Haven't been on in a while and haven't been productive at all with trying to change me life. I know I've given up, and I hate that feeling.

Its weird, but my mind just decided to go on Spark today. I guess because it knows that I've been loading up my body on junk, gaining back weight and living in the depressive cycle again. But I'm on HERE again and I'm thinking that maybe its a sign that I clicked the login button? maybe?

I've been thinking about eating healthy again and changing. I think its good that my mind sent me this message to login and not feel bad about it.

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GOLFLADY11 4/21/2012 11:35AM

    A journey begins with a single step! Welcome back! I know it seems like 2 steps forward and 1 step back but it is so worth it. Just try logging the nutrition and the fitness you do and it kind of grows on you. Good Luck!!!! You are so worth it!! emoticon

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SHOUP1EJ 4/16/2012 7:54AM

    Hey I have been a member since 2008 and I just started really doing stuff so dont worry it doesnt matter how many times you fall as long as you get back up! Everyone who is successful started somewhere, so just choose to start. You can do it!

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LULUBELLE65 4/15/2012 8:01PM

    I just came back a few weeks ago, in a similar fashion. I think that if it feels like the time to do it. you should just go with it and do it!. Now that you are back, what can we do to help you be successful? emoticon

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Fellow Sparkers! Share some tips!

Monday, October 03, 2011

If you have been going at this lifestyle change for a year or just a few months it doesn't matter. What are some tips that have helped you in nutrition, fitness, pushing through the "no results week", anything you would like to share would be great for me. I've had the problem of finding the excuses in everything to stop me from continuing. I've restarted...again and would love some TIPS!!!

Thanks in advance!

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    You look like you're doing great! I love this blog because I get to read all the other comments. I've been at this healthy eating/exercise wagon since Jan. and here are a few tidbits of my advice:
1) Don't wait until you're really hungry to eat - eat small snacks throughout the day to keep the hunger monster away.
2) Don't be afraid to try new workouts to find something you really like. I couldn't believe exercise could be fun until I tried Zumba and now I'm in love.
3) Allow a splurge meal once a week. It works for me because I tend to get burned out on eating right when I go for weeks at a time and tend to say, "The hell with it" so my splurge meal is Friday night and I get to look forward to it all week.

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MERAINA 10/4/2011 3:26PM

    1. Never stop trying!
2. You fall, get up.
3. Find a happpy exercise! (Mine is dancing~ LOVE Zumba DVD's)
4. READ labels. ALL labels!
5. Sodium counts. Keep it low.
6. Drink lots of water, it flushes! LOL
7. Try new exercises to keep from getting bored.
8. If you are a TV watcher, get some light weights and lift while watching. Time passes and you get a workout in. I put weights on my ankles (2lbs) and hand held 5lbs while I watch movies! Get the workout in and watch your movie!
9. Take a rest day or a light day once a week.
10. Challenge yourself daily.
11. Plan for the Victory Party!

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BETTERHEALTH123 10/4/2011 11:46AM

    My dog is a great motivator - I have to take him out to do his duty - so I wind up walking down the road, or else I would be sitting all day, feeling sluggish and tired.

I am trying to eat more vegetables and fruits. This seems to be the season where they are fresh and tasty. I notice that vegetables and fruits keep you fuller so you don't get so hungry.

Also when I feel like snacking, I think to myself - am I really hungry or just bored or is something else really bothering me, so I go for a short walk with my dog or drink some water, chew some gum or get another cup of coffee (or reach for some almonds to chew on).

I have weighed close to 200 pounds, and my weight loss is slow at times but I don't care; as long as I KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF I AM HAPPY.

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SHAREDJOURNEY1 10/3/2011 9:54PM

    As someone who has quit and returned to SP I can really understand the problem of finding the excuses in everything and stopping the journey.
The tips you have received are wonderful. I will add this one.
Fear of starting and fear of failure held me back for a long time. I just didn't believe that I could do this. Overcoming that fear is the first thing I worked on this time. I manage the fear with Celebration. I celebrate each healthy choice, drink of water, tracking and effort at fitness. That celebration empowers me. I feel proud and strong. First I saw a trend and pattern and then I began to believe that I can sustain this. Whenever I waver, and yes I still do, I know that the first thing I need to do is make just one healthy decision. If I can make just one I know I can make another. The I go right back to celebrating those decisions until the fear goes away. No matter how hard the journey, you're just one healthy decision away from continuing.
If you hit a hard patch, please reach out for help. SP love to help are always willing to lend you a hand. You CAN do this!

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BALDWINJ_03 10/3/2011 6:19PM

    Take one day at a time. Don't beat yourself up if you have an off day or mess up. Keep your head up and just keep moving!

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    Water. Fruits and veggies, 5 a day, even if you don't lose, even if you gain, you know you'll be getting the nutrition you need a will be likely to make better choices.

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FLORENCEANN06 10/3/2011 5:29PM

    Looks like you already have a lot of good tips. All I'll say is to incorporate your new healthy choices all life. Don't say "I can't eat healthy because of ____." Approach it more like this "I healthy eating is part of my life and ____ is part of my life. Therefore, I can eat healthy."

Also, you'll be more likely to stick with small, gradual changes. Don't try to change everything all at once.

