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Monday, November 10, 2014

My doctor put me on this very structured meal plan for the next 6 week because of how bad my health has gotten.

I've done well today, but I haven't been able to fit in the exercise.
I guess every day is a new day to try again. I'm giving myself a pat on the back when everyone else at work was having Mexican takeout for lunch and chocolate chip cookies for snack and I didn't have any.

Like my doctor said, I can't really quit this..I need to change to live.

Hopefully I start to feel better soon and not so fatigued.

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KELLIEBEAN 11/11/2014 9:23AM

    A few minutes of movement each day to start with and build on will help. Congratulations on skipping the Mexican. That is a successful day!

I'm pulling for you!


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LEESEY612 11/10/2014 10:52PM

    Hi! Im new, but really happy to find such an awesome site. One of the biggest reasons I am trying to drop the weight is lack of energy. Unfortunately, this isn't my first rodeo. I got so close to goal a few years ago, and fell off the wagon. Now, I need to drop almost 70 pounds! Don't be too hard on yourself. I think its awesome you have a doctor that cares! Hang in there! emoticon

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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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