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Tuesday rocked!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I am in a GREAT mood today! I love when I can end the day feeling accomplished! As a SAHW, I need certain things to happen for me to feel productive. I'm a blogger, so I need to work on a project and write a post for that day. I also have to exercise, of course, as well as eat healthy. Not just stay in my calorie range, but eat healthy, well-balanced meals. And lastly, I need to get a few chores done. :( I got everything done today and I'm ready to do it all over again!

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DAMEGRIS 9/12/2013 8:51AM

    Those chores! LOL I tend to avoid them, haha, but I do get them done in the end. :D

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A Case of the Mondays

Monday, September 09, 2013

I HATE steroids! I'm tired of not sleeping and experiencing weird dreams when I do sleep! Tomorrow is my last pill and I couldn't be happier. When the doc said I had a viral infection and was giving me steroids I was really worried about eating everything in sight, but I haven't had any issues with over eating this past week. That counts for something I guess!

I went to the grocery store and stocked up on lots of fresh fruits and veggies and I'm ready for the week! Even after hitting our car port with the front end of my car, breaking my laptop (I pulled it off the table AND stepped on it), and jamming my hand on the fridge door I still managed to get a workout in. I'm pretty proud of myself in that regard. I love finding any old excuse to not exercise!

It may not have been the start of the week that I was hoping for, but I survived. Not only that, but I'm stronger and better for it! I hope y'all had a better Monday than I did!

Peace and Blessings!

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NANNABLACK 9/10/2013 7:30AM

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DAMEGRIS 9/9/2013 9:29PM

    Gah. Your day sounds like my day yesterday, lol. But MAN I totally agree with you about steroids. Those things are NO FUN. Ugh. Hope it all gets better for you quickly!

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KAT321123 9/9/2013 8:29PM

    Good for you for sticking with your plan -- getting healthy groceries and exercising -- despite the challenges you faced. You clearly totally have this!

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STARTINGOVER37 9/9/2013 7:19PM

    Great job on getting in a workout after all that!!! And I hope the rest of your week goes better!

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I Finally Have Answers

Saturday, September 07, 2013

I'll get right to it. I FINALLY got confirmation that I do in fact have hypothyroidism! This is the best news I have received in years! For those of you who know me, know that I have been saying something was wrong with my body for years now. My last trip to the doctor made me feel crazy. When I told her what I was eating and how much I was exercising she looked at me like "Sure you are fatty!" When my test results came back normal, I got the "watch what you eat and exercise more" lecture. So I gave up. No one would listen to me and I didn't know what else to do. I'd tried less carbs, more fiber, more protein. No matter how I tweaked my diet, nothing really changed. I just accepted the fact that this was my life. Everyone has their burdens to bear and this was mine. I was destined to be fat. To be miserable. To be depressed, achy, forgetful, and irritable.

Then my nails started to separate from their nail beds. It was so incredibly painful. So I looked it up and what's at the top of the list? Yep, my good friend hypothyroidism. But what did it matter? No one believed me and the test results worked against me so I suffered on. And then I got sick. Nothing major, just a viral infection. I went to a new doctor on the recommendation of a friend. He doesn't take insurance, just $20/visit. We got to talking, about my weight of course, and I tentatively mentioned thinking something was wrong with my thyroid. He said, "It's swollen, I can see it from here." Wait, what? He then came over and felt my thyroid and suggested we do blood work. Did I dare hope? I'd done blood work before knowing for sure that it would show I had a problem, only to be disappointed, but maybe this time would be different. And it was. That call from the nurse with my test results was music to my ears. I'd never been so happy to be diagnosed with an illness. I felt validated, vindicated, hopeful, and most importantly I wasn't crazy. I didn't have to live this life.

I picked up my prescription from Walgreens and went home to do research. A pill in a bottle wasn't going to change my life, but information would. The first thing I learned was the difference between synthetic thyroid and desiccated thyroid. My doctor prescribed Armour Thyroid, which is desiccated...meaning it's derived from pig thyroid. I read lots of good things about it opposed to synthetic thyroid which doctors seem to love to prescribe even though it doesn't work well. So I took a poll with all my hypothyroid friends. All but 1 are on synthetic and all but 1 are miserable and see no change in their bodies, whether that be weight loss, body aches, depression, memory loss, fatigue, hair loss, etc. My doctor is a little holistic, a little naturalist, and I love him already.

