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Test Results - Not What I Was Expecting

Friday, June 29, 2012

Well I got my test results back! And everything looks normal emoticon I did have them test my T3 and T4 levels, and they both came back within normal ranges. I know I should be excited that nothing is supposedly wrong with me, but these results simply put me back at square one! What is wrong that I can't lose weight?

I do have high blood pressure, so it's been argued that my HRM is giving me a false positive and I'm not burning as many calories as I think I am. Of course my calorie intake is directly related to how many calories I expend, so I could be eating to many calories. So I guess a call for new meds is in order. Something that will lower my bp, not cause water retention, and something that won't prevent me from loosing weight.

I've had issues before with meds not allowing my heart rate to rise during exercise so I was burning minimal calories because I couldn't get my heart rate into the target zone. And I am not one to expend energy working out and not see results. Yes, I know I'm getting stronger and yada yada yada...

So, it's F*ck It Friday for me! I'll resume caring Monday!

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NANNBIRD 6/29/2012 10:27PM

    So discouraging to keep running into brick walls! I know that you will find someone who can help you figure it out!

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EVLOBOS310 6/29/2012 1:45PM

    Well, I have to say, I'm glad to hear that everything came out normal! I know you've been frustrated, but you can't give up now! Don't have a wasted weekend, messing up all your hard work, just because of some lousy news about your BP. You can do this girl! You work harder, and I know you give it your all! Don't give up! It will happen! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEROX20 6/29/2012 12:32PM

    Don't give it up! You are still making better choices for your health in the long run, right?

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LYNNR71 6/29/2012 12:23PM

    Well...it's a good news, bad news situation. I'm sorry that it wasn't what you expected. It seems like the thyroid would have been an easier fix. Take it easy...try not stressing. :)

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POOKASLUAGH 6/29/2012 12:21PM

    Aw. :( I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm not sorry to hear your thyroid is healthy - that, of course, is a good thing - but I'm sorry to hear you're back to square one with all this. :( Sending you lots of hugs. I hope you guys figure it out soon. You know that I know how frustrating it is to not be in control and to not know what's going on! I hope you find the key soon. *hugs*

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What a Roller Coaster Ride and It's Only Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lots has happened since my last blog, so I'll just jump right in! Sunday night we went to bed earl in preparation for the week and Reiko woke up around 1 a.m. with what we thought were horrible back spasms. She'd been experiencing minor spasms during the previous week, but she's a mechanic and she has fibromyalgia, so we didn't think to much of it. But this was different. She was in excruciating pain so we headed to the ER. The doctor there thought she was also suffering from spasms and prescribed her Valium and Ibuprofen.

Needless to say, I didn't get any exercise in on Monday. I was exhausted from being up all night and then coming home to take care of Reiko. Tuesday she woke up not feeling one bit better, so we got her in as a walk-in to her regular doctor. Almost immediately the nurse, who is familiar with Reiko's medical history, told Reiko she kidney stones! Her protein levels were off the charts, she was really dehydrated, so most likely that severe pain what woke up initially at 1am was her actually passing the stones. The doctor told her to stop taking the Ibuprofen because that's really hard on kidneys and prescribed her Vicodin instead, along with antibiotics. She also has to drink 12 glasses of water AND 12 glasses of water to flush her kidneys and re-hydrate! She slept on and off all day yesterday so was able to get in about an hour of exercise! I did 25 minutes of ab work and 40 minutes of cardio/upper body ST.

Apparently, Vicodin and Valium are a great combination because she's asleep right now so I'm about to get in another 60 minutes. I wish she would start feeling better because I hate to see her in so much pain, but the doc said that her kidneys are probably still spasming and are very tender right now. She needs to keep drinking her 24 glasses of water and cranberry juice for the next few days to completely flush her kidneys, re-hydrate herself, and prepare for her return to wor next week!

I am also going on Day 3 of NO smoking. I'd decided on Friday that Monday I would quit again. After everything that happened I'm really proud of myself for not giving in and smoking after everything that's been going on! But I told myself that there will always be a reason/excuse to smoke so I need to just quit. I was really moody Monday, but I feel better today. Reiko has been really good about going outside to smoke which has helped a lot! I've done it before so I know I can do it again.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/27/2012 6:54PM

    emoticon to you and Reiko both. I love you guys to pieces and when you hurt, I hurt...well, maybe not as much as it hurts to pass a kidney stone, but you know what I mean. Mostly I want to say how proud I am of you for not smoking. It's without a doubt the number one best thing you can do for your healthy journey. Love you!

