Friday, June 29, 2012
Well I got my test results back! And everything looks normal 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!
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.
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.
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!
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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