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CRABADA 10/3/2011 5:22PM

    I joined SP a little over a month ago and am loving it! One of the big reasons is because it encourages us to go slow, and to do a few small things before jumping to the next. I guess the bottom line for me is don't try to do everything all at once. I really focused on tracking and upping my water intake for the first month and am now upping my exercise this month. And since you're coming back and have a fresh-start attitude, consider starting the program over. Re-do your Fast Break goals, then move on to Stage 2, etc. I'm sure there's a way to re-set that stuff on the site if you wanted, or just do it on your own.

The other thing that I'm finding really helpful is goal setting. As many others have said, having specific things to work towards is a major motivator. I did a blog post on my October goals if you want to check it out. Feel free to take whatever you think might work for you.

Finally, I signed up for a virtual 5K and started a beginner's running program which has helped so much with the consistent exercise because it tells me exactly what I need to do every single week. I also signed up for the Revolution 100-Day Challenge, which isn't about how many crunches you can do, but more about introspection. I'd highly recommend both of those teams/activities.

Good luck! I'll be rooting for you.

:) Courtney

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APED7969 10/3/2011 5:13PM

    Make diet and fitness goals as well as weight ones. If you do a great job with exercise for the week but the scale stays the same you'll still be proud of yourself for exercising. Good ones include working your way through the C25K program and then setting further running goals if that is your thing. If not setting goals like 10min exercise every day or 30min 5x a week are great too. Food goals can be things like getting 5 fruit/veggies a day, weighing your food, or drinking your water. If they are set as goals they may seem less like work.

I think my main motivations are these:
- monthly progress photos (these are always really motivating)
- monthly measurements
- daily weigh ins
- monthly blog with goals for the month
- initially daily blogs then a bit less often with weekly plans/goals

Good luck in your journey! emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 10/3/2011 4:51PM

    Focus on what you are doing and how you feel more than on the scale. I'm losing weight far slower than I thought, but it's okay. It's still working, just slowly. Don't let numbers stop you.

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GOLFLADY11 10/3/2011 3:59PM

    First things first, number one kudos to you for making the decision to change. That is a big first step. Number two, you have youth and beauty on your side! I have been up and down this road a few times. Not sure why I let myself go this time, I just didn't THINK about it, plus a couple injuries. I'm finding just tracking everything: nutrition and fitness is so helpful; I get a sense of accomplishment as I record my fitness minutes for instance, and also that I have kept within my calorie range. I have started walking the golf course again, yes I'm huffin and a puffin, but I'm doing it. You know it's great to be alive. I started back to water aerobics and that feels great. I love the water. What do you love to do? I'm not great at walking unless it's the golf course, but if my hubby wants to walk I go with him. Number three believe in yourself. You are so worthy of this, to be all that you can be. emoticon I'm also inspired by the feedback I get from my SP friends and motivational articles. The Message boards are great. Good luck on your journey. I'm rooting for you!!

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SKYWATCHERRS 10/3/2011 3:44PM

    I totally agree with everything ARCHIMEDES said. Increasing your fruits/veggies is key to weight loss success and health. Try replacing one processed carb in your diet with veggies instead.

Strength training is amazing and has tons of positive health/fat loss effects. Don't ever let anyone tell you that cardio is the only way to lose fat. That's not true. And on the flip side, don't listen to people who try to tell you cardio is totally worthless - that's not true either. You need both. And like ARCHIMEDES said, you will NOT bulk up if you pick up a heavy weight. That's a total myth, it's not true. I've been weight-lifting for years and I don't look like a man.

Consistency, pre-planning, and not buying junk food. If it's not in the house and you'd have to make a special trip out to get it, your chances of eating something unhealthy are greatly reduced. So don't buy it, don't bring it home.

Be consistent, but don't beat yourself up if you have a cheeseburger and beer with a friend after work. What matters is what you do MOST of the time. You do not have to be nor should you be perfect. That doesn't exist. Focus on progress, not perfection.

Pre-planning - plan your food shopping and your meals. Take snacks and meals with you whenever and wherever possible. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.

Make sure your motivation is strong and that there are many facets to it. Some can be surface or shallow, like "I want to wear a size 4 jeans." Other motivations need to be more emotional and deeper, like "I never want to be in the hospital for diabetes or heart disease like my dad was."

change your life, don't just focus on a temporary project - you have to keep those healthy habits you gain while losing weight in order to keep it off after you've reached your goal. Change yoru thinking, your behaviors, your whole life.

Don't be afraid. Power through the plateaus and realize that it's not JUST about losing weight. It's about changing your life and being healthy.

"When you feel like quitting, think about why you started."-Nicole nichols

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/3/2011 3:29PM

    If I were go to back into the Way Back Machine and tell myself one piece of advice that would help me lose weight and be a healthier person, it's this,"eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies".

Eating more fresh fruit and veggies has had a big impact on my health and weight. Keep in mind that weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you're eating right and getting some regular exercise, the weight will come off on its own.

The other piece of advice I would tell you would be to make sure that strength training IS a part of your exercise routine. Don't neglect your strength. Add lean muscle. Muscle burns fat and the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat.

Don't worry, you will not look like a body builder if you strength train. that is a misconception. Strength training can change your body.


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