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EVLOBOS310 6/27/2012 3:22PM

    I'm sorry that she's in so much pain right now! I'm glad the doctor was able to figure out the problem and give her something for the pain for now. Kidney stones are terrible from what I've heard. Hopefully once these pass she won't get anymore.

Congrats on 3 days of no smoking! I'm having my last one today and then I'll be right there with ya! We can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 6/27/2012 3:07PM

    Ouch! I'm so sorry to hear she's going through all this. :( Though I'm proud of you for continuing not to smoke and to get in some exercise. I know I would have just thrown my hands up and put it all off!

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GETSLIM121 6/27/2012 2:17PM

    Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world....You can do all things!!!!!!
beleive in your own strenght and power of your mind over your body....

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KIMMYLOU2012 6/27/2012 2:10PM

    WOW!! ER docs sometimes don't really look at what is right there.

I am glad that her doc found out what was really wrong because that could have turned out really bad if she kept taking the Ibuprofen.

I am proud of you for getting in the workouts and not smoking during all of this. If you can stay away from cigarettes now you can do it when things calm down.

Hop everything gets back to normal soon!

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Doctor's Appointment Recap

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I didn't realize it had been quite so long since my last blog. Don't worry you haven't missed much at all. I had my doctor's appointment yesterday and for now I'll say it was a success. She wanted to run all sorts of tests and have me come back for multiple appointments until I ever so kindly reminded her I don't have health insurance. I told her my issues, what I thought it was, and what I wanted to get screened for. If it doesn't appear to be my thyroid, then we can go from there with more tests.

She asked me, "Would you like to know what you should weigh?" So of course I thought to myself. Oh boy, here we go with the lecture. But then I realized I'm 32 years old, I'm not an idiot, and I'm not going to let the doctor scare me anymore. I'm working towards a healthier lifestyle and I've encountered a problem, so it's your job to find a solution to the problem. Not lecture me. Obviously I already know I need to try and get healthy THAT'S WHY I'M HERE! So my response to her was, "Do you mean would I like to know what YOU think I should weigh? I already know, but you can tell me anyway. I'm sure you're going to say 145-155". She looks at her little weight/BMI wheel and says, "Well 158." That 'aint gonna happen sister. Reiko is shorter than I am and weighs 175 (she's skinny, she's a mechanic so every day is a 9 hour workout for her especially in this heat) so weighing 15-20 less than her would look grossly inappropriate on me.

I got blood drawn and now just have to wait for the results. The nurse only had to stick me one even though my veins like to play hide and go seek. Every time he touched my vein it roll away form him like it was doing an impression of Stuart from Mad TV "Don't touch me!" haha I only got a slight bruise, so I'm pretty happy!

On a side note, I went for a 6 mi walk this morning! I had to take Reiko to work this morning because we left her truck at a friends house, so I got all my stuff prepped last night and was ready to go this morning. I got to the trail head around 7 a.m. so it was still nice and cloudy out and pretty cool. Not a lot of people either so I enjoyed my walk. Does anyone have any recommendations for good pair of headphones? The ones that come with my iPod and phone just don't work for physical activity.

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POOKASLUAGH 6/21/2012 10:00PM

    That's just so silly! You're 5'10 right? That would put the top of your BMI at around 175ish right? So...why 158??? I don't get why doctors say that. For me, it's always 125. and I want to say, do you have any idea what I would look like at 125? Because *I* do. I have pictures of myself at that weight and I look like my bones are sticking out all over the place! /endrant

When do you get your results back in?

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LYNNR71 6/21/2012 5:21PM

    I definitely can hear a bit of relief in your blog. Did anyone tell you how long for your results? As for the weight...my doctor tried the same thing on me. She told me that I could benefit from losing weight. I should be around the 159lb mark. I, however, did not give her the response that I truly wanted. I just thought to myself "this from an overweight doctor?" Please share your results when you get them. Keep up the activity!! :)

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/21/2012 5:15PM

    I'm super proud of you and that solo 6 mile walk this morning! You rock girl!

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DIABOLIQUE15 6/21/2012 3:33PM

    yeah. Doctors need to throw that little wheel in the trash! I'm 5'3 and they say I should weigh 115-120. I don't think so! My bones weigh more than that!!

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DANI_28 6/21/2012 2:19PM

    Uh! I HATE doctors! Good for you for not taking any crap!

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THE_COUNTESS 6/21/2012 1:40PM

    I like the over the ear clip ear buds. They hook over your ears so they won't fall out (mine -always- fall out -so- annoying). They're around $10-15 at Wal-mart/Target.