So what does hypothyroidism mean for me? It's means going gluten-free, goodbye soy, more strength training, and limiting some of my favorite fruits/veggies like broccoli, kale, cabbage, peaches, etc. It means being my own researcher and advocate. It means work and uphill battles. If you think you might have a problem with your thyroid, get tested. If you think your current thyroid medication isn't working, get tested. In both cases, fast before your blood work and do not take your thyroid medicine. The doctor probably won't tell you this, but it will affect your test results. It's part of the reason I think my tests never showed a problem before. That and thyroid disease is just hard to diagnose.

I've done tons of research online. I've ordered the book The Thyroid Diet. I've started revamping my meal plans. I'm armed and ready to take charge of my life. It won't be easy, it won't be quick, but it WILL be doable!

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NANNABLACK 9/8/2013 9:07AM

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POOKASLUAGH 9/7/2013 4:11PM

    I am so very glad you have answers now TaMara! Your doc sounds like a real find.

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KNYAGENYA 9/7/2013 12:57PM

    emoticon Is it so nice to finally have things taken care of. Good for you for being your own advocate. Keep up the good work.

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Where I've Been and Why I'm Back...Sorta

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I just wanted to post a quick blog to let y'all know where I've been! Reiko and I started our own automotive shop!! I've been spending most of my days there, putting my BA in Communication to use by handling all the marketing for the shop! We've been open about a month and a half and things are going well! We've hit budget almost every day which is comforting and we're hoping once our sign is up, we're still waiting on our permit, business will pick up.

For those of you in the San Antonio area, especially North side, remember Braun Road Automotive for all your auto care needs. Reiko has been a mechanic for almost 20 years and is ASE certified. She's also honest and trust-worthy...and I'm not just saying that cause she's my wife lol You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. We're located on Braun at the corner of FM 1560 at 10934 Braun Rd.

So of course I haven't been working out and my eating has been less than stellar! The only thing that has kept me from gaining weight has been being at the shop all day. I do a lot of walking and standing, but I know that's not enough. I'm committed to getting back on track and trying to find a schedule that works for me.

I can only take things one day at a time, so today I put in 30 minutes on the elliptical and made smart eating choices. I also pledged to track 500-1000 fitness minutes on the SA team, so that's going to be my goal. I want to get back in the habit of regular exercise and eating right. I can't promise I'll be here every, single day, but I can promise that I will try. That I will be here at least 4 days a week!!

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BACK2PHAT 6/4/2013 11:48AM

    Congratulation's on the new shop. Hope your blessed with ton's of business :)

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HOLLIEWALLY 6/3/2013 3:12PM

    You can do it! So glad life is going great for you- Congratulation on the business! That is AWESOME!

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NANNBIRD 6/1/2013 10:44PM

    Wow, that is a huge undertaking! I don't live on that side of town, but have lots of friends who do and will recommend your shop.

I am impressed that you're making time to work out--will hopefully relieve some of your work stressors. Good luck with that, and sure good to hear from you!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/1/2013 5:13PM

Anytime you blog it makes me smile. By the way, if anyone is interested, I can give a recommendation as to Braun Automotives. I send family and friends there and no one leaves unhappy. Best of luck to you and Reiko and I'm so happy to see your beautiful face gracing Spark today! emoticon

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90-Day Challenge, Day 5 COMPLETE!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today is Day 5 of my 90-Day Challenge and I feel GREAT! I'm sore, but I'm loving it. I've been doing much better with sticking to my plan than I thought I would be. I'm such a procrastinator, I don't usually do my workouts until around 2 in the afternoon. Imagine my surprise when I felt compelled to workout at 10 am this morning! I didn't question it, I just got up and did before I could change my mind. Not only that, but I came across the Insanity infomercial tonight and it inspired me to do a 20 minute strength training routine. Now, that's INSANE! (pun fully intended)

I know it's only 5 days into my challenge, but I'm really proud of myself. Normally I look for any and every excuse to put it off or not do it, but I haven't had to talk myself into getting up and doing it as much. That might be because I've been super encouraging to myself during my workouts. I reinforce my behavior with LOTS of positive self-talk during and after exercise! Oh, if only you could hear me!

I'm also determined to not let anything stop me. To not take the easy way out. To not bail on myself. And to stick it through the FULL 90 days. I'm looking forward to and scared to weigh in on Fri. I'm in the middle of TOM right now, so I don't know how that will affect my weigh in, but no matter what the scale says I'm not going to quit or get discouraged. I want to see this all way through to the end. I know if I can complete the full 90 days I'll see a change in my body, mind, and, spirit.

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POOKASLUAGH 2/13/2013 8:25AM

    You're doing so great TaMara! I can't wait to see how you've transformed over these 90 days.

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