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Sunday, April 12, 2009

I have to be honest. I totally forgot it was Easter until Good Friday rolled in and the kids were off school. I had nothing planned. And even after I realized the holiday was upon us, I had no urge to cook a big traditional meal on Sunday. It was just going to be the 4 of us, nobody else to try and impress with my culinary (cough) skills. So, the hubby opted we go out for Chinese.

Well, instead, we drove out to the Domain (high end shopping outside mall in Austin) and wandered in to the Kona Grill. Goodness I'm sure glad we did because I had THE BEST salad I've ever had in my life. Or, I was just really hungry. It was just a chinese chicken salad, but it was just so tasty. Cabbage, green onions, slivered almonds and ramen noodles all lightly tossed in a sweet soy sauce with some pecan crusted chicken. Phenomenal. Since it was a holiday and I had the calories to spare, I even had part of a banana pudding dessert. It wasn't what I expected (it was baked) but it was really good. Oh, yeah, and we also had our first experience with what I guess you call sushi...it was albacore tatiki which, not to sound ignorant, was just some partially cooked tuna in a delicious sauce of I don't know what. It had black sesame seeds in it though.

I'll post the total calories after I tally them up. But, all in all, I think it was my first moderate, healthy holiday dinner of my life. Yay me!



UPDATE: Thyroid Meds

Friday, April 10, 2009

I'm back to my .175 mg Synthroid. It's only been 3 days, but I do feel like I have more energy like I did before I got sick about 2 years ago. I used to be quite the night owl...never in bed before midnight. Since I got sick however, if I made it to 9:30 without falling asleep on the couch it was a miracle. The past two nights have been midnight bedtimes. Not that this is a practice I want to get back into as a full 8 hours sleep is one of my goals. I just feel like I have excess energy and I just want to burn it.

So, so far so good. Unless it's all in my head, the meds are doing what they should.

Look for an update in a few weeks though.

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Maybe I do need synthroid...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

So, I was to a point where I was incredibly fed up with this whole thryoid disease thing. I felt like every mood, weight loss or gain, freak out session was all pinned on..."it must be because of my thyroid"...

So, after increasing, decreasing, increasing, decreasing, increasing and then decreasing again (not exaggerating) my medication levels but never getting to a good spot, I finally decided to stop taking synthroid all together with the final conclusion that it was all just bull pucky.

Alas, I have embarked on a real life healthy path of healthy balanced meals, lots of water and more exercise than I've ever had in my whole life and still - very slow results. Plus as an extra added bonus I'm very emotional, crying at the drop of a hat and then spitting venomous evil hateful things at my family.

I called in my prescription this morning. Hopefully I'll be back on track soon and losing what I should be losing.

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    Yall are so nice! Thanks for the support. It means a lot to me.

I'm going to win this time. It's been a life long fight between me and my fat. But this time I'm going to win. I can feel it. emoticon

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    Maybe a different "brand"???? I don't really know but hey, we are all here for you slow, not at all, and fast, we are here for you.

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NANCYB. 4/7/2009 1:28PM

    I think TEENIE_BEANIE make a strong point. Natural remedies are fantastic -- but every body is different, so find what is the right balance for you. Have faith in your dr. and that your body and mind can adjust on the proper med and dosage. Educating yourself on supplementation can not hurt as well. I proud that you took the initiative to call in your prescription. It sounds like that was a hard but crucial step for you and your health. Keep us posted on your progress. GOOD LUCK!

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TEENIE_BEANIE 4/7/2009 12:50PM


I don't know if this will help you or not, but I was on thyroid meds and then they took me off because my "low" wasn't registering low enough on blood tests, so I started going to a holistic doctor who muscle tested me and proved I was low, and then gave me a supplement to correct it instead of a drug.

I knew there was something wonky going on, but because it didn't fit the normal low level, I had to seek alternate treatment.

Perhaps it may help you...

Just thought I'd leave it out here.

Take care emoticon

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Down but not out.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

So I've been doing SP for about 2 weeks and I'm cruising along, loving life, living healthy, feeling good about myself and what I'm doing for the first time ever. I even lost 4 pounds already

And then my MIL comes to town to celebrate her 60th birthday. I live in Austin, TX so eating good food is on the top of a short list of her favorite things to do when visiting. The bbq, the fabulous tex-mex, margaritas, good beer. You get the picture.

I just lost all sense of everything I'd learned of the previous 2 weeks. We went to buca di beppo for her birthday dinner. We were a party of 4 - one of them ate from the kids menu. The teenager isn't eating meat, yet we ordered enough food to feed any army. Granted not everything was eaten, but I had a hard time not putting too much on my plate anyway. And then we even ate dessert. I did make some smart choices. Unsweetened tea instead of soda (though water would have been a better choice) Split the dessert. Picked at my entree and filled up early on salad. Still my dinner ended up being 1404 calories just for dinner. After already having a healthy breakfast and lunch. My day ended up being 2,349 calories UGH.

Then Friday we went out dancing. Great, I thought, I'll get some excercise in. All of a sudden my spicy little MIL doesn't want to dance. I don't understand. I know she's 60, but this lady has more energy than I've ever had. So Friday night (after eating leftovers from buca) ended up as standing and sitting and watching other people dance while we each drank 2 beers and then went home.
Total calories for the day...1799.

Saturday, I'm already feeling down in the dumps. I'm over eating, not exercising. I want to get back to my cycle before it's broken. So, we have an appointment at Cafe Monet a paint your own pottery place. I figure, we'll go there, paint some stuff, then go grab brunch (cut down on meals in order to cut down on calories). Ends up everything runs too long and we don't get to eat our first meal until 4:00 PM. All I've had so far was a cup of coffee. Same for DMIL. So we go to this place Giada has reviewed on the Food Network and we have to have the carrot cake french toast! Of course we do! I was sparing with the cream cheese pecan "frosting", but I still ate half of the order (2 big chunks of "toast"), plus 2 pieces of bacon, fresh squeezed orange juice, 2 orange slices, and don't forget the appetizer - Queso flameado (no meat) with fresh tortillas (2 for me thanks) and handmade chips and a salsa sampler. I chose the zesty guacamole. Sparingly yes, but still a killer to the calorie o meter. Then, just because it was an experience, we trekked over to the cookie lounge (a place chosen by my teenager) on the UT campus. We each ordered a custom created and baked to our specifications cookie. I went with an oatmeal cookie base with pistachios and butterscotch chips and a coffee with skim milk.
Calories for Saturday's "healthier strategy": 2,096

Sunday has come, MIL has gone, I'm off to Curves to work through some of the pain. I am doing the BLC starting tomorrow. I don't know what I have to do exactly as I've never participated in anything like this and I don't even watch the tv show, but I know I'll be motivated by the fact that I'll be held accountable by the incredibly supportive people on this board and I can't wait to get back to it. This weekend was just a bump in the road. The 4 pounds may have come back, but they'll be going right back out again and taking a few friends with them.


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SHERRYT85 3/29/2009 3:16PM

    Stick with it! Everyone falls every now and then - you had your "treat" weekend, and it's probably a good think your friend doesn't live closer! :) Don't look backwards - keep moving forwards like you're doing - hit the workout and hit the "restart button" for your week! You'll feel so much better to put it behind you!

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