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One Step Closer

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I haven't weighed myself in over a week, so imagine my surprise when I weighed in this morning and I'd lost 6 lbs. Since I think I might have hypothyroidism, I did some research and eliminated/limited foods from my diet that inhibit thyroid function and absorption. I stopped eating peaches, limited strawberries to a minimal amount this weekend, and ensured that any broccoli and spinach I ate was cooked and not eaten raw.

As far as exercise goes, I only worked out twice this week and last week I didn't get true exercise in. I went bowling with my nephew, walked around the SA Event Center, etc. I didn't do any cardio or ST. That's drastically less exercise than I did in May!

But my body has done weird things like this before, so is it just a fluke? I don't know, but hopefully we'll find out soon! I have a doctor's appointment on Wednesday the 20th and I'm praying we'll be able to make heads or tails of what's going on. The only problem with hypothyroidism is that your test results can be misleading!! I plan to sit down this weekend and write an overview of the last month and a half for the doctor. I'm going to include any changes that I made this last week and a half that could explain my drastic weight loss.

I hope to have answers soon, but until then I'm going to continue to eat well and exercise. I can't control everything, but I can control that!

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LYNNR71 6/17/2012 1:41AM

    I'm so happy about the weight loss! That's great! I've been thinking about you & wondering when your doctor appointment was...so glad to see that you'll be going soon. If you don't mind, please share your results. When I have blood drawn, I always ask for a copy of the results to keep for my records. I even make notes of what was going on or what I've been doing to compare to earlier/later results. As far as I can tell, you're not going to let hypothyroid bring you down. That's the right attitude to have. Keep it up!

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GINCHIFER 6/14/2012 7:36AM

    Well, take the weight loss and smile! I'm glad you are able to find info on diet changes that may be helpful. I hope you can figure all this out with the help of the doctor.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/13/2012 6:12PM

    You and Amanda playing body detectives has really enlightened me so much. Keep on researching and reporting your findings. You never know when it can make all of the difference in the world to someone else!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/13/2012 5:34PM

    Fluke or not, take it! :D It's good that your body finally responded in some way. Maybe your body just responds to all that exercise a week or two later. I've found that my body responds to bad eating days like 3-4 days after I have them, so maybe it's just a delayed reaction? Bodies are so stupid sometimes.

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One Day At A Time!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Yesterday was my first day exercising in two weeks. I planned on taking it easy and just doing a little bit, but after my 10 minute workout was over, I felt that really wasn't enough. I thought I'd do another 10 minutes, but as it worked out I did 45 minutes and burned 723.9 calories. It felt good to work hard, to sweat....so good I ended up getting up early this morning and starting the day with 30 minutes of pilates. I plan on doing another 30 minutes of cardio later today PLUS I'm going to take my nephew swimming, so I guess it's going to be a pretty active day!

I've decided to just ignore the scale for a while. I say this, as I hear the scale calling out to me from the other room!! But, I already know that it's either not going to change or it's going to fluctuate until we figure out what's going on with my body, so there's no point in allowing myself to get upset, which is what weigh-ins have done to me lately. I am getting stronger and increasing my stamina with every workout, so I'm just going to keep on keeping on.

I really want to say to anyone out there struggling, you can't give up. Don't blindly keep pushing forward, but evaluate your exercise routine and your diet. Are you really eating as clean as you think you are? Are you getting enough exercise or just the bare minimum? If you're eating healthy and exercising consistently, visit your doctor because there may be something else going on. We can't quit because things get hard. We have to push back that much harder!!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/12/2012 1:20PM

    Just like MJ, I'm proud of you! And you know what, even if the scale isn't moving, sometimes all we can do is eat healthy and exercise to get stronger, fitter, and healthier. Eventually the scale will follow, once you and the doctors figure out what's wrong. In the meantime, just keep plugging away. :)

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/12/2012 11:04AM

    I'm proud of you, T...very proud.

You had your moment of disillusionment but didn't stay down for long at all. Like the true champion you are, with the heart of a warrior you possess, with the longing for success you have, you pulled up and moved forward even better than you had planned. Girl, when we get to where we want to be there will be no stopping us because there is no stopping us now! Love you!

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NIDRAB315 6/12/2012 9:45AM

  I get what you are saying about the scale i only weigh in at start and end of mo not seeing what i wanted to see on the scale would make me have a relapse lol but if u set your heart to it you will be fine good luck

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